Shipping your skis can cost anywhere from $40 to $300, depending on which shipping service you use.
You’ll also want to keep in mind that most airlines will let you carry skis, which is sometimes free or cheaper than using a shipping service.
I’m Christine, the founder of this blog and a passionate skier. I’ve shipped my skis several times and have experience dealing with the different services that help you get your gear to the resort.
In this article, I’ll break down how much it might cost you to ship your skis through the most common methods and services. My goal is to help you figure out the price so you can budget for your ski trip.
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The Cost of Shipping Skis
Not every set of skis will cost the same to ship. The final expense comes down to which shipping service you use and the weight and size of your skis.
Here is a quick breakdown of how much each shipping service might cost you.
The USPS is probably the cheapest way to ship skis if you need to use an actual service and can’t take them with you on a plane or in the car. If you are shipping within the mainland US, this is the cheapest way to go.
USPS rates vary on size, but their priority mail service will get your skis to their final destination in 2-4 days at prices ranging from $25 to $100.
FedEx is the best option if you need to get your skis somewhere very quickly. This service offers overnight shipping to arrive at your final destination the next day. The downside is that this is the most expensive option as well.
FedEx rates will cost you anywhere from $50 to $300, depending on the size of your skis and how quickly you need them to arrive.
UPS is another option that can be good for shipping your skis when you are not in a rush. UPS will generally charge you an oversized add-on, but the service can still be more affordable than FedEx.
Basic UPS shipping will run your about $50 to $80 for a set of skis through UPS ground. You might want to consider upgrading to a premium service to get guaranteed delivery. This can add another $20 to $40 to the entire cost.
Shipping on a Plane
If you are flying for a ski trip, taking your skis with you as luggage is probably the cheapest way to get your gear to your destination. Some airlines won’t charge you at all for bringing skis along, while others might have a small fee for oversized luggage.
If you have to pay to bring your skis on the plane, this general costs $25 to $50. If you have smaller skis, you probably won’t need to pay an oversized fee.
Here are some quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about shipping skis.
How expensive is it to ship skis?
Shipping can cost you anywhere from $40 on the low end to several hundred dollars on the high end. The cost of shipping skis depends on which service you choose and the size and weight of your skis.
What is the cheapest way to ship skis?
Often, the cheapest way to ship skis is to bring them on the airplane with you when you travel to your skiing destination. If that’s not possible, USPS usually has the cheapest shipping rates out of all the shipping services.
What is the best way to ship skis?
You should use a well-known shipping service such as USPS, UPS, or FedEx to ship your skis. These will provide you with the most reliable way to send your skis to make sure they don’t get damaged and arrive at your destination on time.
Shipping your skis can be very convenient when you want to get them to your final destination before you arrive. It also provides a way to get your skis to a resort quickly. But just remember that taking them on the plane with you is often the cheapest option!