3 - Travelling with your
cross-country skiing equipment
Transporting your skis, poles and boots can be a real pain, especially your cross-country skis which can be up to 2.10 metres.
Even if you're not taking the plane, carrying them on any means of transport can be a little difficult so here are some tips to help you:
It’s completely possible to travel by train with your cross-country skis. SNCF railways does not generally charge for transporting skis on its trains and each passenger can only travel with one pair of skis. However, please check this information when reserving your tickets as conditions can change depending on the trains. For example, some trains such as the TGV Ouigo charge for extra or oversized baggage however it is cheaper to choose this option directly at the time of ticket reservation.
If travelling with your cross-country skiing equipment by train worries you then SNCF railways in France offers a paid baggage delivery service.
As with travelling by train there is generally no supplement for skis.
However, you’ll be glad to put them in the baggage hold first so arrive a little earlier at the bus terminal.
If you’re travelling alone or with one other and your car has a ski hatch then you can easily transport your cross-country ski equipment. However, a protective cover would be useful to stop everything moving around in the car and damaging your skis.
If more of you are travelling and you need to take passengers in the back then transporting skis inside won’t work unless you have rented a minibus. You will therefore need to buy or rent a roof box. If you are renting a car, remember to state the minimum size you will need. Note the size of your skis and arrange a slightly larger box.
Taking the plane to get you to your holiday destination? After regular check-in, go to the special baggage check-in counter. Depending on the company you are travelling with, you may have one special baggage item includes in the ticket price. However, if you are travelling with a low cost company then it's likely you will have to pay extra. Just like Ouigo, if you cover your special baggage online then it should cost less. That’s why it's interesting to compare the total price between companies before buying your ticket as low cost may not be the cheapest option for you!
You should also pay attention to the baggage weight limit before you go and fill the ski carry cover :).