Packing for any holiday is a challenge. But if you’ve ever been skiing, you’ll know that trying to fit everything you need in your suitcase can be total chaos. You need your mountain equipment, your warmest clothes, and a collection of things that will make you look less like a marshmallow. But once you’ve booked your Grenoble flights, found your chalet, and got yourself in the skiing mindset, here are a few things you shouldn’t forget to pack:
Some snow boots.
If you’re planning to spend your entire holiday in either ski boots or slippers, you’re doing it wrong. Ski resorts are full of all sorts of outside activity facilities, and it’s a waste not to make use of them. The local ski school will probably run everything from snowmobile rides to ice skating, but do a bit of research and you might even find yourself trying dog-sledding or giving tubing a go.
Your swimming costume.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a total expert, there is one common element to the skiing experience for everyone: that it’ll wear you out. And anyone who’s ever been skiing before will tell you that there is nothing better than the moment you take off your ski gear and sink into a steaming hot tub to soothe your aching muscles. If you’re lucky enough, your accommodation will provide you with somewhere to take a dip, but if not, almost all resorts have a public leisure center with a swimming pool and a sauna. Ski resorts are also rife with luxurious spas, so if you feel like splashing out, book yourself a treatment and take an afternoon off to pamper yourself.
Skiing uses up a lot of energy. So if you go on a ski holiday, you’ll find yourself working up a serious appetite. As a result of this, many ski resorts are hot spots for culinary delights, and you shouldn’t leave a ski resort without putting on something nice and exploring the town’s dining options. Many of the European ski resorts have attracted top chefs keen to bring alpine dining back to its roots, with lots of simple, locally sourced, wholesome food.
Plenty of sun cream.
Feeling chilly and getting a tan are not normally two activities that go hand in hand. But in a ski resort, you are likely to experience both, as the high altitudes mean you are exposed to particularly strong UV rays, even in the cold. Make sure you put on plenty of sun cream while you’re skiing, and take the sun cream with you, so that when you spend a long lunch reclining in a deck chair and sipping on some vin chaud, you’ll know you’re protecting yourself. There is nothing like the feel of the sun on cold cheeks; just make sure the flush you get isn’t a permanent one.
Your party pants.
Maybe half of the people in a ski resort aren’t actually there for the skiing – they’re there for what happens after the skis come off. Ski resorts are legendary for their party scenes, and even if you’re not normally wild, you ought to indulge in a bit of après-ski. The post piste partying takes all forms, from a leisurely drink in a chic chalet, to a quick beer in a local pub, to a round of shots in the seasonaires’ dive bar. But wherever you end up, you’re sure to have fun, and find yourself surrounded by people making the most of the skiing lifestyle.