Ski trip packing list for beginners: essential skiing checklist for your first ski holiday

4 December, 2023 5 min read

Preparing for your first ski holiday as a beginner can be a daunting task as specialist skiing equipment is required to have an enjoyable and safe time on the slopes. We have compiled a comprehensive checklist of essential skiing equipment to pack for your first ski trip as a beginner. From ski clothing to accessories, we’ve got you covered!

Ski Clothing:

☐ Base layers: moisture-wicking thermal tops and bottoms to keep you warm
☐ Insulated mid-layers: warm and practical layers for extra warmth on the colder days
Waterproof outer shell: ski jacket and trousers to protect you from wind, snow, and moisture
Thermal socks: several pairs of warm socks specifically designed for skiing
Gloves: waterproof and insulated gloves or mittens to keep your hands warm and dry
☐ Neck warmer or buff: a versatile accessory to protect your face from the cold
Goggles or sunglasses: to shield your eyes from the sun, snow glare and wind

Ski Equipment:

☐ Skis, boots and poles: if you own your equipment or are borrowing from a friend, ensure it’s in good condition and appropriate for your skill level. Otherwise, consider renting these items in resort – with Maison Sport you can rent your gear at the same time as booking your lessons.
☐ Helmet: a properly fitted ski helmet is essential for safety on the slopes. Rent one or invest in your own for optimal comfort and protection.

Ski Accessories:

☐ Suncream: a high SPF suncream to protect your skin from the sun reflecting on the snow
☐ Lip balm: with SPF to prevent chapped lips caused by the sun, cold temperature and wind exposure
Snacks and water: cereal bars, etc. and a reusable water bottle to stay nourished and hydrated on the slopes
Backpack: a small backpack to carry your essentials while skiing, such as snacks, water, extra layers and personal items
☐ Hats or headbands: to keep your head warm and looking stylish at après or around town
Sunglasses: a must for sunny terrace lunches and the aprés bars!


☐ Travel documents: passport, driver’s license and lift passes
☐ Cash and credit cards: sufficient funds for meals, equipment rentals, lessons and additional expenses
Electronics: phone, laptop, chargers and adaptors

☐ And finally – don’t forget your Maison Sport ski lesson booking details! 

Follow this essential ski trip packing list and you will be all set to have a fantastic time on the slopes. Find an in-depth guide to the different ski equipment needed for your first ski trip here.

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