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Best Travel Ski Bags-7 Solutions for your Gear

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If you’re an experienced skier coming to Vail, Colorado in the winter, chances are you are bringing your skis (or snowboard). We all know it can be a hassle carrying around these big, bulky bags, but here are some travel ski bag options that will make the experience a little more enjoyable and carefree. These bags come with some great features that make transporting your treasured skis (and boots and bindings and poles and other important stuff) easier, while keeping them protected and secure. This article includes wheeled ski bags, hard-case ski bags, padded ski bags and non-padded ski bags. You can also choose from single ski bags or bags for multiple skis. Here’s how to choose the one that is right for you.

Wheeled Ski Bag
is the easiest and most convenient to haul long distances, like through an airport. A durable set of wheels at the bottom of the bag and a heavy-duty handle on the opposite end lets you pull this bag easily and smoothly. This style of bag is one of the largest style and is capable of carrying multiple sets of skis, poles and clothing.

A Hard Case Ski Bag
When protection is the name of the game, a hard case ski bag will keep your sticks safe from the most determined airport personnel and mail carrier. This type of ski bag is made from very durable plastic and will last for years. It is also the perfect container for shipping your skis to a destination. The only drawback to a hard case is the that they don’t leave much additional space for items you need beyond skis and poles.

A Fully Padded Ski Bag
has LOTS of padding and fully protects the entire cargo space with soft foam. This type of ski bag boasts the most protection short of a hard case.

Non Padded Ski Bag
is just a basic ski bag, it may be waterproof but it does not offer any real protection from tarmac mishandling. This bag works best for road trips, or storage, NOT air travel.


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Best Travel Ski Bags


Wheeled Ski Bags


Rossignol Soul Super Haul Wheelie Ski Bag Rossignol Soul Super Haul Wheelie Ski Bag

When you’re looking for a large convenient ski bag look no further than the heavy-duty wheeled Rossignol Soul Super. This bag is big enough to hold skis for the whole family and durable for years of use.

  • Size: 210 cm length x 30 cm width x 21 cm height
  • Made of a tough Ripstop material with a PVC Coating
  • Fits: 2 Pair Alpine Skis or 4 Pair Nordic Skis, up to 210 cm
  • Internal Straps to hold down skis so they don’t move during transport
  • Nylon compression straps adds an additional level of protection and keeps items in the bag from shifting.
  • Durable, heavy-duty wheels for easy transport. Especially great when hauling long distances.
  • Abrasion and tear resistant lining
  • Lots of internal storage and compartments makes it easy to organize and find your gear.
  • Perfect for a family or multi skier traveler

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Dakine Fall Line Double Ski Bag with Wheels Dakine Fall Line Double Ski Bag with Wheels

Another big, roomy, wheeled ski bag with room for two pairs of skis, a set of poles and a pair of boots. Perfect for making lugging a ton of equipment seem almost effortless. Padding keeps your equipment safe and sound.

  • Bestselling wheeled ski bag from Dakine
  • Tow handle and oversize urethane wheels make for easy one-hand navigation through airports and hotel lobbies.
  • Removable Boot Bag keeps skis separated and protected by placing boots between them. Boot bag is removable but is designed to really just be used with the Dakine ski bag and not on its own.
  • Zippered external pockets is the perfect place to stash gloves, hats and important tools
  • Lockable zipper (with your own lock)
  • 360 degrees padded ski bag offers the perfect amount of protection
  • Holds 2 pair skis and 1 pair boots, poles and outerwear
  • Dimensions: 175cm – 12” x 8” x 74” (30 x 20 x 188cm),  190cm – 12” x 8” x 80” (30 x 20 x 203cm)
  • 6.2 lbs. (2.8 kg)
  • Assorted colors available

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Hard Case Ski Bags


Sportube Series 3 Ski Bag Sportube Series 3 Ski Bag

If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, for protection, this is the bag for you. The large, rolling hard case Sportube makes transporting easy and offers lots of protection against airline baggage mishandling or shipping.

