You’ve made up your mind. You’re going to the Alps/Canada/the USA/Japan to do a ski season. You’re not really sure what you’ll do yet, but there are tons of ski jobs around. You’ll sort it when you get there. For now, it’s time to turn your attention to something a little more immediate; packing.
So, having been through all this before, I’ve decided to give you the lowdown on the essential ski season kit.
1. Swim and Gym
At some point, there’s going to be a group trip to the gym, or a pool party you really want to go to (hi there Chamonix Unlimited). Prices in ski towns are rarely cheap, and you don’t want to have to splash out that hard earned cash you scrub toilets for.
2. Socks. So many socks.
Ski socks smell terrible; that’s something you learn early on in a season. There’s a good chance that you’re not going to have the time, inclination or the easy access to a machine you might have at home. If you’ve only ever been skiing for a week or two before, trust me, you don’t have enough socks.
You’ll spend a lot of time cleaning, cooking or drinking; all of those activities tend to work up a sweat. Even if you’ve never once overheated doing a deep clean, you’ll be needing t-shirts for those evenings spent in a ski bar so busy you honestly don’t think you’ve ever seen it without a queue three deep.
4. A Camera
For filming that gnarly drop you just did, dude (Woo!)… seriously though, you’re making memories here. Might as well give yourself visual aids to help you when you’re old and respectable.
5. An extra jacket
So, I had two jackets with me for my first year in Canada, and neither one of them made it home in one piece. Gaffa tape is your friend in a ski resort, but so is having an extra jacket on hand. This goes double if you ski in a shell. That t-shirt you’re wearing to the bar isn’t exactly Hardshell-friendly.
6. Novelty wear
Be it a hilariously 80s all in one, some glittery leggings you pull out for themed nights or just a stupid hat your mum bought you when you were fourteen, novelty clothing comes in useful when you spend six months going to the same old bar every day.
7. A Visa.
Seriously, I know snow sports isn’t exactly a sport associated with forward planning, but if you’re going to a country where you need a visa, it’s best to get it done in advance. Nobody wants to be the idiot that has to leave the country in order to get a job in resort.