These items are aimed at beginners, but everyone should make sure they have these essentials with them:
Spare inner gloves: There’s nothing worse than cold, wet hands when you’re trying to enjoy the mountain. Take a spare pair in case your first pair get wet (or worse, lost!).
Hand warmers: And on that note, keep some hand-warmers in your pockets to keep fingers toasty on the lifts, in lift queues or any other time you’re hanging about.
Water: Dehydration sneaks up on you in the mountains. With the cold mixing with adrenaline and fatigue it’s easy to forget to put essential water back into your body. If a water bottle is too bulky consider investing in a ‘bladder’ water bag instead.
Spare eye wear: Sunglasses are key if you’re enjoying a beautiful alfresco mountain lunch on a bright blue sky day. Plus, sometimes goggles can mist up and it’s tricky to de-mist them, so take a spare pair of sunnies just in case.
Spare thermals: It can be colder than you think. Take a spare thermal top to add to your layers if it gets too cold, or replace any wet clothes that occur from taking a tumble whilst learning.
Snacks: It’s always important to keep your sugar levels up, especially for that last run of the day.
Neck warmer: As with other spare layers, keeping all exposed skin covered and dry from the elements is essential if, or when the weather turns.
Lip balm & sunscreen: Even if it looks cloudy, being so high up a mountain means the sun will get through and the light bounces off the snow. You’ll look like more of a pro if you’re not sporting burnt cheeks and blistered lips.
Phone and portable charger: Phones don’t like the cold and extreme temperatures can drain the battery. Keep mobiles them in an internal pocket and try not to use them on chair lifts.
Cash: You always face the possibility of going off course, so it’s wise to keep cash on you in case you need a taxi from a neighbouring village.
Map: A no brainer to make sure you don’t end up in an area where a steep black run is the only option down.
Hat: You never know what might happen – mountain weather changes and suddenly you need the extra layer on your head to keep you warm. Plus, a hat can cover up ‘helmet hair’ when it comes to lunch time and après ski!