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First Ski Trip Checklist

Advanced SkiIt’s here at last – your long and eagerly awaited ski holiday has finally arrived. Here is a handy list of things to pack or sort at home to help you through your excitement and make sure you don’t forget those all important essentials!

Hand luggage:

  • Passports
  • Photos for lift passes if required
  • Travel documents (including airline / ferry tickets or e-tickets, car hire vouchers, airport parking vouchers, Iglu bookings confirmation, Operator invoice, directions for getting to the resort and accommodation if self driving)
  • Insurance documents
  • Currency
  • Wallet (don’t forget to tell your bank if you are travelling abroad)

Hold luggage with ID labels

  • Check your baggage allowance
  • Think layers when packing – it’s easy to warm up by adding them and cool down by reducing them.
  • Sun cream and lip block is essential. The sun is very strong in the mountains as it bounces off the snow so a high factor is recommended.
  • Hat, gloves, goggles and sunglasses.
  • Thermals if it is really cold.
  • Ski jacket, salopettes and several pairs of ski socks
  • A small back pack for taking up the mountain (useful for carrying emergency supplies including screwdriver, tissues, sun cream, spare goggles/ sunglasses, water hip flask and of course chocolate for those long chair lifts!)
  • Small first aid kit - you may need treatment for aching muscles, bruises and blisters.
  • Ski / board bag and boots if you are taking your own. You should advise the airline before you travel if you are taking your won equipment as there will be a charge. However, for your first trip we would advise that you hire your equipment.

Don’t leave home without

  • Sorting out the feeding / housing of your pets and plants
  • Cancelling your newspaper / milk until you get back home
  • Telling your cleaner – she may set the alarm off while you are away!


  • Try and do some exercise in the run up to your first ski holiday as you will enjoy it more and progress quicker if you are physically fit. Some gyms run ski fit courses during the ski season. Be prepared for a few bumps and bruises, particularly if you are going to learn to snowboard!
  • Check out our recommended ski fit workouts.

Phew!  Now enjoy a rest before you leave – you are going to need it!  And look forward to coming home re-energised and full of life from all that wonderful fresh mountain air!

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