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If you’re wondering what to pack for a ski vacation, Eileen Gunn the editor and founder of FamiliesGo! shares her top nine expert essentials!
I spend a lot of time outdoors in winter ice skating, playing in the snow with my daughter and x-country skiing. And I will tell you winter sports are the time to choose practicality over couture, though winter clothing technology is getting streamlined so it’s easier to look a little better.
What to Pack for a Ski Vacation
ski pants / turtle neck or light fleece / fleece ski vest / winter coat / boots / bathing suit / Hat / thin hat without a pompon/ water resistant gloves / circle scarf/ gaiter / socks
You need a
— thermals, the thickness depends on how active you will be. (TFG loves this Ibex top and bottom – unfortunately this brand has gone one of business, for similar options, here are other warm thermals!)
For skiing or x-country you need
— to keep you dry and sometimes I wear mine if I’m hiking or ice skating just for warmth.
— that are warm and have wicking, but that aren’t bulky.
Acorn has thin and thicker fleece and the former are ideal.
You want to keep your neck warm, so a
–or light fleece that zips over your neck (the zipper is nice because you can regulate your body temp a little).
This year I bought a gaiter (similar item) from Land’s End and I really love it. It keeps your neck warm and is more practical than a scarf for active sports because it doesn’t have loose ends. I can also pull it up over my nose and ears if I’m really cold (though this is not the most stylish look).
If you don’t want a gaiter, then a cute fleece circle scarf is better than a regular one.
Then for X country, I like a good ski
fleece ski vest
–For anything else, a winter coat.
Hat and water resistant gloves
–(fleece again), and if you will be outside a lot in extreme cold consider glove liners.
If you are skiing or snowboarding,
a thin hat
–( without a pompon ) or or other embellishments is best because you can wear it under a helmet, which is good to wear even if you are a good skier because there might be someone on the hill who isn’t and lots of good skiers are injured getting run into by other people. This is a cute and cozy fleece hat.
–for outdoor sports where you are pulling boots on and off all day.
Also, bring a
–and warm cover up for apres ski swimming on hot tubbing.
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