Clothing To Bring On Ski Adventures
Our approach below is for the relatively frugal (it is skiing after all), hardcore ski adventurer.
If you’re traveling upscale, staying in places that have porters and willing to pay the porters, use what’s below only as your starting point.
Finally, this is guys list. We’ll add a gals list soon.
Step 1: Length of Trip & Stops
How long will you be gone for?
How many places are you visiting?
Most GNASA’s involve lots of locations, and that means every new hotel or B&B requires taking stuff from your car to your room. This becomes increasingly difficult in bad weather, poor lighting and icy conditions.
Step 2: Will You Wash Clothes (in a sink or a machine)
Does the place your staying have a washer and dryer?
Are you willing to wash some clothes?
If so, will you wash everything or a portion of your stash. Some people for example wash socks and underwear but not other things.
Step 3: Any Special Events – Requiring Special Clothes
Do you have any special events requiring clothes that you would normally leave behind?
Suits, blazers, ties, dress shirts and shoes may all be needed if you’re going to an interview or a funeral.
Step 4: General Principals
Take as little as you can. You’ll be lugging this stuff around for your entire trip.
Below is what we recommend (for guys) for a 10-day adventure with no washing plans and no special events. Adjust based on Steps 1 – 3 above.
1 Ski Jacket. Its smart to have an all-weather jacket that can address everything from really cold conditions to powder (i.e., powder skirts – although rarely needed except for really deep powder).
1 waterproof ski jacket f your primary ski jacket is not highly waterproof and your trip involves the possibility of wet (i.e., generally late season) conditions.
1 pair if you fit a standard and common size ski pant. 2 pairs if your adventure has you spmewher where there is no pro shop or you need your ski pants altered. Pro tip: carry a bit of duck tape in your boot bag. Most pants rips can be duck tapes for a temporary repoiar.
2 sweaters. I bring 2 sweaters, I use them for layers and warmer, sunny days.
Underwear – Briefs:
1 for each day of a 10 day trip. Longer trips call for washing. Sinks and soap works in a pinch.
2 pairs. I wear them over my normal underwear. If you go freestyle, you might want to double up.
2 Shirts. I use long sleeves and use them as layers or for evenings out.
5 t-shirts. I surprisingly find these as very useful. I bring multiple sizes, snug and larger. I use them as PJ tops, layers and room ware.
2 pairs. They always have tie strings. I use shorts as PJ bottoms and swim trunks. After use in water, always squeeze dry and hang in the bathroom.
2 pairs. These are your workhorses, your everyday pant.
1 Khakis or Dress Pants. You may get invited somewhere where the dress requires something beyond genes.
1 Blazer or Sports Jacket. You may get invited somewhere where the dress requires something beyond genes.
10 tube socks. I use them for everyday use when not skiing.
1 pair of dress socks. Once in a blue moon you’ll need them.
5 ski socks. I plan on using 1 for two days. I’ll replace them with my tube socks when I’m not skiing.
1 pair. Must meet all the following: great traction, warm, insulated and easy to get on and off. Your boots cannot be more important.
1 pair. Occasionally you may work out or choose to use them when walking very short distances. NOTE: Anytime your walking on anything that resembles ice, use your good boots.
1 pair. I use them for moving around the place I’m staying (really gross floors, hot tub and pool trips, etc.)
Makes things waterproof, or at least more waterproof than without scotch guard.
All the above, depending on size and bulkiness of your stuff will fit a 24’’ or 27’’ suitcase.