Will it be cold at the snow?
The answer is, most definitely, yes!
If it isn’t cold outside, then something has gone horribly wrong and you’ll more likely be dodging grass and bushes on the slopes instead of carving up beautiful corded snow. That being said, though, the heating should make sure that it isn’t cold at all in the lodge - as long as you are still dressed appropriately, even inside. If you’re unsure what you need to bring to make sure you don’t spend your whole ski holiday shivering and hating life, follow our handy list to make sure that you pack everything you’ll need for a carefree snow trip.
CLOTHING AND GEAR
Layers are the key! There is no need to buy anything special to stay at the snow, chances are you will have everything you need in your wardrobe already. The key to keeping warm, and cooling off after, is to layer your clothes so you can add or remove them until you are comfortable. If you are cold – RUG UP! Do not change thermostats or heaters as these can take a long time to take effect. You will need to wear more layers and jumpers inside as well. We’d also recommend bringing easy to carry bags, as you may need to cross snow and ice to reach the lodge.
Ski jacket and pants
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
If it’s your first time skiing and snowboarding there is no need to go out and buy a brand new snowboard, skis or boots. Everything you will need for enjoying the snow can be hired from our in-house Ski Hire shop or on the way through Mansfield.
If you are in the market for your own gear, there are plenty of shops around the resort where you can pick things up. Black Mountain Equipment even has a Demo Hut, where you can try out that new pair of skis or board you’ve got your eye on.
The air in the mountains can be a lot drier than you might be used to at sea level. Couple that with the effects of the cold, the wind and the added glare from the sun on blue-sky days and you will probably find that your skin needs a little extra love during your stay. Don’t forget the following to keep you feeling fresh.
Lip balm with SPF
OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
Get used to less oxygen.
When you first arrive at Mt Buller you might notice some shortness of breath when running around and doing things. This happens because at 1600m there is less oxygen in the air than you are used to at sea level. This is nothing to worry about - you will acclimatise during your stay and everything will return to normal when you get home.
Drink more water.
Less water in the air and the likelihood of you doing more physical activity mean you will most likely find you need to drink more water to help you feel good during your stay. Bring a refillable water bottle with you to help keep you hydrated and to reduce waste in our mountains.
Accidents can and do happen on the slopes. Make sure that you have adequate insurance to get you the care you need, whether that be Ambulance Cover, or Medical Assistance. Amongst the facilities and services available in the Mt Buller alpine village there is a small medical centre, but if you are unlucky enough to need urgent medical attention or a helicopter flight to the city, this could set you back thousands of dollars. Find more information on the Snow Safe website.