Sportube Promotes ‘Plan Ahead, Ship Instead’ Initiative

Sportube's initiative makes travel easier and more cost effective for resort visitors and snowsports enthusiasts heading to ski and snowboard destinations this winter.
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Sportube Promotes ‘Plan Ahead, Ship Instead' Initiative

Vail, CO (DATE, 2010) – Sportube, manufacturer and distributor of the World's #1 hard-sided ski and snowboard travel cases and accessories, is promoting a “Plan Ahead, Ship Instead” initiative. The initiative is designed to make travel easier and more cost effective for resort visitors and snowsports enthusiasts heading to ski and snowboard destinations this winter.

The Snowsports Industry Association (SIA) has provided member and consumer resources to promote shipping gear. Ship Your Gear information for consumers is found on Snowlink and for industry members on SIA's website. A partnership with FedEx for the Ship Your Gear initiative offers specific discounts for getting gear to the slopes.

Sportube cases are blow molded from High-Density Polyethylene, which while being strong and durable is very lightweight. Each case is designed to protect valuable sports equipment from the abuses of airline check-in or shipping via carriers such as FedEx. Sportubes are designed specifically to protect your skis and snowboards during transit – regardless of whether gear is shipped or put in the hands of an airline or even on top of a rental car.

“The customer and industry support for shipping gear ahead is very positive,” says Paul Hields, President of Sportube. “In a Sportube your equipment is protected from the abuses of travel, your tube will last indefinitely, you can lock the case to secure the contents and you don't need any additional packaging. With discounts from carriers like FedEx, it's cheaper and easier to get your gear to the destination ahead of time. Plus you don't have to hassle at the airport, you avoid the airline fees and you guarantee a good experience on your own equipment.”

About Sportube
Established in 1995, Sportube is the World's number one supplier of hard sided travel cases for winter sports equipment and manufacturer of fly fishing specific rod cases. Sportube cases are assembled with pride in the USA using the best quality raw materials and components. Sportube's products include three models of ski and snowboard cases and two rod tubes. Each model is ergonomically designed, has wheels for easy transport and carries a 5-year or Lifetime warranty depending on Model. For more information visit the Sportube website at



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