“You need everything at once!” – this thought occurs to anyone going to a ski resort for the first time. Check site. In order not to get lost in the packing process or stare in horror at the scales at the airport, we have compiled a brief checklist for ski resorts.
The easiest way not to forget anything is to write a list. Then look at it, cross out half of it, and start packing. Well, or use a ready-made list.
Passport, visa (if needed), driver’s license, policy and insurance.
Tickets, and if you get to the place on your own – printed or electronic map with routes of local transport.
Bank cards and cash. If you’re going abroad, exchange part of the amount for the local currency beforehand. Documents, phone, and other small items can be stowed in a sealed bag.
- Ski/snowboarding kit. Clothing must sit freely, because under the jacket will be a fleece or other insulating layer.
- Thermal underwear. It is better to take two sets at different temperatures. If there are any doubts about what to choose, use the instructions on how to choose thermal underwear.
- A fleece jacket. Choose the thickness of fleece under the “ski” jacket – the jacket should not constrain the movement. Choose a model without a hood – it’s useless on the slopes, and it gets jumbled under the jacket, turning into an uncomfortable lump.
- Cap, buff or balaclava. Many people prefer a combination of “hat and buff,” and if it gets hot, one or the other can always take off. When riding in cold regions take a balaclava – it is indispensable in a strong wind with snow, as it closes the face and neck more tightly.
- Gloves. Ski gloves have a special reinforcement in the palm area, preventing slipping on the elevator. Some models have a pocket for a ski pass. For walking, take a second pair – they can be both ski and regular warm gloves.
- Two pairs of ski or trekking socks. These socks are better to keep warm and dry faster. Also suitable for other winter activities: for example, for cross-country skiing.
First aid kit
The first aid kit for the ski resort is not very different from the camping first aid kit: plasters, elastic bandages and medicines (antipyretic, analgesic, etc.). Complete the list with SPF 50-55 sunscreen, lipstick, and after-sunscreen.
You can take beautiful photos on your phone, too
Well, everything is clear with a cell phone – take it for sure. True, it is not superfluous and will protect your phone waterproof (and better yet – and shock-proof) carrying case with the ability to fasten to pants or jacket.
Do not forget the portable battery for your phone, tablet, action camera and other gadgets.
If you plan to take your camera with you it’s better to leave it in the hotel or pack it in a special soft case for electronics. Any fall and temperature fluctuations can damage the photo equipment, so you should take care about accessories for your camera beforehand.
- Dryer for shoes. Suitable for drying ski and snowboard boots and regular shoes.
- Thread with a needle. You shouldn’t take a full-fledged sewing kit with you, but a spool of thread and a needle will help in any situation.
- A container/zip bag for sandwiches. Some people prefer to make do with chocolates and candy bars, and some want almost a full lunch on the slope. In this case, a bag with a zip-fastener or container for sandwiches comes in handy.
- Thermos. Irreplaceable companion of anyone who wants to spend a whole day on the mountain. Properly selected thermos will warm you up on the slope and save your budget – you don’t have to run to a cafe every time for a cup of coffee or tea.
- Sunglasses. It’s often sunny on the slopes, so without sunglasses there is a risk to spoil the pleasure of the walk. And they are useful not only for ski resorts, but also for any walks on the mountains.
The basic equipment is alpine skis or a snowboard. If you don’t want to bring them with you, check with the ski resort for the possibility and cost of renting them.
In addition to skiing or snowboarding on a ski tour, it’s important to take care of your equipment:
- Ski goggles/mask. For beginners one mask is enough, if possible – it is better to supplement it with interchangeable filters for bright and cloudy weather.
- Protection (optional). Many snowboarders and skiers carry protection for the back and knees, but it is a matter of personal choice. If you do not intend to leave the equipped slopes and do not plan to extreme skiing, you can do without protection.
- Helmet. In many resorts skiing without a helmet is prohibited. In addition, it protects your head when you fall, from the impact of the rope and other unfortunate injuries.
- Backpack 15-30 liters. Needed for a thermos and useful little things that you take with you on the slope. For the first trip it is not necessary to buy a special backpack for skiing – will suit a normal small rucksack, it can also be taken as hand luggage on the plane.
If your skis or board goes with you, you will need additional gear: ski/snowboard covers and boot covers.
Many hikers pack in a ski bag not only skis but also a change of clothes and various small things – with a small amount of luggage this eliminates the need to carry an extra suitcase. Before packing your belongings to your skis, wrap them in a tight bag to protect them from damage by the edges.
Sometimes a “single” case can easily pack two pairs of skis, just by removing the bindings. This is especially useful if you are traveling in a large group.
Snowboarders often carry a board with their boots, but skiers need an additional boot case. Sometimes, if suitcase volume permits, ski boots go with the rest of your belongings.
- Narrow reinforced tape. Does not take up much space, and fixes almost everything. It won’t last long, but it’s enough to get you to the local service.
- Rope cord. A piece of plastic cord (3-4 meters) can replace the detached strap of the backpack, a broken shoelace in snowboarding boots, fixing the mask, etc.
- Multitool. For adjusting bindings and other minor repairs right on the slope.
Sharpen your cants, pack your suitcase and get ready to conquer new slopes. And if there are any questions – instructors will be happy to advise on equipment and help with the selection of ski tours.