School Ski Trip Kit List

School Ski Trip Kit List

From base layers and ski jackets to gloves and goggles, make sure you've got all the winter gear you need for your ski trip with our handy kit list.

Please note that for coach trips, soft shell cases are preferred. If travelling by air, please check the weight and size restrictions applicable to your airline.

Your skis, boots, snowboards, poles and helmets will be provided in resort by Rayburn Tours. Speci­fic ski clothing can either be bought or rented.

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Why Rayburn?

  • Host of hand-picked resorts perfect for schools and skiers of all levels
  • Highly experienced team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable skiers
  • Dedicated Tour Managers for even more support and guidance on tour
  • Snowsport England certified SCO and ASCL courses
  • Independent Safety Management System Policy that exceeds the STF’s standards

Please note that temperatures can vary throughout the week and throughout the day. We recommend several base layers are worn, rather than one big jacket.

You will need:

  • Ski salopettes
  • Ski jacket
  • Thick jumper/fleece
  • Ski socks
  • Ski gloves
  • Good quality ski goggles
  • Sunglasses (UV protective)
  • Base layers (long sleeved thermal tops and bottoms)
  • Warm hat
  • Neck warmer/snood
  • Sun cream and lip balm

Evening activities may take place outdoors and/or require a walk to get to, so bring appropriate clothing for any après ski activities.

  • Casual clothes for each evening
  • Outdoor boots or heavy shoes
  • Indoor shoes
  • Warm jacket
  • Swimming gear

When packing, bear in mind how you are travelling to resort and the timeframes involved. Keep liquids out of hand luggage if travelling by air. Confirm with the trip organiser about whether you need to bring your own towel.

Useful items:

  • Wash bag (and towel)
  • Nightwear
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow for the journey
  • Food for the journey
  • Small rucksack

Winter sports specific trousers

These should be wind and waterproof, preferably of ‘Gore-tex’ style breathable fabric. They should have elasticated ankle cuffs large enough to ­fit outside a ski boot.

Winter sports jacket

Again, it should have elasticated waist and wrist cuffs, and a high neckline allowing the zip to be closed right underneath the chin. Some people prefer to wear a ‘shell’ jacket without any warmth padding, then wear as many layers as necessary (see point 5. below) to stay warm. This allows people to compensate for variations in temperature by adding or reducing layers, especially toward the end of the season when days are warmer than in January and February. Choose a jacket with several zippable pockets – there is usually a lot to carry.

Solid, waterproof walking boots

These need a good tread on the sole; important when walking to and from the slopes.

Seamless ‘loop stitch’ knee length socks

Three pairs should suffice for the week. This type of sock prevents blisters, though only one pair of socks should be worn at a time – wearing two pairs increases the chance of blistering.

A selection of t-shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts and/or thin/thick fleeces

This should allow the wearer to add or take off layers as required, the better to moderate temperature.

Winter sports specific gloves

Again, these should be of a ‘Gore-tex’ style waterproof and breathable fabric. If the temperature is expected to be very cold, inner gloves help to keep hands warm. Woollen gloves are not suitable and should not be used.

A hat

Woollen beanie hats, lumberjack hats, caps, most are suitable and very necessary. Cold hands or feet can be recti­fied by wearing a hat, since 30% of body heat can be lost through the head. Hats that can cover the ears are preferable.

A neck warmer

Choose a tube style adjustable warmer that you pull over your head and wear around your neck inside your jacket. Scarves are not suitable and should be avoided.

Sun cream and lip balm

Although cold, the increased altitude means that everyone’s exposed skin can easily be burned by the sun, particularly in late season. The cold winds and speed of skiing also means that lip balm is advised.

Eye protection

Perhaps the most important item on the kit list. You should ensure that everyone wears eye protection at all times when on piste. This should be in the form of either goggles and/or sunglasses. If you are to choose out of the two, choose goggles. They should be bought from a reputable source and make sure they are the correct size. If you choose sunglasses, then choose soft easy to bend plastic frames and a wrap-around style to ­ fit the face snugly. In both cases, the lenses should be 100% UVA and UVB resistant. Eye protection is not something to economise on.