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Hw to parcel up skis in a ski bag for airline travel?

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Have done a search and can't find anything about this.... suspect it means that i am about to ask a stupid question, but will ask it anyway...

On Friday I flying to Geneva for a long weekend of skiing. I'm flying BMI Baby and have paid the £30 fee to take my skis with me. It's the first time I've taken skis with me, having always rented in resort.

Anyway, I have a nice ski bag and am currently trying to work out a way of wrapping up my skis in bubble wrap and foam stuff to protect the skis as best i can.

Rather than the usual way of carrying/attaching skis (i.e. base to base) I have wrapped the skis binding to binding as i thought that this would better protect the bindings. However, someone else has just looked at the way i've wrapped the skis up and has said that means that the ends of the skis could be bent together and damaged.

How do Snowheads pack up their skis to stick them in the hold of an aircraft? Base To Base? Bubble wrap round end and bindings?

Thanks!
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I put mine base to base and then pack loads of clothing round them, they've never been damaged intransit - but that might just be luck. my ski bag is also padded.
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I've put my skis inside my ski pants in the past and then put them in the ski bag. Haven't don't that since getting my Spyder pants though!

I think I would keep them base to base and perhaps wrap the bindings in some clothes or an old towel.

Skis are tough creatures and I can gaurantee that the second time you pack them you won't pay as much attention to the packing as the first time!
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Just put them together base-to-base with a couple of ski-wraps and shove them in the bag.

You're likely to do them a lot more damage by skiing on them that they will suffer in transit. I'd never wrap skis in expensive items of clothing that's a sure-fire way of ruining the clothes. If you're really that paranoid about them getting knocked about; wrap them in a few old towels.
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Oh dear, are they really tough things then? I've been storing mine with an old sock pulled over each end of the one of the skis so the bases don't rub together Embarassed Embarassed
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Cheers All.

Have re-packed them base to base, ski wraps, bubble wrap around bindings and ends. Seems quite secure and solid.

Only weighs 6 LGs, so thinking of sneaking a friends skis in as well - seeing as BMI Baby ski equipment has a 20 KG limit!

Thanks.
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magic_hat, What have you done with your boots? - given aircraft luggage allowances I imagine ski boots must be problematical - they are very bulky and seem to weigh loads.
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Megamum wrote:
Oh dear, are they really tough things then? I've been storing mine with an old sock pulled over each end of the one of the skis so the bases don't rub together Embarassed Embarassed
It's a good idea to keep the bases separated; that's why I use ski-wraps. Old woolly socks are just as good, but you'll still need somenthing to tie the skis together with to stop them moving about too much.
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Have to vote for the wrap in ski clothes, packed base to base, the clothes arrive with the skis or the whole package goes on its own trip. Ski clothes are bulky items and besides the padding they provide they don't clutter up your other bag. Remember you bought those skis to ride on, which means they will be thrashed over time.
Had a ski bag with wheels on one end this last time and it made dragging the skis through the airport and beyond much easier. Very Happy
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Megamum, Have always taken them as hand luggage in the past. Hoping to do that this year.

The BMI Baby hand luggage restriction has a size limit (coincidentally almost the exact dimensions of a ski boot bag) and no weight restriction, so i think boots will be ok in the cabin.
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We normally travel with Mark Warner. Ski & boot carriage is free. We took 4 pairs of skis and 3 pairs of boots last week Very Happy
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Base to base. Then use 3 pairs of ski socks round the ends and tips. Nothing round the bindings. Never had a problem.
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stupid question number one - having always rented skis in resort, what is the purpose of the socks round the ends and tips? Most ski bags I have seen have padding at the end.
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freezywater, a bit of padding,but gives more room and weight in case.
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I use a cheap foam kip mat taped into a tube with wrapped over ends and then roll clothing around it. Easy.
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A bit of bubble wrap wrapped round the skis with clothing padding the bag out. Never had a problem.
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ok, thanks all, stupid question number two then, do the airlines not weigh the ski bags, surely all this extra 'padding' bumps up the weight considerably Puzzled
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You can still keep them under 12kgs with a full set of clothes. A foam sleep mat weighs booger all.
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freezywater,

never had a ski bag weighed yet.
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I've never had my ski bag weighed, I think it's probably too long to fit on the scales at check-in in any case. I guess as long as you're not visibly straining to lift it then you won't have a problem. Smile
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I have a question. Usually but my boots in my main bag and pay for ski carriage.

