Summer in the Mountains Packing Tips and List

Krista Parry
Posted in Planning Smart
by Krista Parry on June 19, 2014

While summer temperatures are sweltering everywhere, head to the hills for the ultimate cooldown. Or rather, the mountains! Park City, Copper Mountain and Killington offer a glorious reprieve with moderate temperatures and a full line-up of activities.

Here are three tips to make your packing easier:  

Summer in the mountains (summer_in_pc)

1)     Think Casual and Comfortable - Park City, Copper Mountain and Killington have a casual mountain atmosphere and the dress code is similar. Whether you are learning from experts in a conference, eating a fancy dinner or a casual lunch, anything goes. I have seen my fair share of jeans and bolo ties at “Black-Tie Affairs”. The goal is comfort and you determine what that means to you. I am sure there are a lot of people who wouldn’t be “comfortable” in my Alpine Slide shoe selection, but I am!  

High Heels on the Alpine Slide (highheels)

2)     Layer at Night – The average summer temperatures in the mountains are the mid to high 70's, however once the sun goes down the temps can drop 20 degrees. Make sure you bring a cardigan or light jacket to wear for your night out on the town. The key to being comfortable is layering for chilly mornings or nights.

3)      Protect Yourself - Park City is located at 6,90 feet and Copper Mountain's base is 9,700 feet and the sun always seem to shine brighter. Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from sun exposure. You don’t want to spend your vacation in the hotel room layered with aloe… or even worse, at the optometrist treating your sunburned eyes! Read more tips from Go Sun Smart.

Below is a packing list that I would use for my summer vacation to the mountains.

Summer in the Mountains Packing List

  • Shorts (for playing outdoors during the day)
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Lightweight Cardigan or jacket
  • Sturdy shoes/hiking boots
  • Sandals/Cowboy boots for night attire
  • Long Pants or jeans for chilly nights
  • Dress/skirt/slacks (if you aspire to be Carrie Bradshaw in the mountains, like me!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Umbrella (10 minute afternoon rain showers can occur even on the hottest days of the year) 

What did I forget? What would you change?   


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Comment posted by Kim-Marie on July 5, 2011 2:58 PM MDT

I found this just in time! I'm packing for EVO, my iPhone says 88 degrees, but now I know it will be cold at night so will also pack sweaters.
Also plan to rock the Alpine Slide in my heels!

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Comment posted by Paula on July 20, 2010 5:31 PM MDT

cool that i found this, packing for vaca and had no idea what to take, this helped a lot. thanks for the tips

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Comment posted by Sabra on July 5, 2010 7:52 PM MDT

I'd add a lip balm with a sunscreen to the list! Other then that - excellent and practical list for packing.

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Comment posted by KFloortime Lite Mama on June 19, 2010 7:11 AM MDT

Love these tips
My friends Janmomof2 shared them

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Comment posted by Julie @dbestof on June 19, 2010 5:48 AM MDT

I needed these tips. I am so looking forward to park city.

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