The first flakes have fallen and the crucial question of what to take when skiing is going to be asked again and again. Here we have written a list of absolutely everything you should remember when hitting the slopes.
The ski outfit:
- A ski coat and trousers – required to protect you from the cold weather
- One thin, first layer – we advise putting on Merino wool thermals because they will keep you warm and are extremely comfortable to wear. Wool is better than cotton because it allows the sweat to evaporate off – we’re thinking of your better half!
- For a middle layer – you should definitely think about wearing a fleece to keep you warm.
Other essential items include ski socks (at least 3 pairs for the week), gloves and for those of you who feel the cold: under gloves. You should also remember a hat or a helmet, ski goggles, sun cream and lip balm. Remember to take all your papers with you: your passport and your EHIC card so you can ski in peace. It might also be worth looking into ski and travel insurance, your EHIC card may not cover every eventuality!
The above is the strict minimum but you can obviously add other accessories for more comfort.
Among other useful things, think about taking a backpack if you’re planning on skiing all day, with a water bottle if a picnic is organised! Sunglasses can also be practical, especially for drinking a nice mulled wine on a terrace after skiing. Speaking of après-ski, it can also be a good idea to bring strong, waterproof shoes with good grip and a swimming costume for those who fancy taking a little dip at the resort spa or for those who are little sportier and want to relax their muscles at the swimming pool.
For protection, it is a good idea to bring a back protector for the snowpark fans among you and wrist protectors for the snowboarders. For those of you who like to head off piste, it is also extremely important that you take a DVA with you (device for finding avalanche victims), a shovel and a telescopic probe.
Finally, in order to immortalise those powder moments or the beautiful panorama from the glacier, remember to take a camera or a GoPro. You can also download resort applications on your mobile.
Now you’re finally ready to hit the slopes and no excuses whatsoever to be in jeans – you should have everything you need!