According to some of the latest statistics, there are around 9.2 million skiers and boarders in the U.S. If you’re hoping to join them by heading out on a ski trip for the first time, one of the first things you’re probably wondering is what you should pack. Unless you recently purchased a house near a ski resort with plans to enjoy the slopes as often as you’d like, perhaps investing in one of the Banff homes for sale, there’s really no need to bring a bunch of heavy gear.
Nearly all ski resorts offer gear rentals, so instead of bringing your own skis, boots, and poles, you can avoid having to pack your own. In fact, many even rent winter clothing like heavy parkas and ski pants, too, so you don’t have to worry about all the bulk quickly filling up your suitcase. But either way, there are some essentials you’ll want to bring there are better not rented.
Quality Clothing That Can Be Layered
One of the most important things you can do to keep warm while out on the slopes is to layer your clothing – you need a good base, middle and outdoor layers as air temperatures can fluctuate wildly depending on the elevation and time of day. How hard you’re working when you’re skiing makes a difference too. By wearing multiple layers, it will be easier to regulate your body heat. You’ll want to avoid clothing made of cotton as it absorbs moisture and takes longer to try. Instead, think of fleece or wool.
Outer layers are your primary protection against heat loss, so it’s important to invest in a high-quality outer layer that will keep you warm when it’s windy and dry when it’s wet. A waterproof shell is a great option as you can wear as few or as many layers you need to underneath while enjoying breathable protection.
Balaclavas, or full ski masks, are a great way to keep your face and neck warm without having to worry about the hassle of a scarf getting all tangled up on the slopes. It can not only make the difference in whether you spend most of your time next to the fire in the lodge or outdoors but this year, with masks required, you’ll be ready any time you’re indoors or in crowded lift lines when it’s impossible to social distance.
Insulated gloves are a must since your hands will be in direct contact with the snow, but you need the right gloves. If you wear gloves that make you sweat, your hands are going to get cold quickly, so you’ll want to choose a pair based on what the expected temperatures will be at your destination. They should also provide enough dexterity that makes it easy to hold onto the ski poles.
The last thing you want to have is cold, wet feet as a fun experience will quickly turn into a miserable one. Bring a few pairs of high-quality wool or synthetic socks to keep them dry and warm throughout the day.
A Warm Winter Hat
While there may not be much if any evidence to support the old wives’ tale that 50 percent of body heat is lost through the head, it’s definitely true that wearing a good winter hat in cold weather will make a significant difference in how warm you feel. Even if you plan on wearing a helmet while you ski, you’ll still want one for when you’re off the mountain, ideally, a beanie made with soft, polyester fleece that’s lightweight and won’t take up much room in your suitcase. Many will fit underneath a helmet if you need extra warmth on the slopes too.