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In the backcountry, whatever is appropriate - ten essentials, yada yada yada.
On the hill, I am another proponent of less being more...
Keys: not an unwieldy, jangly mass of crap; a screwball key ring with a three keys, a Utili-Key, a Ski Key (just the key), and a "Return To" tag. If where I'm skiing doesn't use Ski Keys, I leave the keys in my boot bag.
Wallet: again, not a big, fat, sciatica-inducing monstrosity; a magnetic money clip, one bill, two cards, and my license. Now that I have a pass that can be used like a debit card at the mountain, I will probably leave the money clip in the car, and bring along my license for the obligatory apres beverage.
Tech: an iPhone, hooked up to helmet speakers and ready to pump out tunes, connect with my peeps, or frame up the money shot, all from the security of a Lifeproof case.
That's it. I used to ski loaded for bear, with all the MacGyver crap you guys are toting around, and even more when I was a patroller. But I got tired of bulging pockets and sounding like I was skiing in chain mail, so I started to ski with nothing but my clothes and added back the stuff I really missed. Turns out all I really needed to carry was the smartphone; everything else lives in the boot bag. Sure, I still carry all that stuff when I'm not inside the ropes, but when you're inbounds, it's really liberating not to have all that stuff weighing me down. YMMV, etc.
ski pass on clip
Klenex tissue packet
two sets of key loops one with a Classic Swiss army knife
whistle clipped into upper coat chest pocket.
maybe some individually wrapped hard candy
Sansa Clip+ MP3 plus headphones
small tube of sunscreen
Maybe my tiny Nikon S3100 if I want to bother.
I'm likely to wear goggles except in the spring when will switch to sunglasses and a baseball style cap.
Now if it is cold, windy, but not stormy, maybe
Seirus expedition weight balaclava
If its also snowing, then a few cut squares of synthetic chamois.
When I'm freeskiing:
ContourHD (when not in use)
Swiss Army knife
Pass (RFID, stays in pocket)
My faithful Android
granola bars (not chewy!)
When I'm instructing:
Dry erase marker
Old pass to scrape snow off kids' boots
Emergency kit (gloves, gauze, bandaids, accident form)
Whatever random stuff kids have dropped or taken off
I have a lot of roomy pockets in my jacket and bibs:
small cable lock
small Bic lighter
Blistex and/or small tube of sunscreen
water in bladder type bottle
Notwax (in warm weather)
Sometimes a spare goggle lense
Sometimes a pair of sunglasses
When I need a drink, I now know who to look for.
just a few tissues (unused) 2 pieces of gum still in wrapper and bonus a $10 bill. Snowed a lot on the local mountains last couple of days - already North Shore resorts talking the "we could be open early" - but they won't it's October and the pineapple express will soon wash it away. Snow in all the mountain passes and a lot more called for so it won't be long.
Ack, not hard candy! Giving kids hard candy mid-lesson is just begging for a choking incident. Gummi Bears are awesome, although I've been thinking of getting away from them too... I'll start a new thread on the Instruction board, so I don't over-hijack this one.
I never gave any lesson student kids anything edible. What if they turn out to be diabetic or have some crazy allergic reaction to whatever you may have given them?
That said, I've brought MnMs along skiing with my own before..
Full day programs, we feed them snacks and lunch as part of the program. The parents tell us about any medical stuff at the outset.
Oh man, I'm tracking you down at lunch time then.
BTW...Check in here: http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/251457-12-13-Mt-Hood-Mt-Bachelor
You always ask the parents first. Anything digested by their children is at their discretion. Except the kid who eats snow all day long. Never forget who brought them to you while keeping foremost the experience the kid receives.
Kids almost universally like Jolly Rancher. It"s great skiing candy