Between lift fees and crowded slopes, there are quite a few things that can get in the way of actually enjoying a ski trip. And that doesn’t even account for everything that can happen between your front door and the top of the slope. Whether you’re flying or driving, a lot can happen to your gear. That’s why it’s important to protect your skis when you’re not on them. There’s a lot you can do to take care of your skis, including drying them off right away and occasionally waxing them. But one of the best ways to extend the life of your skis is with a ski bag.
The kind of ski bag you choose will be affected, in large part, by how you’re getting to the resort. Flying? You’ll want something well padded. But if you’re driving, you can get away with a lightweight and minimally-padded bag that will make it easy to carry your gear to and from the car. These are some of the best ski bags available right now.
1. High Sierra Padded Ski Bag for Single Pair of Skis
If you need a secure option for safely hauling your skis, this option from High Sierra is fully padded. It has dual zippers for easy access and clip-on straps for compressing the bag. It’s available in a variety of unique colors and patterns, so you can pick one that you won’t confuse with anyone else’s. The handle is long and padded for comfortable carrying on shoulder or in hand.
Pros: Padded for travel, available in various unique colors and patterns. Has straps with clips and U-shape zippered compartment for easier access.
Cons: Accommodates skis up to 185 cm, so it may be too small for some.
2. High Sierra Ski Bag & Ski Boot Bag Combo Bundle
This option is also from High Sierra. Unlike the other one, it isn’t padded, so it may not be ideal for high-intensity travel. It’s available in various unique colors and patterns. Two bags are included: one ski bag that can accommodate 200 cm skis and a matching boot bag that can hold up to size 13 boots.
Pros: Affordable option that comes with a separate matching boot bag. Tough, waterproof fabric.
Cons: Zipper doesn’t run the length of the bag, so it can be difficult to insert the skis in the bag.
3. Athletico Two-Piece Ski and Boot Bag Combo
This ski bag set includes one bag for skis and one bag for boots. It can accommodate skis up to 200 cm, and the boot bag can fit up to size 13 boots. The bags are not padded, so it’s not intended for high-intensity transport. The end of the bag has a roll-top with a clip, so you can shorten the length of the bag for shorter skis.
Pros: Affordable set that includes one bag for skis and one for shoes. Top of the bag can be cinched for a more custom fit.
Cons: Not the most durable.