If you are an experienced skier or completely new to skiing, packing can be tricky and easy to forget things. Here is a full summary of what to pack for skiing or snowboarding.
Ski boots and Skis OR Snowboard boots and a snowboard OR both??
(I am a skier so I cannot offer you snowboard specific advice sadly)
If you have your own skis or board its obviously the first thing not to forget! Most airlines allow skis and boards to be checked in large luggage and it’s not too expensive. For European airlines this is in the ballpark of 50 euros. Make sure you book it advance because I don’t think you can sneak it into hand luggage…
If you don’t have your own skis or board, rentals are your friends. All ski resorts will have a rental shop that will fit the equipment to you. Rental in advance is a must too, especially if you are in high season! If you are skiing for the first time, you will need poles too. Don’t be surprised if the rental shop is really busy and seems chaotic on changeover day. (European ski resorts have the same changeover day on a Saturday for weeklong rentals). The shop will need your height and weight so make sure you know those.
Skiing can be very dangerous and do not make that worse by not wearing a helmet – it is definitely what to pack for skiing and snowboarding. Lots of ski rental places offer helmets too. If you are going to go skiing more than 1 holiday a helmet is a great investment to make. What better thing to protect than your big ol brain?
Winter Sport Insurance
Travel insurance that includes skiing is a must. Most travel insurance doesn’t cover skiing as a basic so do check with your insurer. Accidents can happen in very remote places meaning that you can have to be evacuated by skidoos, others or even a helicopter. I don’t know about you but I don’t have a stash of helicopters at my disposal so make sure you have insurance to pay for all circumstances.
Basic ski/snowbaord attire is waterproof warm trousers (salopettes) and a warm waterproof ski coat. If you are feeling really cool and vintage, a ski onesie is the thing for you.
Thermals (base layer)
They may not be the sexiest thing in the world but thermals are the way forward. I recommend thermal trousers, a long sleeved thermal top and an extra warm thermal jumper for cold days.
No one likes cold hands, what a way to ruin a day. Get some good warm and waterproof gloves to keep your hands warm.
Ski goggles, goggle protector and sunglasses
Ski goggles are also a must. The light reflecting on the snow makes it super bright on your eyes so goggles make the world a lot more visible. They also stop your eyes from watering when you are going SUPER fast down a run. I have a goggle protector that I adore from proggle that slips on top of your goggles to stop them scratching.
It’s cold but don’t you dare underestimate the power of the mountain sun! My first ever ski trip I wore a jumper that had a zip neckline that I left open all day and forgot to suncream it. Fast forward to the end of the day and I had a sunburn triangle pointing down towards my chest….it lasted months. Always use suncream to avoid questionable tan lines and protect your lovely skin. As well as suncream I also have a suncream lip balm. This works really well because it stops your lips drying out in the cold and getting painful.
A buff (light circular scarf) keeps your neck warm and also doubles up as a face warmer when it is really cold and your nose hurts.
Jazzy ski t-shirt
Bring a t-shirt perfect for apres-ski! (Directly translates to after skiing and is the fun parties after a day on the slopes). Also has the added benefit of covering boring thermals. My personal favourite tshirt is a sheep skiing with ‘piste again’ written on it that I got in New Zealand. Get it? Get it??
This doesn’t mean sandals. Ski resorts means snow even in the village. Make sure to have a good pair of snow boots or hiking boots to be able to navigate snowy or icy ground.
You are done!
You have finished! Now is for the best part – get on those slopes and have fun!! You now know all of what to pack for skiing or snowboarding.