You’ve got your job. You know which resort you’re heading to. You can almost taste the mountains… You've just got the small task of packing your bags for a 6 month ski season!
Quality Over Quantity
When you have a down day in the mountains (admittedly very rare), favourite pjs or your hard drive with 5 seasons of an epic show and a load of movies could make all the difference. You will have luggage restrictions so remember it’s all about quality over quantity and packing skilfully...
• EHIC card
• Passport (valid for 6 months after your return back to the UK)
• 4 (at least) Passport photos
• Driving licence (if you have one)
• 2 pairs of smart black trousers and black work shoes
• Good outdoor shoes or boots - ideally waterproof and without heels
• Calculator (if you'll be doing accounts)
• Alarm clock
• Indoor shoes for the chalets
• Snowboard / Ski equipment (Skiworld provide rental equipment for the season)
• Ski jacket / Soft shell jacket (for the warmer months)
• Ski pants
• Helmet (requirement for insurance!)
• Ski gloves and general gloves
• Wooly hat
• Goggles & sunglasses (polarized lenses are best)
• Buff / Snood (a nose-saver on those icy days and early mornings)
• Thermal underwear
• Avalanche safety equipment (to comply with insurance if skiing off piste)
• Money or funds to last you until the first ‘full’ pay day on January 17th 2020
• Going out attire (but leave the stilettos at home)
• Day-to-day attire for days off
• Flip flops (Yes! spring in the mountains gets warm)
• Snowboots / Walking boots - it’s all about the grip when you’re living in a ski resort!
• Any work uniform you are required to bring
• Towels x2
• High SPF sun cream
• Toiletries - some things are expensive in resort e.g. contact lens solution
• Chargers & adapter plugs
You may not have thought of:
• Multi-plug extension lead
• Mini sewing kit / Wonder tape
• Revolut or Monzo card to improve your currency exchange rate for card payments
• Rucksack (to pack your mountain lunch and other essentials- save €€€)
• Laptop and external hard drive – fill it with every film and TV series you can, and not only will you be kept entertained - you’ll be the most popular person in resort.
• Teabags / Dairy Milk / Marmite (if you love it)
• Berroca / Lemsip / Ibuprofen / Paracetamol
• Fancy Dress (you may be able to acquire this out there but it’s worth packing something)
• Comfy clothes for white-out days infront of Netflix
• Workman's hand cream
• Re-usable hand warmers
• Hip Flask
• Playing cards
• Sewing kit
• Swimming gear
• Hair clippers
The Art of Packing
- Try rolling things into cylinders rather than folding them flat (sounds strange but works!)
- Pack things into other items - e.g. fill your ski helmet with socks
- If you are taking a board or skis, pack as much extra as you can fit into that bag too.
- Pack individual items into sandwich bags, squash the air out of them – repeat!
- Wear your ski jacket on the coach / plane (It can double as a blanket or pillow!)
We strongly advise all staff to wear a ski helmet whilst out skiing or boarding for safety reasons. You can rent them in resort but buying your own is a good idea. Please note: Our insurance will not pay out on a claim if a skiing/boarding accident occurs and a helmet has not been worn at the time of the accident.
Have an amazing season – work hard, play hard, oh and don’t forget to call your folks occasionally. See you in the mountains!