It’s time to pack for your ski trip and you’re not sure where to start. It is important to be comfortable on the slopes and one thing’s for sure, you simply have to keep warm. Read our handy guide to ensure you don’t get caught out.

HOW TO SKI IN COMFORT

It’s worth buying a quality thermal top and leggings. The base layers are key to keeping you warm on the slopes. The right layers will encourage water or sweat away from your skin and into the outer layers of clothing to keep you warm and dry. If you’re on a budget or it’s your first trip, have a look in places like TK Maxx or Decathalon in the UK. You might even find some good deals on eBay.

BEST SKI JACKET AND THERMALS

It’s essential you pack a decent jacket for your ski trip. This will protect you from the elements on the slopes. The right one should be breathable, cosy and warm. There are countless brands to choose from. If you buy the right one, it should last you for years. You don’t have to buy the most expensive one you find. Keep an eye out for good deals online and on the high street. North Face, Columbia, Spyder Chambers and Helly Hansen all offer quality gear.

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BUY OR RENT A HELMET

One of the most important items to pack for your ski trip is a helmet. Despite the fact you’ll see some people skiing without one. You don’t need buy one if it’s your first trip. You can easily hire one from a local ski shop when you arrive.

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DON’T FORGET SUNGLASSES AND GOGGLES

The deciding factor on sunglasses or goggles will depend on the conditions. It’s handy to have a pair of sunglasses so you can sit out on the slopes when the sun’s out. Goggles will provide better coverage all around. They will protect your eyes from the wind, snow, whiteouts and bright light.

You can also clip them to your helmet so you don’t lose them. If your goggles get wet they may steam up. You can buy anti-fog spray or dry them under a hand dryer to prevent this from happening.

BUY SKI GLOVES OR MITTENS

A decent pair will protect your hands from the cold. Make sure they are waterproof and breathable.  Ski gloves wrap your fingers individually to provide excellent coverage. Mittens tend to be warmer than gloves because fingers generate more heat when they’re not separated by fabric. You can’t hire these and it’s cheaper to buy a pair before you travel to the ski resort as they will cost double the price once there.

TAKE HAND WARMERS

What to pack for your ski trip
What to pack for your ski trip

Not essential but handy to have for those really cold days when you’re on the chair lift and you just can’t seem to get your hands warm. These small packets come in different types – either disposable or reusable. Order online before you travel or buy them in the village ski shops when you arrive.

BUY A BALACLAVA

Definitely one of the best things to pack for your ski trip. You’ll be thankful for either of these on the really chilly days, they are great for protecting your face and cheeks from the elements. They are far less bulky than a scarf so are ideal for keeping in your pocket or pulled down around your neck until you feel the need to wear it.

PACK SKI SOCKS

One item you should definitely pack for your ski trip: socks. These are one of the most important and understated parts of your ski or snowboard gear. A pair of uncomfortable or poor-quality socks can easily ruin an otherwise perfect day on the slopes. You only need to wear one pair and there are lots of different types including wool socks, heated socks, liner socks, padded soles, and padded calf socks which can improve comfort on the slopes. Do some research before you travel and buy a couple of pairs to ensure you are comfortable on the slopes.

MORE ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR SKI TRIP

It’s a good idea to ensure you pack suncream and lip balm for your ski trip. Ensure it’s a high factor because many people get sunburned on ski holidays. You may also find it handy to pack a water bottle or Camelbak. This will help you stay hydrated. I also recommend a small rucksack which is handy to keep you essentials in and a packed lunch. handy to keep snacks and other supplies inside

Where to stay: Chalet la Fontaine is located in the alpine village Châtel, just 90 minutes drive from Geneva Airport. The chalet sleeps 8-10 people and has a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for families and groups of friends looking for exclusive use of a chalet in the French Alps.