Before You Leave Home:


  • Get directions to your ski area at
  • Wear the right clothing and outerwear. You don't need to have the most expensive or the most stylish winter clothes but you do need to have the right type of clothes to stay dry and comfortable in almost any weather. While most ski areas have retail shops where you can find some great clothing (layers and outerwear), ski areas do not rent ski pants or jackets. Generally speaking, we recommend that you pick those items up before heading to the slopes. Check out our “Layering 101” overview by our partner The North Face to get some great tips on what to wear.
  • Don’t forget key accessories! Here we’re talking about items for your head, face, neck, hands, and feet:
    • For your head. Headwear is essential for warmth and protection. 90% of our body heat escapes through our head, and helmets are great at keeping you warm. They are also essential for protecting your head in case of a fall. Helmet rentals are available at most ski resorts. For more information on helmets for you and your child visit Lids on Kids.
    • For your face. 
    • For your hands. Gloves or mittens are essential for keeping your digits warm, and for keeping you comfortable.
  • Frostbite protection – If it’s cold, cover up any exposed skin by using a neck or face warmer.
  • Eye protection - Goggles or sunglasses are essential to protect from the reflection off the snow.
  • UV protection - Sunscreen is important while skiing or snowboarding as the sun is hitting you from above and below (the reflection from the snow).

What to Bring:

  • Just like going to the beach or the amusement park, it is a good idea to bring extra clothes. If for nothing else, you can change for après ski and/ or the ride home after a day of physical activity.
  • A backpack or tote bag is helpful for carrying clothes and equipment from the car to the rental shop and finally to your storage place in the lodge.
  • You can bring your lunch, snacks or drinks if you wish. However, for your convenience ski areas offer a wide variety of breakfast and lunch foods, snacks and drinks in their cafeterias. Many also have full-service restaurants.

What to Eat:

  • Prepare for a day of movement outdoors. Eat some healthy meals and snacks prior to your visit, drink plenty of water and have a hearty/ healthy breakfast on the morning of your first visit.