Hello Darlings, For a girl who likes to change her outfits as often as her mind becomes a problem when travelling. Planning for a sunshine getaway is a breeze, just a few bikinis, sundresses and sandals and et voila you’re packed for fun in the sun. On another hand, packing for a ski vacation is more like a frost bite. It is a slow and brutal process that takes much elimination and in my case, upgrade in luggage size. Nonetheless, it is well worth the effort as the adventure in the mountains does not compare to much else.
I’ve grown up skiing and having the pleasure to visit Canadian Rockies for the past two years is a blessing. Upon returning from my week long trip I’ve evaluated as to what’s necessary when packing for a ski trip. Let’s breakup the wardrobe into two parts: skiing/snowboarding gear and après ski.
Snow activities don’t come light and as I can only speak for skiing, the boots alone weight a ton. Naturally, you have an option of renting all of the equipment on location and that’s exactly what I did last year; however be prepared to pay a pretty penny for it. On average the entire ski gear including boots, skis and poles will run you up about $100 per day. If you already own your equipment it is worth the hassle of bringing them along, plus it’s nicer not to share.
Aside from the actual equipment is the clothing. You should pack ski pants along with ski jacket, warm undergarments (I like ones that are mostly made of fine wool and in particular those by Icebreaker Merino), gloves, number of pairs of ski socks, helmet and goggles. Most of my ski clothing is made by Karbon and I really do love the quality and warmth.
All of the ski gear will take up one bag and I would suggest checking it separately as not to overweight. Pack a separate luggage for your clothing and the rest of items. If you plan on bringing the actual skies and poles, be sure to invest in a quality travel bag. I rented my skis as I wanted to test out Rossignol Temptation 78 skis prior to purchasing them. I do however recommend always bring your boots and helmet.
Since I bring my DSLR camera on ski slopes and to various activities, I purchased Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW bag which proved to be amazing. If you’re an active photographer, this is definitely a great investment. It is also great for transforming your equipment in luggage.
Your second luggage should be packed with a wide variety of clothing that is cozy, warm and stylish. Majority of ski resorts have become fashion destinations where ladies dress to the tens. The key to go for effortless, cozy and chic ensembles. I like to pack a few cashmere sweater dresses and cashmere sweaters.
Cashmere is my favorite on a cold day which would explain why I brought about 10 cashmere sweaters and 2 cashmere dresses. To go along with the cashmere dresses be sure to bring a pair of wool tights not just the average opaque ones. Also bring a parka and a lighter jacket. I brought along my favorite Mackage Peaches coat and Cut25 bomber which were unique in style to combine with variety of outfits.It also helps with temperature changes. Two or three pairs of jeans are also a great and practical choice.
As for footwear, I packed three pairs of boots/booties and running shoes for the gym. A ski resort is not the place to bring out high heels but if you want a little lift go for a chunky low heel. For dinners, I often wore my favorite pair of Rag & Bone Harrow beauties. My go-to pair for majority of the trip were Manitobah Mukluks which looks great at the resort and were super worm. As for accessories it is all about hats, earmuffs, scarves and gloves.
With all of these items I decided that two suitcases were a must! For someone who typically travels with a carry on or one 24″inch suitcase, this meant shopping for new luggage. At the end I ended purchase a 24″ and 30″ set from United Colors of Benetton.