If you’ve got a car full of people ready to hit the slopes, you know what it’s like trying to fit everyone’s skis and snowboards in the trunk or between seats. You can make things a lot more comfortable with a rooftop carrier or hitch mounted carrier. Keep your skis and snowboards secure and out of the way on the roof or back of your vehicle.
Roof Mounted Ski and Snowboard Racks
Rooftop ski and snowboard racks require a roof rack base for mounting. If you have a naked roof, you can purchase a roof rack system from Thule, Yakima, or another brand. Rack systems are also available for vehicles with factory rack systems already in place.
The best part about choosing a rooftop ski and snowboard rack is that you can use the roof rack base for carrying bikes, kayaks, canoes, surfboards, and other gear during the spring, fall, and summer months. The roof rack system holds any type of carrier, which is a bonus if you’re a multi-sport fan.
Besides ski and snowboard racks, you can also use a cargo box to transport your gear. The advantage is extra protection from the elements. Plus, you can stash your boots, bags, and other gear inside the box for more leg room in the vehicle. Make sure the cargo box is long enough to fit your ski length and large enough to fit all of your gear.
Hitch Mounted Ski and Snowboard Racks
Another option is to purchase a hitch mounted ski and snowboard carrier. With a hitch mount, there’s no need to purchase a roof rack system. Installation is quicker, and the skis and snowboards are easier to access, since they are at a lower level. The downside is that it limits access to the rear cargo area, although some racks fold out of the way when unloaded to allow rear access.