A ski/snowboard rack is a necessary companion to every winter sport enthusiast's car, truck, SUV, or van. Having one reduces the risk of scratches on your car and prevents snow, ice, and dirt from getting inside. Not to mention it clears up a lot of space making your trips to and from the mountain a lot more comfortable. There is nothing worse than riding in the back seat of a car with a snowboard poking you on one side and being squeezed up against another person on the other side. If you experience this on a regular basis during the winter season, then it is time that you invested in one. At Rack Attack you will find ski racks and snowboard racks that provide functionality, easy use, and comfort.
Deciding where you want to carry skis and snowboards is the first step in establishing how to carry them. The two options available are either a roof mounted carrier system or a receiver hitch mounted carrier system.
Roof mounted ski and snowboard racks REQUIRE that you have a means in which to mount them already in place. A manufacturer installed factory roof rack, or if your vehicle's roof is bare, one of our multipurpose base rack systems. To see what multipurpose base roof rack system options are available for your vehicle, check one of our Automated Roof Rack Fit Guides.
The main advantage of a roof mounted ski and snowboard rack is its versatility. Your roof rack can be easily customized by choosing from the wide range or carrier options Rack Attack has to offer. Roof mounted carriers typically include hardware to mount directly to factory racks and allow you to carry up to six pairs of skis or four snowboard (combinations of the two also work). Complete the security option of our ski and snowboard racks by purchasing lock cylinders that lock your gear in the rack and the rack to the vehicle. Note that some carriers come with locks included.
If you are looking for a little protection, roof mounted cargo boxes are another key option to explore. Skis and snowboards are protected from the elements and there is even enough room to throw in your boots, bags, and other gear. Roof mounted cargo boxes come in a wide range of sizes and have a variety of features. Boxes are typically 55 - 92 inches in length and vary in width. Shorter boxes are an optimal bet for sport wagons, CUVs, and smaller SUVs. Check your ski length before choosing a carrier.
Hitch mounted ski and snowboard racks are an option available to adapt your existing hitch mounted bike rack in to a dual purpose winter sport carrier. Hitch carriers hold up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards (also supports combinations) upright for maximum capacity. These carriers require that you have a hitch receiver already installed on your vehicle as well as an existing hitch mount bike rack. Not all models are supported so check one of our automated fit guides to verify. Access and security are a hitch carrier's best selling features, adding a cable lock or locking cylinders complete the carriers' security.
There is a sense of freedom when you load up the boards and point your vehicle toward the nearest snowy hill. These winter road trips are made more memorable knowing that your trusted gear will arrive there thanks to Thule.
Yakima has a long-standing tradition of making tremendous innovations in the snow category. In fact, if they gave out a Nobel Prize for snow mounts, we'd probably be booking tickets to Stockholm right about now. Yakima Snow Mounts are easier to operate than ever before - even for the terminally uncoordinated.