If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, knowing what to take can be daunting. You should be aware that in most resorts, you don’t need any fancy clothes – our trips are probably a little different from going skiing in Gstaad with Prince Charles.
Practical is the fashion… if you turn up in heels and a posh frock you’ll definitely be out of place! And a bit cold.
- Ski/snowboard trousers (often called salopettes)
- Waterproof jacket (consider a light jacket/shell and wear layers underneath depending on the time of season)
- Thermal base layer, probably long-sleeved. Then layer tops over it.
- Jumper/hoody (the HOFNAR [LINK] ones are an obvious choice!)
- A thick pair of tights/thermal leggings
- Socks. You can get specific ski socks and the merino wool ones seem to be the best, but are expensive. The most important thing is that they are long.
- Trainers are normally fine but when we’ve had a lot of fresh snowfall snow boots, or even wellies, are a good shout. Slippers are nice to have in the chalet!
- Scarf/snood. Preferably one you can pull over your mouth. This is particularly good in January and February when it is often quite cold
- Bobble hat (again, the HOFNAR ones are ideal!). Good for lunch, aprés and general posing
- Helmet. Most people do wear them on the slopes these days and if you don’t own one, you can hire one
- Gloves/mittens. You really want waterproof, preferably breathable ones
- Sunglasses and/or goggles. Goggles are the best choice if the weather is foggy or snowy, or if you are snowboarding
- Sunscreen. Vital – even on cloudy days you can get burnt.
- Small backpack – to keep all your kit in on the mountain
- Swimsuit – if you’re staying at Chalet Skade, there is a hot tub, but a visit to the swimming pool in town is a great thing to do after the slopes
- Euros! Both our chalets are in France, even though you’re flying into Switzerland. Don’t be tempted to get a chunk of cash out at the airport, it may well come out in Swiss Francs! #schoolboyerror