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The Checklist for your first ski holiday

August 16, 2017

The ski season is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Booking your first ski holiday doesn’t have to be difficult if you let us help!

Stick with us and we can find you the most suitable ski holiday at the best price.

If you’re going to book your first ski holiday this season, we’ve got a checklist to make sure you’re properly suited and booted and ready to hit those slopes! We often get first-time skiers asking what they should pack for their ski break, so we’ve compiled this handy list which covers the basics.

1.           Clothing – it’s all about the layers

When it comes to ski clothing- it’s all about the layers, you need to be warm and dry but when the sun beats down on the ski slope you want to be able to peel off some layers to cool down.

A waterproof ski jacket and trousers are a must for skiing! For hygiene reasons, it best to have your own ski trousers and jacket, but you can always ask a friend if it’s possible to borrow theirs. If not, head to the likes of Decathlon, Sports Direct and TK Maxx and other high street retailers where you can usually find a pretty good deal on these items.

Similarly, ski socks and thermal underwear are a definite must-pack! Hands and feet are the most important parts to keep warm and with chunky ski boots you want to ensure your feet are comfortable for a day’s skiing.

Ski socks will stop your feet from freezing, and will ensure comfort in those bulky ski boots – we would pack 3 pairs for a week away.  Thermal underwear may not be attractive, but its job is to make sure you’re warm and to keep you dry, no matter how many times you fall or how much you sweat. We recommend packing at least 2 sets of long sleeved thermal tops and leggings for a week. Over this thermal base layer, we recommend a mid-layer, preferably a micro fleece, to keep the heat in.

A good pair of ski gloves and ski hat are easily forgotten but are essential! No skier should be without on any ski break. Ideally, ski gloves should have an adjustable cuff, textured palm and finger tips and a fleece lining. As for the ski hat, this is more for when you’re not wearing your helmet, so as long as it covers your ears it can be as wacky as you like. Although not essential we always recommend you hire a ski helmet. (ski helmets are not usually included in your ski hire but they can easily be rented for a small charge once you are in the resort.)

Goggles are important for protecting the eyes from the glare of the sun off the snow, and for when it is snowing. These can also be picked up cheaply at Decathlon or Sports Direct. Another essential that goes hand-in-hand with goggles is suncream! Nobody wants a ski tan and burnt nose!

 When they day is over and you are ready for some après ski just pack warm, casual clothes like jeans and jumpers, but ensure you have sensible shoes, like snow boots or waterproof boots.

2.       Sort out your gear… skis/ski poles/ski boots/bindings/helmet

 Most of our Ski Packages include ski hire, so don’t fret! If your ski hire doesn’t include a helmet, we recommend hiring one for extra safety.  If you’re headed on a family ski breakcheck with your resort because sometimes children’s ski hire is free. If you decide to opt for snowboard hire, check with our customer service team first, just in case there is a supplement for this. Snowboard hire usually includes your board and bidings.

3.       Ski passes

The ski pass is your golden ticket to gaining access to the slopes. Without the pass you won’t be able to ride the ski lift up the mountain. Many resorts have various ski passes that gain access to different areas on the slopes, and prices vary accordingly. Don’t worry though, because our ski packages usually include a ski pass for the duration of your stay, just like our flexible Borovets ski break If you are a non skier accompanying your family on a ski holiday, it's usually a good idea to get the ski pass included for yourself to reach the on piste restaurants if you want to meet up for lunch with your skiing party.

4.       Try and get some practice

Everyone must start somewhere… Eddie the Eagle was a newbie at one stage too! Before heading out all guns blaring, we think it’s best to get some practice in first. There are loads of indoor ski slopes and dry slopes in the UK where qualified instructors can help you get to grips with the basic concepts. One or two lessons at the indoor slopes should be enough to let you get the feel of it, but have as many as you need!

Helpfully, most resorts run a ‘ski school’ for beginners to practice on before hitting the real slopes. They run through a series of lessons to help you build up your skills and knowledge for when you tackle the snow on your own, so if you feel unsure of yourself definitely avail of these services (although you may have to book in advance). Thankfully, some of our ski packages include ski lessons for beginners, or if they don’t we can always look into arranging some for you –just ask.

5.       Travel Insurance

We’ve all seen those epic fail YouTube videos, and although they can provide a chuckle for the viewer, we imagine it’s not such an enjoyable experience for the person who’s faceplanting the snow. Accidents can happen to anyone on the slopes, so we recommend buying good travel insurance that covers winter sports to make sure you’re covered for all eventualities.

With all this in mind, you’re more than ready to enjoy your first ski break! Check out our selection of ski holidays here, where we have breaks in Italy Slovenia and Bulgaria. Whether it be a solo ski holiday, or a ski break with friends or family, we have you covered!



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