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 Layers – probably long-sleeved – then layer tops over it.
- Jumper / Hoody – the HOFNAR 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 – Almost all people 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