Skiing on the mountain is both a unique and unforgettable experience. Yet, it’s an activity that does require careful preparation before skiers hit the slopes.
Embarking on a ski trip is the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and challenge one’s limits. Before heading to a ski resort, it’s important for skiers to take some things into consideration as they prepare to face lower temperatures and daily physical activity. The following tips are sure to make a ski trip even more enjoyable.
See everything a skier needs before hitting the slopes ahead of a ski trip
What to bring in the suitcase?
Packing always comes with doubts. When embarking on a ski trip, it’s important to stay comfortable, warm, and light, so long sleeve shirts and leggings are essential layers to wear underneath clothing. The material must be suitable for skiing, the ones that don’t retain sweat or humidity, but instead allow the skin to breathe naturally.
What clothing to bring on a ski trip (and which ones are better left at home):
- Pants and jackets need to be light-weight, made of impermeable material, and wind-proof. This allows skiers to be able to move around freely and remain dry;
- Fleece which helps keep the body warm and is ideal to use underneath ski clothing;
- Second layer helps maintain body temperature and helps the skin to breath;
- Gloves are an essential item. There’s the traditional model, which is practical, or the mitten style, which doesn’t offer divisions for the fingers (just the thumb) – super impermeable.
- Socks – the correct ones are essential, it is ideal that they are thermal and specifically for skiing. Cotton ones get wet and don’t properly protect the feet;
- Ski boots are also an important part of a ski trip. Those who have ski equipment usually also have ski boots. Those who don’t, can rent them at the hotel, ski resort, or personalized stores. The choice depends on the skier’s foot size, the thickness of the socks, and skis, since thee boots adjust onto them.
What can be left at home:
If the idea is to explore the ski resort, forget the high heels and shoes without rubber soles. Those types of shoes are only good for closed spaces.
Skiers don’t need a change of ski clothes every single day. Two or three pairs are already enough. Vests are an excellent option since they allow the arms to move around freely while keeping the torso warm.
What about the accessories?
The accessories are an essential part of a ski trip. Since we are closer to the sun on top of the mountain, it’s important to protect the skin and eyes from the sun. Ski goggles, sunglasses, and sunscreen are indispensable. Helmets and lip balm are also important for the day-to-day on the mountain.
Heading on a ski trip doesn’t mean the bathing suits should be left behind. Many hotels and après ski usually offer a heated pool, hot tubs, and saunas, which are perfect ways to relax after a day of skiing on the mountains.
Preparing for a day on the mountain
Skiing on the mountain is both a unique and unforgettable experience. Yet, it’s an activity that does require a lot of physical energy. In addition to consuming a lot of calories (460 per hour), skiing is a full-body exercise involving the back, abdomen, arms, and especially, the legs. Stretching is a must before heading to the slopes.
If a family is planning on skiing with small children, it’s a good idea to place a small piece of chocolate in their pockets, ready to eat for when they get hungry during their ski classes.
After a long day of skiing, many hotels organize the famous après-ski, making the ski trip even more exciting. This is when skiers can expect hot chocolate, finger foods, cookies, saunas, and heated pools. There are also restaurants that transform into lively scenes, such as the La Folie Douce, very well-known spot in Europe.