If you’ve taken the plunge and bought your own pair of skis, the next key thing on your list should be a good ski bag. No matter what it is you’re looking for in a ski bag, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best ski bags you can get your hands on this winter:
Best All-Rounder – Wed’ze 900 Ski Bag
Designed for the skier or snowboarder who wants to pack as much into their ski bag as possible, whilst also being able to manoeuvre easily and pack it down to store in smaller places. This ski bag is designed to take up to 4 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards, and is hugely spacious, with an extendable roll top for those skis that may be longer than 165cm. It’s ideal for anyone travelling through airports with their skis thanks to the efficient wheeled design which makes walking any distance with it much less painful than if you were carrying this amount over your shoulder!
Plus, at just £79.99, it’s incredible value for a large, durable ski bag. If you want a ski bag that can do it all at a more purse-friendly price, you can’t go wrong with the Wed’ze 900 ski bag.
Best Wheeled Ski Bag – Thule Roundtrip Ski Roller
This incredibly sturdy and sleek ski bag fits two pairs of alpine skis and poles, with additional pockets for any other gear. However, the main thing we love about the Thule Roundtrip Roller are the large, sturdy wheels, which give this bag a really smooth feel and work well across varied surfaces. Inside the bag, removable padded divider allows you to safely separate your skis, while internal and external straps keep everything secure.
It’s exceptionally sturdy, with structural reinforcements at the top and bottom to prevent that dreaded sag that some ski bags suffer from when being wheeled. Plus, multiple grab handles make it really easy to move, which come in very handy for transfers, airport baggage counters and (god forbid) stairs! Available in 175 or 192cm and in blue or black colourways.
Best for Packing it All in – Dakine Boundary Ski Roller Bag
The Dakine Boundary ski roller is the ultimate ski bag for those who want to carry all their kit in one place. This is a ski bag that was obviously designed by those that love the mountains. The added elements are all hugely useful, such as the removable boot bag – tarp-lined in case you’re travelling straight from the slopes and your boots are still wet. There’s also a vented outerwear bag to avoid any wet outer gear building up a funky smell on the journey home. This bag can easily fit two pairs of skis and poles and offers 360-degree padded ski protection to ensure your gear arrives safe and sound.
Dakine have even added a compatible handle system that can pair with a rolling luggage bag to allow one-handed rolling through airports or stations. For anyone that’s experienced the struggle of trying to retrieve your passport whilst holding two luggage bags, this might just be a game changer.
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Best Over Shoulder Ski Holder – Rossignol Hero Ski Bag
The Rossignol Hero is a seriously heavy duty ski bag, with the ability to carry up to three pairs of skis. This is a bag that’s built with athletes in mind, which is sturdy enough to withstand all the travel of even the world cup circuit. The Hero is one of the best ski bags for serious travellers, made of rugged ripstop polyester, with a waterproof coating to ensure your gear stays dry no matter the weather.
Compression straps make it simple to stabilise the weight, with handles at each end to make carrying it about much easier. This is a very large ski bag that can fit skis up to 220cm in length, so perfect for those of you that need the extra space.
Best for Stylish Skiers – The Douchebag
This game-changing ski bag first hit the market back in 2012 and has been a favourite of fashionable skiers ever since. It’s combination of lightweight design, easy length adjustment and additional extras and is fully foldable for easy storage when empty. A key feature of the Douchebag is its unique ‘rib cage construction’, which comprises strong, lightweight ABS ribs, allowing additional padding to be removed and weight saved, while providing optimal protection for your skis. You can also easily connect a Douchebag backpack with the patented Hook-Up System, taking the weight off your shoulders.
Designed with input from skiers, snowboarders and even baggage handlers, this is a ski bag with huge focus on design. If you want your ski bag to be the talk of the group, the Douchebag is it. Questionable name perhaps, but one of the best ski bags we’ve used nonetheless.
Best for Multi-Bag Travelling – Snokart, The Kart Roller
If there’s one bag that truly excels when it comes to ease of travelling and multi-bag compatibility, it’s got to be the Kart Roller. This ski bag is part of Snokart’s best-selling Kart system, which means that it can be easily combined with a roller luggage bag to create one single piece of luggage that can be seamlessly wheeled together. Further upgrades this winter have seen new Fidlock closures linking the system together for enhanced security and from our experience these work really well. This is another ski bag with large, sturdy wheels, guaranteed to keep you happy even over snowy ground.
The large size means that this roller can be used with either snowboards or skis – 2 pairs of skis & poles or 2 snowboards up to 190cm in length.
Best Hard Shell Ski Bag – Sportube Series 1 & 2
Though most of the best ski bags we’ve listed here are soft-shell options (often preferred for their storage qualities), there will always be those who prefer the classic hard-shell ski bag, feeling this offers the optimal protection for your precious ski gear! The Sportube Series 1 and 2 offer a super strong plastic shell protects your equipment, whether you are travelling by plane, train, coach or even shipping your skis to your destination.
The Series 1 can accommodate one pair of skis, while the Series 2 can fit two pairs of skis. They are padded at each end to protect the tips and tails of your skis so you don’t need to worry about them getting damaged in transit and they’re both available in both black and bright orange – which you certainly won’t miss on the baggage carousel!
Best for Single Skis – Atomic Single Ski Bag
The Atomic Ski Bag is the most comfortable, simple and stylish way of transporting just one pair of skis next winter. It comes in a 175cm length, but with a Ski Length Adjuster, meaning you can extend the length of the bag to 205cm using a zipper if your skis are over 175 in length. We particularly like this feature as it means that if your skis are under 175 (as many are), you avoid any excess material flapping around!
The material of this bag is water and stain resistant on the outside, with an easy-to-clean Tarpaulin lining inside. Plus, extra padding to protect your bindings and secure fastenings keep your skis very well protected in transit. This bag is available in Atomic’s signature bright red, as well as a more neutral black.
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