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Hi forum friends!

I have just booked our first boarding/(skiing for the girls) to Andorra over Christmas!
Our 6yo daughter is so excited!!!

Anyway, what should we pack??? I have no idea how cold it will be but our experience so far has been -6 indoor ski slope and I don't ware anything under apart from a sports T!

So, the girls have full ski ware and I have Volcom shell kit but I/we need advice on what else we will need???

any help would be great....
 

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Best advice we were given - don't overpack streetwear. You'll likely only wear it for a few hours after you're done riding (usually after a shower) so you can get away with wearing the same stuff for quite a few days.

Personal recommendations for on-slope:

thermal base layer (we have merano wool)
fleece top, especially if you wear a shell
your normal protective kit, especially a helmet
goggles
facemask, buff, or scarf
outerwear

Bring several pairs of snowboard/ski socks, you probably don't want to wear the same pair more than a day or two. Even if you can clean them, you want a dry pair for the next day. Avoid cotton clothing on the slopes, it gets wet and stays wet. Sunscreen can be useful if you're out for more than a couple of days - my face was quite rosy after a week. If you take a backpack, keep it light. I took a low-profile backpack this past season with two small water bottles and a couple of baguettes for lunch. You can try keeping stuff in your pockets, but we found it too bulky.

Stoked for you guys, the first holiday away is so epic!
 

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the only thing I would add would be a nano or micro puff under shell for cold days.

merino wool is the shit.
 

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Spare gloves. They'll get wet, you may even want to swap them out midday.
 

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Not just fleece, microfleece.

Two pairs of neck gaters/facemasks and two pairs of gloves/mittens. Especially for a kid. One will never dry out in time and you don't want to go out in damp gear. Actually, get mittens for your kid, not gloves. Mittens are easier to deal with, warmer for the hands, easier to dry. And bring a few packets of hand and toe warmers. They're sold at resorts but cost arm and leg there, much cheaper to get them online in advance.
 

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We drive for trips around North America. For our trip to Europe this season we will be minimal also. There are three of us so it adds up quick.

We will take two board bags with three boards and binding sets in each bag, that way if one gets lost we are still alright.

We will each take:
1 pair boots
1 pants, 2 for my wife
1 shell jackets
3 socks
6 undershirts(dry wear)
1 base layer
6 undies
2 casual wear setups(tshirts/jeans)
1 pair of casual shoes
1 pair of goggles with extra lens
1 helmet
1 beanie
1 face mask
1 pair gloves

I will have my snowboard pants as carry on and change from shorts to sb pants on the flight into Switzerland, we are riding on arrival day.
 

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How long do you go? Most has been said.

I'd add a hand laundry detergent, so you can wash the base layer now and then and won't need to bring plenty of them. They dry over night.

Absolutely bring enough suncream (blocker for the girl). They cost a fortune in resorts and I'd expect Andorra to have many bluebirds. Not sure, where you stay, but it's likely that you're at over 2500m, so the sun will be pretty agressive (especially for UK guys... ;)).
Also bring sun glasses for the occasions when you won't wear goggles (lunch break, sledging with the girl,...). Snowcovered Mt at high elevation on bluebird can be blindingly bright.


We will take two board bags with three boards and binding sets in each bag, that way if one gets lost we are still alright.
Is your Solution part of this packing list...?
 

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My trip is going to be 14 days.... Gives the OP an idea.

No, I am not planning on bringing the split. If I had more time out there I would do some touring but for this trip I'm just bringing my standard boards. I would be really upset if I lost my new split setup to the airline. I'll be upset to lose other boards but they won't sting as bad.....

As for sunglasses, they are an automatic for me, I will have them on when I board.

I also wash laundry in laundromats along our trips, that's why I have not so much regular clothes and underwear.
 

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Snowcovered Mt at high elevation on bluebird can be blindingly bright.
Yeah, that reminds me - take eye lubricant drops. It won't only be bright, it will be dry, tough on the eyes. Use them few times a day. And make sure you and your kid wear sunglasses everywhere, even if it's cloudy. You can sunburn corneas before you even know it.
 

