Packing for a ski holiday can be difficult. There are so many components to a ski holiday wardrobe that it can be easy to forget something. Whether you’re a beginner or you’re well-seasoned on the pistes, we’ve all arrived at our chalet and realised an essential item is still at home.
If you’re struggling to remember what to pack or you just want to buy a whole new wardrobe to look sleek on the slopes, we’ve compiled THE list of all you might need for your next next trip to the slopes in conjunction with luxury chalet hire company Alpine Infusion.
Start with Your Base Layer
Temperatures can be harsh in the Alps so it’s important to pack a warm and comfortable base layer. Thermals are a necessity if you want to remain cosy and dry.
Skiing can work up a sweat but with the right base layers you can stay dry as a bone. Shop around for thermals that are right for you, opt for wool if temperature is your concern or nylon for the best moisture control.
For the best results you’ll need:
- Thermal top - we recommend our Helly Hansen merino crew top
- Tights/leggings - we recommend our Icebreaker 175 leggings
- Thermal Underwear - we recommend our Comfyballs long boxer
Build Up Your Warmth with Mid layers
Skiing is all about layering up to keep your body better insulated. With a dynamic and cosy mid layer, you can remain warm without being constricted by a huge bulky jumper.
You can choose between:
- Fleece - we recommend our The North Face quarter zip fleece
- Hoodie - we recommend our The North Face pullover hoodie
- Jumper - we recommend our Roxy overhead sweater
Choose something that is both breathable and flexible. A lightweight option works best - heavier doesn’t always mean warmer. You can wear your mid layer on its own whilst you’re relaxing or keep it on underneath your jacket during the day’s activities. (You can also wear it on the off season too!)
Complete Your Look with Outer Layers
Outer layers are essential for your ski holiday. These include:
- Ski Jacket - we recommend our The North Face Descendit jacket
- Ski Pants/Salopettes - we recommend our Salomon bib ski pant
- Ski socks - we recommend our Calamajue ski sock
- Hat - we recommend our Barts Wilhelm beanie
The right ski jacket and pants should regulate your body temperature even when they’re wet. opt for bright colours to increase your visibility in the snow. These items shouldn’t inhibit your mobility and the better ones will be waterproof.
Don’t forget thick ski socks or you’ll not only be cold, but you’ll be bandaging up your blistered feet! Pack them now and thank us later.
When the snow starts falling, you’ll be glad you brought your hat to protect yourself from the elements.
Stay Safe on the Slopes with Protective Gear
As fun as skiing can be, it can be dangerous if you’ve not packed the right protective gear. Remember to bring the following items to help you and your family have a safe and more enjoyable holiday:
- Protection guards
- Sunscreen and sun glasses
Helmets really aren’t an option when it comes to your safety on the mountains. Remembering to pack one will allow you to get the most out of your ski holiday and try out even the most difficult piste. We recommend our Scott Apic helmet which offers plenty of high level protection against bumps and falls.
It is important that your vision is uninhibited when you’re trying to ski through the snow. Pack your goggles to remain protected on your ski trip. We recommend our Bolle Schuss ski goggle - perfect for sunny days, this unisex adult ski goggle has great anti-fog and venting to keep your lenses clear and integrates perfectly with Bolle ski helmets for comfort and protection all day long.
To prevent injury, you may want to pack protection guards. They can be used on your knees, wrists and elbows in case you fall. If this is your first time skiing or you want to try a more difficult course, these will help you enjoy yourself knowing you’re safe. We recommend our Dakine wristguard - ideal for protecting your wrist whilst skiing or snowboarding.
Gloves are also important, not only for warmth but to prevent your hands from getting sore from holding your ski poles. we recommend our Outdoor Research mens ski gloves, a great all-weather glove for complete protection from the elements while out on the slopes.
Who needs sunscreen in the snow? You do. Although it’s cold up on the mountains, it’s also very sunny. Packing sun protection (this includes an SPF lip balm) will keep you from getting caught out. If you do burn, it might be wise to also pack some after sun. we recommend our Manbi Suncream Travel Pack which includes a travel size combi tube of SPF50+ suncream and SPF15 lipbalm plus products to rehydrate your skin in the shower apres ski.
Do remember to bring your sunglasses for when you’re not wearing your goggles. we recommend our Manbi mirrored sunglasses, a stylish choice for any day out on sunny slopes.
Pack Clothes for Down Time
It can be easy to only focus on what to pack for the snow, but your time won’t only be spent on the slopes. You will also need to bring some clothes for relaxing in your luxury chalet or enjoying that all important après-ski.
What you bring is up to you. You may want something suitable for a fine dining experience or just something to wear whilst you cosy up by the fire. If you want to spend some time at the spa then a swimsuit should definitely be on your list.
Bring Your Ski equipment and Accessories
Of course, the most important items that should be on your list are your skis!
If you have your own equipment, (skis, snowboard, boots) then remember to pack it! If not, you can use Alpine Infusion’s ski hire service to ensure your items are waiting for you at your chalet.
Simply Hike has all the clothing and gear you’ll need for a great ski holiday and we can supply whatever you need for your next adventure. Find your base, mid and outer layers as well as all your protective gear on our website. We also provide ski wear for children of all ages so the whole family can be well equipped. Shop our online selection for a range of brands and styles or ask our informative guides to help you choose the right items for you. It’s that simple.
And once you’ve packed everything you need, you can enjoy your ski holiday at one of Alpine Infusion’s luxury chalets and have a true trip to remember.
Enjoy the unrivalled Alpine Infusion ski holiday experience in some of the finest luxury ski chalets France has to offer. Nestled in the heart of two of the most popular resorts in the Alps, Meribel and Courchevek, these luxury chalets have all the ingredients needed to make your holiday an unforgettable one.
We think the perfect location + the perfect wardrobe and equipment = the perfect holiday!