The Kit & More - get prepared for your next school ski trip

We've assembled a list of essential preparation for the party leader, students (and their parents!) for your next school ski trip. Read on...

Having the right winter sports kit is essential for pupils on a ski holiday. Here's a list of essentials to pass on to your pupils for their ski trip:

  • Warm hat - make sure it covers the tops of the ears 

  • Ski socks - a good supply for the week

  • Ski goggles (essential in snowy conditions) 

  • Sunglasses 

  • Sun cream - even though it's cold the sun is disruptively strong. Ensure pupils take a high SPF 30+

  • Lip salve - lips can get dry and sore in the cold

  • Sturdy walking boots for walking on snow outside of ski time

  • Helmets should be worn by students and supervisory staff and are usually included in your package price and hired in resort - check with your operator

  • As equipment for skiing can be expensive and with no guarantee it will still fit the following year, hiring is often the best option for your students. Ski wear for schools can be hired through companies such as Sub32 (a ski clothing specialist for schools). You can view further information here.

As well as preparing the students, their parents will need all the details such as:

  • Medical consent forms and  information

  • Details of the medical cover and insurance plus the relevant procedures.

  • Dates, times, places, flight numbers, ferry details

  • Drop off and pick up point/times

  • Travel company info

  • Accommodation details

  • Apres ski information  

  • Party leader contact details

  • Money - details of how much and how to manage

  • Other items allowed or not - e.g. mobile phones, cameras

Ski preparation:

Dry ski slopes are a great way to prepare for the mountains and build up anticipation. You'll find that dry ski slopes and snow domes often discount for school groups so you can offer this at a good price or as part of the package.

Benefits include:

  • Build confidence before hitting the slopes
  • Building fitness levels and strengthening the appropriate muscle groups
  • Getting to know what the equipment looks and feels like - how to put on ski boots and skis
  • Assessing the level abilities within your group
  • Making the most of your time in the mountains by accelerating the pace of learning
  • Pupils can learn key slope safety information in preparation 

You can locate your nearest artificial ski slope via the Ski Club of Great Britain's handy interactive map  

And have you thought of...

Investing in a Go Pro camera or similar - this is a really fun way to record your school ski trip and to get students involved.

All in all the more prepared in advance you and your students are, the better your chances of enjoying a stress-free ski trip with happy pupils, parents and teachers!