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Old 03-05-2013, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Flying to CO: bring the board or rent?

In a few weeks I'll be flying out to CO to stay in Breck for spring break. My dad and I got into an argument: He thinks I should leave the board (a 2013 Proto CT) behind in PA and just rent out there. I want to bring the board since I paid a decent amount of money for it and it's only been used a couple times so far. I know that if I bring it out there I'll have to get a bag for it and pay any extra fees, but main question is do you think it'd be smarter to just bring the boots and rent once I'm there as opposed to bringing it on the trip?
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How many days are you going to ride? If you're going to be riding several days, it'll be cheaper to bring your own, plus you'll have your gear. Flying out west to ride is a special occasion for most people, I'd bring your board. Enjoy it.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fly southwest. No fees.
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Think you can rent some high end boards out in Breck. I would look online to see what they do have to rent...
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Fly southwest. No fees.
This.

United also didn't charge me for a board last week.

Bring your own board. It's yours. You paid a lot of $$ for it, and you want to use it. Enjoy it. A board bag will run you $50 or so. Renting a board will cost you $30-50 per day.
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Unfortunately, I got stuck with US Air. I'll be out there from Friday to Sunday. And it has kind of become a tradition to go out there on spring break, so the bag will get future use.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There are certain rules airlines have regarding snowboard gear and extra/oversized bag fees. They vary a lot. Note that some require a "hard" case, which cost more than the flimsy $50 board bags.

See this for a breakdown:

Airline Ski & Snowboard Baggage Fees & Allowance Requirements.

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I flew southwest out in January. Take the board. No big deal. Wrap your coat around one end, your pants around the other & put it in the bag.
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I flew southwest out in January. Take the board. No big deal. Wrap your coat around one end, your pants around the other & put it in the bag.
That's taking a chance, because several airlines will automatically nail you for the oversize bag fee if anything other than your board or boots are in the bag. I'm sure you can get away with it, but have a plan B if you don't want to pay an extra $175 (!) each way for having an oversize bag.
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With westjet it's only $20 + tax to take the board bag. Totally worth it. You'll probably break even on rental fees by the time you get the bag and pay the extra fees, but you'll be riding YOUR BOARD.

The only time I wouldn't take one would be if I owned a park board and I was heading to ride powder.
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