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What to Pack for a Ski Weekend

The ultimate checklist of what you need to pack for a ski weekend or trip awaits you.

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So you booked a ski trip, good for you! Now comes the packing, whether you pack ahead of time or the night of, this article is for you. 

Starting with the basics to stay warm, talking ski equipment and ending with a complete checklist. This article is your ultimate guide to pack for a ski weekend or trip. 

Ski Clothes to Stay Warm

The key to staying warm while skiing is in the layers, but not any layers. Here below you’ll find what you need to wear from top to bottom to avoid feeling cold and enjoy your beautiful trip. 

  • Balaclavas And Neck Warmers

The balaclava needs to be synthetic, make sure it covers your head and face. An additional neck warmer is recommended for the extra cold days i.e. -15C (5F).

  • Synthetic Or Merino Wool Base Layers – Top and bottom

The base layer is the first layer you wear and it needs to keep you warm so make sure it’s synthetic or merino wool based (avoid cotton at all costs). 

  • Fleece Mid Layer Jacket or Turtleneck

A Mid layer in fleece will keep you warm on those cold days. If you opt for a jacket, you can easily remove it if you end up feeling hot. 

  • Ski Pants

Make sure the pants are good quality waterproof ski and that you can easily walk in it while wearing the base layer underneath. 

  • Ski Jacket

A good waterproof and breathable jacket would do. It’ll protect you from the cold so you might want to invest in a good one.

  • Ski Gloves & Liners

Depending on the temperature, you might want to double up by wearing liners and then waterproof ski gloves or mittens. Personally, I wear mittens as my hands are always cold. 

  • Merino Wool Socks

Choose synthetic (nylon or polyester) or Merino wool-based socks to stay warm and keep your feet dry. 

  • Hand and Feet Warmers

Pack hand and feet warmers for each day + extras as you might need them, especially if you’re skiing in North America in January or February.

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Ski Equipment

  • Helmet

Safety first! Don’t forget to pack your sturdy helmet to keep you safe on the slopes.

  • Skis or Snowboard

I usually pack them in a specific ski bag to protect them.

  • Ski Shoes

There are specific backpacks to pack your shoes to easily carry them

  • Ski poles

You can add them to the ski bag as well.

  • Snow or Ski Goggles 

Don’t forget to pack the right goggles lenses for the weather.

Apres Ski Clothes

Because there’s no ski trip is fun without an après ski, you need to make sure you pack clothes for the afternoon/evening in or around the resort. 

Clothes to pack: 

  • Fleece leggings as a base layer 
  • Pants or jeans
  • Jumpers or thick sweaters 
  • Thick Socks
  • Beanie
  • Underwear
  • A Bathing suit for the hot tub
  • Pajamas 
  • Slippers


Aside from clothing and ski equipment you need the following accessories: 

  • Phone charger
  • Sunglasses

Cosmetics & Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Luffa
  • Soap
  • Creams 
  • Sunscreen protector 
  • Menstrual tampons or pads for women

Looking to plan a winter getaway in Mont Tremblant? Read the latest article: How To Plan A Ski Weekend In Mont Tremblant.

Click on the link below to download the complete checklist. 

Ultimate Ski Weekend Packing List

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