Are you planning to take a ski trip this winter season? There’s something so fun and exciting about hitting the slopes. The crisp mountain air, the adrenaline rush as you carve through fresh powder, and of course, the cozy après-ski scene to top it all off. Ski trips have this amazing blend of adventure and relaxation that sets them apart from your typical beach getaway or city break. But, before you hit the slopes, there is a lot of packing and preparation involved! You want to make sure you have all the right gear to stay safe and warm out on the mountain. If you’re not someone who heads out for a ski trip every year like clockwork, packing for a ski trip can feel slightly daunting! That’s why today, I’m sharing all of my best ski trip packing tips and tricks with you. This post includes a round-up of essentials you won’t want to leave behind. So, let’s jump in!
What To Pack for a Ski Trip
Now, let’s dive into all things layering up for your day out on the slopes! Layering is the secret to staying warm and having fun out on the mountain. Each layer plays its part: the base layer keeps you dry and cozy, the mid-layer adds warmth without bulk, and the outer layer shields you from wind, snow, and whatever else Mother Nature throws your way. Plus, the beauty of layering is its versatility—you can always shed or add pieces depending on how the day unfolds.
First, you’ll start with your base layer. There are not too many pieces involved in this layer, but you don’t want to miss this layer, it’s essential! Think leggings and an athletic long-sleeve. On my recent ski trip, my go-to set from Sweaty Betty never let me down. This layer is about wicking away moisture and keeping you warm without feeling bulky.
Next, we’ve got the mid-layer. Depending on the chill factor and how much you tend to feel the cold, you might want to throw on a thinner puffer jacket, vest, or something such as a cozy fleece pullover. And if the skiing conditions will be extremely cold, you can even double up! Just remember, skiing is a workout, so you’ll probably warm up as the day goes on.
Now, let’s talk outer layer. Think of this layer as your protection against the elements! The outer layer is all about having a waterproof jacket and pants combo. Trust me, you’ll want outerwear that is fully waterproof to keep you dry from all of the snow. Look for jackets with handy zipper pockets to hold essentials like moisturizer for your lips and even your lift ticket. Another feature to look out for is vents to help you cool off just in case you get warm, or for when you head inside for a break.
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Now, let’s talk about the must-have ski gear accessories! First, we’ve got the helmet—maybe the most important accessory of them all. A good helmet not only protects your head but also keeps your head warm throughout the day. You’ll thank yourself for wearing one when you pick up speed down the slopes.
Next on the essentials list are ski socks, preferably made with Smartwool. Wearing high-quality socks in your ski boots is certainly a game-changer. Be sure that you don’t just reach for your average socks. Go for socks that are specifically designed to keep your feet dry, comfortable, and blister-free all day long. With a good pair of socks, you won’t have to worry about your toes getting cold!
Have you ever worn a neck gaiter? For me, wearing a neck gaiter out on the mountain is a must! A good neck gaiter will keep your neck warm and protected from the icy chill of skiing down the mountain, and even the cold air when riding up the ski lifts. Neck gaiters can also double as face coverings if conditions get windy or snowy while you’re out.
Last but not least, you’ll want a pair of eye protection such as goggles or sunglasses. If it’s snowing or there is a chance of snow, you’ll definitely want a good pair of goggles to keep your eyes protected and your vision clear. Plus, goggles also keep your face warm as well. But if the conditions are on the warmer and sunnier side, a trusted pair of sunglasses will do the trick.
When you’re off the slopes and out exploring the town, you’ll want a waterproof shoe option! See this post for my full Hunter boots review.
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So, what’s après ski? It’s just a fancy term used for grabbing food and drinks after a day of skiing with your group! Most of the time you just wear the ski gear you already have on. However, if you’re meeting up with friends and you didn’t ski that day, or you have time to spare and you want to change out of your gear, you can keep it casual and comfy!
Recently, I visited Jackson Hole for a ski trip and had the best time. If you’re curious about the outfits I wore for the trip on and off the slopes, see this post!
Ski Trip Packing List
So, are you feeling more prepared and excited for your ski trip now? Remember, preparing for a ski trip is all about finding that perfect balance between staying warm, dry, and comfortable! By layering up with a base layer, mid-layer, and outer layer and adding your essential accessories, you’ll have everything you need to confidently conquer the mountains in style! Whether you’re a seasoned ski pro or hitting the snow for the first time, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of a ski trip!
Do you have an upcoming ski trip on the calendar? If so, where you are headed? Let me know in the comments!