Bulky ski gear is no match for these tried-and-true ski bags.
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Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Travel Bag
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Seasoned skiers and novice skiers may have wildly different experiences on the slopes, but if there's one aspect of a ski trip they share, it's the unpleasant hassle that is traveling with ski gear. Despite being a necessary part of any ski trip, the awkward (and often inconvenient) process of schlepping your skis through the airport, around the mountain, or in between destinations is enough to make you question your decision to go skiing altogether. Not only are the skis themselves cumbersome, but throw in the ski boots, a helmet, and the rest of your mountain gear, and you've created a minimalist traveler's packing nightmare.

But it doesn't have to be that way. If you want to ease the burdensome task of hauling all of your ski essentials to the mountain, the solution is a good ski bag. Finding the right piece of luggage to transport your skis will make a world of difference in your experience. Here are the best ones for every type of skier and traveler.

The 10 Best Ski Bags of 2021

How to Find the Right Ski Bag

When it comes to finding the best ski bag to travel with, there are a few key components to keep in mind. First, consider the size of the bag. Are you bringing one or two pairs of skis? Many ski bags can accommodate up to two pairs (different ski runs and snow textures call for varying types of skis, after all), so think about how much space your gear will require. Even if you plan on bringing a single pair of skis, many seasoned travelers advise opting for a roomier bag since you can use any extra space for bulky jackets, snow pants, and boots.

Another feature to take into account is the mobility of the bag. If you're anticipating any layovers during your trip, you'll want a ski bag with wheels so you can easily zip from one gate to the next. In general, roller ski bags tend to be a good idea for travel since they make maneuvering your luggage that much easier — the last thing you want at the airport is to be slowed down by a heavy bag on your shoulder. And if you do decide to go with a bag that's not equipped with wheels, you'll want to choose one with a comfortable carrying strap that provides plenty of cushioning.

Before selecting a ski bag, it's also important to check out the baggage policy for the airline you're flying. Most airlines count all ski equipment, which includes one pair of skis and a pair of ski boots, as one piece of checked baggage. For some airlines, however, you may have to bring your ski boot bag on the flight as your one personal item.

With these considerations in mind, we've outlined the 10 best ski bags for winter travel, below, based on glowing customer reviews from avid skiers. Whether you're new to the slopes or have been skiing for ages, a high-quality ski bag is an absolute must — and with any of these top-rated options, you'll arrive at your destination hassle-free and be ready to hit the slopes before you know it.

Best Overall: Dakine Fall Line Roller Bag

Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Travel Bag
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With plenty of space and other travel-ready features, it's no wonder this well-rounded piece of luggage is one of Dakine's most popular double ski bags. Equipped with wheels for easy transport, the bag can carry up to two pairs of skis at once and has an external zippered pocket for easy access to smaller gear, like goggles and gloves. Plus, the tow handle can latch onto a rolling suitcase, allowing you to seamlessly glide through the airport with all of your belongings in one hand.

"Very happy with this bag," one Amazon reviewer wrote. "I have the 175-centimeter version and it fits my old 174-centimeter skis, two sets of kid skis, two sets of poles, one pair of kid boots, pants, jackets, etc. which provide extra padding and hold gear tight." 

To buy: amazon.com, $99

Best With Wheels: DB The Djarv Snow Roller

Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Travel Bag
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This spacious double ski bag guarantees smooth traveling with its thoughtful rolling design, which is ideal for when you're handling luggage in busy airports or hotels. The bag is lined with foam to protect your skis while you're on the move, and its durable water-resistant fabric will keep them safe from the elements. But if you're still concerned with potential shifting, there's also plenty of room to pack clothing and use it as an extra layer of cushion.

"This ski bag is awesome," raved one reviewer. "[It] stores away in a compact format and is strong enough for two sets of skis and other gear." They also mentioned that the "zippers, handles, and wheels are tough," and that a backpack can easily attach to the bag.

To buy: backcountry.com, from $202 (originally $269)

Best Double Ski Bag: Dakine Boundary Ski Roller Bag

Dakine Boundary Ski Roller Bag
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This padded roller bag from Dakine makes packing for your ski trip a breeze with its roomy interior, which can fit two pairs of skis, one pair of ski boots, a set of poles, and your outerwear comfortably. Inside, there are bags that make organizing your ski accessories easy, and they can be removed to free up space. Handy compression straps keep your skis secure and also assist with packing. Its oversized wheels and handle enhance its sturdiness, and it has a lockable zipper so you can have total confidence that your gear is safe. 

"This is absolutely worth the money if you're looking to protect your investment," according to one customer. "I was able to fit my 184-centimeter skis, [size] 26.5 boots, poles, a helmet, gloves, goggles, [a] change of clothing, and [a] jacket — with room to spare! Love the design of this bag and also the protection it provides my car by keeping moisture inside the bag on the way home from the slopes." 

To buy: amazon.com, $220

Best Fully Padded: Thule RoundTrip Ski Bag

Select Sportbags 190 Fully Padded Double SKI Bag W/Wheels
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Best for skis up to 192 centimeters in length, this single ski bag can also leaves enough room for additional gear. In fact, there's a pocket dedicated to your poles. The fully padded bag protects your skis from end to end and even includes two padded interior dividers for extra cushion. Its slim profile combined with its convenient shoulder strap and grab handles creates strain-free carrying. And when it's time to hit the slopes, the bag's S-shaped zipper makes grabbing and packing your gear seamless. 

