Are you about to hit the slopes? For a beginner who has never been to the snow (or even for a regular who always seems to leave something at home), it can be hard to know how much you will need to take without over-packing. Especially with weather that can go below freezing one day and the next day have perfect blue skies. Skiing and Snowboarding are amazing workouts, combined with an awesome adrenalin rush and incredible views – what’s not to love? Below are some packing tips to set yourself up for successful snow trip.
BEFORE YOU GO:
For on and off the snow, it is great having some tunes to get you going. I like to have a playlist set up for skiing, a chill out play list for when you get home and relax, and then a party playlist to get amped up before heading out to dinner or drinks.
Download the app for which ever ski resort you will be heading to so that you have access to the trail maps, ski conditions, locker storage, restaurant/bar locations, and restroom info for the resort.
PRE BUY SUPPLIES
Food, alcohol, snacks – you may not take these with you from home in your suitcase, but hitting the local store in a town before you hit the hill will be a lot cheaper than buying anything on the mountain. Remember, where there is snow, say goodbye to your dough. Ski hills are pricey and it pays in spades to plan ahead.
It also helps to have some tissues, lip balm, sunscreen and chewing gum in your pockets for just in case.
ON THE SLOPES
Dress for comfort – and warmth! You may find yourself in all sorts of positions throughout a typical day on the hill, from untangling yourself from a stack, mountaintop yoga, or even an apres ski dance party. So my overriding rule for packing is to always make sure what you will be wearing gives enough freedom of movement to be comfortable and ready for anything.
What I wear on a typical ski day is below, so when packing, I will consider the number of ski days, and will also consider if I have access to a laundry. If my accommodation has a laundry, I will pack less and do a wash or two.
ON MY HEAD
Basically, you need to be prepared for when the weather looks like this:
And for when the weather is so cold your hair gets like this!:
OFF THE SLOPES
There is always plenty of options off the slopes. Restaurants and bars are heated so you need to dress with enough layers so that you are warm while going to and from, but also layer so that you aren’t over heating once you are inside.
What I generally pack for evening wear:
However, if you do forget anything, in most mountain towns you will be able to pick up anything you need fairly easily, so don’t stress too much.
Do you have any packing tips for the snow?