Packing for a ski trip…
It can be a challenge, especially with a small luggage allowance! Your clothing and gear seem so bulky, and there is only so much room in your suitcase. If your next skiing trip is taking you to France, you want to make the most out of your packing efforts. But how do you decide what to take and what to leave behind?
When it comes to skiing in any country or region, comfort is key. Remember that as you frantically sort through your bags, trying to cram more in or take items out. The beautiful French Alps and the crisp mountain air will go unnoticed if you are uncomfortable, freezing, and ready to head back to your room.
Thankfully, we’ve combined years of skiing experience and our knowledge of the French Alps to help you out. Keep reading for the ten essential items to pack for your next ski trip in France.
1. Warm Base Layers
The right base layers are a must-have for any ski trip. Thermal leggings, shirts and tank tops/vests will keep you warm and dry no matter how many hours you spend on the slopes. Choose materials that dry quickly to keep you from freezing in the mountain air.
Don’t forget quality ski socks. These will help keep your feet comfortable and dry throughout your many adventures. We recommend packing a few of each of these base layer items to get you through your trip.
2. Ski Jacket
The perfect ski jacket will keep you warm and dry while allowing you to move easily. If you want to cut down your packing list, choose a waterproof ski jacket with two layers that are removable. You can wear the full jacket on the slopes and use just one of the layers for other activities.
Mobility and range of motion are key when choosing a ski jacket. You do not want something that feels heavy or restricts your movements. Just remember all of the moves you’ll have to do while skiing in this jacket!
3. Salopettes / Ski Pants
Ski pants, or snow pants, are crucial to enjoying your trip. They will keep you dry in the snowy French Alps and help you combat the cold air in the mountains. You probably need just one pair of high-quality ski pants for your trip. If you feel the cold, we suggest thermal leggings / long johns to help you stay warm.
4. Your Own Ski Gear
This is probably one of the hardest packing dilemmas. If you own your own skis, snowboard, or other equipment, you may be able to travel with it for free. This possibility all depends on your airline and which airport you are flying into. If travel fees are expensive for your gear, consider renting them when you arrive.
If you have your own pair of ski boots, you might want to make room for them on your trip. Good quality rental boots are available, but they may not be as comfortable as your own pair especially if you have moulded liners. If you’re looking to save some room in your suitcase, roll up clothing items and store them in your ski boots for travel.
Skis & Boards – SkiHire2U have you covered. They have such a good range of up to date equipment for all preferences and levels that it probably isn’t worth you bringing those skis you bought in 1992….!
Googles…we converted to googles over sunglasses and both of us love them! They keep your face super warm and there are many lens options for different snow conditions. These may get pricey depending on which brand you choose, but from what we see at Chalet Cannelle, it does pay in the long run to get the best you can afford to pay.
At Chalet Cannelle, we can arrange to have you fitted for boots and skis/boards onsite, no waiting in line at the ski shop! You can receive a personal fitting and a 10% discount from our local partner, SkiHire2U, when you book with us.
This might be an unusual one but there is nothing better after a day in ski boots than putting on your own pair of comfy slippers. Better still, put them on the boot warmers before leaving for the day so they are toasty warm when you get back to Chalet Cannelle.
It is important to protect your hands from the cold climate to keep your skin from drying out or chafing. For your ski gloves, make sure that you buy waterproof gloves that are breathable and try them on before buying – gloves that are just a little too small or too big can be really uncomfortable on the slopes. If you feel the cold, definitely buy liners and try them with the outer gloves. The 100% silk liners really are different to the polyester ones and much warmer and thinner.
If the weather is nice, you may need to switch out your goggles for some sunglasses. These are a must-have for those moments when you stop to take a break or grab a bite for lunch. Thankfully, sunglasses are small, and they can easily fit in your luggage or carry-on bag. It is much easier to take in the incredible French scenery when the sun isn’t shining in your eyes!
8. Lip Balm
Chapped lips are almost a guarantee on any skiing trip. The high altitudes of the French Alps mean dry air and chapped lips. It is amazing how quickly dry and cracked lips can ruin your whole day. Keep this from happening by packing a few tubes of lip balm or Chapstick for your trip.Choosing an option with SPF is even better!
Sunscreen is another must-have and one that often gets left at home. Choose a high factor sunscreen to protect your skin while you ski. You may feel like you are totally covered in gear, and the sun may be hiding from time to time, but with the reflection on the snow, sunburn is a common occurrence.
No one wants to waste precious ski time making a run to the pharmacy, plus they are much more expensive in France than the UK. Be sure to pack Ibuprofen or any other medicines you need to heal sore and tired muscles. After a long day of fun on the slopes, you will find yourself crashing into bed. Some pain relief and anti-inflammatory medication can help you feel rested and rejuvenated for the next day of skiing.
You will probably have way more stuff loading down your luggage when you head off on a ski trip in France, just make sure you include the items above to make your trip enjoyable and comfortable.
At Chalet Cannelle, we provide a full-service experience in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Your next ski trip in France is sure to be memorable when you stay in our beautiful luxury ski chalet. We do our best to accommodate all of your needs, so feel free to contact us with any questions on what to pack for your upcoming trip! Just a reminder that we provide hair dryers, dressing gowns and toiletries leaving a bit more space for everything else!