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Ski Festival Packing Guide

Not sure what to pack for your ski festival trip? Remove the hassle with our ultimate packing list for your experience of a lifetime. Get involved with the animated spirit of the ski festival by dressing up. Maybe even organise a theme with the rest of your group, such as minions, superheroes or throw on some retro garments. If dressing up isn’t your thing, then do not fret, anything goes at a snowy mountain festival.

What you pack will depend on your method of travel. You may not want to take your own equipment due to the extra airline costs, and it may be cheaper to hire in resort. You can check all this by speaking with one of our experienced consultants.

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What to pack for a ski festival?

Ski/snowboard gear:

The most important kit to bring is a jacket, gloves, goggles, ski trousers, socks and thermals as you won’t be able to hire these in resort and buying them in the UK is much cheaper. If you don’t have your own equipment (skis/snowboard and boots) then you can hire these in your ski destination.

  • Ski jacket
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Ski trousers
  • Ski socks
  • Skis or snowboard (if owned)
  • Poles (if owned)
  • Ski or snowboard boots (if owned)
  • Thermals
  • Jumpers
  • Neck-warmer
  • Small backpack (optional)

Casual clothes

Although you will spend most of the holiday in your ski gear, casual clothes will be required in the evenings or if you take a day off skiing. Many skiers head straight to après from the slopes in their ski gear, but others choose to pop home first to drop off their equipment in a safe place and a quick change. Good outdoor footwear is essential to prevent you from falling over and hurting yourself on snow and ice patches.

  • Jeans
  • Jumpers
  • Scarves
  • Coat
  • Pyjamas
  • Thick socks
  • Woolly hat
  • Snow boots/outdoor footwear
  • Night-out clothes
  • Fancy dress (optional)
  • Novelty jumpers/onesie (optional)
  • Swimming costume


You are best to bring your own toiletries as these items can be expensive/hard to find in a ski resort. Sunscreen, lip balm and a basic first aid kit is essential in case of any accidents. There will be a medical centre in the resort but be prepared for any small injuries or après-induced headaches.

  • Sun cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Shampoo, conditioner & soap
  • Ibuprofen/paracetamol
  • Plasters
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush/comb & dry shampoo
  • Wipes
  • Ear plugs


Just in case anything happens to your phone, print off hard copies of your holiday and insurance details for if you need them. It’s always important to carry around ID on the slopes and if you go out in the evenings, especially during a festival as you may be refused entry if you don’t have one.

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (ID)
  • Boarding passes
  • Insurance details
  • Accommodation details
  • Ski hire details
  • Tickets & passes


Pack these items in your hand luggage so that you don’t forget them. Even those these are essential to most people - they are also the most forgotten!

  • Phone charger
  • Travel plug adapter
  • Cash & cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Cards/games

Packing for a ski festival FAQ:

There is an abundance of options for your festival attire. From the weird and wacky to the more lowkey, the choice is yours. Many festivalgoers believe the more outrageous the outfit the better. Don your wigs, headbands, and outlandish onesies for a party like no other.

Packing for a ski festival can be almost as challenging as some of the pistes you’ll be tackling during your trip. Make sure you pack all your ski gear (jacket, salopettes, gloves, thermals, ski socks, jumpers) along with some casual clothes for the evenings and resort bar parties. Throw in some rogue fancy-dress outfits too or plan a group theme with your pals.

It is a tough call as you will be colder up the mountain, but once you’re in the mix with the crowd, you will certainly warm up from all the dancing. The key to regulating your body temperature over the course of the festival is to wear enough layers and take a backpack, so you have the option to delayer when the music takes over your body and you’re suddenly sweltering.

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