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Packing for Ski Camp: A Parent's Ultimate Guide
Packing for Ski Camp: A Parent’s Ultimate Guide

National Alpine Ski Camps are always an exciting adventure for kids, but packing for camp can be daunting for parents. Fear not! We've compiled a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your child's ski camp, ensuring they have everything they need for a fun and safe experience.

Ski Gear Essentials

Ensure your child has the proper ski gear to stay warm and protected on the slopes. Here's what you'll need.

  • Ski Jacket and Pants: Waterproof and insulated to keep them warm and dry.
  • Ski Helmet: Safety first! Make sure it fits well and meets safety standards.
  • Ski Goggles: Protect their eyes from the sun's glare and snow.
  • Ski Gloves or Mittens: Waterproof and insulated, with a good grip.
  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking thermal tops and bottoms.
  • Ski Socks: Thick, moisture-wicking socks to keep feet warm and dry.
  • Ski Boots: Ensure they fit well and are comfortable for long hours of skiing.
  • Skis and Poles: Make sure they are the right size and type for your child's skill level.

Clothing and Accessories

Pack plenty of layers and accessories to keep your child comfortable off the slopes.

  • Warm Hats: Beanies or balaclavas to keep their head and ears warm.
  • Neck Gaiters or Scarves: Protect their neck and face from the cold wind.
  • Fleece or Down Jacket: For extra warmth when they're not skiing.
  • Snow Boots: Waterproof boots for walking around the camp.
  • Casual Clothes: Comfortable clothing for indoor activities and downtime.
  • Pajamas: Warm and comfortable sleepwear.
  • Swimwear (if applicable): Some ski camps have indoor pools or hot tubs.

Personal Care Items

Don't forget the essentials for personal hygiene and care.

  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and any other personal care items.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: Protect their skin from the sun and wind.
  • Hand and Foot Warmers: For extra warmth on especially cold days.
  • First Aid Kit: Include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medications.

Gadgets and Entertainment

Keep your child entertained during downtime with these items.

  • Books and Magazines: For reading during breaks.
  • Portable Games or Tablets (with chargers): For tech-savvy kids.
  • Journal and Pen: Encourage them to document their experiences.

Things to Avoid

Avoid packing these items to ensure a smooth experience.

  • Expensive Electronics or Jewelry: These can get lost or damaged.
  • Too Many Clothes: Stick to essentials to avoid overpacking.
  • Non-Essential Items: Only pack what is necessary to keep their load light.

Preparing for NASC ski camp doesn't have to be stressful. By following this packing guide, you'll ensure your child has everything they need for a memorable and enjoyable experience on the slopes.

Monday, June 3rd, 2024
NASC is where I love to train! They do an excellent job of athlete development. I think the world of their program-best training, lanes, and courses on Mt. Hood. The team really knows what they're doing. They set up terrain-specific skill development training that helps the athletes improve fast.
- Deb Armstrong, former U.S. Ski Team World Cup Alpine Ski Racer & Olympic Gold Medalist
I grew up going to NASC every summer and couldn’t wait for my kids to experience it too. It's proven to be just as much fun for them as it was for me 25-years ago! The on-hill experience is top-notch, the coaching staff is wonderful, and the after-ski activities make it the summer camp experience that kids dream of. All of the kids had so much fun, were safe, and improved so much!
- Jody Curtis, Former NASC Athlete and Park City Ski Team Parent
All 3 of my kids have gone to NASC Fall and Summer camps for years. They still attend and absolutely love it! The Coaches at NASC can make any skier, at any ability level, better. The coaches' knowledge of modern skiing and surface preparation is unmatched. NASC coaches really care about each and every athlete and share their passion for the sport.
- Mike Regrut, Parent of Telluride Ski Team Athlete & D1 Racer
NASC was one of the best decisions I've ever made on behalf of my son. His first stay away from family was with NASC at age 11. The experience far exceeded my expectations. The coaches and training are best-in-class. NASC is by far his favorite camp and ski training experience. Our ski team now sends multiple athletes to NASC.
- Derek Stagner, Hidden Valley Ski Team Parent & Board President
Brad taught me a lot on the snow! What a wealth of knowledge!
- Sandy Perrins, Stratton Mountain School & Bates College Ski Racer
It’s such an amazing camp. It’s low key enough to make people feel like they belong, no matter their skill level, and has such great structure and such keen coaches - that every athlete will be challenged and inspired to learn. Our family highly recommends the NASC camps! Brad and his team create the type of environment we want for our kids – top-notch athletics, coupled with lots of good, summer fun!
- Tabitha Andersen, Vail Ski Club Parent
Excellent coaches, cover all aspects of technical ski racing. Beautiful wonderland-like campus. Highly recommend for kids from 9 and up.
- Paul Yeh, Parent of Camper / Ski Racer
The NASC camp was such a great adventure for all the campers! The coaching staff is top notch, the training venue and “base camp” were perfect. Tons of fun and very productive all the way around!
- Erik Schlopy, U.S. Ski Team Member & Olympic Bronze Medalist
As a member of the Czech Ski Team, I experienced many organizations and international ski competitions. WithNASC, I saw a different level of preparation and professionalism that fascinated me. Improvement happened naturally as their coaching is based on fundamental development.
- Hana Malotinova, Czech Ski Team
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