A ski vacation is a great way to appreciate the cold, snowy weather that Mother Nature dishes out in the winter. Many people choose to rent ski equipment and apparel during their trip to minimize baggage charges at the airport and the hassle of fitting all the gear into the rental car. Ski shops near or at the resort carry the latest gear available to rent; you may even be able to demo new, expensive equipment. However, even if you rent basic gear, there are some items that are best to bring along.
You will be spending a lot of time in the outdoors and should be surrounded by some great scenery--some of the best vistas can be found at the top of the lift. Pack a small camera that you can keep in your ski coat pocket. Don't stop in the middle of the hill to snap photos; you will be placing yourself and others in danger. Instead, ski over to the side of the run to snap those shots of snow-covered pine trees.
Remember to bring plenty of fresh batteries and a large enough memory card to hold all your photos. Though these items will most likely be available at the ski shop, they will be more expensive.
Hand and Toe Warmers
These little disposable packets may be the least expensive investment you make during your vacation, but they can ensure that the money you spend on the lift ticket is not wasted. With the combined low temperatures and wind-chill factor, a day on the slopes can quickly become miserable. Hand warmers in your gloves and toe warmers in your boots can make a big difference in your personal comfort and keep you skiing all afternoon.
The glint of the sun on the fresh-fallen snow, and the high altitude are both factors that contribute to sunburn. If you want to avoid the distinctive look of white goggle marks on bright red facial skin, apply sunscreen generously throughout the day while on the slopes. The ski shop at the resort will carry sunscreen, but it is likely to be expensive and the selection might be minimal.
A swimsuit may not be the first item of apparel that comes to mind when packing for a ski vacation, but you will be glad to have it after a day of skiing. Sore muscles and chilled skin welcome the heat and relaxation of the hot tub at the resort or cabin. Depending on the amount of privacy at your accommodations, you may need a swimsuit to enjoy this amenity.
Exercise Clothing and Shoes
A vacation is supposed to be relaxing, and you may figure that you're getting plenty of exercise on the hills. It is important to stay flexible and conditioned during your trip, however. Tendon, muscle and joint injuries are common on the slopes, and the best way to avoid them is to stretch thoroughly before skiing. A quick stop at the exercise room of the lodge or hotel could prevent an injury that could ruin the rest of the trip. Take a quick jog on the treadmill while you're there; if you are not accustomed to the altitude, a bit of mild cardiovascular exercise will help your body acclimate.