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taking skis to Europe

Discussion in 'Europe' started by person s, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m considering a trip to Sweden early next year, prob via Japan
    slightly complicated re flights but if I’m avoiding Heathrow a number of the lowest priced options involve Emirates, Tokyo-Dubai-Stockholm
    I’m thinking of taking my skis - first time, I usually hire
    reading a forum or two about skis on planes it seems that Emirates don’t like them
    can anyone shed light? share experiences?
    if not that airline, who might be better?
     
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  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Skis are fine on Emirates.
     
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  3. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I flown Emirates to Austria in 2015 & 2017 with my skis. No issues at all. The baggage allowance is good - 30kg, so easily caters for skis.

    Other plus was direct entry into Vienna. Very quick through immigration and skis were there. On previous trips via Frankfurt & Amsterdam onto a local flight my skis ended up missing the connection and being delayed.
     
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  4. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Etihad, 30 kg.
    Direct to Geneva.
    You can store your skis at Geneva Airport for a very reasonable price too.
     
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  5. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Maybe use it as an excuse to buy new skis.
    I bought skis+bindings via online Euro store in Nov. They held them, shipped in January to my hotel in Switzerland

    There are tons of Euro ski sites, range of skis is great (obviously) prices are good, maybe avoid VAT.
    But best of all they were just waiting at my hotel when I arrived. Easy.

    I flew Emirates back and they were no problem. It's Europe. Leaving Geneva half the plane is travelling with skis.
     
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  6. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I thought of that but I’d be buying in Japan so not sure about that
    I’m thinking I’ll just buy some here at a sale sometime this year
     
  7. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Note SAS are now flying HKG-ARN (Stockholm Arlanda). Not sure if only seasonal though
     
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  8. WaitAwhile

    WaitAwhile One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Even if I was going skiing for 10-14 days, I still would not even bother taking my own skis all the way to Europe and back, especially if other non-skiing travel was involved .
    If I can afford a return trip to Europe,internal travel costs, 2 weeks accommodation and lift passes in a resort , I can certainly afford to hire or buy a newer pair.
    Its mainly the inconvenience of lugging skis around on transport and I tend to travel pretty light compared to many.
     
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  9. skinavy

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    Had no issues with Emirates taking skis. I was in Europe racing and had three pairs with me (SL, GS and SG skis). Was right on my limit and was using the QANTAS Club assist with the extra allowance.I had my boots as part of my carry on. Agree with what others have said if the main purpose isn't skiing, I would just hire over there. Particularly if you have a powder day and want something different. Constantly moving with skis is a pain.
     
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  10. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah no probs with skis on Emirates
     
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  11. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    We flew Finnair last year (no skis)
    Singapore - Helsinki - Reykjavik
    Fantastic experience, recommended!
     
  12. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I went with them a few years ago
    they’re certainly an option, price depending
     
  13. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Flown Emerates a few times and never had a problem with skis. I kinda like the special treatment and zero lines you get at the oversized baggage check-in a collection areas. Even if I didn't take skis with me, I reckon I'd still use my ski bag just to be able to use the oversized baggage facilities. Weird I know, but hey.
     
  14. Kopite

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    Flying Emirates next year and taking skis this time round. Hopefully I'll get the same experience as others and have no problems.... As for finding a hire car that will fit them in to get us about in the UK... hmmmmm
     
  15. LilaGris

    LilaGris Hard Yards

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    Estate car? That should fit them in ok. Or get one with a roof rack.
     
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    Kopite One of Us

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    IF we can get one like the Golf Estate I currently drive we'll be fine. It's going to be a squeeze, 2 kids, skis, plus normal bags (nobody in my family packs light). It rarely works out that you get what you book in my experience though!
     
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    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I’ll reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised with hire cars (if you pick the right option) and what you can actually do them these days. Even smaller saloons 1 seat will fold right down and still leave space for 2 kids and other luggage. We had 4 people in hire car in UK 1 x board bag, 1 x ski bag (180cm) and lots to of presents & luggage and was fine
     
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    If doing a lot of non skiing travel I agree with this. However, if the trip is substantially a ski trip, I think people (not necessarily you!!) can overplay the difficulties in travelling with skis.

    I travel nowadays with a roller double ski bag. Everything goes in it except my boots and helmet which go in a carry on back pack. The bulk of the transit the luggage sits in a cargo hold on a plane or bus. The only "issue" is getting it into a cab at home (5m walk) out of the cab and over to oversize luggage at the airport (50-75m walk), into the bus or whatever at the other end (50-70m walk) and then from that transport into the lodge (say 15m walk). Reverse at the other end. It's just not that big a hassle.

    If though in a major busy city lugging skis around, it's a pain. Fortunately there's luggage storage options and in Japan, black cat.

    As I say though if skiing is only a minor part of the trip, lugging skis would turn into an unnecessary PITA.
     
  19. LilaGris

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    You have bad experiences in Europe with car hire? I guess it depends who you book through too.
     
  20. Kopite

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    Last couple of times I’ve booked a car and had something totally different waiting for me at pick up. Luckily both times it was just me so not a big problem. Both times at Manchester Airport and with different hire companies.
     
  21. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    we did it with ski's!

    Reykjavik didn't have lockers or any storage - so the airline just held our bag! and the customer service person gave us her personal mobile to call when we came back to the airport for departure!

    every other none skiing airport we just stored our ski's it was fine.

    except when heathrow lost them! when we needed them. Oh the irony!
     
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  22. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    the nordic way - they actually believe in looking after people
    Heathrow - no surprise there
     
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