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Your Definitive Checklist for Skiing in Aviemore

Your Definitive Checklist for Skiing in Aviemore

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, March, 2015

Packing for a trip is always a little overwhelming, isn’t it? You have to think about what the weather will be like, the activities you’ll be doing, and if any days will require multiple changes of clothes.  When you add skiing into the mix, it gets a little more complicated!

Not only do you have to figure out a way to pack it all but you want to make sure that you don’t leave anything important behind. While you will be able to find most of this equipment available to rent or buy at the Cairngorm ski area, it’s a hassle to buy what you already have at home! We’ve put together a definitive checklist for skiing in Aviemore, so you can double check that you have everything you need.

Ski Clothing

It’s no surprise that skiing is a cold weather activity, so you’re going to need to wear more layers than you normally do.  The layers bit is important, as you’re also going to get hot from all that physical activity, and you want to be able to take off and put clothes on as you please – without having to leave the mountain.

Jacket and Trousers

Make sure to pack a waterproof jacket and trousers. You will want them to be thick and warm, but the most important point is that they be waterproof! Getting wet will make you uncomfortable and cold, and it’ll definitely result in cutting your skiing day short.

Under layers

Layers are an important part of staying comfortable while skiing. Bring fleeces and sweaters to wear under your jackets, and it’s also a great idea to bring along a thermal long sleeved top to keep the heat in. That way, you can remove your sweater and still be warm enough. Likewise, bring a pair of long johns to wear under your ski trousers.

Helmet, Gloves, Scarfs

These are the little things that are easy to forget about. If you have a helmet, bring it along, as it will keep you safe! The Cairngorm Mountain also has some for rent if you don’t have your own. You’ll also want a pair of thick, warm, waterproof gloves, skiing socks, and either a scarf or neck gator. Protecting these exposed areas from the elements is important if you hope to stay warm.

Skiing Equipment


It tends to be very sunny on top of the mountain, and you’re going to want to protect your eyes, especially if it’s snowing. While some choose to wear sunglasses, goggles are more effective for all different types of weather.

Snow Boots

It may not be impossible to walk through the snow in other types of shoes, but it’s definitely more difficult. Snow boots will make it easier to get around when you’re not skiing down the mountain.

Skis, Poles, and Boots

If you’re an avid skier, you probably have your own ski equipment. If you haven’t gone on a skiing holiday in a while though, it’s easy to forget to grab them. Place them in the hallway beside your regular bag or put them in the car the day before you leave so that you remember. If you don’t have your own ski equipment, everything is available for rent at the Cairngorm Mountain ski area.

Other Essentials

Here are some non-ski specific items that you won’t want to leave home without:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Camera
  • Water bottles
  • Insurance card
  • Chargers for your electronics
  • High energy snacks

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