What to pack for a family skiing holiday
Heading to the slopes for the first time this year? Find out what
seasoned skiers take with them - and where to find top kit for all the
- Good ski jacket/ski suit - "with a few safe pockets for
money, phone and keys."
- At least one hat - "I tend to take a thin fleece hat to wear under my helmet if it's cold, then a
normal bobble hat for walking around the resort."
- Waterproof mittens/gloves with long cuffs - and "silk liners are your best friends" if you really
feel the cold.
- Warm socks
- Small rucksack/bum bag
- Extra layers - "Don't
forget a fleece neck warmer!"
The stuff to hire once you're there:
- Helmets - "Cheaper to hire because children will
probably have grown out of them by next year."
Make-all-the-difference extras for days on the slopes
"Sunscreen - I take a big bottle and apply before I go out each day, and
have a smaller tube that I take out to top up later if it is particularly
"Lip balm, sunglasses and retaining cord."
"We take plenty of those hand warmers which you take out of their packet, shake up and put into your gloves. They stay warm for many hours."
"Ibuprofen gel. Lots of it (for mysterious new aches and pains)."
To combat those post-piste hunger pangs
"Take multipacks of chocolate as mid-morning snacks."
"If we're self-catering and I have spare weight I always take tea, coffee, pesto, ketchup, sugar, salt, etc."
Be practical about the apres ski
"Ski accommodation/facilities are usually toasty warm. Jeans or leggings and a top are what most people wear [off the slopes], with snow boots or trainers."
"Take slippers or something warm to wear for breakfast in the morning."
"A four-socket UK extension cable so that you don't have to fight over adapters to get everything charged up overnight."
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Starting from scratch? Here's where to find skiwear bargains...
Decathlon: "fantastic for ski stuff - all the French kids are
decked out in it. Cheap and decent quality. My son will be wearing
Decathlon till he stops growing out of stuff."
"Uniqlo's HeatTech products are good and cheap."
"Check out Mountain Warehouse as they have good deals on all outdoor gear including
ski... We have been buying our daughter's thermals from here
for the last few years - they contain merino wool which keeps her nice and
warm and they're breathable too."
"I really rate Columbia ski suits for kids aged five and under - they have zip open legs making toilet trips easy. You can also get reasonably-priced second hand items on eBay, and they sell well afterwards."
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Last updated: 10 months ago