  • High Density Polyethylene plastic case protects valuable ski equipment when traveling by airplane, train, bus or car
  • Durable rubber wheels and an easy pull handle insure maneuverability and effortless rolling.
  • Large capacity, ski bag holds up to 3 pair of skis & poles, or two snowboards, boots & bindings or a board & skis safely.
  • The Telescoping design allows you to adjust the length of the Sporttube to allow skis and boards up to 183 cm in length
  • The aerodynamic design, straps quickly and easily to a roof rack and makes it the perfect carrier for road trips.
  • Can be secured with the included TSA approved Wire Case Cotter Pin or locked with a TSA Lock (sold separately)
  • Lightweight compared to other hard plastic ski bag carriers.
  • Light partially padded in tip and tail to protect your equipment
  • FedEx / UPS Ship without the need for a box
  • Made in USA

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Padded Ski Bags


Athalon Padded Single Ski Bag Athalon Padded Single Ski Bag

Fully padded ski bags are very popular as they offer almost as much protection for your equipment as a hard plastic ski case because it offers thick foam padding that fully wraps the entire cargo space.

  • Made of high density polyester
  • Waterproof backing.
  • Holds one pair of skis up 180cm
  • Adjustable cinch straps to securely hold your skis.
  • Fully padded end to end for ultimate protection of your equipment and ski gear
  • Padded, comfort grip handles
  • Self healing nylon zipper means that if the closed zipper were to come apart you can simply unzip and re-zip the bag and it will close again properly (or self heal).
  • It has extremely thick padding and is very durable.
  • Horizontal straps and a vertical strap so the bag can be hung from the end strap, so it takes up less space
  • Fun all-over Bandanna or Grafitti design means you will easily recognize your bag.

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Athletico Padded Two-Piece Ski & Boot Bag Combo

Athletico Padded Two-Piece Ski & Boot Bag Combo

The Athletico padded two-piece set offers protection and versatility with both a dedicated ski bag and a separate boot bag.

  • Made of durable 600D water-resistant polyester
  • Both the ski bag and the boot bag are padded with 5 millimeter foam throughout to protect all your ski gear and equipment during travel.
  • Padded ski sleeve fits skis up to 200 cm in length.
  • Ski bag is roomy enough to pack your beanie, pants, gloves, or goggles.
  • Innovative roll-top design allows you to reduce the length for shorter skis.
  • The boot bag fits ski boots up to size 13.
  • Carrying handle and detachable shoulder straps makes carrying your skis easy.
  • Boot Bag has a mesh side pocket for more stuff!
  • Available in assorted colors: Black/White, Black/Blue, Black/Green, Black/Pink

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Thule Round Trip Ski Bag Thule Round Trip Ski Bag

Thule is world renowned for heavy-duty traveling cases of all kinds to protect your most important gear. This high quality, padded ski bag is no different. Smart features and innovative design sets this bag apart

  • S-shaped zipper simplifies stowing and retrieving gear with an innovative s-shaped zipper that coils around the bag instead of just zipping straight.
  • Unique padded, cinch top ski sleeve ensures all your ski gear travels safely to each destination
  • Dedicated internal pole compartment offers added protection for ski poles.
  • External compression straps keeps your gear from shifting
  • Removable, padded shoulder strap and convenient grab handles makes handling a breeze.
  • Fits a single pair of alpine skis or two pairs of Nordic skis up to 192 cm in length plus poles.
  • Made of durable 600D polyester
  • Deter theft with lockable zippers (lock sold separately).
  • Colors: Black and Blue
  • The Thule Round Trip ski bag comes in a wheeled version also

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Non Padded Ski Bags


High Sierra Ski Bag & Boot Bag Box Set High Sierra Ski Bag and Boot Bag Box Set

Ski Bags without padding do not offer protection from bumps, drops and overall mishandling. This type of bag is really only good for road trips or storage.

  • Basic Ski & Boot Bag that is water resistant
  • Ski bag has a 3/4 length zipper
  • Holds up to 200 cm skis
  • Boot bag holds a single pair of ski boots up to size 13.
  • One end of this ski bag can fold up to secure shorter skis.
  • Self-repairing nylon coil zippers.
  • Durable padded, webbing handles
  • Adjustable compression strap keeps skis secure
  • Available in assorted colors and patterns
  • Perfect for the minimalist this is an affordable bag with basic protection

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Comments skis laid out waiting for a ski bag

What are your thoughts on these Best Travel Ski Bags? Do you use a ski bag to travel to different ski resorts? Is traveling with your own skis worth the hassle of lugging these bags around? Do you use them for airplane travel or usually just car travel. What features can you not live without on your ski bag? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments.


