Your first ski or snowboarding trip is going to be exciting, but it should also involve some preparation and smart packing choices. Here are some useful tips on how to prepare for a ski trip, that I have discovered myself during my snowboarding trips to Italy. These might make your trip even better than it’s already going to be.
So, you have chosen your ski resort and booked a nice accommodation next to it. What’s next?
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Getting in shape before a ski trip
Snowboarding or skiing trips will require quite a lot of energy and will leave your muscles sore. This is probably something you can’t avoid. The better physical shape you’ll have, the longer you’ll be able to last on the slopes and enjoy the ride.
It doesn’t require any specific training to prepare for a ski trip. If you have a mountain near you, it’s good to ride a couple of times before going to the high mountains. Also do any kind of regular physical activities a couple of months before the trip like jogging, gym, cycling or anything similar that you prefer. That will get your endurance levels up and you will thank yourself once on the mountain.
Of course, while skiing or snowboarding you will choose your own amount of time that you are able to spend on slopes. But it’s always nice to prove to yourself that you can do more than expected.
Tune-up your skis or snowboard
If you are bringing your own skis or board to the trip, make sure to have it tuned up. It’s important to do so to be safe in the mountains.
I suggest having your gear tuned up before you arrive at your ski trip destination as prices there tend to be higher compare to service shops away from skiing destinations. However, if you don’t have such an option around you, don’t worry as your destination will definitely have such a service provided.
If you are still deciding where to go skiing, check out these ski resorts in Belarus.
Plan what to wear
Ski resorts are places where people usually wear laid-back clothes. It’s acceptable to do so boring the day and also for dinner in a restaurant. You should not wear your skiing pants to dinner however don’t also worry about bringing fancy, uncomfortable outfits that you’d wear to the club or a party back home.
You will feel much better after a day in the mountains in comfy jeans and a shirt, fluffy sweater, or sweats. Keep in mind that temperatures do change a lot during the day and night in mountain resorts, so make sure to have more layers of clothing available. That’s valid while being on the mountain and also off.
Remember to bring also comfortable boots that you can use for walking in the snow. Sure you’ll have your ski or snowboard boots on for most of the time, but once you’re off the mountain, have some comfortable and warm footwear for free time.
Make a proper packing list
This is one of the essential steps in order to prepare for a ski trip well. It’s really important to bring the right things for the time on the slopes and time outside the slopes.
Divide your packing list into sections and start listing items in each of those few days before actual packing. That way you have a chance to remember some things that you might forget at first and you’ll still have a chance to add them. It’s much better than remember something once you are already few days into your trip.
The list sections that I make for myself are:
Clothing and things for snowboarding/ skiing. This part should include clothing and footwear that you will use on the mountain. It also includes such things as ski goggles, a helmet, a hat, gloves, a face mask, or a scarf.
Clothing to use of the mountains. This includes daily and dinner outfits and footwear, nightgown, swimwear, and slippers.
Toiletries. This part includes everything starting from face and body products, lotions, hair shampoos, toothbrushes, sunscreen to make-up, medicine, and any kind of other products you’d need.
Important things and gadgets. This includes passport, boarding pass, cash, credit cards, wallet, headphones, phone, charger, tablet, selfie stick, and things like that. Also, don’t forget your regular camera and a drone camera that follows you for some epic mountain shots.
If you’re still thinking of getting a drone, read this guide about the best drones for travel.
Avoid altitude sickness
In order to prepare for a ski trip well and not to ruin it at the very beginning, getting used to high altitude is essential. When you get to the mountain, it’s important to let yourself get accustomed to the altitude. If you get too high too quickly, it can cause a headache, sickness and just lower your good spirits and physical abilities in general.
To avoid that let yourself get used to a certain level of height. Don’t go straight to the very top of the mountain. First, go up to the middle. Spend some time there. Ski down from there and only then go up higher. If you will make your way up to a high altitude gradually, you will feel much better than if you rush it.
Relax your muscles after a ski day
Once finished a great day on the slopes your muscles might start to feel sore. And even sorer and sorer after few days. Usually, hotels in ski resorts offer hot tubs and saunas. Make sure to use them as it’s a perfect way how to relax and get all the stiffness out.
Ask in the hotel or google other spa options available in the area. I’m sure you will find a nice warm outdoor pool or hot tub where you can sit, get relaxed, and watch mountains and slopes where you were on the same day. That’s a perfect way how to reward yourself and just chill after a long day.
Oh…Just make sure to pack your swimwear!!!
And most importantly make sure to enjoy every moment of your awesome trip! 🙂