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Ski rack options for winter fun

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Mary Dichard and her family have been using ski racks for a few years.  "Coming home when there's snow on the skis or snowboard, it's better to have it on top of the car rather than inside," she said.

Ski racks have their benefits, but in order to attach one you need to make sure your vehicle is equipped with factory or after market crossbars. Once crossbars are checked off the list you're ready for a ski rack, and there are plenty of options. Models start around a hundred bucks.

"This is a good base carrier, it's lockable, universal clamps to attach to pretty much any bars  and you'll be carrying up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards," said Ryan Leclerc with Onion River Sports in Montpelier.

Protecting your rack and equipment from theft is always a concern. "They call this tamper-resistant hardware -- the bolt and the wrench you're not gonna find at the hardware store," Leclerc said.

Stepping up to around $200 you'll get even more security and some nifty features. "The big feature here is the clamps are tool free. There is a knob on this side that loosens the tension -- very simple, universal and lockable, so this locks with a key. Then the other nice feature is this, it has this feature pullout. When you're standing next to your vehicle you can load much easier, you don't have to reach over your vehicle and get salt all over your jacket," Leclerc said.

If garage clearance is a concern, some companies offer a low-profile ski rack. There are also snowboard holders which can save a lot of crossbar space. But to fully protect your equipment you can plan on shelling out about $400. "A cargo box is really the best way to carry your skis or boards. They're protected from the elements, certainly secure from theft plus you can get your gear in there as well," Leclerc said.
 
Regardless of how you transport your equipment, skiers know one thing is most important. "I just like to be outside in Vermont -- It's a great place, a great sport," Mary Dichard said.

It's getting some time in on the slopes.

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