Bike Rack Shops Releases Top Five Ski and Snowboard Racks for 2011

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 15, 2011 12:04 am

As another ski season kicks-off, the age-old question remains: what is the best ski/snowboard rack to transport your gear to the mountain this winter?

Luckily, the specialists at Bike Rack Shops – the leading Internet retailer of bike racks for cars and bike storage racks – spent the off-season conducting in-depth reviews and comparative analyses of the functionality and durability of each of the major ski and snowboard racks on the market and have released their findings just in time for the season!

From large padded clamps that fit onto the roof rack of a vehicle to add-ons that can take the place of bike carriers on existing hitch-style racks, there is a ski and snowboard rack to meet the needs of avid and casual skiers and snowboarders alike…so check it out!

1. Thule Snowcat ($206.95 + Free Shipping): Able to hold up to six skis or four snowboards, this premium level ski and snowboard  rack doesn’t require crossbars on a vehicle’s roof. Its telescoping action allows attachment on factory rails and even comes with locking cylinders for security. While it is an excellent selection for cars with rails, it is also one of the most expensive winter racks on the market.


2. Softride Access Ski Rack Attachment ($179.99 + Free Shipping): Converts Softride Access bike racks into a winter gear carrier that can support up to five pairs of skis or four snowboards. While this is an excellent way to eliminate the need for removing equipment out of your SUVs hitch receiver, this rack is only for those who already have or are purchasing a Softride Access bike rack.


3. Thule Ski Carrier ($35.95): This ski-only rack from Thule sticks to the basics. It is able to secure and safely transport two pairs of skis, but has a minimalist design that doesn’t take up much space on the roof racks of cars. While not as user-friendly or as accessible as other rooftop ski racks, it is perfect for a pair of skiers on a budget.


4. Swagman Mont Blanc Powder Top ($117.00): Moderately priced, this rack can hold four pairs of skis or two snowboards. Best of all, it can be attached to factory installed roof rack and aftermarket racks from Thule or Yakima. It also features locks and an oversized lever that is easy to push while wearing ski gloves.


5. Thule Snowboard Carrier ($125.95): Designed specifically for the unique designs of snowboards, this rack holds two snowboards and attaches to nearly any factory installed roof rack. The angled design keeps bindings safe, and the rack is also lockable.