What to pack on a winter holiday?

If you’re planning your first ski/snowboard holiday or if you just haven’t been for a while, packing can be a bit of a minefield, so we’ve compiled a handy list of things to remember when preparing for a holiday on the slopes!

Mountain Outerwear

The obvious, you need a jacket and snow pants (trousers or bib pants/salopettes), but depending on what time of year you’re coming out (and whether you run hot or cold) you might want fully insulated outerwear, or a lighter weight shell. April is warmer than January, but do remember the weather can vary vastly in the mountains!

Remember our guests get a discount at TSA!

The small stuff

And then there are the accessories:

  • Gloves – and liner gloves in the colder months for when you are in town.
  • Hat/helmet
  • Goggles & Sunglasses  our top pick are Dragon!
  • Snood/neckie/buff
  • SPF & SPF lipbalm – the sun is strong when reflecting off the snow so make sure you pack something for your face and lips. Don’t go lower than SPF30.
  • Water bottle and snacks – Staying hydrated is important. Chairlifts are the perfect place to refuel with a little snack and a drink of a water.

Check out TSA if you need anything!

Thermal layers

Layering is key! There are some great thermal layers now available for all budgets and the amount of layering will be dependent on you and the weather. We’d advise you bring 3-4 sports tops or t-shirts, and at least one thermal layer for top and bottom – that way you can layer up and be prepared whatever the weather.

Practical Shoes...

Check the weather ahead of your trip and pack some warm boots or shoes with a good tread on them if temperatures are looking low. The town can get icy over night, so if you want that extra grip consider investing in some yak-trax too, they go over your shoes and give you extra grip!

Socks, all the socks.

You’ll need normal socks and snow socks on your packing list. At a minimum we would say 3 pairs of snow socks, that way you have one pair for two days. But if you have 6 pairs of ski socks, bring 6 pairs of ski socks, it’s always nice to put on a fresh pair! Stance are our favourite if you are looking at a recommendation and TSA stock them!

Glad Rags or comfies!

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hitting the bars in your full winter set up – it’s all part of the Apres adventure! If you fancy a night out and getting dressed up – Morzine has great night life, with a big selection of pubs, restaurants, live music and cocktail bars to enjoy. Or you can keep it glam in your chalet too… On the flipside, after a day on the slopes then hitting the hot tub, you may just want to pop on your joggers and hoody – the choice is yours 🙂

Remember all your documents

This one is more complex now than ever before but it’s very manageable as long as you’re prepared. As the travel landscape is changing fairly often at the moment it’s important to check what rules are in place before you travel. Don’t just trust Jimmy from next door who went away two months ago. You don’t want to get to the airport and find you haven’t got the right stuff, and the UK government website is the best place to start.

Think we’ve missed something or still have questions? Send us a message, we love to chat all things winter, even what you should and shouldn’t pack!

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