It would be a perfect world if no matter where in the world you travelled for your winter sports fix, you could take your own personal gear with you. Unfortunately, travelling with a pair of skis or snowboard is not easy, especially if you are flying internationally. For Aussies, this presents a huge problem – the best mountains are not in Australia! There are some breathtakingly beautiful alpine resorts in New South Wales, but for high elevation, border hopping is a must. Even travelling within Australia to reach the slopes can be quite a journey depending on where you live.
This leaves two luggage options for snow ski and snowboard equipment – haul it or hire it. You can take your own personal gear with you, although you will want to keep the length of your journey in mind and plan ahead for travelling with skis or board in tow. Or you can hire instead. Renting equipment is an efficient option, as long as you are willing to part with your own gear.
If you live close enough to the slopes, then you can simply drive to the resort with your items. Carry your equipment in the car if you have the space, or purchase a rack to easily transport your 170 centimetre long skis.
Trains, buses, and public transportation may be more difficult. This is where you really need to plan ahead. Find out what the rules are for the transportation you will be using at your destination. If you are a powder junkie flying from Sydney to Colorado’s famed Copper Mountain, find out before you haul your ski gear halfway across the world how difficult it will be to carry it on the bus or taxi to your resort.
Does trekking across the world with an awkward ski bag and heavy snow boots not sound like your idea of a vacation? Time for plan B – you can always rent what you need when you get there. The benefits of hiring your gear are:
On the other hand, there are disadvantages:
Whether you should travel with your equipment or rent at your destination depends on your personal preferences. Either luggage option has its pros and cons. If you do carry your snow ski equipment with you, make sure you do it wisely for a smooth journey.
Now that you have the logistics of your luggage figured out, you can start packing. Ski Insurance will make sure you have the equipment that you need no matter what happens with cover for luggage mishaps and snow ski equipment hire problems.
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