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Taking my snowboard on Japan Air to Amsterdam

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1. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Hi everyone,

I am wanting to take my snowboard to Amsterdam with me from New Zealand. Im flying Japan Air via Tokyo.

Any advice on how to go about doing so?

Thanks,
Luke

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Hi Luke - have you contacted the airline to ask if it's ok?

3. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 9y

my boyfriend bought his kitesurfing stuff from amsterdam to asutralia, but it was with british airways.... so i dunno if this is relevant!

but he could get an additional 15kg (i think) "sports equipment" baggage allowance, if he kinda applied for it. they lost his board, but we got it aagain at 7am the next day...

check with the airline about extra equipment allowances!

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

What are you going to do with a snowboard in Amsterdam?

Herr Bert
(just curious)

5. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Thanks for the replies, haha I am flying into Amsterdam and going down to Maastricht the next day to live for 6 months as a student. I am hoping to go snowboarding over the christmas holidays in Austria or Switzerland :)

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Excellent - have you made plans to travel for snowboarding? There are a lot of good spots in France too, and probably easier for you to get to.

7. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

Nah i havent really thought too much about it, but I am just keen to catch up on some boarding seeing as I will miss most of the NZ season. Where abouts in France can i go?

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

A friend of mine used to go to Tignes, he said it was amazing.

See if this site is any use.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2007, at 4:19 AM by mikeyBoab ]

9. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting lukep

Thanks for the replies, haha I am flying into Amsterdam and going down to Maastricht the next day to live for 6 months as a student. I am hoping to go snowboarding over the christmas holidays in Austria or Switzerland :)

You could check out Snowworld in Landgraaf, it's near to Maastricht, and has the longest indoor piste in Europe. (they even have a round of the Worldcup Snowboard (Slalom) taking place every year)

http://www.snowworld.com/snowworld.htm (website isn't ready but in the english section, it has a PDF file, with the information, where it says more information.

I don't think that places in France are easier to reach. Via Germany, you have easy access to places like Oberstdorf in Germany, and further south to Austria (Imst/Sölden) and Switzerland.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2007, at 8:02 AM by Herr Bert ]

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I don't have any first hand experience, but I will note that Japan is a huge winter sports country, and they are used to people flying (at least internally) with skiis/snowboards. I have friends who frequently travel around Japan at weekends etc using JAL with their skiis/boards, all without incident. One is even Dutch friend who took his own board with him from Amsterdam and brings it with him when he comes back to Europe in winter.

Providing you have a bag for your board, it is unlikely to be a problem, and you should be able to use the sports allowance for the extra weight [though it's possible they might look at you slightly strangely if you are taking you snowboard to Europe in the middle of summer]