Here’s the top ten list of things you should bring on a ski trip! Okay, we’re not going into the basics like “skis, coat, pants” but instead, we’re focusing on small stuff you might otherwise forget 🙂
- Sunscreen. You might not think about a sunburn in the winter, but you are going to be out in the sun for a long time – and the snow reflects back a lot of light, making the sun’s effects a lot stronger.
- Snow goggles. Okay, you look awesome in your Oakleys or Ray-Bans… but you’re probably going on a week long trip, and it might not be good weather the whole time. Sunglasses are almost useless when snow’s coming down. Goggles with dual-layer plastic help keep the snow from sticking in most conditions, and really improve your vision of the slopes.
- Facemask. Now this depends where you’re going and what your cold tolerance is. If you’re a hardcore skier, you’ll want a mask so you don’t freeze when you’re out there on the bad-weather days. And if you’re going to a glacier like Hintertux or Stubai, you’ll want a mask even for sunny days in November or April. It can still be -15C plus wind chill, even on a beautiful sunny day.
- Spare contacts; eye drops. For those who are contact lens users, make sure you bring an extra pair in case something happens to your contacts. It’s very dry air on the slopes, so it can help to use some eye drops (especially in the evenings).
- Street clothes / jacket. If you’re going out in the evenings, make sure to have some non-skiing clothes with you! It can help to have a second jacket to wear out at night, in case you go somewhere smoky or your ski jacket is soaked from a snowy day.
- Tuning tools. This may not be for everyone, but if you do your own ski/board tuning, at least bring the file & oxide stone along. It can save you some money compared to the high resort prices (€20+) for tuning.
- Camelbak. I love my Camelbak water pack, worn under my jacket. With one of these you never get thirsty on the slopes.
- Shovel and streamers. Are you going to head off-piste or out-of-bounds with buddies? It’s not a bad idea to have a shovel along in case someone is stuck or loses a ski. And for the skiers, attach long orange streamers to your bindings on powder days. Then if a ski comes off in the deep stuff, you can find it more easily.
- Walkie-Talkies. Nowadays it’s cheap to buy small radios, which make it much easier to stay in touch with your friends and family if you split up in different groups.
- Boot dryer. Depending where you stay, they may or may not have a boot drying rack. If not, you definitely want an electric boot dryer. These have a small fan, heater, and two long tubes. Just plug it in and stick the tubes in your boots. It dries them out nicely and prevents that boot-stank from coming on.
Now, head to the shops and stock up on cool gear. You’re going to have the best ski vacation ever!