What To Pack For A Ski Trip

Text by: Keltie Hansen

. What To Pack For A Ski Trip

Are you planning a ski trip this winter? If you are, there is something you will have to do first, and that is pack for your ski holiday. Packing can be a tedious task, or even stressful when done last minute. But have no fear; I am here to make packing for your ski trip a breeze. As an Olympic skier, I’ve travelled all over the world to compete at different ski resorts. I soon became an expert at efficiently packing my ski gear and making sure nothing was left behind. This packing guide will include what size duffel bag to use and the layers/gear you’ll need to pack for your ski holiday. 

Duffel Bag

First, you will need the right size duffle bag to pack. For a weekend trip, I would recommend the Base Camp Duffel in size M from The North Face or the Black Hole Duffel 55L from Patagonia. If it’s a longer trip use a larger bag, such as Patagonia’s Black Hole bag in 100L. To keep things organized and compact you can use packing cubes like the Eagle Creek Compression Cubes. This means you can spend less time digging in your bag and more time enjoying your ski holiday. 

The North Face

Base Camp Duffel M

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Patagonia

Black Hole Duffel 55L

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Eagle Creek

Pack-It Compression Cube Set

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Ski Jacket And Pants

Now that you have picked a duffel bag, it’s time to fill it up. This is a good time to account for all your ski layers. I like to lay out my ski jacket/pants, mid layer, base layer and ski socks on my bed to make sure I have them all. To save space I roll my ski jacket and pants and place them in the bag first. Having lightweight pants like the Freedom Bibs from The North Face makes it easy to pack, as do a pair of pants like the Beta SV Bib Pants from Arc’teryx. A jacket like the Clement Triclimate makes packing easy because you can pack the shell and wear the insulated jacket to the hill.

The North Face

Clement Triclimate Jacket – Men

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Arc’teryx

Beta SV Bib Pant – Men

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Norrøna

Lofoten GTX Pro Jacket – Women 

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The North Face

Freedom Bibs – Women

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Base Layers And Ski Socks

For base layers and socks, it’s best to bring two sets, which ensures you have a dry set to wear each day. A top like the Merino 250 Baselayer makes packing easy because you can get away with only bringing a couple with you thanks to the moisture-wicking, odour resistant quality of merino.  The same goes for the ultra-soft merino Icebreaker Ski+ Medium OTC GFX socks. A pro tip, pack your ski socks and your base layers together in a packing cube. Now everything you put on first is together.

Smartwool

Merino 250 Baselayer Crew – Women’s

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Ski+ Medium OTC GFX – Women’s

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Mid Layer

If you have a versatile mid layer like the women’s Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoody or the men’s Arc’teryx Cerium LT Jacket you can use this as your travel jacket, saving space in your bag. If not, just roll it up and toss it in the bag. Now that you have packed all the essential layers, it’s time to tackle the miscellaneous gear that is frequently forgotten. 

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Atom SL Hoody

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Cerium LT Jacket

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Goggles

The first commonly forgotten item is goggles. Goggles protect your eyes while on the mountain and skiing without them is no fun at all. Smith Optics and Oakley are constantly battling it out to produce the best goggles to protect your eyes and improve visibility. The Smith I/O Mag and the Oakley Flight Deck XM both offer great lens technology to increase visibility in all types of weather. Stay tuned on how to pack your goggles in a safe spot. 

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I/O Mag Ski Goggles

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Flight Deck XM

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Gloves/Mittens

It is a huge disappointment to realize you forgot your gloves or even worse you forgot just one single glove. No one wants to borrow someone else’s old gloves, especially if you own a great pair of gloves like the Venta AR Glove from Arc’teryx or the Powder Gore-Tex Mitts from The North Face. My trick to never forgetting my gloves, goggles and even neck warmer is to pack them all together inside my helmet. 

Arc’teryx

Venta AR Glove

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Powder GTX Mitts

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Helmet and Neck Warmer

When you buy a helmet such as the Smith Optics Holt or the Giro Ledge MIPS, it comes with a convenient helmet bag. I place my goggles, gloves, and Apex Chute neck warmer in my helmet and conveniently tuck it all in the helmet bag. This way everything that goes on your head is all in one place and you know where your gloves are when you are ready to go skiing. 

Smith Optics

Holt Helmet

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Ledge MIPS Helmet

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Apex Chute

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Sunscreen

Last, an item that is often overlooked when packing for a ski trip is sunscreen. You may have heard of something called a goggle tan? This is proof that your face is exposed to a lot of sun while out skiing or snowboarding. Personally, I put sunscreen on every day before I go skiing, even if it’s cloudy. You never know when the sun will decide to peak out from behind the clouds. You want to use something mild and non-oily because this will be on your skin all day. I always use a natural mineral sunscreen like the Druide Sunscreen with SPF 30, which is great for sensitive skin. Pro packing tip, I leave sunscreen in my travel toiletries kit, this way it always ends up in my bag.

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Sunscreen Natural Mineral SPF 30

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Backpack

I would also recommend bringing a light backpack for on the mountain. This will allow you to bring your sunscreen, extra layer, GoPro, water bottle, and hot packs onto the ski hill. It’s best to use a light backpack that is designed for skiing. The Patagonia 20L Snowdrifter Pack and the Dakine 12L Heli Pack are designed to fit everything you need and feel comfortable while you’re on the mountain. You can pack this in your duffel or use it as a light travel backpack. 

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SnowDrifter Pack – 20L

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Heli Pack 12L Backpack

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Après Ski Clothing

Now of course the après ski clothes will depend on your plans after skiing, reading a good book by the fire, checking out the mountain cuisine and nightlife, or my personal favourite, relaxing in the hot tub. So I’ll keep it short with just a few of my après ski essentials.

Priority number one after a big day on the ski hill are comfortable clothes, sweatpants and a cozy sweater. You can’t go wrong with the men’s and women’s Patagonia’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pull Over. To complete this comfy look you’ll need a pair of comfortable pants like the women’s Icebreaker Crush pants or The North Face men’s Graphic Collection pants. Pair these comfy clothes with the Vallier Unisex Shoreditch beanie and you are ready to relax. 

Patagonia

Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover – Men’s

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Icebreaker

Crush Pants – Women’s

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The North Face

Graphic Collection Pant – Men’s

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Vallier

Shoreditch Beanie – Unisex

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All Packed! 

Your duffel bag is now packed with ALMOST everything you need to hit the slopes. Remember you need your boots, poles and skis or snowboard too! It’s pretty hard to go skiing without those pieces of equipment. If there is one thing I have learned throughout all my travel, it’s to always double-check your packing list. After that, there is nothing left to do except enjoy your ski holiday!

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Author: Keltie Hansen

Keltie is a former professional skier who represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Halfpipe skiing. During her ski career she collaborated with the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association to write content for their social media channels. This experience combined with her academic pursuits, at Quest University, inspired her recent undergraduate thesis regarding science communication with athletes. Read more of her work at www.keltiehansen.com.

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