What to pack for a ski holiday

12th July 2022 | by Crystal Ski Holidays

You’ve booked your holiday to the mountains, so now all that’s left is to stuff your suitcase. Forget flip flops and shorts, though – you’ll need to layer up for this trip. But what exactly do you need to bring? If you’re not sure on where to start, here are some tips on what to pack for a winter sports holiday.


  • Seamless socks – knee-high, merino-wool ski socks have the best padding and support. They also fight moisture to make sure your feet are nice and toasty. Two to three pairs a week will do, and definitely don’t double-up as this restricts blood flow.
  • Base layers – a long-sleeved top and legging-style bottoms. Pack around two of each and avoid cotton, instead opting for thin, lightweight synthetics. Ideal for sub-zero temperatures but can be used in all weathers to keep you warm, fresh and dry.
  • Fleece – If it’s super cold, mid-layers are a must-have. Fleeces – made from synthetics or merino wool – are highly recommended as they come in different weights, so you can choose one depending on how physically intense your days will be.


  • Jacket – a ‘shell’ jacket is your best bet if you’ve got base and mid-layers, as its main purpose is to keep out water and wind. The cost scale depends on the material, with waterproofing and breathability being big factors. The former is rated on thickness (millimetres), while the latter on weight (grams) i.e the thicker it is, the more waterproof. Also look out for jackets with ‘powder skirts’ as they’re great for keeping out snow, and make sure there are enough pockets – ones in your arms are handy for storing your lift pass.
  • Salopettes – also known as ski pants, these should be waterproof and breathable too. For extra protection, make sure there’s an elastic cuff at the bottom of each leg, as they’ll keep the snow out. Vents are also good for temperature regulation.
  • Gloves – waterproof gloves should be at the top of your list. Make sure your palm fits completely inside the cuff and that they’re not too loose, with enough room to pinch your fingers.
  • Goggles – these are needed to protect your eyes from both the sun and the snow. Modern goggles usually have 100% snow protection, with an array of lenses offering different brightness and visibility levels. Sunglasses are also recommended for when you stop for lunch.
  • Neck warmer – a tubular neck warmer that protects your face and neck from windburn. The polyester microfibers are wind-resistant, breathable and prevent moisture – a true godsend for long chairlift journeys.
  • Helmet – imperative for your safety, helmets protect your skull from impacts. They’re usually available to hire in resort, but if you’re a regular skier it may be worth buying your own.


  • Sturdy shoes – roads and pavements may be icy in resort so make sure you bring a pair of thick, durable walking boots for when you’re not on the slopes.
  • Après – whether that’s taking a dip in the pool or partying the night away, remember to bring activity-appropriate clothing. Jumpers, scarves and hats are particularly recommended for when you’re outdoors, while a pair of tracksuit bottoms and slippers may be better for curling up on the sofa with a book.

And that’s that – everything you need to keep you warm, dry and comfortable on your ski holiday. If you’re a beginner, before committing to buying everything, try borrowing some bits off friends. However, once you’ve caught the skiing bug, it’s probably worth investing in some high-quality ski gear – it’ll last and it’s all yours.

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