Your name tag with your current contact information. You’ll be issued this on your first trip and you must wear it on the bus and on the trails. The lanyard is designed to release if needed.
Your health card (you can also record your health card number on your name tag and keep a copy of it on your phone if it has a camera).
If you have one, a cell phone. Most of the resorts have reasonable cell phone coverage, and you can program in the resort numbers ahead of time so they are on hand should you run into an emergency situation on the trails.
If needed, your cheque for a subsequent trip.
Sunglasses, sunscreen and chap stick.
Just in case, a couple of large band aids or moleskin patches if you’re wearing new boots and have sensitive feet.
Snacks and lunch, or money for lunch at the resort – all the resorts we go to have food available except Wasaga (see more information under Lunch on the At the Resort page)
Water for the day, with a bottle you can take on the trail. You’ll be exerting yourself so you want to keep hydrated. Water available at the resorts is of variable quality.
A fanny pack for on the trails.
A duffle or backpack for your personal items, including your ski boots – it gets cold in the bins under the bus so keep them with you! If you keep this as a special skiing bag and store your regular things in it, that will help you remember important items.
It’s usually more comfortable and safer to wear your regular winter boots on the bus and for going into the chalet, and to pack your ski boots.
A change of clothes for coming home, if you want, and maybe a spare top. Some people like to change out of possibly damp layers and socks. See What to Wear.
And of course your ski equipment or snowshoes, unless you’re renting (see more information under Renting on the At the Resort page).
X-Country Ski Club