In January, I had a week in Tignes, France. It was brilliant! I had not skied since I was 13 so it was good to get on the slopes again.
The trip was booked through Wasteland Ski who specialise in group bookings and, by the sounds of it, students! It was so reasonable for a week skiing.
A ski/ snowboard trip is difficult to pack for when you have never been before. I have made a little ‘to pack’ list, as I know at least one person forgot something!
It is difficult to describe as a lot of people will roll their eyes at you if you try to explain (from experience!) but you probably won’t be AS cold as you would expect to be as its a different type of cold temperature. Obviously, you still wear your thermals etc. but you have to remember you will be doing a lot of moving around (hopefully) when you are on the slopes. Clothes wise, I think most people bought items from Amazon, TK Maxx and Mountain Warehouse. In an ideal world, I would have got all my clothes from Sweaty Betty but my bank balance did not agree.
- Ski/snowboard jacket.
- Ski/snowboard pants (salopettes).
- Ski/snowboard gloves.
- Ski/snowboard goggles.
- Ski/snowboard socks.
- Cosy hat.
- Suncream SPF 30+ and Lip Balm SPF 15+ (do not underestimate the power of the sun on the slopes and the wind burns!)
- Ski/snowboard helmet (some people just wear beanie hats- which gives me the fear! Especially because I am doing my dissertation on concussion…).
- Comfy warm boots/footwear (I had Doc Martens which were ideal).
- Balaclava/ neck warmer.
- Hand warmers (I bought 40 of these off Amazon and actually used about 3 the full trip)
- Camera- a GoPro would be perfect to attach to your helmet. (I was so busy I did not even bother taking mine out- just iPhone photos).
- Swimming costume- this sounds silly, but in ski resorts, there are a lot of spas, and you will like some time to recover.
- Hot water bottle. I was the only person to pack this and it was SO good after skiing. Not even so much for heat, it is good for aches and pains after a day on the slopes.
Some people may find this basic, whereas others may not think of some of these things!
La Folie Douce is a MUST if you are near one. Such a good vibe. Have a look at your piste maps first. Some people were put off because they were not confident on blue slopes but it wasn’t til one of our last days we found alternative routes to places and ski lifts!
Thanks for reading,