Equipment is not on the list of must-haves for a trip to a ski resort, but sunscreen and a shoe dryer are.
9 must-haves on a ski holiday
The hotel is booked, tickets are in hand – it’s time to make a list of necessary things and pack your bags without haste. Forgetfulness or hasty fees then turn into a cold, hypothermia, burns. Be sure to take with you on a ski holiday:
- The documents.
- Comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Balaclava and mask.
- Dryer for shoes.
- First aid kit.
- Thermos or thermo mug.
- Hygiene products.
Without a passport, a traveler will not be allowed on a plane or train, and will not be accommodated in a hotel. Documents are the first thing to check before the trip, namely:
- the passport;
- medical policy;
- cash or credit cards;
- hotel reservation;
- driver’s license and car rental agreement, if you ordered the service;
- schedule of buses and commuter trains to the resort;
- ski route map.
The CHI policy is a guaranteed treatment for colds, sprains, fractures, and other diseases. With compulsory medical insurance, if necessary, you will be hospitalized, but this policy will not insure against all risks. If a skier is injured at the top of a ski slope or in another hard-to-reach place, then the ambulance will not get there. The victim will have to be evacuated by air ambulance, which is expensive, especially for foreigners.
In such situations, insurance comes to the rescue, covering hospitalization and treatment of injuries sustained while skiing, snowboarding, transporting the patient to a medical facility by car and helicopter.
2. Clothes and shoes
Winter sports tourism should be safe for health. Overheating and freezing are equally contraindicated for skiers. How comfortable they will ride depends on the quality of sportswear. The basic set includes thermal underwear and thermal socks.
Thermal underwear is the bottom layer. Athlete’s outerwear should keep warm, repel moisture, and weigh little. A set of jacket and trousers or ski suits will do. On a ski holiday you will need:
- scarf or buff;
- waterproof gloves;
- ordinary gloves for walking;
- wool hat;
- warm waterproof boots.
It is advisable that you have a spare set of thermal underwear with you – periodically you will have to wash underwear from sweat. Outer sportswear dries quickly from moisture – one jacket and trousers are enough.
Backpack for mountain skiing of small volume. It has pockets for a mask, balaclava, avalanche probe and shovel. There are mounts for carrying skis and a helmet. Manufacturers install special backrests with protection in case the skier falls.
There are backpacks from which the athlete will get the contents without removing the skis. All ski models are soft, light, with a waterproof lining.
A balaclava or balaclava is needed for skiers who wear a helmet. They perform the same functions as thermal underwear: protect from wind, accumulate heat, remove moisture. The second mandatory accessory is a ski mask or goggles. They protect the eyes from the blinding sun and snow and make skiing on cloudy days comfortable.
A high-quality mask with a spherical surface increases the viewing radius and image clarity. Experienced athletes say that it is the best protection against unpleasant incidents on the descents.
5. Shoe dryer
This accessory is not available in all hotels in ski resorts, so it is advisable to have your own. The electric dryer is lightweight, fits in a small suitcase pocket and makes life easier for tourists. It dries shoes from moisture in 2-3 hours, prevents unpleasant odors and fungus.
Most models are powered by electricity. On sale there are dryers powered by a car cigarette lighter. They are useful for those who travel by car.
6. First aid kit
Sports tourism is always an above-average risk of injury, so medicines should be with you. Put in first aid kit:
- cotton wool;
- elastic bandage;
- hydrogen peroxide or chlorhexidine;
- iodine or brilliant green;
- ointment from hematomas;
- warming ointment;
- teas for colds;
- ascorbic acid;
- nasal spray or drops;
- medicines for health reasons (for hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases).
It is advisable to take a tonometer, an electronic thermometer, special sports gels for sprains and bruises to the resort.
7. Engineering and electronics
Digital technology is a connection with the outside world, video frames and photographs from mountain slopes as a keepsake. Athletes take on vacation:
- An action camera to capture the ascent and descent of the mountainside on video.
- Stabilizer or selfie stick for general panoramic photos.
- The tablet.
- Power bank.
The last three positions are not required, because a smartphone is suitable for viewing news, social networking, taking photos and posting content. But shooting descents and other active actions is safer on an action camera. It is designed specifically for such purposes, weighs 3-5 times less than a smartphone, is attached to clothing, on the head, is not afraid of moisture and falls.
A thermos is needed to warm up a skier on a snowy slope with hot tea and cheer up. A household thermos for a ski holiday is not suitable – look for a professional one. He is the same piece of equipment as boots, a mask, a suit. Thermoses for skiers are made of ultra-light steel, absolutely airtight. The flasks in them are made of unbreakable heat-resistant glass or metal.
9. Hygiene products
The final item on the list is sunscreen and lip balm. The winter sun in the mountains is active – the risk of sunburn is no lower than in the summer on the beach. The atmospheric layer in the mountains is thinner, so the sun’s rays are more dangerous for the skin. Apply the cream to the face and hands before each ride. Hygienic lipstick or balm will protect lips from chapping, dryness and cracking of the skin.
What about downhill skiing?
Professional skiers carry equipment with them. If you don’t want to carry skis and poles to the other end of the country or abroad, then you don’t need to. All resorts have rental offices, they offer budget and premium equipment for tourists of different levels of training. Children’s ski rentals are also available.