what to buy before you go skiing

My husband’s ski jacket was by Columbia. My daughter wore Kiltec and I wore North Face. Everyone wore ski pants for snowmobiling. Photo credit: Estelle Erasmus / Tres Chic TravelingMOm

Before leaving on a recent family ski vacation to Stowe, Vermont, where we stayed at the Green Mountain Inn and skied at Stowe Mountain, we headed to our local REI store (become a member and get great deals). From socks to coats, we bought everything we needed as a family to stay toasty but still look terrific whether we were on the slopes, snowmobiling, or sleigh riding. Check out this video on what to buy before a ski trips, then read on for some ski fashion tips.

what to buy for a ski trip

Photo credit: Estelle Erasmus / Tres Chic TravelingMom


Ski Fashion Tips

Bright is Right Choose bright colors for yourself and your kids. Wearing a neon shade can make it easier to spot your little one on the slopes or sledding hill and vice versa.

Pull the Wool Over Your Feet: Make sure socks are at least 50% merino wool (the ones I was wearing are from SmartWool; they are 60% wool, with the rest mostly nylon) for the best protection for tired tootsies.

Best Boots to Buy: You can’t do any better than Sorel for snow boots that you can wear everywhere. I literally live in them, whether trudging through the snow, or making snowmen with my daughter. Basic black works with snow pants, leggings or jeans.

what to buy for a ski trip

Photo courtesy of Estelle Erasmus / Tres Chic TravelingMom

Pile it On: If you layer your clothes, you can take off pieces as you become warmer with exertion. Thermal underwear (we wore ones from Patagonia) also helps to retain heat, while keeping you dry.

Hide that Neck: Turtle Fur’s Turtle Tube which I mention in the video is made out of micro fleece, which is engineered to offer lightweight warmth and 50+ sun protection. I love how versatile it is. You can wear it as a face mask, neck warmer, headscarf or bandeau.

Whether you are skiing, sledding, ice skating or just making snow angels, with these fashion finds you and your family will stay warm and safe and have fun.

What better way to celebrate winter?