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Am going to Verbier for 10 weeks in Jan. Swiss seem to allow 1 pair of ski's in addition to luggage allowance. I am taking 2 pairs of skis and was wondering if anyone knows whether they count as a pair of skis if I put both in a double ski bag. I know the weight limit for the ski bag needs to be less than 23kg which shouldn't be a problem. Also any suggestions for wheel vs non-wheel for the double ski bag ??
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Am hoping they wont even look inside as hoping to get a few pairs in one bag at Xmas. I’ll let you know what happens. Usually they just care that its in the weight and size specs. Make sure you tell Swiss that you intend bringing one as they like to be notified.

The wheeled ones are heavy and unwieldy but good if you carried a lot of weight . But if youre only putting in 2 pairs I’d just go for non-wheeled. I imagine any decent bag will do, but good to have a divider or separate sections for each pair. Don’t bother spending too much money on one whichever you get as the baggage handlers love a nice new bag to throw around
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Do note, that with SWISS, if you select the cheapest “lite” option with cabin baggage only, then skis do not go free.

I don’t imagine there will be an issue with more than one pair of skis in a bag. You have to phone them to “book” the space on the plane, and they told me max length was 200cm and max weight 32Kg.

Lufthansa have the same deal, and they often code-share.

EDIT: Correction, it seems that Lufthansa need to be notified, but SWISS don’t.


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I've never notified Swiss that I was bringing skis. Lufthansa ask for that, but Swiss certainly haven't in the past.
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Flown with Swiss loads of times. Always had normal bag and a snowboard bag. I have had 2 boards and all sorts of stuff in mine, a friend has had 3 boards in theirs. As long as it's under 23kg, never been a problem. Mainly Gatwick or Heathrow to Geneva, sometimes via Zurich.

Never told them in advance any of us have ski or board bags.
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sugarmoma666 wrote:
I've never notified Swiss that I was bringing skis. Lufthansa ask for that, but Swiss certainly haven't in the past.


Yes, my mistake, Swiss don’t require advance notice.
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You can read the small print regarding ski transport here. They are pretty insistent, that only skis can be be in the bag, plus “one other item”; clearly, they have had issues in the past. But as always, just be really nice and friendly to the check-in staff, and I don’t think you will have an issue:

https://www.swiss.com/xx/en/prepare/baggage/sports-equipment
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Thanks for all the replies. I've found their FAQs on ski sports baggage which I think answers the questions. Fingers crossed now that Covid doesn't wreck this season too Confused

https://www.swiss.com/xx/en/customer-support/faq/sports-equipment
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Hi, I understand we can take a 23kg luggage plus a bag with equipment on SWISS. I've read the pages and this thread but still not 100% clear. Is the allowance 23kg in total across all bags? Or effectively 2x 23kg as long one is ski or snowboard shaped? Also, If I use a single snowboard bag as my main luggage containing snowboard etc and clothes -ie one checked-in bag in total - is that acceptable?
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I can clarify as we went through all this on Sunday just gone on way to Verbier. We travelled from Gatwick where check-in is done by 'agency ground staff' i.e. not employed by Swiss. My son had a normal bag with his luggage that was about 15kg. He had a huge double 'roller' ski bag that contained 2 pairs of skis and some clothes to use up space which was 21kg. He also had a bag with his boots and helmet. The ski bag was fine but had to be dropped at oversize luggage.

So each individual bag needs to be under 23kg for health and safety purposes - it's not 23kg across all.

There was another guy trying to check in a slightly smaller roller ski bag. However he had purchased an 'Economy Light' ticket which didn't give him any free carriage so he was sent off to pay for excess baggage. Therefore make sure you buy 'Economy Classic or Flex'.

Hope that's all clear now Puzzled
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Yes, I think so on the whole, thanks. The only difference is your son did have another case to check-in whereas I would be rocking up with a single snowboard bag that obviously contained other items (unless they thought I could get everything else in my 20L backpack). I suppose it depends how pedantic they are. Hopefully logic would prevail as surely it's better for everyone to have 1 23kg bag than 2, even if classed as oversize. I believe BA are fine with that kind of arrangement as well but they no longer fly from Gatwick.
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silentice wrote:
The only difference is your son did have another case to check-in whereas I would be rocking up with a single snowboard bag that obviously contained other items (unless they thought I could get everything else in my 20L backpack).


Done this with Lufthansa (SWISS partner), no problem. You'll be fine, they won't care one jot.
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