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Skiers and snowboarder alike know that trips to the mountain require packing large equipment, bulky clothing, and a ton of accessories. Consequently, not planning correctly can mean more unexpected baggage fees and/or an embarrassing hike through a busy airport with all of your stuff. Having a travel strategy from airport to mountain and back can mean less time at the airport and more time on the slopes for you and you family. We’d like to share these five tips on how to plan and what to pack for a ski trip.
1. Consider Best Days To Travel For Good Deals: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
While we all love that quick ski weekend getaway, consider playing hooky during the week to save big. Typically on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, you’ll find lower mid-week fares and better rates on accommodations. Not to mention, the slopes will be less crowded too.
Tip: When searching for fares at Alaskaair.com, select the ‘low fare calendar.’ You’ll find the lowest fares available for a full month at a time.
2. Look for Low Fare Guarantees.
Here’s a fun secret that the airlines don’t talk a lot about. Many offer low fare guarantees or 24-hour flexibility after booking your trip. Look for these policies on your airline’s website or call and ask. We offer you three ways to save, and we’re proud to promote it. You are allowed to change or refund a ticket for free within 24 hours of booking, or if you find a lower fare later, we’ll offer you a credit or refund for the difference. Plus, we also allow changes for free up to 60 days before departure.
3. Pack By Regulations: 1 Ski/Snowboard Bag + 1 Boot/Helmet Bag = 1 piece of equipment on Alaska Airlines.
Some carriers, including us, count one piece of ski/snowboard equipment (including one pair of skis with poles or one snowboard) and one boot/helmet bag as one piece of luggage, saving you money on baggage fees. Be careful not to pack the equipment with clothing or additional items, as standard fees will apply. Ski/snowboard equipment may exceed 62 linear inches, but no more than 115 linear inches (length + height + width), without incurring an oversize fee.
4. Take Advantage of Mobile Boarding Passes.
Most airlines offer mobile apps or websites that allow you to check-in early for your flights, many times up to 24 hours before departure. They are also a great way to track the status of your flights, especially if it looks like a storm is going to blow in some fresh powder. With our Alaska Airlines app, you can do both, and even buy tickets for your next ski trip. Check-in up to 24 hours in advance (or even on the slopes) and then drop your skis at the counter up to 40 minutes before departure. If you’re not traveling with checked bags or skis, then head directly to the gate no less than 30 minutes before departure. Make sure you arrive no later than the times noted above, or you might not make the flight.
5. Enjoy Baggage Guarantee.
Your plane arrives at the gate, and within 20 minutes you’ll have your skis in hand. We’re the only U.S. airline to have a Baggage Service Guarantee. So, grab your bag, get on the road, and hit the slopes. That time you save is more time skiing. In fact, at select resorts you can show your Alaska Airlines boarding pass and ski free the day you arrive. More reason to get your stuff and go!