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WOW! thanks guys... And girls... :thumbsup:
Neni, we are going to Arinsal and staying at the base of the main lift. :)
I really didn't think of sun protection so big thanks there!
We really are quite hardy! Especially for Brits! ;-)

Also, we are only going for 8 days... 22 - 29 December....

Christmas will defiantly be White this year!
 

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Hi forum friends!

I have just booked our first boarding/(skiing for the girls) to Andorra over Christmas!
Our 6yo daughter is so excited!!!

Anyway, what should we pack??? I have no idea how cold it will be but our experience so far has been -6 indoor ski slope and I don't ware anything under apart from a sports T!

So, the girls have full ski ware and I have Volcom shell kit but I/we need advice on what else we will need???

any help would be great....
1. pack suitcase with clothes

2. fill wallet with money

take out half the clothes

double the money in your wallet

now you're done
 

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Hi forum friends!

I have just booked our first boarding/(skiing for the girls) to Andorra over Christmas!
Our 6yo daughter is so excited!!!

Anyway, what should we pack??? I have no idea how cold it will be but our experience so far has been -6 indoor ski slope and I don't ware anything under apart from a sports T!

So, the girls have full ski ware and I have Volcom shell kit but I/we need advice on what else we will need???

any help would be great....
lots of things to think about here, will you be eating at the lodges or packing lunches before you hit the slopes? if so camping mats are nice to have (sometimes benches are occupied), a good thermos for some hot cocoa for the kids, sunscreen is a must, the kid probably wont make it the entire day skiing which is why mats come in handy to set up camp somewhere while you and the misses alternate taking runs making most of the day passes... sno wellies for the girl if she gets tired, she can run around in those horsing around on a sled or something on the bunny slopes... you and the misses can handle yourselves, its the lil girl who will need the most attention when packing for your trip... think of everything so it will be the best trip she ever had...

good luck.. and enjoy
 

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Sounds like a great trip planned. I wanted to add something that hasn't been mentioned much in the last several "1st time Trip" threads.

Since you said your experience so far has been indoor slopes, one thing to keep in mind, several days of consecutive riding will be physically exhausting. Being at altitude will also tend to tire you quicker as well. You will want to take frequent breaks for rest and hydration. And, I have been told by other more experienced riders that the combination of altitude and physical exhaustion is what will cause people to make mistakes or get a little sloppy with their form. As a result, often the nastier falls & accidents tend to happen later in the afternoons.

I am not trying to be a negative nancy or a downer for your trip! I just wanted to be sure you were aware of this so that you are forewarned and can get the most fun out of your trip, safely.

My very first week long snowboard vacation was not anywhere that the altitude was an issue, but I was so stoked to be there, I rode 1st to last chair 5 of the 6 days I was there. I wound up tweaking something in my back that plagued me for months after the trip. Not from a fall or anything but just from being so excited and wanting to ride every minute I could that I ignored the exhaustion I felt and by pushing my muscles way past their limit.

Finally on the last day, It dawned on me, I was paying more attention to how sore my back and legs felt while riding, and I wasn't paying close attention to how I was riding. Fortunately, I had enough sense to see that that, was a recipe for disaster and quit early that day.

I hope you have an awesome time on your trip. Have fun, be safe!
 

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That's a great point chomps. I take for granted that I live at altitude and ride every day when I think of vacationing tips on snowboard trips......
 

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You guys are awesome! Thanks!!!

ItchEtrigeR and Chomps, very good points!
My girl is amazing and can go forever but then, she's not been on the mountain, norepinephrine my good lady...

I have been a few times at +3000 meters and sure, the air gets a little thin and my friends did feel it some but it didn't affect me at all....

Maybe I have great lungs??? Lol...

As for riding right and keeping my mind on that, I really do think it through even while riding, I know the very first thing I'll wanna do is jump on and ride but I am with 2 girls that are nowhere near my level but then they are booked into lessons every morning! I can go and play then!!! :yahoo:

We have kinda planed that when they are done on the lessons, we will meet back up, eat and maybe go into the town before we try to fit a few more runs in together.... IF we get time???
 
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