First ski holiday checklist
If you haven’t skied before, it’s important to know what to pack for your first ski holiday, so here's some advice and first ski holiday tips which you can use to create a checklist. Ski gear can be an expensive investment, so ask around and borrow or hire as much as you can. If you’re buying your own stuff, shop around, there are some bargains out there if you know where to look (and no-one’s going to notice that your baselayer is last year’s design). If you’re taking the whole family on your first ski trip, having the right kit can literally make or break your week away, so read our advice on packing for a family ski holiday with an “essentials” checklist.
It’s very cold out there, particularly earlier in the season so you’ll want to layer up. A good thermal base layer (top and bottom) and micro-fleece jumper are two essentials for making sure you’re not shivering on the slopes and more layers can go between if needed. In terms of outerwear, you’ll need a good ski jacket (this can double as a winter waterproof back home) and some ski trousers, known as salopettes. You’ll also want thick ski socks and walking boots to wear around the resort (or maybe go for a pair snow boots - the more outrageous the better!). The waterproof factor of your jacket, salopettes and boots is really important – if any water gets through you’ll quickly feel the cold, so it’s a good idea to test everything before you set off, and give it a spray of water protection if needed.
Beginners family ski holiday: If your first ski trip is with your family, read our family skiing top tips plus advice one skiing with children of various ages.
Ski accessories: there are all sorts of gadgets out there but a few essentials you should definitely take. Waterproof ski gloves, ski goggles, sunglasses, a warm hat that covers your ears and helmet are all very important ones. Goggles are expensive and the cheap ones are usually rubbish - so these are a good thing to ask around for and you’ll be able to hire a helmet alongside your skis, boots and poles. Good ski jackets usually come with lots of pockets, so make the most of them with things like snacks and sun cream (everyone enjoys some chocolate on the ski lifts and with high altitude, you need to avoid sunburn). Tissues, hot chocolate and money are other good ideas and you won’t want to forget a camera to capture the views and show them off back home.