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Sep 01

Packing for a Ski Vacation: What to Take

Mountain Lodge at Telluride offers ‘top 10' list

Time to head to the slopes? No matter where you go, when, or for how long, the details can make the difference between a fun-filled, relaxing trip and misery. Mountain Lodge at Telluride, deep in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, offers these tips on what to bring - and what not to bring - to make your ski trip memorable and fun.
Don't Forget to Pack:
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses

    Higher altitudes, sunny days, and reflection from the snow can produce severe sunburns, even with temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
  • Moisturizer

    Higher altitudes, especially in the western United States, bring very dry air. Bring along a favorite moisturizer and use it liberally.
  • Layers

    Weather can change in minutes, literally. When you're out in it all day, be prepared to take layers on and off to stay comfortable and dry. Focus on wicking fabrics and avoid cotton to stay warm.
  • Water bottle

    When you're active and at altitude, it's easy to become dehydrated and not realize it. Fill your bottle with water on your way to the slopes - in the car, train, bus or plane - and keep drinking throughout your trip. Plenty of water also helps to prevent headaches often associated with visits to high altitude.
  • Toys, books, and games

    If you're traveling with the family, be sure to bring something to entertain the kids. Even the most energetic may have some "quiet" time.
  • Swimsuits

    For you and the kids. Most hotels have hot tubs and indoor pools.
  • A good book

    Skiers of all ages like to take some time off from skiing and just rest.
  • Good walking shoes

    You won't be in ski boots all the time, and you'll want to be comfortable walking around town, the hotel, and to restaurants. Ladies, no high heels - they don't work on snow and ice.
  • Thin socks

    Skiers often make the mistake of bringing thick socks in the hope of keeping warm feet in those ski boots. Thinner socks made of a wicking material will keep your toes and feet much warmer.
  • Groceries

    Whether you're driving or flying, try to keep some healthy snacks on hand. Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can put extra energy into active days, particularly at altitude.
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