Ski Vacation Packing Guide

Posted on December 30, 2020 by Rob Hale

Winter is here and you know what that means: it’s ski season. We’ve talked about booking a ski vacation in previous blog posts, but there’s nothing quite like the rush of the cold mountain air against your face as you slip down the slopes and enjoy the fresh powder under your feet. It’s an incredible combination of sport and leisure that many Colorado residents look forward to every year.

Rather than sit here and tell you all about how you should want to book your ski trip, how to choose the right lodging, or why you’ll want to rest at the lodge after a long day on the mountain, we wanted to compile a complete checklist for you to pack for when you head out for your next ski vacation.

We’ll start with the big ticket items for when you’re ready to hit the slopes.


  • Skis or snowboards, unless you plan on renting
  • Ski boots that fit
  • Goggles to protect your eyes from cold whipping winds
  • Sunglasses, if your goggles don’t have a shaded option
  • Ski poles, again, unless you are renting.

Clothing for skiing:

  • Waterproof pants and jacket (no one wants to be damp and facing sub-freezing temps while they ski)
  • Warm clothing (sweaters, leggings, etc.)
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Warm socks

Once you’re done for the day, you’ll need some other essential items, including:

  • Warm clothes for when you go out in the town
  • Additional coats, gloves, hats, and outerwear to stay warm
  • Boots or waterproof shoes
  • And, depending on whether your lodging has a heated pool or hot tub, a swimsuit.

For non-clothing items, remember to bring:

  • A book
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Chargers
  • Portable batteries
  • And a first aid kit (in case anything minor goes wrong)

For the actual booking of your ski trip, you’ll want to call our Denver travel agency to speak with a representative to help you pick the right location and lodging so you can easily get to the mountain and back to your room without too long of a drive. You can either book your trip piece by piece, or you can look into bundled packages that often include lodging and ski lift tickets (and can save you some extra time and money).

If you’re planning on making your ski trip a family vacation, we recommend you check out our quick guide to reducing stress for family vacations. One of our biggest tips is to book separate rooms for you and the kids so you each have a little privacy to retire to once you’ve worn yourselves out at the mountain.

Give us a call so we can help you book your next ski vacation, whether it’s piece-by-piece or part of an all inclusive vacation package. We’ll be happy to take the worry off your shoulders so you can stay excited for your next big adventure.

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