People who have been on a skiing trip before know how much fun they can be. All those days spent in the mountain air, carving slopes with friends, followed by warm evenings, drink in hand, chatting around a fireplace.
If you have your first trip coming up, then that's the end game that you're shooting for. But before you get there, you'll need to put in some work so that you have everything you need to enjoy the chill of the mountains in style. Below, we take a look at some of the essentials you'll want to have in your best luggage sets.
Layers, Layers, Layers
The UK can be cold, sure, in fact it sometimes feels like chilly is the default state. But on the spectrum of temperatures, it's all pretty mild.
When you're visiting the mountains, you can expect the temperatures to be much, much chillier.
While they can be alright to handle on a short-term basis, it's worth remembering that you're going to be spending all day out there, and, try as you might not to, there'll be times when you fall into the snow too.
Of course, skiing will warm you up, and you'll probably end up taking off some layers at some point, but it’s much better to have too many than not enough.
Your warm trousers, base layer, and jacket will be the starting point for your wearing, but they're not the only things you'll need. These are the snowy mountains we're talking about, not a quick trip through the cold to the supermarket.
So you'll also need to pack things like a scarf, hat, and gloves – you'll probably leave the scarf and hat in the locker when you’re skiing, but the gloves will be with you always.
You'll also want to read this guide to polarised lenses, which is a type of lens that will help you to see more clearly when the sun is reflecting off the snow.
Needless to say, that’s quite important when you’re halfway up the side of a mountain.
Yes, skiing is fun in just about any form it takes, but there are still ways to make it even more enjoyable.
If you've got the hang of skiing and feel confident on the slopes, then playing music can be an immensely fun way to make the activity even more memorable.
Load up your favourite skiing tracks, rent a helmet with inbuilt speakers, and you'll be zipping down the slopes to an awesome soundtrack.
You're only going to spend a matter of a few hours each day on the slopes. After that is the apres-ski period, which is arguably the most fun part of the day!
Make sure you're packing some comfortable lounging gear. There's nothing better than being comfortable after a long day of skiing!
Also pack some smarter clothes, so you can check out the local bars and restaurants. The dress code is most definitely casual, though, so nothing too formal is needed.