The Family Ski Holiday Packing Guide.
Struggling with what to pack for your ski holiday?
Ensuring you have the correct ski gear for all conditions is a challenge in itself but when you have to think about your Little Skiers as well, it’s enough to make the calmest of parents start to stress.
So here is a really great guide detailing what to pack for your children with a few ideas of the best bits to get from our friends at Little Skiers. Save 15% when you spend over £100 with this exclusive code: RR1819
Thermal or Base Layer:
This is the most important first layer to wick away any moisture and prevent chilling when on chair lifts. Icebreaker is our favourite premium thermals brand but if the kids are looking for something a little funkier, Odlo have designed some great sets that the kids will be racing to get on in the morning.
Fleece and/or Skiing Micro-Fleece:
This is an important second layer and provides the warmth that you need under a ski jacket. Trespass microfleeces are super soft, really warm yet unrestrictive when skiing.
Look for merino wool content which will provide the extra warmth needed under boots. Barts do a fantastic range of kids socks that tick this box and are completely kid friendly in terms of their designs and most importantly they stay up!
Neck Warmers or Balaclavas:
A skiing balaclava is ideal for higher altitude ski resorts or early skiing trips when temperatures can be consistently below zero. Buff offer a huge range of neckwarmers that are suitable for all ages, from babies to grown ups!
Thermal Glove Liners and/or chemical Hand Warmers:
Ideal for high altitude skiing or early season skiing holidays – get a ski school set of 6 hand warmers to save money and keep all of the family warm on the slopes. The glove liners are also really useful worn on their own when back at home, on the football pitch or playground.
For colder resorts look for earflap designs, ideally fleece linings for extra warmth. The Didriksons Biggles Cap is great to keep ears warm and stays in place with an under the chin strap.
All of our jackets are breathable but most have a whole host of other really great features – detachable hoods, taped seams, ski pass pockets, breakaway buckle for gloves and so much more! Lego, Quicksilver and Reima do some great vibrant neon ski wear that will help you spot the kids on the mountain!
Ski Mittens or Ski Gloves:
These must be waterproof! Longer cuffs are great for preventing snow entering the ski jacket sleeves and mittens are generally considered warmer than ski gloves. Barts Tec Ski Gloves and Hestra are two popular skiing gloves brand with good solid reviews for all styles.
It is essential that you protect your children’s eyes from the glare off the snow – even if they are not skiing we would recommend you protect your child and ski goggles must offer 100% UV protection. UVEX is a German brand and Bolle is French, the two most popular ski helmet and goggles brands on the market and the quality and fit is fantastic.
Sun Cream Protection & Lip Salve:
Look for mountain formulas designed for freezing temperatures – Manbi Ski Sun Protection tubes come with a neck cord to keep it to hand all day long.
Waterproof Snow Boots:
These must be thermal lined, waterproof and have sufficient grip on the sole for walking in icy areas around the resort. And most ski boots can be used for winter wear in the UK so buy boots that are lightweight and easy to get on and off without parental assistance! Kamik and Sorel have some fantastic boots that are functional and great to look at.
The key here is not to pack too much – the kids are likely to spend most of their non skiing time playing in the snow in their ski gear or relaxing in the chalet in their base layers and fleeces. So just a few extra items are all that’s required to bridge the gap when you head out for the odd meal in the evening.
A few other optional extras:
These will get the little skiers revved up for the mountain.
- Ski Trainer and/or Ski Tip Connector – ideal for teaching your children to ski
- Ski Helmet covers – these jazz up hired helmets and are perfect for identifying your child on crowded pistes
- Travel Toys – essential for passing the time on the plane and transfers!
Ski equipment hire:
Rental Republic are an excellent ski hire company and will deliver your ski hire to your accommodation. No more walking to the shops with your little skiers – relax with a glass in hand whilst your ski butler comes to you.
And finally, the ‘don’t leave the house without’ list:
- Passport Photos – some child care providers and ski schools ask for adult ID as well as a passport photo of your child – check prior to departure
- Insurance documents
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- Hotel or holiday company booking documents
- Flight tickets