Everybody gets excited about holidays, and planning forward is part of the overall experience. Some friends of mine are meticulous about preparation, and even compile a spreadsheet with their itinerary. However, others are more relaxed and leave things until the last moment. This strategy might work well for sun worshippers, but not for an exclusive skiing holiday. If you are preparing to travel to an exclusive destination like Aspen in Colorado, then certain things are essential.
Aspen really is a location like no other, and there are three main ski areas (Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, and Snowmass). For a vacation at this exclusive area, it is crucial that you have the right equipment and apparel to optimise your vacation. Certainly, you don’t want to be ill-prepared, as this could seriously impact your overall experience.
Another pertinent point to mention is that Aspen is a very glamorous city full of wealthy clientele and celebrities. Après-ski and nightlife is an important component of the vacation, and should be treated accordingly. Taking all of that into consideration here are 10 things I would highly recommend for your Winter vacation.
1. Goggles & Helmet
Even though it might look cool to ski with a pair of sunglasses, it isn’t necessarily practical or safe. Therefore, it is advisable to bring a decent pair of goggles and a helmet if you plan on hitting the slopes.
2. Lip Balm/Moisturiser
On a personal level, I would always take a decent lip balm for those chapped lips, and a quality moisturiser to replenish my dry skin.
3. Ski Jacket & Pants
If you want to make a bold first impression on the slopes, then I would suggest investing in a couple of matching Ski jackets and pants.
4. Ski Gloves
It might seem like I am stating the obvious, but purchasing a quality pair of ski gloves will pay dividends – especially on those cold Winter days.
Like most people, my feet get really cold, especially in damp conditions. Therefore, it would be a wise move to purchase a pair of specialist winter/ski socks.
6. Ski/Snowboard Equipment
Most seasoned skiers/snowboarders have probably invested in some pretty decent equipment of their own. However for novices, there are specialist companies for hire that will serve your requirements.
Unless you want to look like an antique piece of leather, it’s imperative to bring along some sunscreen and the higher SPF the better. Even on those cold winters days, the UV rays can be pretty damaging, and the reflection off the snow can give you a nasty burn.
After a hard day on slopes, you will probably want to enjoy some indulgent après-ski time. Therefore, a really cool pair of designer sunglasses is a perfect accessory that will also help protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays.
9. Tailored Blazer
Aspen is a really exclusive destination, so you will want to make the right impression. I would pack a tailored blazer in a neutral colour, which can be accessorised with a variety of different trousers or designer jeans.
10. Swiss Mechanical Watch
I am obsessed with Swiss mechanical watches, and would always take at least one on vacation. For me, the more distinctive the better, as they can always be great conversation starters.