What Should I Pack?

P1060357It may sound like a simple question but for many deciding what to pack and what you need for your ski holiday can be a bit of a dilemma especially if it is your first time. Never fear we are here to offer a bit of advice on both the essentials and also those little extra which can make a big difference to the whole ski holiday experience.

Essential items

  • Ski/snowboard jacket – waterproof
  • Ski/snowboard trousers -salopettes
  • Mid-layer – Microfleece is better for warmth
  • Base Layers for wicking away the moisture from your body to keep you warm
  • Ski socks 2 pairs
  • Ski Gloves – waterproof
  • Hat – bobbles are optional!
  • Goggles or sunglasses – goggles work better in snowy conditions
  • Sun cream SPF 25 minimum
  • Lip balm
  • Passport
  • Travel Insurance with winter sports cover
  • Paperwork – travel insurance, plane tickets etc.
  • Cash/credit card
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Continental travel adaptor plug

Optional but recommended

  • Small rucksack for snacks, water and any other bits you need on the mountain
  • Neck warmer/scarf/snood/bandana
  • Helmet – children under 6 must wear a helmet and we highly recommend one for adults
  • Water bottle
  • Watch to make sure you don’t miss the last lift – phone works also
  • Phone – mobiles work on much of the mountain and are useful for safety and organising après!
  • Range of lenses for your goggles so you can see clearly in all conditions – clear for foggy days and reflective for sunny days


  • Camera to make your friends jealous on Facebook
  • MP3 player/Ipod – we have docking stations/players in all our chalets
  • Phone charger
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Laptop or tablet – not essential as you will have lots of free flowing conversation around the dinner table!


  • Chocolate bars or cerial bars – useful energy boosters
  • Ibuprofen or other pain killers
  • Deep Heat or Tiger Balm to soothe those aching muscles – some chalets have sauna’s which are great for soothing those muscles
  • First Aid kit – our chalets have kits but a small one to take out can be useful

Other useful items

  • Snowboard /ski lock
  • Whistle and torch for the more adventurous among us
  • Transceiver, probe and shovel if you’re going off piste
  • Hip flask just in case

Luxury items

  • Inner Gloves & balaclava if you feel the cold or it gets really cold out there
  • Camelback – easier than getting the bottle out at every stop.
  • Walkie-talkies to stay in touch with your friends & family on the slopes
  • Your own boots
  • Your own skis/snowboard
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • GoPro helmet camera to prove how good you really are back at the chalet
  • Touch-screen capable gloves to save your fingers from the cold whilst texting your mates or checking your speed
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New Montalbert Lift Update


Work has been continuing throughout the summer at a fast pace in order to get the new lift ready for this season. The main base has now been put in at the bottom and all of the pylons have now been put in place. All summer we have seen helicopters flying backwards and forwards over the area lifting the pylons in to place and taking supplies to where needed.

It is a very impressive operation and even more so considering that Montalbert itself is actually open for summer business and there are plenty of summer tourists taking advantage of the beautiful weather and marvelling at the impressive new lift being built.

We have been very lucky this year and have been blessed with good weather which has helped the pace of construction, fingers crossed it holds out and we will have another brand new lift this year.


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Fishing In La Plagne?

Lac Du Carroley La Plagne

Lac Du Carroley – Crozats lift on the far left and still a bit of snow!

La Plagne is one of the best ski resorts in the world with over 400km of piste,  some amazing off piste and a down to earth feel that makes it very beginner friendly. But did you know that it also has a thriving summer business with lots of mountain biking and many other summer sports.

I have done a fair bit of sea fishing back in the UK and having heard that the lakes and rivers here are great for trout fishing I decided to give it a go this year. After getting the permit (from a local ski hire shop) and purchasing some inexpensive spinning kit from Decathlon I made plans to get out and give it a go.

Clear waters and beautiful scenery

Clear waters and beautiful scenery

The local river was the obvious first spot as it is just a 10 minute walk away. This to my surprise was actually quite productive and although a bit on the small side I managed to catch a couple of rainbow trout.

After this initial success I decided to head to one of the lakes in La Plagne which is actually just above Les Coches. The scenery in summer here is absolutely stunning and being quite remote I did not see a soul for the whole afternoon. Peaceful and tranquil are perfect words to describe it! Again to my surprise I was able to get a couple of small trout and although not record breaking were a lot of fun on lightweight gear.

Peaceful and tranquil - Carroley lift in the backround

Peaceful and Tranquil with the Carroley lift in the background, a favourite off piste route in the winter!

I then decided to try one of the larger lakes a bit further afield near Tignes. I had heard there were a fair number of larger fish there as the conditions are ideal for the larger lake brown trout. Again the scenery was worth the effort of getting to the lake and this time there were a few other people fishing there, a good sign I thought!

After an hour or so of spinning the lake I had not had any luck and was just about to move on when my luck change and I had a bite from what felt like a big fish! Nerves were kicking in and it took a little while to get it to the edge but it finally came out and I think I can honestly say it was one of the best fights I have had from a fish and great fun.

Just below the Lac De Sassiere Tignes a little fishing spot know to locals!

Just below the lac de Sassiere Tignes a little fishing spot know to locals!

From my experiences so far I think I can say that there definitely is fishing in La Plagne and the surrounding area and it is very good!!

Well worth the trip - might become a regular spot!

Well worth the trip – might become a regular spot!

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Update On The New Montalbert Lift

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Work has been moving at a furious pace for the new lift which will greatly improve the access in and out of Montalbert. After some false starts due to conservation issues and some changes to the original plans, the new … Continue reading

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Free Lift Passes!

Christmas in the snow

Christmas in the snow

Not only have we got a free holiday competition starting this month but we are also launching our lift pass offers for the 2015/16 season.

Christmas and Easter are great times to get away with the family and so to help you along we are offering a free child lift pass for every two adult ones bought.

Book now for Christmas (20th-27th December) or Easter (3rd-10th or 10th-17th April) and for every two adult Paradiski passes that you book, you’ll receive one child Paradiski pass free of charge.

Please see here for more details.

If you would like a few tips or pointers on organising a Christmas ski holiday have a look at our previous blog Christmas Holiday Tips

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