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So you've invested stacks of your hard-earned money and hours of your precious time into choosing a pair of skis or a snowboard that's going to turn you into a professional. But now you're stuck folding down the backseat of your car, positioning everything perfectly, and piling passengers in like an overcrowded subway car. When it's all said and done, you're left with a puddle of murky water in your ride. Avoid all of these hassles by carrying your ski gear in one of these lockable racks next time you head to the mountains.
$268 BUY NOW
Load your car full of friends and drive into the eye of the storm with this rack, capable of holding up to six pairs of powder skis or four snowboards. Yakima's DoubleJoint hinge system accommodates fatter boards and skis that other racks struggle with. This Evo version is an update to the original Fat Cat, with a sleek black design, slightly more space for wider boards and skis, and an even lower profile for better aerodynamics.
$130 BUY NOW
Every ski resort parking lot is packed full of this rack for several obvious reasons – it's sturdy, reliable, and easy to use, and it'll save you money for more important things, like spiked hot chocolate or ski school for the kids. Haul up to six pairs of skis with this rack, so there's plenty of room in the minivan for children, diapers, and a cooler full of après-ski refreshments.
$235 BUY NOW
No crossbars? No worries. This rack mounts to your side rails, so there's no need to purchase crossbars. The angle of the rack adjusts, too, to accommodate bigger bindings. It even has separate openings on both sides of the car, because if you drove, your passengers should at least do their own loading and unloading.
from $179 BUY NOW
Quieter than racks with a wall-like profile, yet much more affordable than the highly aerodynamic options, this rack will transport your ski and snowboard equipment safely to the mountains. After all, who cares more about their gear than a company that started (and is still based) in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains?
$150 BUY NOW
Load up two boards in this rack and leave space for a car-top carrier to lug your other gear. Designed with space-saving in mind, this rack mounts off-center, and it takes up way less space than most other options, so you'll be able to lug everything you need for a full month of powder-searching.
$104 BUY NOW
If most of your ski days are solo or with one other companion, this rack is all you need. Load up to two pairs of skis or two snowboards (when placed base-to-base) and hit the road. The buttons are easy to press, so there's no need to take your gloves off.
$280 BUY NOW
Have trouble hoisting skis on your rooftop? Already have a spare- or hitch-mounted bike rack? Transform your summer rack into a ski carrier by adding the Thule Tram. Now all your gear will be easier than ever to access at the rear of your car. Keeping your prized possessions in the rear also minimizes potential damage from road debris.
$139 BUY NOW
Yakima's most affordable ski rack is perfectly capable of hauling up to four pairs of skis or two snowboards en route to the mountains. After a long day of riding, throw your skis up top, lock them in place, then head inside for a few happy hour beers, knowing your skis are safely where you left them.
$259 BUY NOW
Not only does this rack look sleek enough to complement your German sports car, but it also has a low-profile design that improves fuel efficiency and reduces wind noise. Don't worry if you have bigger bindings — the company's integrated SmartLift raises the rack to increase roof clearance, then tucks back away when not in use.