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 family

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Essential kit 

  • Ski trousers - "If you are beginners then padded salopettes are still a good idea (for cushioning and if you fall in slush). You can opt to wear thermals under or not as required."

The stuff to hire once you're there:

Ski equipment

  • Helmets - "Cheaper to hire because children will probably have grown out of them by next year."
  • Skis

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 sunny."

"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."

And finally...

"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...

Ski jackets

"TK Maxx and Millets are good sources of cheap kit."

Child ski suits 

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 heattech thermals "Uniqlo's HeatTech products are good and cheap." 

Mountain warehouse thermals

"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."

Columbia ski suits

"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: over 1 year ago