Before winter arrives and the snow starts to pile up, selecting the proper ski and snowboard rack is a must. There is a plethora of carriers on the market today for storing skis, snowboards, boots, and additional gear outside the vehicle, allowing passengers inside more freedom of movement and comfort. Some racks are simply designed; others are part of a system that can be used for a variety of sports. They are built to fit all types of cars, including small compacts, SUVs, and minivans. Some carriers are easily mounted to the vehicle, while others may have to be professionally installed. The racks can be attached to trailer hitches, roofs, windows, or the trunk of the car.