If you'll be hitting the slopes this winter, there are plenty of preparations necessary to make your trip run smoothly. From finding the right skis to the perfect parka, it can be overwhelming. Luckily, we're here to shed some light on must-have ski trip accessories. For road trippers traveling with their own own skis and snowboards, you'll want to make sure your car is properly equipped to handle all of your gear. A good ski rack should be sturdy, easy-to-install, and spacious enough to fit all necessary equipment. Whether you're headed to the mountains by yourself or with the whole family, we found five ski racks that skiers swear by.
We made sure only to include the best of the best, so all of these ski racks have glowing reviews from shoppers. Keep reading for our top picks, all of which you can shop on Amazon.
An impressively affordable option, coming in at just $80, this ski rack is great for novice skiers, since it's also quick and easy to install. The versatile rack can also be used to securely transport other outdoor gear, such as fishing rods, paddles, and water skis.
"Five stars to this ski rack. It takes me around 20 mins to install and we went to ski last weekend. The rack holds four pair of skis total for my family. It took two hours to reach the mountain ski place, the ski racks hold the skies very tightly," one shopper wrote.
To buy: amazon.com, $80
If you're looking for a hitch-mounted rack, this option from Buzz Rack is the way to go. It can hold up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards and has a load capacity of 99.2 pounds. The rack also tilts away from the vehicle to allow tailgate access.
"I have always been interested in a hitch-mounted rack because it's easy to access, easy to mount for my ski trips and remove for the rest of the time, it stays out of the wind so there is no noise and no loss in fuel mileage and seems to catch less road grime too. On top of all that, I think it looks unique and just plain cool," one Amazon reviewer wrote.
To buy: amazon.com, $289
Thule is a trusted name when it comes to outdoor gear, and these sturdy ski racks are no exception. The racks come with a secure locking system and can hold up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards.
"I've used them on two ski trips up the mountain with three pairs of skis and one snowboard. I have no complaints. Pros: Easy and quick to install, securely holds skis, locks work [well], barely noticeable wind noise. Cons: none," one reviewer raved.
To buy: amazon.com, $165 (originally $185)
This mount, which is a best-seller on Amazon, is impressively easy to install and use, since you can open up the rack with just the press of a button (you can even do it with winter gloves on). It's designed to hold up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards, although reviewers mention that it usually fits four or five pairs more comfortably.
"This ski rack is very easy to use and served its purpose. I purchased the 6-ski rack and I will say that it may be difficult to actually fit six pairs of skis because we had five pairs and it was a tight fit. The lock on the rack was an excellent feature. I would recommend this rack to others as it served our needs and was easy to use," one shopper wrote.
To buy: amazon.com, $159
Another simple yet dependable ski rack, this option from SportRack is a customer-favorite. It features large push buttons for easy release, although there are also locks for added security.
"Great rack. Mounted snugly to factory cross-bars on Mazda CX-5. Held skis and poles securely over ten hours on the road, without any odd vehicle behavior or excess noise, even in high-wind conditions," one reviewer wrote. Another shopper mentioned that they fit six pairs of skis comfortably using this rack, making it a spacious option.
To buy: amazon.com, $138 (originally $170)
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