Many people may be dreaming of a tropical vacation right now with the cold weather, but I’m dreaming of snow. I love going on ski trips and getting away for a weekend. I try to go to at least one new ski resort every year. This year looks like I’ll double my goal, as I went to Lake Tahoe for the first time in December and I just booked a trip to explore Calgary and Banff next month.
It can be cumbersome to bring everything with you for a ski trip, especially when you’re flying. I’ve been on many ski trips and have made many mistakes. Learn from my errors and read on for my recommendations for your next ski vacation.
A list of the bare minimum to pack:
- ski coat
- ski pants
- thermal socks
- long underwear
- waterproof gloves
- warm hat
- warm outfits for the evenings
- regular boots for walking around the town
I always look forward to getting a few pints after a day on the slopes, but it’s important to remember to drink water throughout the day. Put it in your backpack, order it at meals, and drink before and after you ski. You’re working up a sweat in cold conditions you’re not used to, so hydration is important. Bring a thick moisturizer and lip balm to protect the outside of your skin as well. The last thing you want is cracked skin on your vacation.
Wear your ski coat on the plane.
If you have a good quality one, it’ll be bulky. There’s no point trying to cram it in your suitcase and take up much needed space for other items. While we’re on the topic of your ski coat…
Make sure your coat, pants, and gloves are waterproof.
There’s no room for negotiation here. Even if the snow looks fluffy and light, you will get wet. I still see people wearing just sweatpants or jeans (!) when they’re up on the mountain. You might get warm when you come inside for lunch, but the second you step back outside with that wet clothing you’ll end up freezing.
Bring multiple pairs of long underwear and thermal socks.
I usually just wear long underwear under my pants and coat. Unless conditions are extremely cold or very windy, you’ll be surprised at how fast you warm up after a few runs on the mountain. The last thing you want is to be overdressed and have to peel layers off. These do get pretty sweaty though, so I recommend bringing multiple pairs to feel fresh.
Don’t try to be fashionable with your wardrobe.
Don’t bother with high heels or cute flats. Your feet will get wet the second you step outside, and you’ll be cold for the rest of the night. Wear boots that can handle getting a little wet, and always wipe them down at the end of the night to make sure they’re clean and dry. Dresses or skirts are also out of the question due to the weather. Sweaters and thick leggings are still cute and will let you go to a nice dinner after your day on the mountain.
Decide whether to rent or bring your own gear based on the length of your trip.
If you’re just going for a weekend, it might not be worth it check in your skis, poles, boots, and helmet for such a short time. It’s often cheaper to rent for a few days. However, if you’re going for a whole week, you most likely will end up saving money bringing your own gear instead of renting it daily.
Do you have any ski trips planned this winter?
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