Packing Tips & Tricks From a Professional Ski Bum

Posted 5 years ago

So you have finally made the decision to visit British Columbia eh? Welcome, folks! I truly hope you enjoy every inch of this beautiful province. Before you start packing, let me share with you a little secret about skiing and snowboarding in the mountains - mother nature calls the shots. There truly is something more to these mountains.

Some days you can watch the storms roll in from down the valley, and let me be the first to tell you that it is nothing short of remarkable. Imagine this; nine o’clock on a bright and crisp morning, loading the lift before the sun even rises. In the village and up the first chairlift gazing up to a mix of sun and cloud with a tint of soft baby blue in the distance. Gradually rising above the clouds on the second chair, looking down the valley, surrounding mountain peaks reveal the sky blanketed by fierce grey clouds rolling in creating low visibility, and snowflakes the size of confetti - it would be rude not to celebrate and you most definitely don’t want to miss out on the party!

So now without further ado, here’s how to prepare yourself for the ski trip you’ve been eagerly awaiting. Step one: don’t make the common mistake of under-dressing. Be sure to pack your outerwear in your carry on and NOT your checked baggage. Check out this video on how to fold your jacket and to maximize the space in your carry on with the one and only Marie Kondo.

Although we always hope it never happens to us, the truth is lost luggage is a always a concern, and you don’t want to be stuck with next to nothing when you get here. If you are traveling from one extreme temperature to the other, do yourself a favor and pack a few essential items in your carry on such as:

  • socks
  • thermal pants
  • thermal long sleeve  
  • ski jacket
  • snow pants
  • goggles

 Afterall, it is always better to be warm and comfortable than cold and empty handed. Step two: Check the weather for the duration of your stay. Prior to arrival, you can sign up for Panorama’s daily snow report that will keep you up to date with what’s happening weather wise around the mountain. Step three: for the best results, continue scrolling down to make your life a little easier by using my packing checklist! Arrive fully equipped for every condition and enjoy each minute of it all! 

Carry On
  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • Headphones
  • Universal adapter
  • Laptop & charger
  • GoPro / camera & charger
  • Phone charger
  • Reading material
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Gum
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo  
  • Hair brush
  • Lip balm
  • Hand wipes
  • Make up
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Base layer pants
  • long sleeve
  • Fleece
  • Winter jacket or shell
  • Snow pants
  • Boots
  • Gloves / mittens
  • Toque / beanie
Travel Documents & Funds
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance
  • Emergency contact info
  • Airline tickets
  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • Credit Card(s)
Ski Apparel
  • Thermals & base layers
  • Pants
  • Long sleeve  
  • Turtle neck
  • Thin fleece
  • Heavy fleece
  • Jumper / sweater / pullover  
  • Ski Jacket
Ski Accessories

*Star items listed below are available for rent so if you do not own more than half of this gear, renting might be the route to take. This also leaves you with more room in your suitcase.*

  • *Helmet
  • *Skis or snowboard
  • *Boots
  • *Poles
  • Ski hat  
  • Face mask or Buff
  • Ski gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Thick socks

Panorama also offers equipment for X-country skiers and snowshoers! It is not common in Canada to rent outerwear. There is a great outlet on the resort to purchase all the gear you need.

After Skiing
  • Winter boots
  • Bathing suit
  • Flip flops
  • Shirts
  • Underwear/bras
  • Pajamas
  • Jeans
  • Toque
  • Turtleneck
  • Exercise clothes
  • Athletic shoes
Skincare & Hygiene
  • Moisturiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Muscle rub
  • Shampoo
  • Phone & charger
  • Laptop & charger
  • Universal adapter
  • Headphones
  • Travel charger
  • GoPro / camera
  • Speaker

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