I’ll be honest, packing for a ski trip is one of the most challenging to prepare for. Let alone with kids. The layers, the ski gear, the goggles, the extra thick socks, sweaters, and don’t get me started on the puffy coats!! But it is one of our family’s FAVORITE vacations. I mean, is there anything greater than skiing down a mountain together? I share more of our first trip to Vail, CO here.

We leave Sunday for Vail, CO so packing has been in the works for a couple weeks, ordering things like hats, gloves and snow suit for Levi, a ski coat for myself and Reid and a snow pants for my 5′ tall 10 year old that is growing like a weed!

Ok, you ask, what did you pack? FYI, here’s my last post on what I ordered for our trip!

Canada Goose Ski Jacket I got it in small (the vest is cute too)// (flattering) Ski Pants // Slippers to walk around the condo // Burberry scarf // Boot with red laces // Vintage inspired knit // “Ski” sweater similar// the red print sweater in my flat lay (FYI go up a size, I could’ve gone with a medium. It runs small // Moon Boots (I’ve always wanted an excuse to buy these!) // White and black turtlenecks

Where did you shop for good baby clothes?

H&M. As much as I like characters and cute teddy bears, I like his clothing to be character free, easy separates and I order a lot of them from H&M! His snowsuit is very warm and I ordered a size 9-12 mos, since he’s gotten quite long!

Can you recommend some good packing cubes?

Yes! Packing cubes help you save SO much space!

OK, I’ve been wondering about this, which ski coat did you get?

I opted for casual and classic. THIS ONE fit the bill. I also like THIS VEST worn over a long turtleneck sweater, faux leather leggings and moon boots.

Where can I find more affordable ski options?

After I had shopped for everything, I discovered the Outnet has ski items, game changer! Check it out. Also, Topshop has some cute ski options.

What do you bring for snacks on the plane and for the ride from Denver to Vail?

I’ll bring gum, mints, kale chips, turkey jerky, and raw almonds.

Don’t forget to check the weather before you go. It should be snowing every day we are there. The weather will justify me bringing 4 turtlenecks!

More sweaters below!

Après Ski Sweater // white pants // boots // beret

This will be our first ski vacation as a family.  The kids have no idea what to expect so we’ve been prepping by watching Warren Miller Ski movies all week.  Our enthusiasm is growing rapidly.  Ski trips are not our typical lay around the pool and soak up the sun kind of holiday. This week will be heart-pumping, adrenaline, learn something new, need for speed, catch some air kind of holiday. So follow along as we explore the slopes of Vail next week! As we prep, I’m predicting vintage ski apparel will be very “hot” this winter, so even if you don’t have a ski vacation planned, you can always capture the ski fashion at home.

Three ski attire must haves:

Vintage Ski Sweater

Add French words to a sweater and you have me like….ga ga.

Ski Goggles

I didn’t even know Chanel made these!  I’m sure we can figure out somewhere to wear these off the mountain. Any ideas?

Ski Coat/Pants

Look for bright colors and form-fitting styles like this jacket and ski pants. I also picked up this cute sweater. I mean, how cute?

Chevron always works in the mountains. After all, the geometric pattern is inspired by the mountain peaks, right? 

Enough with geometry lessons! As for the kids, we are looking for more cozy and practical snow gear.  Warm, waterproof coats are a must.  Traditional Sorel snow boots are always my favorite. They last a long time, keep their style and we pass them down from kid to kid, so  purchase the unisex looking boots for your little ski bunnies.


Oh….and to get all this gear into your suitcase, here’s a tip.  Stuff as much as you can of the squishy bulky stuff like hats and gloves into large zip lock bags. Press down on the bag and let all the air out before you zip it up. That way, you condense the bulk and you keep all those loose, matching items together in the bags. Also, put those cute Sorel boots to work and stuff goggles into them!

Please comment with your ski memories below. I love hearing about your experiences. We’ll share ours once we get back!