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Ski Backpacks for the Resort, Sidecountry, and Backcountry

Ski Backpacks

If you’re looking to take your skiing to new extremes by heading into the backcountry or sidecountry around your resort, having a ski backpack that’s capable of carrying everything you need is essential. But ski backpacks aren’t just limited to backcountry touring – they’re also great for carrying snacks, water, and extra layers around the resort so you can make the most of every ski day.

Resort vs. Backcountry Ski Backpacks

Ski backpacks for use solely at controlled resort slopes are very different than those designed for sidecountry and backcountry touring.

Most skiers at resorts don’t carry a full complement of avalanche gear, which means you can use a much slimmer and smaller pack. At the ski resort, you probably just need extra layers, food, water, and perhaps a camera.

In contrast, in the backcountry, you’ll need to carry all of the tools required to deal with avalanches, backcountry navigation, and equipment issues. You also need clothing and supplies to deal with changing weather and other unexpected situations.

Choosing the Right Ski Backpack

Capacity

Because of these different needs, resort and backcountry ski backpacks are typically very different sizes. At the resort, backpacks with capacities of 20 litres or less are common. That gives you all the space you need for water, snacks, extra gloves, and an extra midlayer.

For backcountry skiers, 30 litres should be considered an absolute minimum. You need a dedicated, separate space for your avalanche rescue equipment so that you can perform a rescue with as little delay as possible. Even for short tours, you need enough space to bring food, water, and extra clothing in case something goes wrong and your trip takes longer than expected.

If you’re planning a multi-day tour, you’ll need a pack that’s 50 litres or larger. Essentially, your pack needs to be able to carry everything you need for backcountry ski touring as well as everything you need for overnight backpacking. Don’t forget to err on the side of more space if your trip involves ropes, harnesses, or mountaineering tools.

Ski and Snowboard Carry

Every ski backpack should include a system for strapping your skis or snowboard directly to the backpack.

For skis, the most common carry systems are A-framing and vertical or diagonal carrying. In A-frame, each ski is mounted to one side of the pack and they’re angled so that the tips come together above your head. Vertical or diagonal carry systems allow you to stack your skis together and strap them both to the front of the pack. Ideally, larger backpacks for ski touring should offer both carry systems.

Snowboard carry systems are simpler – the board is mounted either vertically or horizontally on the front of the pack. Again, look for ski backpacks that offer either carry option.

Hydration Bladder Compatibility

The ability to fit a hydration bladder is a key feature in ski backpacks for both the resort and the backcountry. It’s significantly easier to stay hydrated if you can drink on the chairlift or while skinning uphill, without having to stop and pull a water bottle out of your backpack.

Ski Backpacks at addnature.co.uk

The best way to find a ski backpack for the resort or backcountry is to shop our selection at addnature.co.uk. We carry a wide variety of ski backpacks for any adventure so you can match your pack to your goals for the winter.



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