Winter is your favorite time of the year. When you’re ready to hit the mountainside and the crisp fresh air, you want to spend as little time in the lodge or at base camp as you need to. Having the right backpack for ski is vital to a productive and fulfilling day.
Sounds simple, right? Your edges are sharp and your bases are waxed. You’re wearing your new goggles and your favorite parka. And your gear is neatly packed in your ski gear bag. Well, Mother Nature has her own plans. The weather in the mountains can change quickly and be unforgiving. You have to respect that. Being ready is half the battle.
Choosing the right snow backpack for your needs can be overwhelming. But it is one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll need. There are many different options. Top loading. Front loading. Capacities vary from small waist bags to big trip monster 85L packs. Do want an internal or external frame? If you’re serious about fun AND safety, your snowboard backpack should be loaded with at least some snacks, a hydration pack, and a first aid kit.
If you’re hitting the local ski resort, an ultralight day pack may be all you’ll need. Some water, a few energy bars, a spare winter beanie and snowboard tools are probably all you’ll need. A long weekend at a mountain resort or a winter camping trip requires that you be more prepared. An expedition may require a larger, more serious ski rucksack for specialty gear like oxygen tanks, flares, tents, and several changes of clothing.
For the experienced skier or snowboarder who lives in the back bowls or who likes to hike up past the last chairlift to reach that virgin powder, the proper snowboard rucksack can be the difference between disaster and bliss
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