The Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List

Need to know what to pack for an Aspen ski vacation?

To simplify packing for an Aspen Snowmass ski vacation, this ski trip packing list will help you remember all of the essentials that will keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes. From waterproof ski jackets to non-cotton base layer tops to wool ski socks, our ski trip packing list covers all of the basics for skiing and snowboarding in any weather on any of our four local mountains. In addition, this ski vacation packing list includes clothing for après ski gatherings, dinner at one of Aspen's restaurants, and for enjoying Aspen and Snowmass while off the mountain.

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Ski And Snowboard Clothing

The Tip:
Remember to pack lots of warm layers, as the weather conditions on the mountains can change quickly and dramatically. If you forget something, stop in one of the 9 conveniently located Four Mountain Sports stores, the official retailer of Aspen Snowmass.
The List:
  • Jacket – 1 to 3 waterproof ski jackets
  • Pants – 1 to 3 waterproof ski pants
  • Snowsuits – 1 to 2 waterproof snowsuits
  • Additional insulation – down or fleece vest
  • Base Layer Tops – 1 to 4 non-cotton base layer tops
  • Base Layer Bottoms – 1 to 4 non-cotton base layer bottoms
  • Gloves & Mittens – waterproof and insulated ski gloves or mittens
  • Sweaters – 1 to 4 fleece or wool sweaters
  • Warm winter hat
  • Socks – 3 to 4 wool ski socks
  • Neck Gaiter – non-cotton balaclava or ski mask

Ski And Snowboard Gear

The Tip:
Don't want to bring your gear? Learn more about renting ski and snowboard equipment from Four Mountain Sports and how you can save when you package equipment rentals with lodging. Or, travel light by shipping your ski and snowboard gear via Luggage Forward.

Also, bring along different colored goggle lenses. Pack yellow lenses for snowy days, and polarized lenses for sunny days.
The List:
  • Skis and ski poles or snowboard
  • Ski boots or snowboard boots
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Helmet
  • Hand and toe warmers – 1 to 7 packs of each, or electric boot warmers
  • Hydration pack

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Mountain Casual / Non-Ski Clothing

The Tip:
While both Aspen has high-end restaurants where you might want to dress up (a bit), a coat and tie or anything considered "formal" is not necessary. Aspen still is, at its core, a Western mountain town, a fact reflected in the town's aesthetic.
The List:
  • Warm winter jacket
  • Warm winter hat
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans and pants
  • Warm winter socks
  • Waterproof winter boots
  • Undergarments
  • Sleepwear – tops and bottoms


The Tip:
Aspen Snowmass' lift tickets operate on a radio frequency that automatically opens gates at the lifts when you approach. They are best stored in an interior zippered pocket in your jacket.
The List:
  • Ski tickets
  • Ski passes
  • Itineraries, tickets, and reservation confirmations
  • Maps and directions
  • Credit card, cash, and traveler's checks
  • Identification card
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Prescriptions and other medications
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • First aid kit
  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Jewelry
  • Watch
  • Belts
  • Swimsuit
  • Laundry bag
  • Purse
  • Day pack
  • Books and magazines
  • Toys, playing cards, and small games
  • Snacks – granola bars, fruit, nuts, etc.
  • Power cables for electronics – phone, computer, electric toothbrush, etc.


The Tip:
Because of Colorado's high elevation (and frequent sunshine), sunscreen is an absolute essential. Sunburns happen much quicker in our thinner atmosphere, so make sure you have it on hand.
The List:
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Aloe vera cream
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash
  • Hair Brush, combs, and other hair accessories
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving supplies
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail clippers and nail file
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

For A Baby

The Tip:
For last-minute baby needs, Aspen has a grocery store (City Market) as well as a pharmacy located conveniently right downtown. Snowmass Village's Clark's Market is also conveniently located to the slopes and Snowmass' hotels and condos.
The List:
  • Diaper bag
  • Disposable diapers
  • Changing pad
  • Baby powder and lotion
  • Wet wipes
  • Bibs
  • Baby food and spoon
  • Bottles and caps
  • Formula
  • Pacifiers
  • Changes of clothing – tops, bottoms, and socks
  • Warm winter jacket
  • Warm winter hat
  • Mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Stroller
  • Car seat
  • Child-carrying pack
  • Blankets
  • Burp pads
  • Bathing supplies – shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion

Nice To Have

The Tip:
Worried about finding things to do with the kids off the slopes? You need not worry. Aspen Snowmass has tons of fun, playful and memorable activities, best summarized in our winter Family Guide.
The List:
  • Headphones and batteries
  • Hiking and snowshoeing trail guidebooks
  • Sports equipment for other outdoor activities – Such as snowshoes, Nordic skiing gear, hiking poles, etc.
  • Travel pillows

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