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Tips for Traveling with Winter Sports Equipment to a Kelowna Hotel

November 20, 2012

Traveling with winter sports equipment to a Kelowna hotel (Photo by Mihai Tamasila)
Love your skis? Keep them safe when you're flying to a resort by packing your skis and poles in a hard shell case.

(Photo by Mihai Tamasila/sxc)

Finally, the snow is here. Hundreds of hills across the country will be opening soon to skiers and snowboarders hungry for their first turn on the slopes. Here at our Kelowna hotel, we welcome winter sports enthusiasts from around the world.


Wherever you’re coming from, ensure you get to enjoy the hill and your gear with these tips for traveling with winter sports equipment.


To take skis, skates, and snowboards on the plane:


  •  Avoid the fees. Most airlines, such as WestJet, allow each traveler to carry one set of winter sports equipment without an oversized baggage fee (if your equipment is not your first checked bag; if it’s in addition to your first checked bag, you will pay an extra and overweight fee). By packing your clothes into a carry-on suitcase, you can fly without an extra baggage fees.
  • Pick your set. A 'set' is considered a helmet plus: skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots or skates/stick/pads.
  • Use a case. With Air Canada, you need to pack your skis, poles, or snowboards in a rigid or hard shell case. WestJet requires you to pack your snowboard for shipping so your board won’t get damaged.
  • Forget the wax. Flammable ski wax such as butane or used torches isn’t allowed on the plane as checked or carry-on luggage.

You want to think about the heavy snow, not heavy fees, when you’re on your winter holiday.


You can also protect your gear this ski season with ski travel insurance. If you live in the UK or EU and you’re about to take a ski holiday, consider winter sports travel insurance. These policies usually offer medical cover such as slope rescues as well as insurance against loss, damage or theft to your winter sports equipment. They’ll even give you a daily compensation when there isn’t enough snow at the end of the season!


Are you driving to a ski resort this year? See our post on how you can arrive safely by preparing for a winter road trip.


At the award-winning BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, you can enjoy the Okanagan’s world-famous winter playground. In addition to rinks and cross-country trails, you’re just minutes away from two of Canada’s best ski resorts. The Best Western is in the heart of beautiful Kelowna, BC, and offers 176 rooms and suites, plus a conference center, mineral pool, spa, and much more.


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