Like most modern ski equipment, the modern-day ski rack is a much different beast than it was in the old days. Instead of bungee cording your sticks to a “luggage” rack that may or may not be that secure itself, today’s ski racks are purpose-built units designed specifically to hold your skis and snowboards. But, with all the technological innovation built into modern models, ski rack installation can be a bit intimidating.
The Different Types of Ski Racks
At the outset, you have to start with a great rack. For instance, you simply can’t go wrong with a Yakima ski rack, a Thule snowboard rack or an INNO ski and snowboard combo rack. That’s because these companies build their racks to fit your exact vehicle. In other words, a Subaru Outback ski rack from Yakima is going to be very different from a Toyota Highlander ski rack from the same brand. But, that’s only due to the different roof rack designs of each vehicle.
The beauty in purchasing a high-quality vehicle-specific rack is that they’re made to fit that vehicle’s roof racks. And, though ski racks for Jeep Wrangler roof racks won’t fit any other vehicle’s racks, they’ll fit your Jeep like a dream, which makes for a super-easy installation process. Since the mounts are designed as such, installing your ski rack is usually as easy as clamping it to your roof rack. In fact, companies like Yakima and Thule even supply the wrench.
Ski and Snowboard Racks for Your Vehicle
Now, if you have a brand new vehicle, there may not be a rack for it yet. For instance, there was no Nissan Murano ski rack for about a year after it hit the roads, whereas a Ford Escape ski rack is always readily available. In cases like the former, you can always opt for a hitch mount ski and snowboard rack. These handy units plug right into your vehicle’s hitch receiver, much like the bicycle racks they’re based on. And, installing one of these racks is as simple as sliding the rack into the receiver—about as easy as it is to slide down the slopes!
Once installed on your vehicle’s roof, a roof-mounted ski is guaranteed to hold your sticks securely. But on vehicles like SUVs and lifted truck, accessing your gear can be a tricky proposition. In cases like these, we recommend a tire step. This indispensable roof rack accessory sits securely on your tire to form a handy ladder, which helps you load and unload your roof rack with ease. And when you’re done, the unit simply folds up and stows away neatly.