After a whirlwind year it was time to put the bikinis away and embrace the cold Winter. What better way to do that than to head to the slopes. I had only ever been snowboarding once before back in 2011 to Val D'Isere, the three valleys and I absolutely loved it. Since then I have been desperate to get back up to the mountains so here goes. A week in Verbier, Switzerland to see in the New Year with Tom and some of our lovely pals, I couldn't have been more excited.
I decided to opt for skiing this time, so I was shipped straight off to ski school the first morning to challenge myself and to see if I preferred it to boarding. Well lets just say it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. After a couple of days with Jean Yves, my instructor /pro skier of 30 years, a few bad falls and some tears, I was ready to join the rest of the crew. Well just about.
Verbier is a rather large resort with lots of lunch time hot spots, our favourite being Le Mouton Noir where we spent most of the afternoons in the sunshine. The style is ultra chic here, statement shades, fab bold jackets and pom pom accessories. This is Winter fashion at its finest. As the sun creeps behind the mountain the trapeze artists and champagne sprayers come out to play. Another one of our favourites is the Carlsberg, a pub on the piste with live music but you can only get to it if you can ski quite well, so this was a challenge for me but made it even more fun.
Packing for this trip was a bit of a challenge but after a good old internet shop, a hunt on the high street and two overweight cases (really unnecessary by the way) I was good to go.
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Things To Pack For Your Ski Trip
Thermals, Uniqlo, Sweaty Betty and Topshop Sno have a selection but to be honest my absolute favourites are from good old Marks & Spencer, great quality and affordable.
Ski Jacket I bought an all white belted one from the Topshop Sno range here. They also do Snow Jumpsuits which are great fun and easy to wear. Sweaty Betty have a stylish range but if you have a bigger budget head to net-a-porter for Designer Ski wear
Sunglasses when it's sunny on the slopes you'll be wanting your favourite pair while sipping that vin chaud
Ski Goggles whether it's sunny or a white out you'll be wanting these when you head up the slopes. The mirrored Anti-fog ones are the most stylish and practical. They have a great selection here
Helmet you can always rent this when you get to the resort but if you're a Winter Sports regular, it's nicer to have your own (you never know how many sweaty heads have been in it). I bought mine from Ellis Brigham.
Bobble Hat/ Headband to keep your ears warm and for the evenings. They have every colour of the rainbow here
Snow Boots. Moon Boots and Sorel have a great selection but I found I wore my all Black Timberlands for Apres Ski were the best
Sweaters I packed loads of knitwear and sweaters and I found that I barely wore any of it. If you have a good coat you can wear pretty much anything you like underneath
Ski socks get a few pairs of these you'll be wearing them all day
Bottoms Skinny Jeans. leggings, anything tight you can tuck into your boots
Swimsuit you'll be wanting a spa session after all that skiing
Tip: Don't waste suitcase space with loads of knitwear. Only throw in a couple of your favourite sweaters and long-sleeve tops
If you want to go for a classic neutral or monochrome when choosing your jacket and salopettes then I suggest investing in some statement colour block accessories. Being peak season, with crazy crowded slopes we found it quite hard to find each other, so I definitely suggest opting for some bright statement accessories, bobble hats, backpacks, sunnies or mirrored goggles.
We stayed at the W Verbier. See our review here.
I have to say even if you're not into skiing like Papa K, who prefers a hot climate (coming from Cyprus). There is something for everyone on a ski resort, a couple of our crew didn't ski at all, with husky sledding, paragliding, hot tubs and Vin Chaud (they even had a cinema in Verbier!) There is something for everyone.