Family Ski Holiday Kit List

Obviously, going on a ski holiday requires a little more thought than when packing for a hot holiday. And even more so, when you have children thrown into the mix. There’s nothing worse than a cold child, stuck, half way up a mountain with 2 hours left until your transfer back to the chalet. So the best piece of advice I can give is to be prepared and over compensate. Having ski’d with my 11 year old step-son 3 times now, I have learnt the hard way, what I need to have with me. This family ski holiday kit list will make sure that you are well prepared for your trip.

Family Ski Holiday kit


 Warm Hat / Beanie
 Goggles (These Salomon ski goggles were fantastic. They kept the eye area warm, didn’t steam up and kept the sun light from blinding me on the slopes!)
Family Ski Holiday Kit
 Helmet (This POC helmet was incredible. Love, love, love!)
 Neck Warmer/Buff
 Thermal tops
 Thermal bottoms
Family Ski Holiday Kit
Family Ski Holiday Kit
Louis’ thermals, jacket, salopettes & gloves are from Snowear, our local ski shop, and made by Columbia. The jacket & gloves have a special Omni-Heat reflective lining, making them exceptionally warm. Louis was more than warm enough during the entire day with just his thermal base layer and this jacket. The guys at Snowear were brilliant in the shop and kitted Louis out perfectly.

Essentials for your day bag

 Extra thin fleece (spare incase the temperature drops)
 Water bottle / Camelbak
 Multitool / pen knife
 Sun Cream
 Lip Balm
 Mobile phone in waterproof case (so you can use Ski Tracks)
 Pocket first aid kit
 Lift passes (usually zipped into ski jackets)
 Family Ski Holiday Kit


 Day clothes
 Snow boots/shoes
 Phone charger & adapter
 Swimming costume
 Ski equipment (Boots, skis, snowboard, poles etc)
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Top Tips

Before we went on our last trip we were told a story about a child who was skiing with their dad and ended up going down a different run. Effectively the pair were split up and couldn’t get reunited for hours. We therefore took some extra precautions incase of a similar situation. 

 Business card with your contact details on, zipped into your child’s coat.

 €50 / $50 zipped into your child’s coat with details of the hotel/chalet so they could always get a taxi back there.

 A Whistle in your child’s pocket.
Skiing is such a fabulous family activity, so if you have the chance to go with your children, we’d highly recommend it. As long as you have the right kit, you’ll have an amazing time. Hopefully, this essential family ski holiday kit list will put you in good stead for a wonderful holiday.
Check out our recent amazing family ski holiday with Skiweekender & Lake Annecy Ski Resorts below:

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  1. The Breastest News 21 January, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Great list. We’ve got family in Sweden and will be heading over at some point this year so this will come in very handy.

    • Al Ferguson 21 January, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Thank you. I hope you have a fantastic time. I would love to go to Sweden.

  2. olivia Kirby 1 February, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I won a family skiing trip – none of us had skied before and our 2 youngest were 2 and 1! Our 10 year old was amazing and skied to the next town with another family the second day he ever skied! My husband and me were terrible. My little ones had a nanny and they went on the red egg (the cable cars) they had play dates with other children and their own playroom. It was brilliant and (if we can afford it) we will do it again.

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