Kit List: Ski/Snowboard Trip

Weather you are getting ready to go on your first ski trip, or a veteran of the slopes, there are always going to be packing essentials that make or break your trip. Here we try to cut through the technical jargon to provide a simple packing list to help your prepare for your dream week away on the slopes. You can also download our printable Skiing Kit List  or  Snowboarding Kit List

Ski/Snowboard Equipment:

If it's your first time away, we would suggest hiring ski's/boards and boots locally in resort. This means you have less to travel with, but most importantly your first week is the steepest learning curve, and you will quickly surpass basic level ski/snowboard equipment. So at the stage we suggest to save your money and enjoy your time in the mountains. After a week or more of skiing you may want to start investing in dedicated equipment, when you are ready, have a look at our ski boot buying guide.

The biggest complaint of the beginner skier and snowboarders  is cold or sore feet, or cut off circulation. This is because the boots you are using don't fit. Boots should allow you to wiggle your toes. If you can't wiggle your toes, then your feet will be cold. But, boots should not allow you to turn your foot side-to-side within the boot. If you can turn your foot inside the boot, you won't have a chance to control your skis or board. You are looking for a snug, but not a tight fit. Don't be rushed in the hire shop and try as many boots as you need before you find the right ones.

If you are already a competent skier or boarder then you may already have your own boots, skis, snowboards, so you will obviously want to take these.

  • Ski or Snowboard Boots
  • Skis/Snowboard
  • Poles if skiing
  • Small Rucksack
  • Water bottle or Camel-back
  • Multi-tool

 Protection:

  •  A helmet - Whilst wearing a helmet is always going to be personal preference, we do strongly recommend them, especially for children (Many ski schools insist on helmets for under 16's)
  • Wrist guards - (for beginner snowboarders) until you have learnt how to fall correctly, these will help reduce the risk of injury when you take a tumble
  • Impact shorts - worn under your salopettes, these provide cushioning if you sit down hard, and help to keep you warm if sitting on cold chair lifts and in the snow.
  • Goggles - Essential for snowboarding and for skiers when it's snowing and visibility is poor
  • Sunglasses - more comfortable if it's sunny and warm for skiers,  and ideal at lunch stops

Ski/Snowboard Clothing:

  • Ski/snowboard jacket  -  ensure it's one designed for the slopes and has snow specific features such as a snow skirt
  • Ski/snowboard trousers or salopettes  -  Make sure that these do not restrict your movement
  • Thermal and long sleeved tops for base layers - these should be merino wool or wicking synthetic materials
  • Thermal bottoms to wear under your salopettes - again these want to be merino wool or wicking synthetic
  • 2 Mid-layer tops, breathable fleece is ideal
  • Waterproof and insulated gloves or mitts
  • Warm hat - Essential for covering your ears
  • Scarf, neck warmer or Buff
  • Long ski/boarding socks - these shouldn't be to thick, should be shaped to your feet and made of a wicking material. Tube socks should generally be avoided for adults. 

Resort Wear:

  • Walking boots or snow boots such as Sorel's
  • Swim suit for sauna, hot tub or pool
  • Casual clothes for the evening, layers are key as hotels and chalets can be warm
  • Sun glasses

Ski Day Checklist:

You might be chasing first lifts, or after a leisurely morning start. Either way,  there's nothing more annoying than getting to the first lift and realising you have forgotten your lift pass. Here is a short list of what to remember each day to get the most out of the mountain. You can use a ski day rucksack or simply load your pockets up.

  •  Lift pass - Put it in your ski/boarding jacket pocket (preferably one designed for lift passes) and don't take it out during your holiday
  • High factor sunscreen - The sun can be unforgiving up on the mountain, reflecting off the snow. Apply to all exposed skin and re-apply often
  • Lip protection with high SPF - Lips can get cracked up in the cold dry air so lip protection is a must
  • Snack - Being on the slopes all days uses a lot of energy. Something small and high energy like a cereal bar or flapjack is perfect
  • Water - Just because it's cold, don't forget to drink!
  • Spare mid layer - It can get cold quickly in the mountains
  • Lift pass - Put it in your ski/boarding jacket pocket (preferably one designed for lift passes) and don't take it out during your holiday
  • Piste map - Essential for planning your route around the resort
  • Cash - For when you fancy lunch, or a drink on the mountain
  • Insurance details - better to be safe than sorry

Off Piste Skiing & Boarding:

For experienced skiers and boarders, heading away from the crowds off Piste is a great experience, allowing you to find fresh, untouched powder and new lines. Yet, without the right experience and knowledge of snow conditions, the terrain and weather it can also be very dangerous. You should always seek local advice when possible, travel in a small group and consider using a guide. You should also practice using your avalanche kit before hand.

Essentials:

  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water & Food
  • Mobile phone 

Recommended:

  • ABS Rucksack system - In the event of an avalanche, giant airbags inflate at the side of the bag, keeping you on the top of the snow
  • Two way radio's - Help you communicate with your riding partners, when there might not be cell coverage
  • AvaLung - A life saver if things go wrong and you end up buried, these help you breath under snow, extending your survival time
  • Ski Skins
  • Rope
  • Climbing harness
  • Ice Axe
  • Snow Shoes

 

 

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