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What to pack for a snow trip

The lowdown on snow gear

From SheKnows Australia
Are you heading to the slopes for the first time this winter? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the huge range of snow gear out there? Don't worry, SheKnows has you covered.
Woman skiing

The lovely Belle McNeil from Thredbo Sports Outlet tells us about the items you should splurge on and the ones you don't really need to buy.

The packing list

When shopping for a snow trip, most first-timers go one of two ways: They either buy the entire store and end up with far too much stuff, or they don't buy enough and end up cold and wet. Luckily, Belle is here to help us sort out the "must haves" from the "wants".

The essential items every snow bunny should have on hand are:

Top tip: If you arrive at the ski fields and realise you've forgotten something, don't worry. Every resort has a bunch of retail stores and most offer "essential" packages full of goodies for first-timers (or those who didn't have time to hit the shops!).
  • Beanie
  • Gloves (waterproof is best)
  • Neckwarmer
  • Ski jacket and pants
  • Goggles
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Thick socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermals (if it's really cold, go for polypropylene, silk or wool)

And if you're planning to spend all day on the slopes, don't forget to add these beauty buys to your suitcase:

  • Moisturising lip balm
  • Sunscreen

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To buy or to rent?

If you've clicked through the pages of an online snow store, you'll know that ski gear doesn't come cheap. The question is: What pieces are worth buying and which ones can be rented?

Top tip: You don't need to wear special clothing for different snow sports — so don't let any smooth-talking retail assistant convince you otherwise! Besides the actual equipment — like skis and snowboards — the same kind of clothes can be worn for all activities in the snow.

Belle says it comes down to how often you're planning to visit the snow.

"Purchasing your own gear is a great option if you intend on visiting the snow multiple times throughout the season."

"Thredbo has a great rental range for guests coming down for the first time or for anyone who enjoys the convenience of having the latest gear waiting on arrival."

If you do decide to use someone else's equipment, keep in mind that all equipment is set up to match a person's height, weight and ability.

"It's fine to borrow clothing from a friend, but if you borrow skis, boards or boots, just make sure you get the fittings adjusted for safety."

Getting ready

Now that you know what to pack, the next question is: How should you dress for the snow? The key is to plan for changes in the weather and layer accordingly.

"Weather in the mountains always varies, so dressing in layers is highly recommended. Good quality thermals and snow socks will make all the difference on a cold day up the hill," says Belle.

Of course, on the slopes, accessories are more than a fashion statement — they are functional. Goggles and helmets will keep you safe and protected from the elements, while beanies will keep you nice and warm on the iciest of days. Luckily, snow gear has come a long way in the past few years and there are plenty of chic colours and patterns to choose from.

If you're keen to get an après-ski tipple, it's perfectly acceptable to walk into a bar wearing your snow gear. It's usually really warm inside though, so it's a good idea to change into jeans and a cosy jumper — you can't go wrong with cashmere — so you feel comfortable.

Time to shop

If you're heading to the Thredbo slopes this season, these stores are great for stocking up on all sorts of snow gear: Thredbo Sports Valley Terminal, Thredbo Sports Friday Flat, Heads Up, and Rossignol Demo Store.

If you prefer to shop before you go, check out these buys — most of which can be yours at the click of a mouse:

What to pack for a snow vacation

Tops

  • 1. Under Armour Storm Cotton Hoodie, $90 
  • 2. Patagonia Capilene 3 Zip Neck, $85 
  • 3. Kathmandu Women's Stromsdal Jacket, $450
  • 4. Isobar Quilted Down Jacket, $230
  • 5. Elk Large Cape Poncho, $210 
  • 6. Barkins Frontier Jacket, $80
  • 7. Under Armour Women's Compression Long Sleeve Tee, $80

Bottoms

  • 8. Helly Hansen Women's Legend Pant, $250 
  • 9. Isobar Merino Wool Pants, $130
  • 10. Under Armour Women's Compression Leggings, $90

Extras

  • 11. Electric Matte Jet Black Snow Goggles, $170, 02 6680 7955
  • 12. Elk Leather Gloves, $85 
  • 13. ECCO Trace Ski Boot, $330
  • 14. AERIAL7 Sumo In-Ear Headphones, $40 
  • 15. Sockings, $40
  • 16. Electric Classic Navy Beanie, $25, 02 6680 7955
  • 17. Kathmandu Sno Roller, $200

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