Are you dreaming of heading off to the mountains? Is your mind wandering and looking forward to perfectly groomed runs, pristine and powdery chutes in the backcountry, or catching some air off jumps? If so, you probably need to head to your favorite mountain destination to get some skiing and snowboarding in! Our snow packing list can help you make the most out of your next mountain adventure by listing everything you’ll need. Our last blog was on the benefits of bringing a MIPS helmet. This time, we will dive into some ski and snowboard luggage options.
What is the Best Ski and Snowboard Luggage?
The best ski and snowboard luggage is one that will get your gear to the mountain safely. There are multiple types of luggage on the market, each with pros and cons to its design. Overall, you can split the luggage into three types- hard cases, soft cases, and gear bags. When choosing one of these types, there are a lot of questions to consider. Are you planning on taking multiple boards or skis since you are traveling with friends and family? Will you be driving or flying? How much gear are you planning on taking? All of these questions will help you best choose the right luggage for your next trip.
Hard luggage cases for your skis and snowboards are best for when you will be flying to your destination. The plastic outer shells will protect your precious skis and boards from damage that can occur during handling and transit. Also, many airlines will not insure your skis or snowboards unless they are in a hard case. Before you go, check with your airline for the latest information and policies on hard cases. Most hard cases also come with internal padding to further protect and secure your skis and boards. If you need extra padding, purchase some foam or add some of your jackets and clothing.
Soft luggage cases are best for when you are driving to your destination. You don’t need the extra protection from the hard case, but you still want to secure your skis or boards inside your vehicle. A great tip with soft cases is that you can store clothing and other gear in the case as well. That way, you can free up more room in the vehicle. Also, be sure to look at soft cases with wheels. Not all cases have this feature, but it is quite useful when you arrive at the mountain and not have to lug everything to your lodgings.
The last piece of luggage for your gear is the boot bag. This nifty bag helps you transport your boots to and from the mountain. Have your own set of boots, and you need to travel with them? The boot bag is for you! After a long day of shredding powder, put your regular shoes on and use the boot bag to take your boots back to your vehicle or room. There’s plenty of room to store your beanie, gloves, and even helmet in some models. Each boot bag has different features but look for one with built-in backpack straps and carrying handles to give you plenty of carrying options.
Now that you have an idea of what luggage to get to protect your gear, it’s time to get ready for your next winter adventure! Check out our snow packing list so that you don’t forget anything essential, and then head off to your local Sun & Ski Sports for all the gear you need to complete your amazing winter experience. Also, if you’re looking for more information, check out our blog, where we go over tips and tricks on all your favorite activities from skiing, snowboarding, biking, running, and more!