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  • Sunglasses or Ski Goggles to stop snow getting into your eyes and protect against glare (even for kids).

  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm (even if it is cloudy).  The reflection from the snow plus the high altitude makes sunburn and windburn highly likely even on overcast days.

  • Waterproof Boots eg. Leather hiking boots or snow boots.  Runners are not suitable for walking in snow as they soak through very quickly.  Gumboots provide little warmth and have a large opening at the top which allows snow to get in and soak socks,  so snow boots are better.

  • Thick socks – several pairs are handy (if one pair gets wet you’ll have a spare to change into)

  • Waterproof Pants – no pants tucked into boots otherwise the snow can easily get into the boot and make your feet wet

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Helmet for snow sports – snow and ice can be very hard (not soft as some people imagine)

  • Beanie and Scarf or neck warmer

  • Waterproof Gloves – do not tuck jacket sleeve into gloves as this will allow snow to get under the glove.  Kids may also need a spare pair of gloves in case the first pair get wet inside.

  • Layers of clothing ie singlet, thermal underwear or long sleeve shirt, leggings or long pants under waterproof clothing will keep you warmer.  You can also wear another jumper under your jacket for colder days.  Remember you can always take layers off if you get too hot.

  • Snacks and drinks – or money to buy snacks and drinks as snow activities are hard work and you’ll need to replenish the energy stores.

  • Waterproof Bag for storing spare clothing items, snacks, camera or discarded clothing layers.

  • Mountain Entry Pass and/or Lift Ticket – these can be pre-purchased online for many ski resorts which will save you time when you arrive

  • Spare clothing to change into at the end of the day (you can leave this in the car if you are on a day trip) to ensure a warm, comfortable drive home.

  • Snow Chains - it is a condition of entry of most ski resorts in Australia that all vehicles carry snow chains during the designated snow season.  These can generally be hired at the base of the mountain but you should source this information before you leave.  You should also have a good understanding of how to fit the chains. 


    Remember snow melts – so as soon as it gets under your clothing, your body temperature will turn the snow to water which will ultimately make you wet and cold.  This can be avoided by having the right gear and dressing appropriately.

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