An orthopaedic surgeon by profession, Dr. Andrew Collier of Philadelphia, PA, enjoys taking his family on ski trips. Dr. Andrew Collier and his family have traveled from Philadelphia, PA, to ski destinations in Vermont as well as to several of Europe's top ski destinations.
The first thing a family ski vacation needs is a sturdy suitcase or two. A large suitcase can carry enough clothing for one adult and as many as three children. All members of the family, even nonskiers, will need to pack the suitcase with warm and comfortable clothing for outdoor and for off-the-mountain activities. Pajamas, toiletries, and plenty of underwear are also key. Families with young children should consider bringing familiar games and toys for down time, and even older children appreciate having a deck of cards around if they get bored.
Skiers need plenty of layers, including thermal underwear, an insulated layer, and a water-resistant shell. Everyone who will be outside in the snow needs high-quality waterproof gloves as well as good boots and thick wool socks. Sunscreen and lip balm are essential to keep faces from becoming burned, as are hydration packs if skiers plan on taking few breaks. Children will need helmets, and many skiers of varying ages prefer to have goggles on hand to protect the eyes from snow and glare.