Whether 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
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.
General & Essential Kit
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 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.
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.