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Essential Packing Guide for Your Snowmass Getaway

‘Tis the season for a mountain/ski vacation! Visiting a winter-wonderland brimming with outdoor recreation can be a magical and memorable – especially when you’re prepared for the elevation and elements.

Following is our list of must-haves and nice-to-haves for your next winter retreat.

Weather-appropriate clothing:

  • » Thermal underwear and/or base layer, top and bottom
  • » Waterproof ski pants or bibs
  • » Waterproof gloves AND mittens (because you’ll want to keep your hands toasty on and off the slopes)
  • » Waterproof ski or down jacket
  • » Waterproof boots and/or shoes
  • » Good, thick ski socks (wool, not cotton)
  • » Scarf (this simple accessory will keep you surprisingly warm)
  • » Ski beanie/head gear (see above)
  • » Fleece layer (we recommend a light sweatshirt or vest)

Also, be sure to pack:

  • » Swimsuit (most of our residences offer year-round access to pools and hot tubs, nothing better than cozying up in the hot tub as snowflakes fall around you)
  • » Slippers (cause you want to be cozy by your fireplace)
  • » Neck gaiter (this will be such a lifesaver in windy conditions)
  • » Sunglasses
  • » Hand and feet warmers
  • » Toiletries, toothbrush, etc.
  • » Granola bars, nuts, jerky, chips, cookies, fruit for a simple, while skiing snack that can be easily stashed in a jacket pocket.
  • » Reservations (to dinner, for ski school, etc. as it can get crowded up here; our Concierge is delighted to make all reservations for you and can pre-stock your cabinets and refrigerator, too)

Ski/Snowboard gear:

  • » Skis/boots/poles
  • » Snowboard/boots
  • » Helmet
  • » Goggles
  • » Tuning kit

This & that:

  • » Sunscreen (closer to the sun, easier to get a sunburn—especially as sun bounces off the snow)
  • » Lip balm, with SPF (see above)
  • » Lotion and/or hand cream (because it’s dry in the mountains)
  • » Water bottle or Camelbak (you’ll be getting a workout on the slopes and it’s much easier to get dehydrated at elevation)
  • » Aspirin (dehydration and altitude can sometimes cause headaches)
  • » Phone/electronics, chargers

For the car:

  • » Chains (if not driving a 4WD or AWD)
  • » Full water bottle and snacks (in case of emergency/freeway shut-down)
  • » Extra blankets
  • » Ice scraper
  • » Flashlight

For family fun:

  • » Games/cards (family + relaxation + warm fire = vacation perfection)
  • » Books or magazines (see above)
  • » Ice skates (there are ice skating rinks outside the door of many of our residences)
  • » S’mores roasting sticks and ingredients (pro tip: try melting a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for an exquisite chocolate alternative)
  • » Snowshoes, sled or snow tube

Want the ultimate convenience? Check out:

  • » Resort Delivery
  • » Luggage Forward
  • » Ship Skis (ship your gear anywhere in the world)
  • » Tahoe Mountain Lodging for studio to 4-bedroom lodging mere steps to the slopes, shopping, dining, ice skating, Starbucks, movies, pottery-making, fire pits, s’mores. Residences include a kitchen, great room with fireplace, washer/dryer, and guests can access a swimming pool, hot tubs, fitness center, a game room, ski locker and more.

See you in the mountains!

Snowshoe in Snowmass Winter