Packing for a family ski getaway

Packing with your kids for a family ski getaway can seem overwhelming. Our family’s very first winter ski trip in fact was overwhelming in more ways than one, as we found ourselves having over packed. Now, however, with a number of ski trips under our belt, we’ve hit our winter packing groove. So below I share tips with you for what to pack for a family ski getaway.

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Layers

Come winter my daughter tends to argue with us over wearing a jacket. I chalk it up to a few too many movies of princesses frolicking in the snow. So of course I found her with her jacket off at Ski School (Yes, I totally spied on her).

However, beyond the necessity of a jacket, layers are imperative. The following layers serve as our general rule of thumb when packing for our family ski getaways.

  • Base layers. For a base layer, we really like Terramar’s Power Play set, making for breathable, moisture-wicking, and fast drying base layers. Otherwise, Smartwool is another brand to check out.
  • Jumpsuit. For an alternative to the traditional base layer set, consider a jumpsuit. My son wears this insulated jumpsuit by The North Face and stays dry and warm all day. And believe me, he’s put it through the waterproof test, engaging in quite a few aggressive snowball fights. However, take into consideration that these can be harder for those younger or potty-training children.
  • Fleece Top. I like the fleece top layer since both of my kids can comfortably wear it around the ski resort or on the mountain. The Glacier ¼ zip by The North Face kept my daughter comfortable in Ski School.
  • Snow jacket and pants. One of the most important things for kids is keeping them comfortable, and they can’t be comfortable when they're wet and cold. As such, make sure the pants and jacket you pack are weatherproof. Patagonia and The North Face make some of our favorite bibs, pants and jackets, of which both brands feature adjustable lengths on pants to accommodate growth spurts. (Both brands have stores in the Village at Northstar.)

Accessories

First and foremost, helmets are an absolute must for your kids. We bought our son a Giro helmet, which conveniently came with goggles (which I also highly recommend) at Mine, one of the shops at the Village at Northstar. Other accessories to pack:

  • Gloves (mittens are easier for younger toddlers), while consider E-tip touchscreen gloves for older kids.
  • Waterproof wool socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Heat warmers
  • Neck warmer, such as a balaclava
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Waterproof shoes

 While it’s tempting to grab those cute rain boots or cozy shearling booties to bring to the mountain, snow can fall into the top making for wet and cold feet. That’s something I learned the hard way. Check out Sorel for warm, weatherproof, comfortable styles, while other brands I recommend include Kamik and Keen.

Après-ski attire

Though ski resort restaurants are accepting of ski attire at dinner, we like to pack our après-ski outfits for a more refined experience. Scarves, beanies and other accessories make for an easy transition to dinner. Some of these après-ski accessories we’ve found at The Tree House in downtown Truckee or at Mine in the Village at Northstar.

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Shahla, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is a lifestyle blogger at Treehouse Threads. She lives with her husband, daughter and son (ages 5, 3) and dreams about having a pet pig and Samantha Steven’s nose twitch powers from Bewitched (Albeit she now realizes how much she has dated herself by sharing that tidbit). When not dreaming about being a pig mom, she is dreaming about her favorite trips to Lake Tahoe, Maui and Paris.