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Whether you’re traveling to Utah to ski the greatest snow on earth or have just sold a pair of your old skis on GearTrade, you’ll need to know how to properly ship them. Below, we go over the basics, so your skis arrive safely at their destination.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard box(s)
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Styrofoam, foam peanuts, and/or newspaper.

Boxing it up: Your best bet is to stop by your local ski shop and ask them if they have any spare ski or snowboard boxes. If they don’t, a hardware store or more specifically a siding supply store might have some longer cardboard boxes to spare.

Along with the box, it’s helpful to have some other excess cardboard lying around to use as packing material.

Now that we have a box big enough to fit your skis, it’s time for the fun part.

Identify the parts of the ski most likely to be damaged in transit including your tips, tails, bindings, and brakes. You want to wrap all of these in bubble wrap using the tape to secure it in place. Once that is done, use the excess cardboard or styrofoam to provide additional packing around these areas just in case the sharp edges wear through the bubble wrap.

Once all those areas are secure, place the skis in the box filling the excess space with foam peanuts or newspaper to help prevent any excess movement during shipment.

Now it’s time to tape up the box.  Make sure you re-tape any edges if you’re using a previously used box that has seen some wear and tear.

Generally, the cheapest option is going to be USPS parcel post.  UPS and FedEx have more stringent length rules and are usually more expensive for larger packages. But all major carriers allow you to purchase insurance on your package for a small amount.