I am just getting into trying backcountry and am looking at ski packs. I am mostly looking to start season early or extend season not go crazy and do long tours. At least not yet. I have BD Acensions for skins and Alpine Trekkers until I decide how serious I am. I have signed up for a Backcountry 101 course by the Utah Avalanche Center as well. So far, I am looking at 3 packs: Black Diamond Outlaw, BCA Stash BC Hydration and REI Double Diamond (although it seems too big for my needs).
Am open to suggestions, especially since I am completely clueless on what features, size, etc. to look for. I have done a little reading and one suggestion I saw said to get a pack that can carry skis diagonally or A-Frame. Sounds good but may be overkill for what I am considering doing for now. Please help me you great backcountry wizards!