First Time Skiing Checklist

There are many things running through your head as you prepare for your first ski trip. You are very excited for the new experience, but also nervous and unsure of exactly what to expect. One key way to curb this tension is through proper planning.

This handy list will alleviate stress and ensure you have everything necessary to fully enjoy your first time. If you do not own some of the essential items (skis, poles, helmets, etc.) listed below, you can rent them at most resorts. On the other hand, most of the clothing items will need to be purchased on your own. Also, this list is not ranked in any specific order, as all of these items are indispensable in their own ways.

1. Skis, Poles, and Bindings

If you do not own or lease skis, you will need to rent them from the resort. Rental employees are knowledgeable and will guide you through your rental decisions, making sure your skis and poles are suitable for beginners. They will also help set up the ski bindings to the proper setting based upon your size and ability.

2. Ski Boots

You can rent ski boots at the resort, but this is not recommended. Boots are designed to conform to your feet, so often times rental boots are very uncomfortable. If at all possible, we suggest purchasing your own boots, even if it’s your first time. You will be far more comfortable and enjoy the experience much more. Your boots should be snug, but not overly tight.

3. Ski Helmet

For first timers, safety is paramount and you should never mess around with head injuries. There are an assortment of helmets available to purchase (or rent) so you should be able to locate one that fits and works properly.

4. Ski Jacket and Ski Pants

Wearing clothing that is warm, insulated, and wind / water resistant is also key. While on the mountain, the weather can fluctuate and become cold and wet in an instant. Weather resistant clothing will keep your body comfortable and dry regardless of the conditions. Being cold is the quickest way to ruin your day, so ski jackets and pants are essential.

5. Base and Mid Layers

Base layers are what you wear under your jacket and pants and are often are just as important, especially in colder climates. When applying your base layers avoid cotton products, as they are neither waterproof nor breathable. Synthetic material or wool works best.

If it is very cold, then adding a mid layer over the base is suggested. A fleece, sweater, and other similar clothing will keep you warm on the mountain.

6. Gloves / Mittens

Insulated gloves or mittens are also very important ski items. Since your hands will be in contact with the snow throughout the day, waterproof gloves or mittens are a necessity. Your gloves or mittens should also offer enough dexterity so you can easily hold on to the ski poles.

7. Ski Socks

Along with your hands, keeping your feet dry is also essential to enjoying your day. You should bring a minimum of two pair of ski socks, as you never know if you will need the second pair. Your socks also should be made out of wool or synthetic materials in order to keep your feet dry.

8. Goggles

Goggles help increase your vision while battling glare and precipitation. If you are renting a helmet at the resort, it may also help to rent your goggles as well. Goggles often fit differently depending on the helmet, so this will ensure they fit.

9. Backpack

To ensure you are prepared for anything, bringing a backpack filled with an assortment of items is wise. For example, you can pack sunscreen, lip protection, scarves, hats, medical kits, and other small items.

When you have confirmed that you have everything on this list, you are ready to hit the slopes. If you are missing any of these items, The Ski Bum offers a wide selection of ski equipment and clothing to ensure you are ready to go skiing for the first time.

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