Packing List for a Ski Trip

Packing is an essential part of preparing for a ski trip. There is a lot of necessary gear to consider that you might not normally pack when traveling, so it’s important that you make an organized list. Forgetting small things like gloves or a water bottle can become a costly expense since the ski resorts have a hefty mark up on commonly lost or forgotten items.

I’ve sorted my packing list into four sections to make it more manageable — Ski/Snowboard Gear, Ski/Snowboard Clothes, Important Items and Mountain Attire.

Below you will find my suggested packing list for your upcoming mountain weekend!

Mountain Gear  Notes
Skis or snowboard
Ski or snowboard boots
Ski poles
Helmet  This is essential for ALL skill levels.
Goggles Should be UV protecting
Sunglasses  Only necessary for spring skiing if you aren’t wearing goggles
Boot warmers  Great if you get cold easily
Ski & Snowboard Clothes 
Snow Coat Should be water resistant
Light Snow Coat  You can use just this for springtime or layer under your big coat if it’s really cold
Snow Pants
Top Layer for Upper Body Sweaters or Fleeces are great for this!
Mid Layer for Upper Body Usually only need it for really cold weather
Mid Layer for Lower Body Yoga pants make a great layer here
Upper Body Base Layer Sweat wicking is best
Lower Body Base Layer  Sweat wicking is best
Hat  Make sure it fits under your helmet
Base Layer Gloves These stay on your hands all day. Should be thin and tech friendly in case you need to check your phone
Top Layer Gloves Should be water resistant
Neck scarf or balaclava This is my most important piece of gear.
Other Important Items
Ski Pass
Mountain Map
Backpack Great for packing water or snacks on the mountain
Hydration Pack Camelback is my favorite brand
Sunscreen SUPER important. Make sure you apply multiples times
Cell phone or walkie talkies  Make sure it’s full charged before you head out!
Packable screwdriver Can be used for adjusting bindings
Mountain Attire 
Snow boots What you change into at the end of the day
Winter jacket
Long Sleeve Shirts
Swimsuit If your hotel/rental has a hot tub!


Now that you’re packed and ready to go, find out how you can save yourself time & stress by making the most of your ski weekend!

Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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