What to pack for your ski holiday
Working out what you need to take on a ski holiday can be a confusing and unknown task especially for the first timer. If this is you’re first time visiting the mountains you may have many questions on what essentials you will need for you trip. Here is a comprehensive list of what you need to make your holiday a success.
There is an unending amount of different types of jackets, gloves and even socks on off if you are looking to buy your own stuff so here are the essentials of what you need without breaking the budget
Outerwear – A set of jacket and pants will go a long way to enjoying your holiday, make sure you are buying warm waterproof outerwear, even if you are going in spring as temperatures can still plummet. Look for 5000+ mm waterproofing. These garments can be picked up relatively cheap from places like Aldi or TK Maxx.
Gloves – you will NOT survive without them. Again there is no need to break the bank you can pick up a decent enough pair to do the job for around £25-£30 from most ski outlets, there is no need to spend big on gloves until you are committed to regular trips.
Ski Socks – Many people including experienced skiers are misguided about the type of sock to use. Remember ski boots are thermally insulated so there is no need for thick socks. Modern ski socks are shaped, padded and use technical fibres to keep you foot dry and warm. They are not the same as football or rugby sock. Ski socks are tailored to give you comfort in the boot. A thick sock or multiple pairs will leads to creases, rubbing and ultimately pain when skiing so stick to one good quality sock on each foot.
Helmet – Don’t be silly. Put your safety first. You may not be throwing triple corks or dropping cliffs but lift and other skiers can be just as dangerous it only take one out of control skier to collide with you for an accident to happen. It can be better to purchase your own rather than rent. It is cheaper in the long run and you won’t have a rental helmet worn by the masses. If your buying online (often cheaper) measure your head with a tape measure or a piece of paper and a ruler to get an accurate size.
Eyewear – It will be very bright at some point on the snow so sunglasses at least are needed to protect your eyes. Remember the white snow is highly reflective so UV is more potent. Goggles can also be worn in all conditions but this will be more important for you in the wind and the snow to give you greater visibility. A lot of people use googles in all conditions.
Thermals – Not a necessity and probably not worth it in spring time. If you’re skiing in the middle of winter then it is worth considering for extra warmth and you may find it stops the snow getting everywhere when you inevitably fall over. There is nothing worse than snow down your trousers. Don’t be afraid to wear you thermals when not skiing, keep warm!
Ski Resort Clothing
Casual – Warm casual clothing is a good start. A thick jumper and trousers are useful if you head out and about from you chalet in the evening, and are also nice and comfortable when relaxing after a big day on the slopes. If you are short on luggage space your ski jacket will be great for all occasions on and off the snow.
Shoes – Solid waterproof shoes are always great, there is likely to be snow on the ground around town so keep your feet nicely worm and dry.
Hat – A beanie of choice to keep your noggin cosy.
Other Ski Necessities
Suncream – Keep those pesky UV rays at bay, it so so so easy to get burnt even if its cloudy. Factor 30+ is a must. Anything under that will not do the job.
Aftersun – The elements can be harsh high wind or sun you’ll want to keep you skin in tip top condition just in case you get chatting to the hot ski instructor at apres ski.
Lip Balm – You don’t want those chapped lips just in case that ski instructor you’re chatting too wants a cheeky kiss. Dry lips are easy to get when on the mountain all day.
Hip-Flask – Your liqueur of choice to keep your spirits high and your body warm.
Backpack – You’ll need to take supplies with you for the day, mountain cafes and restaurants can be stupidly expensive so take so food and drink for lunch with you and maybe so extra layers. It can be good to share a bag between people in a group so you are not skiing all day with a backpack.