Anyone who has gone skiing or snowboarding before knows that transporting equipment can be a real hassle. Skis and snowboards are often too long to easily fit in the cargo area of a car or SUV, especially if you plan on having more than two people in the vehicle and can’t fold down the rear seats. That’s where a good car ski and snowboard rack comes in handy.
These racks attach to the roof of your car and are designed specifically to hold skis, snowboards, and, in some cases, other equipment. They’re a little pricey, but if you go skiing more than once a year, they’re basically a must for any slope-going individual or family. All you need for most of these racks is a basic factory mounted roof rails and cross bars. These racks attach to those and will hold your ski equipment with ease.
Thule FlatTop 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier
For the price, the Thule FlatTop 6 Ski and Snowboard Carrier is one of the best you can buy. It carries up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards, making it easy to round up your family or friends and head to the mountain. The rack can accommodate any kind of ski and even works with skis that are inside a bag, as long as the bag isn’t too bulky. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is made of lightweight aluminum.
Thule SnowPack Extender Ski and Snowboard Rack
If you love the well-know Thule brand, but want something a little more robust than the FlatTop 6 unit above, consider the SnowPack Extender Ski and Snowboard Rack. This particular rack offers an extendable design that means you don’t have to stretch over the roof of the car when loading and unloading. It holds up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards with ultra-soft rubber and can hold any type of ski or snowboard.
Yakima FatCat 6 Evo Ski and Snowboard Mounts
The Yakima FatCat 6 Evo Ski and Snowboard Mounts is another good option priced between the two Thule products above. It offers an aerodynamic design that will keep wind noise when on the road to a minimum. The universal mounting system fits with just about any roof rack, and it can accommodate up to six pairs of skis and four snowboards. The locking mechanism extends for easy use making it easy to reach the rack when you get to your destination.
RockMounts LiftOp Biggie Ski and Snowboard Carrier
The RockMounts LiftOp Biggie Ski and Snowboard Carrier places ease of use at the top of its list of priorities. It features a large one-touch push-button lever that makes loading and unloading easy. The plush padding holds up to five pairs of skis and four snowboards. The carrier mounts to just about any factory roof rack. It’s lightweight, tubular design made to be quiet while driving and easy to remove when you don’t need it atop your car or SUV.
Inno Racks Dual Angle II Ski and Snowboard Rack
If you want something that’s top-notch, consider the Inno Racks Dual Angle II Ski and Snowboard Rack. This product actually mounts to the roof rails, so you won’t need to attach to your factory cross beams. The dual opening allows you to get to your skis and snowboards from both sides of the vehicle. It holds up to six pairs of skis and four snowboards.