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If you are lucky enough to live within driving distance from your local ski area, the majority of your ski trips will be road trips. As such, the equipment transport needs of road warrior ski enthusiasts are significantly different from those of their flying brothers and sisters in snow. If you have a big enough vehicle, you can simply store your skis and gear in the back. However, if you have either a small car or a large group of fellow skiers, you will need to consider some sort of rooftop storage.
In the past, outdoor enthusiasts that were involved in more than one outdoor sport had a problem when considering ski racks. What worked for skis did not work for a kayak or bicycle. Fortunately, thanks to modern accessories, a ski rack can be altered to function in a variety of ways. That said, there are a number of factor that should be taken into consideration when choosing a ski rack. For example, unless you plan to keep the same car for the next 20 years, you will want to make sure that the mounting locks that fasten the roof rack to the car can be removed and used in another mounting system.
If you plan to carry a good deal of equipment, you might consider a cargo box as opposed to car racks. In addition to providing extra storage space, cargo boxes can protect your skis from bad weather. However, while most cargo boxes are designed to hold any type of athletic equipment, keep in mind that some are not designed to carry skis.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|