1. Heading to the Australian slopes is a car trip that needs careful engineering as skis, poles, boots, snowboards for one family adds up quickly. So it’s important to pack well, from the ski gear, to your leisure and smart casual wear. I fill up my soft suitcase with everyday wear and pop all ski apparel into your ski bag. That is, helmets, skis, poles, ski gloves/mittens, goggles, ski suit, thermals, and ski socks go straight into that ski bag. Place all this gear around your skis and/or snowboard, it’s a great way to protect them! Lugging heavy bags around can make travelling stressful. Therefore, make sure your suit case and your ski bag are on wheels!
2. Ski jacket and pants are a given. While Australian resorts are not as cold as the Northern Hemisphere, you still need to be prepared, especially the kids. Just as our weather can go from one extreme to another, so can the Snowy Mountains. Make sure you’re prepared. Have very good gloves or mittens, glove liners, good socks (not thick and bulky), a good neck warmer and make sure you take hand and foot warmers, especially if you don’t have heaters in your ski boots. Hand and foot warmers are available at all Ski Shops.
3. Getting your accessories right for the slopes. • Fine merino ski socks or good quality compression Skins ski socks. • Gloves and glove liners • Mittens for really cold days (better insulation) • Fleece neck warmers or a Buff Neck Roll (cotton/polyester mix – young people love the buff neck roll) • Balaclava – a light/thin balaclava to wear over your head and under your helmet • Thermals. I love 2XU and Skins for their thermal and compression benefits. • A bright coloured ski fleece/ski top – it’s always good for visability. • Really good quality goggles – make sure you have lenses for bright sunny days and lenses for cloudy days. There are so many great brands to choose from. Just go and explore. Make sure they sit well under your helmet. • A money pouch that holds notes/coins and credit cards – something which can easily be popped into a pocket of your ski jacket. • Good sunscreen and a chap stick • Last but not least a very good helmet – it’s so important to wear a helmet. It not only protects your head from injury, they are surprisingly light and they keep your head warm at all times.
4. For walking about the resort take one statement wrap or poncho. After being in active wear all day, it’s nice to have that soft warm and loved feeling. Everyday Cashmere’s Montana Wrap and fringed ponchos are all pure cashmere, soft, light warm and easy to layer. Take one piece for the week and match with après boots. Don’t scrimp on après, there is nothing worse than going over on and spraining your ankle while walking home from dinner! Gone are the days where Après Boots looked like something you’d wear to the moon! Today they are a fashion statement.
5. In transit wear should be your nightly lounge leisure suit and apply the pack light principle. I generally like to be as comfortable as possible after a day skiing. Everyday Cashmere has silk and cashmere lounge pants which feel like soul food for your tired muscles. Their pure merino scrunchy leggings and pants are warm, light and all you need for bottoms whether dining in the lodge or out. Top them with a cashmere jumper. My favourite is the Annabelle Sweater and the Tipsi Sweater, they are both long and snug. Their silk and cashmere long sleeve t’s and cowl neck are perfect as often interiors are too hot. Add 3 scarves so each night you look different and feel loved. Uniqlo have great puffer jackets, you can get one for every family member. Don’t forget your Ugg slippers for those tired feet. SHOP NOW