Ski trip packing list – All the ski essentials you’ll need!
Whether you’re hitting the slopes with friends or going on an extreme back country skiing adventure – here are all the ski essentials you’ll need
If you’re heading out on a trip, it can be useful to have a checklist of all the ski essentials you’ll need so you don’t forget anything.
So that’s exactly what we’ve done! Here is our ski checklist you can use when you’re packing. We’ve also prepared a printable ski trip packing list so that you can have it by your side and check things off as you pack
And for the off-piste skiers? Don’t worry, we have the backcountry ski gear list so that you make sure you’re safe when heading off-piste.
When putting together this ski trip packing list, we got curious: what’s inside the ski backpack of a pro who is always pushing themselves to the limits? What are the ski essentials that a pro freeride skier – sometimes quite literally – could not live without?
Professional Freeride skier and Freeride World Tour champion, Kristofer Turdell, shared with us some of his skiing essentials.
As a Freeride skier I wear a backpack almost every day on skis. I'm obsessed with light weight and ease of use. That said, when traveling in the mountains a backpack that fits well is essential.
- Kristofer Turdell, Freeride World Tour Champion
The three things Kristofer doesn't go without are: avalanche-transceiver, shovel and probe.
Depending on the day Kristofer might also pack: a first aid kit, down jacket, multitool, snacks and drinks.
Ski boot bags are a great place to store your ski boots – and also your helmet and gloves. The ski boot bag below has a standing mat so that your feet don’t get went when you’re changing in and out of your ski boots.
If you’re more of an extreme skier who likes going off-piste, a ski backpack with an avalanche airbag is essential. A study by the Canadian avalanche researcher Pascal Haegeli showed that an avalanche airbag can slice the probability of dying in an avalanche in half.
Transporting your skis:
If you’re heading on your ski trip by car, you’ll need a ski box to keep your skis protected and also store your packing. Ski boxes are great because you can use them in the warmer months as well and bring gear along on summer adventures.
If you are a huge skiing fanatic and live close to the slopes, a ski rack might be a better choice. Ski racks keep your skis protected and can be used for both skis and snowboards.
If you’re taking a flight to your ski destination, you’ll need a ski travel bag. These bags are padded and protect your skis during the entire trip.
Clothing materials for skiing:
Merino Wool: Merino wool is one of the finest and softest types of wool in the world. Merino wool helps regulate your body temperature, meaning it keeps you cool when it’s hot and snug when it’s cold. It also lets sweat escape, so if you layer it under other clothes, you won’t feel all clammy. Another great thing about Merino wool is that it is lightweight – perfect for your ski trip packing!
Cashmere: Cashmere is more insulating than regular wool, weighs a lot less and isn’t bulky. Cashmere fibers are also breathable and help move moisture moves away from the body if things get sweaty under all the layers of clothing.
Fleece: Fleece is synthetic and provides as much insulation as wool but doesn’t weigh as much. It is also soft and can last for a long time. It isn’t great as a windbreaker, but as an insulating mid-layer this material will keep you nice and toasty!
Ski jacket and warm, waterproof materials: Forgetting your waterproof outer layer is a sure-fire way of getting cold and wet within seconds out in the snow. That’s why a waterproof ski jacket is essential. Warmth is important, too. But if you choose your base and mid layers correctly, a windbreaking, waterproof material is the most important feature for your outer layers.
Now that you have your ski trip packing list, all that’s left to do is get packing and head on over to the slopes!
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Kristofer Turdell is a Swedish freeride skier who has won several freeride world tour titles, including champion in 2018 and 2021. See what he’s up to on his website or Instagram page.