Whether you’re going to hit the exhilarating slopes on a downhill run or take in a scenic cross country excursion, a ski holiday is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and all that winter has to offer. Snowboarding too is a great winter activity which is becoming increasingly popular and many ski hills and resorts offer specific snowboarding areas in addition to their ski runs.
Of course you don’t have to be in the U.S. or Canadian Rockies or the Swiss Alps to enjoy skiing. If you’re in a country that offers a cold, snowy climate in winter then chances are you’ll find many exciting locations to enjoy these fun activities, including right here in Australia! No matter what time of year, there is always a snow covered mountain or set of hills somewhere in the world waiting for you.
A ski holiday can be unique to each person and the equipment needed can also vary, but there are some basics that each skier or snowboarder will want to take with them for added enjoyment and comfort. Have a rundown of these items that you’ll want to take with you – then start planning that next great holiday.
Equipment – For the novice skiers who don’t own their own equipment, most popular ski resorts and ski hills rent out equipment such as snowboards, skis, poles and ski boots. For those more experienced skiers who already have and are travelling with their own equipment, be sure to pack the items in proper ski bags for airline check-in. Bags with wheels are always handy especially when having to carry them through airports and resorts. If bringing your own skis, don’t forget your wax in case you want a do-it-yourself application. A clear plastic holder for resort and ski hill passes can also be useful.
Clothing – Next to the equipment itself, proper clothing is the next most important consideration. After all, being cold and uncomfortable can ruin an otherwise fun day, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for the wintery elements. A ski jacket with thermal pants and warm ski socks are the basics but you’ll want to add a hood or beanie, scarf, warm ski gloves, a face mask and shaded goggles. If you like added protection for your ears, consider bringing a head band along too and don’t forget warm snow boots for going out and about when away from the ski slopes.
Safety – Safety should always be in the forefront of every skier’s mind, however recommended equipment will vary depending on the type of ski trip you’re on. Regardless of the type of conditions you find yourself in, a helmet and shaded goggles are always a good idea. If you’re skiing in a remote, mountainous area with deep snow you will want to have items such as an avalanche beacon and shovel, probe and some form of GPS. A basic first aid kit containing bandages, dressings, and pain killers should also be carried.
Sunscreen and Lip Balm – When skiing, the sun and wind can be treacherous on the skin and the cold temperatures do nothing to help. Slap on a bit of facial sunscreen before hitting the slopes and always carry with you some lip balm to prevent dry, cracked lips.
These are just some of the basics to consider when going on a ski holiday. Consider the type of ski conditions that you’ll be in and tailor your equipment and clothing needs accordingly. Once that’s done, you’ll be on the way to having a fun filled ski and snowboarding holiday.