Essential skiing kit list – what to take and what not to take on your first ski holiday

Categories Gear, What To Take


One person speaks, the community responds. At least that’s what happened on our facebook page when we were asked to provide an essential ski kit list.

Of course, we could of put a list forward but that wouldn’t have been half as much fun. We also wouldn’t have come up with such a comprehensive list for both essentials and items for if you’ve got space.

So, here’s the list you’ve been waiting for.

Oh, and in the interest of making this more readable we’ve split it into different sections like beginners, accessories etc. Skip as necessary.

(Of course if you think anything has been left out you can join the discussion on facebook or leave us a comment below).


Skiing essentials for beginners

The first time is the hardest. And when it comes to preparing and packing for your first ski holiday that is even more true. All those decisions. All that jargon. All that time reading gear specifications pretending you understand them.

We’re not going to be able to help with that but we can tell you the bare minimum of what you need to take.

  • Jacket – We recommend borrowing this if it is your first time
  • Salopettes / Ski Pants / Trousers – The name’s are interchangeable so don’t worry too much about that. Again, consider borrowing them
  • Base Layer
  • Woolly Hat
  • Gloves
  • Ski Socks
  • Sunglasses or Goggles – Weather forecast plays a big part in this. If it looks like sunny conditions, goggles may not be necessary.
  • Lip Balm
  • Suncream
  • Buff – Or something that warms your neck


Universal Essential Ski Gear

Essential clothing

  • Ski jacket
  • Salopettes
  • Base Layers
  • Mid Layer
  • Ski Socks
  • Neckwarmer

Essential Accessories

  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves
  • Backpack/Rucksack

Other Essentials

  • Ibuprofen
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun cream
  • Insurance
  • Deep heat


Other Essentials For A More Advanced Skier

Requirements change if you go a bit more regularly.

  • Boots
  • Ski/Board
  • Go Pro


Remember we really want to hear your views. If you feel as though we’ve missed anything from either list, please let us know by leaving a comment below or visiting our facebook page and joining the discussion there.

When we found out just how many people wanted this list compiled we sprang into action. As a result we’re now in the process of building a new web page so that all our customers can access the lists whenever they want.

And if you have any other suggestions for things you’d like to see us offer/deliver then be sure to tell us.

Other links:

Crystal Ski’s wipeout sale
Introducing the Dolomites (blog)

Find us elsewhere:

YouTube channel

***Updated*** our skiing kit list for 2012/13

These posts have been written by one (or several) of the Ski-buzz team.

3 thoughts on “Essential skiing kit list – what to take and what not to take on your first ski holiday

  1. Perhaps a resort guide too? You can get the small pocket sized ones now and also plenty of options for Blackberry, Android and I Phone.

  2. A mobile phone is fairly essential for calling emergency services if off piste. Also place emergency contacts under an entry marked ICE. Copies of insurance and next of kin etc in pocket with phone.

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