Be Prepared When You Head to the Slopes March 27, 2015 Accessories, Travel Equipment Skiing holidays are rewarding, but they’re often expensive too. Since costs can be high, people often fail to properly equip themselves with everything they need. This often leads to much larger expenses. Make sure you’ve got these essentials sorted before you leave, and you’ll enjoy the best skiing holiday possible. Lift Pass A lift pass (sometimes referred to as a ski pass) is one of those things that can be easy to forget until you’re heading out the door, especially if you haven’t been skiing before. They are often quite expensive, but you can get the best deal by looking at current offers. Resorts will often pair up with each other, so a combined pass can be great if you’re heading to an area with many ski areas in close proximity, such as The Three Valleys. Insurance Potentially the most vital thing to remember, ski insurance is incredibly important. Sometimes listed as ‘winter travel insurance’, this will provide you with a decent level of cover in case you’re injured on the slopes. Make sure you shop around to get the best cover available, and don’t set one foot on the slopes without it. Equipment If you’re going to be skiing every year, you might want to buy some boots. Skis are hard to transport, and you’ll need different types for different snow. However, boots are easy to transport, and you can use the same ones for years. Also, poorly fitted boots can turn your holiday into a nightmare, so having a reliable pair can really pay off. Clothing We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that you know you’ll need specially designed ski clothing. However, many people leave buying theirs to the last minute, and end up paying extortionate resort prices. Before you leave, buy a high quality mens ski jacket, and a couple of pairs of trousers. You’ll also need gloves, a hat, sunglasses, thick socks, and an insulating base layer. Make sure to get a properly fitted women’s or men’s ski jacket, as the designs are slightly different for each gender. If any of these items are missing from your list, it’s time to act now!