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Ski Travel Tips

Planning & Packing For A Ski Trip

Skis? Check.
Boots? Check.
Pants, jacket, goggles, and gloves? Check.

Skiers and snowboarders 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 trek 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 your family.

We'd like to share these five tips on how to plan and 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.

Shopping Tip: When searching for fares at, 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

Learn about our low fare guarantee or 24-hour flexibility after booking your trip. 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, you can change your reservation for no change fee up to 60 days before departure (a difference in fare or other fees may apply).

3. Pack By Regulations

1 Ski/Snowboard Bag + 1 Boot/Helmet Bag = 1 piece of equipment on Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines counts 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

Alaska's mobile apps and website allows you to check-in early (up to 24 hours) for your flight. 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!