Yes, it’s possible to pack for a ski trip in just one carry-on bag! Obviously, if you are travelling with your own skis or snowboard, you’ll need to check your gear, but if you are renting gear, it isn’t difficult to fit all the clothes you need for a week skiing in one bag. We did so in December on our ski trip to Tignes, France with Alpine Elements.
On previous ski trips we’ve always travelled independently and stayed in self-catering accommodation, but in December we had our first experience of a package ski holiday with Alpine Elements. And what a difference it made! We didn’t have to spend hours searching for the best deals on flights, transfers, and accommodation. The whole trip was easy and stress-free, and catered accommodation was a revelation—we loved having delicious meals provided and not having to go out for dinner or cook for ourselves after a tiring day on the slopes.
There is always some apprehension as I strap into the bindings for the first time in the morning. Over the past week, I have seen two stretchers coming down the mountain with injured skiers and a helicopter rescue of a fallen snowboarder. The dangers are real and I question the wisdom of what I’m about to do, but this all disappears in the cloud of powdery snow that is thrown up by the first turn down the steep start of Henri, a blue run from the top of Tovière. I remember that I’ve got this, relax into a rhythm, and take a moment to drink in the views.
Packing for multiple climates is one of the biggest challenges when travelling with just carry-on luggage. It’s easy to throw a few pairs of shorts and t-shirts into a bag when you’re heading to the beach, and we even found it simple to pack carry-on only for chilly Finland. When you are visiting both warm and cold places packing is trickier, but it can be done!
I was a bit worried before we arrived in Rapallo. I liked that it was more popular with Italians than foreign visitors, and it was cheaper than elsewhere along the Italian Riviera, but I’d also heard mixed reviews with some people describing it as “gritty”.