You’ve bought a set of premium skis, some fluorescent goggles, and a snazzy looking jacket – I bet you’re already thinking of touching down at your catered chalet and hitting the snowy peaks that you’ve been dreaming of. It’s quite easy to forget about one of the most important pieces of skiing equipment: the humble ski-case. Any serious skier can testify to its importance and will be quick to let you know that a ski trip will go downhill without a decent one. |
Whether it’s wheeled or non-wheeled, hard case or soft, this list has you covered for the best ski bags available.
1. Douchebag Snowroller
This premium ski-case (questionable name withstanding) is being held as the great innovator of ski-bag construction, the saviour of car boot space, and the foil of airport baggage restrictions. The Douchebag achieves this through the genius ability of being able to adjust its size, meaning that you’ll never be lugging around extra sagging material that will snag onto obstacles like innocent bystanders, or furniture.
It accomplishes this through layered buckles and hooks that are used to fold the bag to snugly fit whatever is inside it. And at its smallest size, it is no bigger than a football! These features, coupled with flashy colour designs, wheels, and a light but strong build make this one of the best cases on the market.
2. The High Sierra Double-Decker
This tough ski case of nylon construction is roomy enough to accommodate two pairs of skis and a snowboard safely. In fact, its large enough to carry gloves, hats, goggles, and other accessories, making this one of the most practical ski cases on the around.
This case will last for years, and it has all the creature comforts that you would expect and then some! Like high-quality urethane roller wheels, extra padded handles, and useful compartment separators.
3. Athalon Single Padded
This classic is tried and tested and fits the bill for the sporadic skier who is looking for the no-thrills, but highly reliable ski-case. The Athalon brand is well respected and has earned its trust from the skiing community through decades of excellent craftsmanship. And at a more affordable price, this sturdy and long-lasting case of polyester fabric is an excellent addition to your ski armoury.
4. Sportube Original
If you’re the kind of person that stirs in their aeroplane seat and breaks out in cold sweats at the thought of ungainly baggage attendants playing proverbial catch with your luggage, then this is the ski case of your dreams! Made from high-density polyethene, there is no way your precious skis are getting damaged when inside this indestructible hard-shell case.
5. Sportube Series 3 Special Edition
With a sleek futuristic veneer, the Series 3 looks like it should be protecting bricks of gold bullion instead of ski gear. This is the big brother of the Sportstube Original, and is large enough to securely fit two pairs of skis and other accessories. Despite its behemoth-like splendour, the extra protection does come with a downside, and this is inflexibility as the case can be somewhat finicky to navigate with. But, this is mitigated by the inclusion of small wheels on the back and a retractable cord handle on the front.
There you have it. Five of the best ski-cases available. A pair of decent skis is a major investment, so you should be prepared to look after them in the best way possible. Choose your ski-case dependent on how often you ski, how far you will travel, and what kind of travel you’ll be taking.
So, when you’re sitting in that airplane seat, thinking about the catered chalets, majestic mountain peaks, and fresh alpine air – don’t fret, as you’ll know that your equipment is safe and sound.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered chalets in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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