"Between the padding, tough waterproof liner, pole compartment, compression straps, tip-protecting stuff bags, and wide-open zipper, and multiple grab loops, and detachable shoulder strap, Thule put far more thought and value into this than the competition," wrote one reviewer, who says they compared the bag to options from four other popular brands.

To buy: amazon.com, $140

Best for Single Skis: High Sierra Padded Ski Bag

Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Travel Bag
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Transporting a single set of skis is often less of a hassle, thanks in part to convenient bags like this one. The padded, durable design of the High Sierra Ski Bag makes it highly rated among skiers. Measuring at 185 centimeters in length, it's large enough to fit what you need without being hard to handle. The exterior has a curved zipper that allows the gear to easily be packed in and compression straps to ensure everything stays safe and secure. Plus it's made from a durable nylon material that "self-repairs," according to the brand, translating to plenty of uses. 

"[It] easily fits a pair of skis, poles, jacket, pants, gloves, and more," shared one reviewer. "I used [it] for a trip to Colorado and had several flights to get there — everything came out in perfect condition." 

To buy: amazon.com, from $53

Best Value: High Sierra Ski Bag and Boot Bag Set

High Sierra Ski Bag & Sku Boot Bag Combo, Black/Mercury, One Size
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For just $40, skiers get both a quality ski bag and a spacious boot bag. The High Sierra Ski Bag can hold skis measuring up to 200 centimeters and can be folded to better accommodate shorter pairs, while the boot bag comfortably houses boots up to size 13. Both are made from a durable nylon coil material, which is water-resistant and self-repairing against the everyday wear and tear that comes with hitting the slopes. 

"Excellent durability," shared one Amazon reviewer. "[I] was concerned that material would be cheap, however, I'm very happy with the sturdiness of the bag. [I] carried it on the subways through New York City without any damage to catch my flight. [It] fits up to 200-centimeter skis easily and can fit poles, a ski jacket, and pants. The boot bag can additionally hold a ski helmet as well." 

To buy: amazon.com, from $34

Best Weather-Resistant: Athletico Diamond Trail Padded Ski Bag

Athletico Diamond Trail Padded Ski Bag
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Perhaps the most appealing feature of Athletico's ski bag — which is available in two lengths, 170 centimeters and 185 centimeters — is the water-resistant polyester exterior that protects ski gear from the mountain's elements. Having a winter-friendly, weather-resistant ski bag is essential for keeping all of your belongings dry while trekking through snow. Reviewers also say they favor this bag for the convenient full-length zipper and the fully padded lining that ensures skis are kept snugly in place.

"[I] highly recommend this ski bag," one shopper said. "It makes carrying all of the equipment much easier and keeps your skis protected." 

To buy: amazon.com, $40

Best Hard-Case: Sportube Series 3 Ski Case

Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Travel Bag
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The extra layer of protection that comes with a hard-case ski bag is important when traveling on longer flights — with a solid case, you can reduce the chance that your skis will get damaged in transit. Sportube's sleek and minimal plastic case, complete with a handy locking feature, is perfect for safely transporting a single pair of skis and poles. And although it's lightweight enough to carry, the bag's streamlined design can fit up to three pairs of skis and is also equipped with wheels and a pull handle should you choose to roll it instead.

"This was by far the easiest case to maneuver around the airport and hotel," one customer explained. "Also, everything felt more protected in the hard case as opposed to the soft-sided cases. [The] list of items that fit in the case, which weighed in at 49.8 pounds: 157-centimeter snowboard with bindings, boots, jacket, fleece bib, pants, two knee braces, two wrist braces, shoulder brace, EVS body armor with hard spine protector, gloves, goggles, and a helmet." 

To buy: amazon.com, from $220

Best Boot Backpack: Athalon Everything Boot Bag

athalon everything boot bag backpack ski snowboard
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Athalon's Everything Boot Bag has more than 990 positive reviews from customers, who have given it an average rating of 4.7 stars on Amazon. This all-encompassing backpack lives up to its name and can fit a pair of boots, a helmet and goggles, gloves, ski clothing, and more, according to owners of the bag. Other thoughtful features include adjustable, cushioned shoulder straps, a multitude of different-sized pockets to safely store all of your belongings, and ventilated boot compartments on either side of the backpack. This handy addition ensures your ski boots get extra airflow — because no one wants to deal with sweaty, smelly ski boots after a long day on the slopes.

"[I] love this bag," one reviewer raved. "Talk about holding everything but the kitchen sink! This boot bag holds both ski boots, helmet, goggles, two pairs of gloves, ski pants, two ski jackets, socks, [a] face mask, and much more."

To buy: amazon.com, $70

Most Versatile: Thule RoundTrip Boot Backpack

Dakine Fall Line Ski Roller Travel Bag
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If you opt for a smaller ski bag, it's usually a good idea to get a boot bag to go with it so you can transport your snowshoes and other essentials. In fact, this backpack has built-in loops that easily attach to Thule's matching ski bag for seamless transportation of both at once. Another standout feature of this boot bag is the functional and versatile construction: After you unzip the back panel and lay it on a flat surface, it turns into a handy standing mat that allows you to change out of your boots no matter where you are. Just don't forget to wipe it down before packing everything back in! 

"Very spacious and well organized," one customer wrote. "[It's] perfect for carrying a complete set of race gear to the mountain. The compartmentalization of the bag keeps boots separate from the rest of the things you place into the bag. For my teenage son, we are able to get a pair of boots, ski socks, helmet, goggles, race suit, ski pants, and a ski jacket all into this one bag. And, he clips his skis to the clips on the side of the bag." 

To buy: amazon.com, $100

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By Sam Lauron and Emily Belfiore