Ski season is here and it's time for New Englanders to start hitting the slopes! But transporting gear to and from the mountain can be a hassle. If you're struggling to find the best way to transport skis and snowboards, here are a few ideas to consider:
Invest in a roof rack
Roof racks are a great option for skiers and snowboarders who don't want to toss their skis in the trunk or store them in the backseat— your car will stay infinitely cleaner and you'll have much more room to move around. If you have lots of gear or often carpool will larger groups, a ski rack is a great option. That said, finding a rig for your car, especially if your car doesn't have a built-in roof rack can be a challenge. It's important to take your time in finding a rack that fits your car well. You'll also want to look for hardware that has soft rubber crossbars to grip your gear without scratching, and one that's easy to secure with gloves on in freezing cold temps.
Hitch mounted ski racks have grown to be more popular in recent years. They're a lot easier to access since you don’t have to reach over the car's roof. They also have a minimal effect on mileage since they're already positioned in the vehicle's slipstream. They also don't get in the way of passenger doors, which is key for vehicles without a built-in roof rack that often needs to attach to those doors for stability.
Toss them in the trunk!
Of course, if you don't have a roof rack or a hitch-mounted rack, the trunk and backseat are always a good option to transport skis and snowboards! Your car may require some extra cleaning and maintenance but your gear will stay much cleaner in your car, shielded from the elements.
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