A skiing holiday is an exhilarating blend of adventure and relaxation that’ll leave you with a healthy hobby and a lifetime of memories. For both seasoned skiers and first-timers, however, proper preparation is crucial for an enjoyable trip. 

This comprehensive guide covers everything from the essential equipment you’ll want to take with you (and rent while you’re there) to transportation logistics and everything in between, ensuring you make the most of your next big ski adventure.


Essential Equipment

To start, select skis that match your skill level and the terrain you'll be tackling. Your ski poles should be a length that makes sense for your height and should be made from durable materials to withstand the elements.

Well-fitted boots are also vital for comfort and control, so don’t just go for the boots that look the best. Speaking of your getup, dressing in layers is key – include a waterproof, insulated jacket, thermal layers, waterproof trousers, gloves, and a hat, as if you find yourself caught in a blizzard in inappropriate gear, you’ll almost certainly ruin your holiday.

Finally, high-quality, UV-protective goggles are essential to shield your eyes from snow glare and be sure to pack suncream. You might not think about getting sunburnt in the sun but trust us, it happens!


Renting Equipment or Bringing Your Own

For beginners or those who ski only occasionally, renting skis and poles can be a more cost-effective and convenient option.

You can still have all the fun of a skiing holiday without making the commitment to purchasing the ski equipment (and finding somewhere to store it all at home!)

It also gives you the advantage of being able to change your gear to suit you, so if you find that your current skis or boots just aren’t working for you, or you may be progressing in ability during your time on the slopes and want to try your hand at different types of skis, hiring is the perfect solution for you.

However, if you're an avid skier, you might prefer the personalised feel of your own equipment, and you’ll find that you get used to how your own gear works, which can be beneficial in improving your confidence and abilities on the slopes. It also saves the rush to the on-site hire shop, as you can get straight on to the slopes with your own gear rather than queuing to hire.

As far as clothing is concerned, if you can accommodate it in your luggage, always bring your own as you will be paying a premium to rent; if not, rent from a reputable provider to ensure a proper fit and level of comfort.



Planning your journey from the airport to the ski resort is essential.

Take advantage of flexible train times for a less crowded journey and more space for your equipment and look online via both the resort’s official website and third-party options.

Upon arrival, many resorts offer shuttle services, or you can arrange private transportation for a smooth transition to the slopes.

Lots of resorts even have Uber and other rideshare apps now, making it incredibly easy to get around as long as you have a smartphone and a stable data connection.

Renting a car equipped for wintery conditions, meanwhile, offers the flexibility to explore the surrounding areas and transport gear with minimal fuss.


Other Tips

There are so many amazing ski resorts in Europe and around the world, and you will need to research your destination before departing which can also help shape your packing list.

Secure travel insurance covering specific skiing-related incidents, including medical emergencies and equipment damage or loss, as general insurance might not have you adequately covered.

Regardless of your experience, a refresher lesson can also boost your skills and confidence. Finally, be mindful of acclimatisation to prevent altitude sickness, always stay hydrated, and listen to your body's needs.

If you feel like you’re pushing yourself too far then you probably are! Don’t be afraid to speak to instructors and on-site staff for tips on dealing with the high altitude, and make sure to take regular breaks.