What To Pack On A Ski Season

It can be quite a challenge packing for a ski season so to help make it easier we’ve put together a guide of must-haves plus a few things that might just come in useful.

The list is understandable a lot longer than for your average ski holiday, as you'll need to make sure you take enough kit to keep you away from the weekly trips to the laundrette. You'll be needed several sets of the vital items – think thermals and socks – but you'll be able to get away with wearing a single jacket or pair of salopettes for a whole winter.

Mountain Equipment

The reason you’re going on your season is (probably) to ski/snowboard and therefore the most important items to get sorted are the things you’ll take up the mountain with you in the day.

You’ll definitely want …

  • Snowboard/Skis and poles
  • Ski boots/Snowboard boots – essential to save you from a season of discomfort
  • Warm and waterproof jacket
  • Salopettes – make sure they’re waterproof so save yourself some misery
  • Gloves
  • Goggles – don’t forget extra lenses if you have them
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Several pairs of good ski socks
  • Thermal base layers

And some other essential extras …

  • Neck warmer/buff
  • High SPF suncream and lip balm
  • Off piste equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) - if you’re planning on going off piste
  • Portable charger - for long days on the mountains
  • Penknife – great for mid-mountain binding fixing
  • Hand warmers
  • Rucksack - to pack mountain essentials for your time on the slopes

Travel and Resort Items

You will be spending most of your time in the resort so you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got everything you need, especially as buying thing in the resort is usually far more expensive than at home. Again we’ve split the items into those you must have and those that you will probably find useful to have.

You’ll definitely want …

  • Ski/snowboard bag (if you’re taking skis or a snowboard of course) – we recommend taking a double bag to give yourself some extra space. It shouldn’t cost any extra
  • Boot bag (if you’re taking boots)
  • Any work uniform you’re required to bring – double check this before you go because forgetting items is an easy way to get yourself off on the wrong foot with your employer
  • Card with a good exchange rate – there are many digital banks who offer cards with good rates
  • Towel – if you need it
  • Insurance documents – make sure you have a copy on your phone at the least
  • Thermal hat and gloves – to wear around when you’re not skiing
  • Waterproof snow shoes / boots
  • Plug adaptors and a multi-plug extension lead – being able to plug multiple things in at once will make your life easier and might also help make you a few extra friends

The below will probably come in handy at some point during your season …

  • Swimming trunks – for the swimming pool / hot tub / sauna
  • Playing cards
  • Speakers
  • Ear plugs – for loud music and in case the person in your room snores
  • Fancy dress
  • Hip flask
  • Plenty of painkillers and Berocca – these are difficult to come by in resort and you’ll probably need them after using the hip flask
  • Safe box - for storing passport/money/important documents
  • First aid kit - inlcuding ankle/knee/wrist supports and deep heat in case of injuries
  • Clothing repair kit
  • Laptop / tablet
  • Wax/file/guide
  • Duct tape – you never know what it could come in handy

The following are so obvious that you’ll hate us for suggesting them but you’d hate yourself even more if you forgot them …

  • Passport
  • Visa documents (if required)
  • Phone
  • Headphones
  • Chargers
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes for the resort
  • Underwear – plenty of it
  • Shoes - don’t forget it will be slippery when walking around so the shoes you wear at home probably won’t be suited to the resort