What to pack for a ski holiday

Your trip is booked, and it’s time to start packing your bags. The packing list for a ski trip can be pretty long, so to help you out we’ve put together a list of the essentials. Of course, if you forget anything, the shops in Blue Mountain Village have everything you could possibly need. You may want to save a little room in your bag to fit in all the amazing finds you’ll pick up in our Village shops.

Base Layers

The clothes you wear closest to your skin can make a big difference in your comfort. Good base layers designed for skiing trap heat in and let moisture when you get sweaty. For maximum performance, look for items made with Merino wool, as it’s the best at keeping you warm and dry.

Ski Socks

Keeping your feet happy is important to set yourself up for a great day on the slopes. Wearing your day to day socks is a bad idea. They tend to bunch up causing foot pain, and thin cotton can make your feet feel cold and wet. If you’re here for a few days, pack a few pairs so you always have a dry pair to put on.

Ski Jacket/Pants

It’s important to keep both fashion and function in mind. The two main factors for comfort are staying warm and dry. Look for jackets and pants that have a waterproof rating on the tag. High performance materials like Gore-Tex are popular with many skiers because they keep the rain and cold out while still letting excess moisture evaporate away from your base layers.


A good pair of googles will not only keep your vision clear but will also help keep your face warm. When picking out your goggles take your helmet with you to see how they fit. The goal is to have very little (or ideally none) of your forehead left uncovered between the bottom of your helmet and the top of your goggles. 

Skis/Snowboard & Boots

No need to stress if you don’t own gear, we have a wide range of gear available for rent. Stop by one of our rental locations and they can get you fitted with the perfect gear. As an added bonus you’ll be able to take advantage of the ski valet for secure storage overnight, or to stop for lunch or shopping.

Pro-Tip 1: Take advantage of big discounts on your lift tickets with a Stay & Ski Package. You can save up to 40% off your lift tickets.

Snow Boots

When you’re not on the slopes you’ll want to play in Blue Mountain Village’s winter wonderland. A good pair of winter boots will keep your feet toasty warm when making a snowman, taking a ride on Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, or while taking snowy laps at the Tube Park.


Not only does it keep your brain safe, but a helmet can also help keep your head warm and dry. If you don’t have your own, we have helmets available to rent on their own and as part of our ski/snowboard rental packages.


Cold hands are the number one reason why people cut their ski day short. Pack a good pair of gloves to keep your fingers warm, so you can ski longer. For extra warmth look for mitten style gloves that keep your fingers together and throw in a hand-warmer for even more toastiness.

Swim Suit

The best cure for tired ski legs is a good soak in a hot tub. Many hotels and condos at Blue Mountain have year-round heated pools and hot tubs to enjoy during your stay. If you don’t have pool or hot tub at your hotel,  Plunge! Aquatic Centre and  The Scandinave Spa are open to the public, so you can purchase a day pass for access.




Pro-Tip 2: If you’re going to visit the spas for a soak, or swim with the kids at Plunge!,  booking a package in advance can save you time and money. Book a Plunge! Getaway, Iwa Spa Escape, or Scandinave Getaway with your accommodation and you’ll be all set for a swim!

If you still have some planning to do before you start packing your bags it’s not too late to take advantage of our deals and packages, or discover all the at Blue Mountain has to offer in the winter.

See you soon!

Words by Megan Wilson