Must have items for the slopes
Are you new to the slopes and have no idea what you need to take with you or where to get it from?
Never fear, here is an edit of must have items you need on the slopes - plus some of our top sale picks to ensure you have the best trip possible.
Ski and snowboard equipment
Often people think that when you go on a skiing or snowboarding trip you need to have your own skis/snowboard, boots, poles and helmets, but you really don’t. You are able to hire all of this equipment when you get there and if you do a little research before you go you can often find hire shops with reasonable prices.
What you will need to take with you is good, quality warm clothing and accessories.
JACKETS AND SALOPETTES
A good quality ski jacket and a pair of salopettes are essential.
Skiing or snowboarding can be quite physical so it is likely you will get hot and sweaty throughout the day, therefore to help reduce this you need to purchase a jacket and salopettes that have good air flow, in particular look out for ones which have air vents and good breathability. It may sound silly, but also make sure they are both waterproof!
It’s advisable to look out for ski-jackets with a snow skirt inside, essentially this is a second layer inside the jacket which buttons up tightly to ensure you don’t get snow inside your jacket when you fall over. Internal and external pockets are also great to have. Internal ones are good to keep your phone and wallet in and an external pocket on your sleeve is great for putting your lift pass in.
Salopettes vary widely, the most important thing is that they fit you properly, are comfortable and fit over your ski boots.
From left to right: Trespass Ski Jacket, Trespass Salopettes, Helly Hansen Ski Jacket, Trespass Salopettes.
The weather on the slopes can often be unpredictable, one minute it could be beautiful blue skies and sunshine, the next it could be grey and snowing. The weather will depend on how many layers you need. However, no matter what the weather you will always need thermals. A thermal long sleeve top and thermal leggings or long johns will do perfectly. It is also advisable to pack a few mid-layers incase it is particularly cold up on the slopes, fleeces and hoodies are good option to buy.
From left to right: Regatta Therrmal Top, O'Neill Zip Up Hoodies, O'Neill Pullover Hoodie.
GLOVES, HATS AND SOCKS
It’s the finishing touches that make all of the difference.
Proper thick ski socks are a must. Not only do they keep your feet warm but also makes wearing ski boots a little more bearable as they are notoriously known for being uncomfortable.
When it comes down to choosing a pair of gloves and a hat, this really is down to personal preference and lets be honest you want them to match the rest of your outfit! Just make sure you buy good quality, water proof gloves. When buying a hat, consider whether or not you will be wearing a helmet, if you are and we advise that you do, then it will need to be able to fit under your helmet - avoid bobble hats as your helmet won’t fit onto your head properly.
From left to right: O'Neill Hat, Helly Hansen Gloves, Regatta Hat.
GOGGLES AND HELMETS
Goggles are a must have. They are vital, not only protect your eyes from the sun but also to help you see in snowy or rainy conditions. Goggles can be incredibly expensive especially if you buy them in your resort so it’s a good idea to buy them in the outlet before you go. If you are an advanced skier and know you will return to the slopes annually, investing in a snug well fitted helmet can be a great investment.
From left to right: Snow + Rock Helmet, Regatta Goggles, Snow + Rock Helmet.
Other items that are worth taking with you include; a back pack if you plan to be out on the slopes all day, sun cream, SPF lip balm, phone with a camera and snow boots for when you are walking around the resort and local village.