What To Pack For Skiing....

When you start preparing for a family skiing holiday, it can be quite daunting at first. Ensuring you have the correct ski gear for all the weathers you could encounter is enough of a headache but now when you have to think about your Little Skiers as well, well it's enough to make the calmest of parents start to stress.

What To Pack For Skiing....

To Pack


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Ski Jacket & Ski Pants

The waterproof layer that also breathes and allows moisture built up through skiing to escape

Ski Outerwear for all the family

Fleece and/or Skiing Micro-Fleece


Important second layer - the warmth layer.

Trespass microfleeces are super soft, really warm yet unrestrictive when skiing


Thermals or Base Layers

Never use cotton thermals for skiing, you must have active thermals. This is the most important first layer to wick away any moisture and prevent chilling when on chair lifts 

Icebreaker is our favourite premium thermals brand and Trespass thermals are a consistent best seller

Thermal Glove Liners and/or chemical Hand Warmers


Ideal for high altitude skiing or early season skiing holidays - get a ski school set of 6 hand warmers to save money

Trespass handwarmers ski school set


Ski Mittens or Ski Gloves

Must be waterproof. Longer cuffs are great for preventing snow entering the ski jacket sleeves and mittens are generally considered warmer than ski gloves

Barts Tec Ski Gloves and Hestra are two popular skiing gloves brand with good solid reviews for all styles


Ski Socks

Look for merino wool content for extra warmth and natural anti-bacterial properties

 Ski socks for all the family

Skiing Goggles

Protect the eyes from the glare off snow, even if your child is not skiing we would recommend you protect your child. Ensure ski goggles offer 100% UV protection

UVEX is a German brand and Bolle is French, the two most popular ski helmet and goggles brands

Sun Cream Protection & Lip Salve

Look for mountain formulas designed for freezing temperatures

Manbi Ski Sun Protection tubes come with a hndy neck cord to keep it to hand all day long.

Small Childs Rucksack

Pack money & contact details, snacks, mini sweets, drink for ski school & tissues (some resorts no longer allow rucksacks for ski school children: consider taking small drinks bottles or pouches that fit into pockets)

Best seller for younger children is the Trespass Tiddler Rucksack and for adults skiing, the Trespass Ultralight 22 holds plenty without any weight on your back and shoulders

Winter Hat

For colder resorts look for earflap designs, ideally fleece linings for extra warmth if needed

 Winter Hats for all the family

Neck Warmers or Balaclavas

Extra protection around the neck area against bitter winds at the top of mountains and on chairlifts

Waterproof Snow Boots

Ensure thermal lined, waterproof and sufficient grip on the sole for walking in icy areas around the resort


Slippers, Chalet shoes and/or crocs

In some hotels/chalets are useful for meal times for younger children


Toddler Plastic Skis and/or plastic fun Sliders

Some hotels & chalets provide bigger sledges.  Good for children not attending ski school or fun in the snow après ski

 Plastic toddler skis 

Ski Trainer and/or Ski Tip Connector 

Ideal for teaching your children to ski


Skiing Helmet and/or Ski Helmet Covers

Ski helmet covers jazz up hired helmets and are perfect for identifying your child on crowded pistes


Ski Equipment - skis, boots, poles if not hiring

Don't forget ski hire usually asks for weight and shoe sizes for each person hiring


Passport Photos

Some child care providers and ski schools ask for adult ID as well as a passport photo of your child - best to check prior to departure


Passport, insurance, E111, tickets, cards and currency & camera



Topic: Ski Wear

Category: Equipment Buying Guides