It is a good idea to check the cost of taking your skis or snowboard to the slopes as airlines, especially low-cost airlines, may charge extra for the privilege. In general, airlines charge around $30-$65 USD for this item of additional baggage, although some may charge up to $120 so it is best to call Alternative Airlines if there are any restrictions you are unsure of. A few tips for transporting ski and snowboard equipment by plane.
Buy the right luggage
Your sports equipment will not be treated any differently than the other luggage when it's going around the airport system, being manhandled by couriers or being loaded on the plane. For this reason, and to ease your mind, the best thing you can do is minimise any potential damage with the right luggage. For short-haul trips, consider a basic ski or snowboard bag with a shoulder strap. A sturdier bag may be better for those long-haul skiing destinations (wheels, more suitcase-like etc.)
Weigh your equipment
Ski and snowboard equipment is notoriously heavy. Your snow sports boots will add at least 2-3kgs to your luggage, which doesn't leave you much room for souvenirs! Prioritise some kit over others and rent the rest when you get there if you're concerned with weight limits and consider spreading your gear over two bags.