The snow-covered mountains are calling, and it’s time to hit the slopes! Ski season is approaching, and if you’re new to the sport or simply haven’t been in a few years, it’s important to consult a ski packing list when preparing. In addition to the basic vacation essentials, ski trips require very specialized gear and plenty of warm, moisture-wicking clothing designed to both be functional and keep you comfortable.
Of course, if skiing isn’t a regular activity, renting equipment such as your skis, boots, and poles once you arrive makes the most sense. Many ski resorts have these rental options available when you purchase your lift tickets. However, if you are a more seasoned skier, or simply don’t enjoy the thought of using others’ equipment, we’ve included some affordable gear options below.
Arguably, packing your aprés-ski clothing and accessories is as important as the ski gear itself! Spending a day cutting through fresh mountain powder is exhausting. There is no better way to spend an evening after skiing than soaking your achy muscles in a relaxing hot tub with a (plastic) glass of wine. Ski lodges are notoriously rustic, and who wants to waste time watching TV while vacationing in such a beautiful setting? Instead, we also recommend bringing games and bonfire essentials for the nightly entertainment. We’ve included all the items you need to bring to round out the perfect ski vacation.