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12 Comments

  • Mihir Kumar Jhaveri

    Great article, I am looking for a travel ski bag for my son.  He is an aspiring professional skier and spends a lot of time skiing with his school’s ski club as well as with his family.  He travels a ton by bus, car and air, so I am looking for a versatile ski bag that offers protection but is also easy to move around. I am thinking the Dakine is the bag for us.  I like that he can put his boots in the bag so his skis,poles and boots are all in the same bag, holds two pair of skis which he has, he always needs his backup skis too. I like that it seems compact (for a ski bag).  This seems like a very well thought out bag.  

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Mihir, yes the Dakine bag should work perfectly for you.  This is a well-thought out travel ski bag and it should make traveling with skis and all the other equipment much easier for your son whether its by air, bus or car. Enjoy!

  • Riaz Shah

    Great article about the best travel ski bags. I have been searching for a bag to handle all of my family’s skis.I am loving this list, especially the Sportube Series 3, it looks really big and seems like it can hold me, my wife and my son’s skis including boots and poles. I also want wheels because that much gear is going to be heavy and awkward to move around, I think wheels will make it much easier.  We usually take 2-3 ski trips a year (we really like to ski) so we need a good reliable bag. Do you think this would be a good choice for us?

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Riaz, I am so happy you found this list useful and yes you are definitely looking in the right direction.  If you take your skis on ski trips 2-3 times a year you absolutely need a wheeled, hard case travel bag. The largest style of Sportube will hold all three pairs of skis and poles but not the boots.  However, plastic hard cases are super strong and will keep your equipment very safe but you will need to carry your boots separately. I don’t think any bag will hold ALL of your gear but the Sportube is your best bet to carry most of your gear while keeping it the most protected of all types of bags.

  • Dapoach

    Your article on Best Travel Ski Bags, really had me glued to my PC screen. I really love the“Rossignol Soul Super Haul Wheelie Ski Bag” and thank you for including the video about it, as I was able to really see how big the bag is, what the material is like, and get an idea of how it will hold all of MY gear. I love its big, roomy design, it seems really heavy-duty and durable with lots of handles to make carrying it easy. Thanks  so much for this informative post. Hope to read more of such posts from you subsequently. Cheers!

  • Adamu2

    I absolutely love what I read in this article because it is full of great information and I loved the list of the best ski bags. My friends and I drive every weekend to a Colorado ski resort.  There is anywhere from 2-5 people who go on these trips, so sometimes the car can be quite crowded and I am looking for a bag that will keep my skis protected from the chaos of the road trip.  I am looking for a bag that I can put in the car or on top of the car if needed. I think the High Sierra is all I need, protection without all the bulk. What do you think?

    • ThinkVail

      Thank you for your kind comments about the Best Travel Bags post. Yes, I think if you are only using this bag for car travel then the High Sierra Ski Bag and Boot Bag should be perfect for you.  This very affordable bag should hold all your equipment and you can use your jacket, snowpants, socks, gloves, etc.to protect your skis even more.  However, just a word of caution, this ski bag is only water resistant, not waterproof, so if you have your clothing in there for added protection it may get wet if its on the top of your car in a rainstorm or a wet spring snow storm. 

  • Etah

    Great article about the best travel ski bags.  I am in the market for a ski bag for my skis but I also need it to hold my son’s snowboard.  Are these bags big enough to hold a snowboard too?  Should I get  separate bags one for skis and one for the snowboard? I just don’t know what to do.

    • ThinkVail

      Hi Etah and thank you for your question. The answer is..it all depends.  Ski bags like the hard case Sportube can hold both skis and a snowboard and offers tons of protection for your equipment. However, most ski bags are too narrow to hold a snowboard.  You would probably be better off looking for a snowboard travel bag that can also hold your skis.  Check out this post about the BEST Snowboard Travel Bags for more suggestions that would be perfect for your travel needs.

  • Achievers

    I appreciate your article on the best travel ski bags. This article is really informative and helpful. I have been searching for a ski bag to carry while commuting in between Dallas, TX and Vail, CO.  I spend three weeks in Dallas and two weeks in Vail but don’t want to leave my skis. I want something stylish and easy to handle.  I think the Athalon Padded Single Ski Bag sounds perfect because of its durability, waterproof backing and other exciting features. I also really like the Bandanna design as it will make it very easy to spot at the baggage carousel.  I have bookmarked this page for further reading. Thanks for sharing this article. 

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