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How to ship skis

A pair of skis and other gear are waiting to be used on a mountain top.

Whether you’re heading to the bunny slopes for the first time or preparing for another exciting run down a black diamond trail, you want your skis to reach the resort in prime condition.

But trying to take those unwieldy skis and poles through the airport can ruin your vacation before it even begins. Why not ship your skis ahead and save the hassle?

Five steps to pack your skis for shipment

The experts at The UPS Store know how to pack and ship just about anything. When it comes to shipping skis, they recommend you take the following steps.

  1. Select a new, sturdy box. For shipments up to 40 pounds, you should use a 200# burst strength box as noted on the Manufacturer’s Certification Stamp, usually printed on the bottom of the box. This popular strength box can be found at The UPS Store.
  2. Wrap each ski individually with two layers of bubble wrap before placing the skis inside your ski bag. Ski poles can also be wrapped and placed inside your bag.
  3. When you place your ski bag in the shipping box, use more bubble wrap or inflatable air cushioning as void fill inside the box. Do not use paper or other filler material, as it does not provide adequate cushioning for items over 10 lbs.
  4. Make sure you have at least two inches of cushioning all around so the contents are snug and do not shift inside the box.
  5. Use packaging tape to securely seal the box at all seams. Do not use duct, masking or any other kind of tape.

You may also want to remove the bindings or brakes from your skis and wrap them separately to prevent any damage. You should ship your ski boots in a separate box, since they won’t fit well in one shaped to hold skis.

If doing all of this yourself sounds a little tricky to you, there is an easier way.

Let The UPS Store pack and ship your skis

If you’re ever in doubt about how to pack any item, you can leave it to The UPS Store Certified Packing Experts®. They follow established guidelines for packaging items, so they know the best ways to keep your skis safe on the way to your favorite winter vacation spot. They can also assist small businesses and anyone who has sold their used skis online with getting the equipment to its new owner.

Every The UPS Store® location carries a variety of shipping boxes, including ones that fit long, narrow items such as skis, as well as all other necessary packing supplies. (If someone in your family prefers snowboards over skis, they have boxes for those, too.) Anything that fits within UPS’s maximum weight and size dimensions can be sent from one of these shipping centers.

The best part of having The UPS Store Certified Packing Experts handle your shipment is that it qualifies for the Pack and Ship Guarantee. If The UPS Store location packs and ships your item, this guarantee entitles you to reimbursement of packing and shipping costs plus the declared value of the item if the package is lost or damaged.*

You’ll want to note that most UPS® shipments automatically receive coverage up to $100 in value.** You can purchase additional Declared Value Coverage to equal the full replacement value of your shipment for a fee.

Other considerations when shipping skis

One thing to keep in mind when shipping to a ski resort is that wintertime weather can become a factor. You don’t want to be stuck sitting at the lodge because your skis got delayed. So consider including a few extra days for transit, especially if you know a snowstorm may be on the way. UPS makes it easy to compare delivery options and calculate time in transit and cost so you can make the best choice for your shipment.

If your ski destination is outside of the U.S., The UPS Store can help ship your skis internationally. But you’ll want to be aware that shipping and customs regulations can vary from country to country. Be sure to check the specific country or territory regulations before you ship.

Visit your nearest The UPS Store location to learn more about available services and pricing, and get your skis expertly packed and shipped for a wonderful winter getaway.

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*Available at participating locations. See center for details. Restrictions and limitations apply. Items shipped by UPS are subject to UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions.
**Subject to UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions.

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