I have been getting a lot of enquires about ordering skis and snowboards from the USA. Snowboards and skis are technically too long to ship via USPS, but lots of companies in the USA seems to be shipping them to Australia using USPS. My USA partner has recently started taking orders for snowboards and skis because of this, but so far he has yet to have any ship to Australia so I can’t tell you if it will work. The risk is the USPS depot in San Francisco will send the package back to my partner. While we don’t think this is likely, it is a risk. If you want to take the risk then you can place an order, or you can wait until I have some more news.
The cost of USPS shipping for a single snowboard is around US$110 and around $75 for a pair of skis. There is no problem ordering other ski gear like boots, jackets, pants, gloves.
My USA partner tried shipping the skis via USPS and they got blocked at the San Francisco depot and sent back to my agent. My partner now has a high volume UPS account set up so he can now ship skis and snowboards and the cost should be around $100 to $120 to ship. Interestingly, the cost of shipping two skis or snowboards is not that much more at around $120 to $150.
My partner has moved to FedEx – apparently they have a better to deal with. The cost are around the same as UPS. One thing FedEx does offer is very high discounts if the volumes are high so if everyone ordered a lot of large items then the cost would really come down.
Snowboards tend to cost around US$70 to $90 to ship. Skis seems to be larger and cost around US$100 to US$120. The difference depends on the size and weight.
This is a very old post so please don’t rely on any of the numbers quoted here to work out the shipping weight of snow gear. Use the order form or the shipping cost calculator to work this out. As a hint snowboards tend to be around 25 lbs volumetric weight, but because of their length attract an extra surcharge from UPS.