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Tips on Packing for a Day of Skiing

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Whether you are an experienced skier heading for the black diamond slopes or a beginner taking a lesson, it’s important to be prepared to make the most of your time on the mountain. Here are some tips on what to pack for skiing so you have the appropriate items as you hit the slopes each day.

What to Wear for Skiing

An important guideline when skiing is to wear layers. A bottom layer can be long underwear covered by a sweatshirt or athletic shirt and waterproof ski pants. Warm, thick socks are critical and on particularly cold days think about sock and mitten liners for extra warmth.

Finally, the outer layer will include a ski jacket, gloves or mittens, and ski boots. Many slopes require helmets which means you do not need a hat. Once you put on your goggles your ski outfit is complete!

What to Pack in Your Pockets

Deciding what to fit in the pockets of your ski jacket can be a little more difficult. Here are some recommendations to keep you comfortable.

1. Logistical Items (Ticket, Money, Phone)

Attach your ski lift ticket securely to your ski pants or put it in a zippered pocket. I also carry my ID and make identification forms with contact phone numbers for the kids to carry.

For lunch or other purchases make sure you have your cash or credit card stored safely in a pocket. Finally, for adults and older kids, a cell phone allows you to stay in touch if you split up. The camera feature will also allow you to take pictures of the beautiful scenery.

2. Skin Care and Tissues

The weather is usually cold and dry in the mountains and the sun can be strong. It’s important to bring lip balm with SPF and sunscreen and apply during the day. Also, the cold temperatures often cause runny noses and you’ll be glad to have tissues in an easy-to-reach spot.

3. Water and Snacks

The high altitude and exertion of skiing can you leave you dehydrated so bring a plastic bottle of water and refill it when you take a break. I also recommend packing small snacks like protein bars or trail mix to eat during the day.

Spending a day on the slopes can be fun for the whole family, especially if you follow these tips on packing for a day of skiing.

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