Next trip is to Livigno with Panorama and I have paid for ski carriage. Would I be allowed a boot bag as well?
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Skis are tough (you can put the ends on two chairs and stand on them (probably jump on them but don't blame me if it goes wrong) - thats what happens to them when you ski.
I don't know how many rocks I've hit - but a friend says that you have skis to protect your feet against the rocks,
The main problem would be having a baggage handler (thrower) drop them awkwardly from a height so the whole weight lands on one corner. They could start to delaminate - so padding at the ends makes sense.
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johnboy, When investigating this trip, the small print for pretty much all the airlines I looked at said that ski carriage included all related paraphernalia - e.g. boots and poles - that go with with the skis being paid for.
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I know from looking at my flight details (1st Choice) they have a 2 bag limit for hold luggage and any skis count as one of those bags which is a bit disappointing as what then are you paying your extra carriage for?
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Skis are definately tough! I used to have two adults pairs, two child pairs and a couple of sets of poles in one (double) ski bag with no padding and they never suffered any damage during numerous flights. Of course now they just live up at the hill snowHead
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Base to base, bin bag either end, and ski pants/fleeces wrapped around the bindings, sock in either end of bag to protect tips and tails.
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Also base to base, with clothing stuffed around the bindings. Two pairs in one enormous padded ski bag, so lots of padding between them so the two pairs don't come into contact.

We try and make the bag so that it would have some sort of shape without the skis in it, but they are fairly tough in any case.

Never had a ski bag weighed though, although some airlines do spot that there are two pairs in the bag (we've never been charged extra though!).

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johnboy, I went to Livigno with Panorama last year from Belfast and I booked the £15 carriage. No one said anything about me bringing both skis and boots, I assume boots are included Smile
My mum brought just boots and they didn't charge her for them.

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ickabodblue wrote:
I put mine base to base and then pack loads of clothing round them, they've never been damaged intransit - but that might just be luck. my ski bag is also padded.


Same. I also secure the clothes around them with three bits of string. They've always been fine and I've flown with skis for years.
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@jess10, maybe start a new thread instead of re-opening ones that are long dead (10 years ago in this case, 13 years in one of your previous posts)
As for your question, I'm not sure there is such a thing as a ski bag that is comfortable and easy to carry. Toofy Grin
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@Tubaski, hadn’t initially noticed it was an old thread and was amazed at how low the quoted ski carriage was Happy
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Well, it's from 08, easily mistaken for 18
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Hi Jess,
Are you going skiing in California? You said travel bag ...

My favourite bag at the moment is a "RIG 9800 TRAVEL BAG"
But it is heavy and you cant fit skis in it.
Good to drag along, big wheels.
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Per my Ski Tube instructions : lock the binding/ brakes flat with a substantial rubber band (made for purpose) and then binding to binding with straps to hold. Bindings should not get damaged.
Space not lost as knee braces and socks fill the gap. Then an old towel around.
If in a bag rather than the tube other clothes too!
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@jess10, snokart is a sturdy and reliable brand for carrying skis in my experience. They're not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for. I've got the double roller 185 bag, had it since 2012 and is hardly showing any signs of wear, and that's after a dozen trips since then. They also offer other 'travel' bag alternatives, but as the name suggests, they're a snow sport luggage specialist.
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I use an ordinary ski bag so not too expensive to replace when the baggage handlers shred them. However as I don't in the slightest trust baggage handlers I strap my skis base to base but with a plank of wood between them that is longer than they are. Nice rounded corners and some routed slots for the strapping to hold everything in place including my poles. Then I wrap it all in some bubble wrap from the local garden centre. This needs replacing every so often. Finally I cross pack some clothing into the ski bag for extra padding and in case my main suitcase goes missing. There is a laminated card with my home address glued to the plank of wood and I do custom laminated labels for each trip to attach to the outside (separate outbound and inbound ones, never put your home address on the outside of your luggage outbound unless you like having your home broken into besides they won't know where to send it). Last but not least I secure it shut with a coloured cable tie (got a box of lots of different colours many years ago). The cable tie lets me know if anyone has opened it (chances of baggage handler having a pink, orange bright green etc. cable tie are very low), where as those silly padlocks give you a false sense of security.
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jess10 wrote:
Hello,

I am going to "South California" (USA) tour with my two little kids, So could Any one would suggest me travel bag which is comfortable and easily to carry for my family. Puzzled



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considering it was

a. A 4th post, of which their others have all been pretty random
b. Containing a link to a different website for no particular reason
c. Reviving a 10 year old thread

I think we can agree that this ticks all the boxes for a spam post, and safely assume that the poster is not remotely interested in packing skis.
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@dp, good spot
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I'd suggest base to base but use a couple of strong elastic bands to pull the brakes up away from the edges and straps to keep the skis together. Stops the edges getting dented by the brakes when they are thrown off the check in carousel, onto the plane, off the plane and then onto the arrival carousel....
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