Winter ski trips to the mountains create memories that last for years, but one of the most daunting elements can be planning what to pack. This anxiety is sometimes amplified by the sudden fear that you’ve forgotten something once already on the road. To alleviate the stress, we’ve put together a guide to get you through your preparations.
If you’re planning to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor winter weather in Vermont by skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, or something else, make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Layers are important as weather can change day by day and hour by hour.
- Top and Bottom Base Layers
Look for material that keeps you both warm and dry.
Pack a couple of mid-layer options of different weights. Fleece is a good option.
- Outer Layer
Staying dry in the snow is one of the most important things for which you can plan. Pack waterproof snowpants and a jacket.
Don’t forget a neck warmer, goggles, waterproof mittens or gloves, a couple of pairs of warm ski socks, and lip balm.
Skiing and snowboarding require a fair amount of gear. If you’re new to the sport, these key items are available to rent, or if you’re a powderhound who owns your own equipment, don’t forget these essentials.
- Ski or snowboard boots
Off the Slopes
After a long day on the slopes, staying comfy and warm for your nighttime activities is key. Pack a few outfits for après ski.
- Relaxing Outfits
For nights in around the fire with family and friends, pack comfortable pants like jeans or sweatpants, sweaters, socks, and slippers. Many homes and hotels also have hot tubs perfect for relaxing after a cold day outside, so bring your swimsuit.
- Nights Out
Ski resorts tend to be pretty casual, but pack an outfit that’s “resort evening” appropriate for a nice dinner out.
- Outdoor Accessories
Bring an extra set of mittens or gloves, a hat (to cover up your post-ski helmet hair), and waterproof snow boots.
For the Group
For families and groups of friends, take the time to plan a few extra things in order to make your trip a success. In addition to the items below, make sure everyone brings their sense of adventure and is ready to experience some of the best winter fun New England has to offer.
Don’t let the winter weather fool you; white snow can reflect up to 80% of UV light, causing you to get hit with those powerful rays twice. Make sure everyone has access to sunscreen for their faces. This extra level of protection can also shield against wind.
It’s easy to get carried away while having fun on the slopes. Skiing and boarding burn calories, so keep your energy up and avoid a slump by packing a small snack in your jacket pocket (granola bars are a good bet).
- Après Ski Activities
Bring the group together around the fireplace on winter nights with fun games and activities. Pack a few board games and a deck of cards.
Make sure everyone is fueled up at the start of the day with a good breakfast. Stick to more substantial items like oatmeal and eggs and avoid sugar that will cause crashes later on. If you’re planning to stay in for a group dinner, keep it simple with easy recipes that feed numerous people and provide comfort on cold nights.
Of course, all of these things are available to purchase if you do forget an item or are just in the mood for something new. For equipment rentals and ski gear, check out these local shops. Information can be found on The Stratton and Mountain Area Guide app.