When planning your snowboarding trip, it’s easy to get bogged down with the sheer expanse of gear available for you to buy to ensure you’re well-prepared. The problem is that, in many cases, the stuff on the shelves isn’t necessarily needed, especially when you’re a newbie to the powder and just want to grasp the basics.

While last minute ski holidays with Neilson can ensure that your ski or snowboarding break doesn’t break the bank, you also need to be careful of what you add to your shopping list – you could easily lose track of what you’re spending and before you know what’s hit you, you could have spent money on bags and bags of things you don’t need.

Snowboarders are famous on the circuit for being the cool kids, opting for trendy threads that will make them stand out on the piste. While this is all well and good, an element of practicality is also essential if you plan to stick within a reasonable budget while also looking awesome. These five essentials are absolute must-buys, and they don’t have to cost a fortune if you’re a little savvy on where you shop.

Pants and Jacket – you need to retain your body heat and safeguard yourself; combine these with some good thermal base wear for optimum comfort and protection.

Gloves – Chances are, if you’re a beginner or not, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your hands and knees. Invest in a good pair of gloves to protect your fingers from the cold.

A Facemask or neckwarmer can help to keep the cold and sun’s glare at bay while also looking trendy on the piste.

Goggles will help to maintain mist-free vision while also protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays which can be extremely strong on the slopes. Alternatively, opt for a cool pair of Oakleys if you have fashion in mind.

A helmet may be considered to be unnecessary by some and even the most experienced may think they don’t need one, but what happens if someone collides into you? You don’t have to buy one either, with many resorts providing them for hire.


Organise your gear and equipment hire in advance and count down the days until you’re riding the powder.