What to pack!?

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