i really dont feel like having anything heavy and bulky on me when i ski (i.e. water bottles) - im curious to hear what everyone one does to stay hydrated
Despite skiing for decades, I had no idea how important proper hydration was to muscle stamina until a particular day at Whistler in mid-April. I was in an Epic-Ski program which meant the pace was fast all day in soft snow and challenging terrain.
It was my first time on modern skis - a pair of Volkl Supersport 5 stars, and they did not respond at all to my well-groomed 1960's, Hannes Schneider heel-pushing technique. By the end of the morning, I was sweating up a storm through overexertion, but did not hydrate. On the chair, my quads went into uncontrollable spasms. Total misery. The only salvation was my beautiful Austrian classmate who massaged my quivering quads all the way up the hill....
Camelback. I drink two large glasses of water before hitting the slopes (to help offset my coffee), then after a bathroom break I seem to be ahead of the hydration curve. Just keep drinking water all day, even if you don't feel like it.
I have a camelback i put in a regular backpack that holds lunch and spare socks. I usually put some lemon or lime in it to offset the inevitable plastic taste.
My challenge is to not get the mouthpiece to freeze up despite blowing the water back in the bag.
you may need to experiment with different bottles.
There are flask sized ones. Soft bottles that are skinny. Soft bottles that big and fat.
You may also get a better fit buying a bigger bottle, filling it partially and folding it.
You may also find pants legs cargo pockets useful
But yea, if hydration is key, then you need to go backpack as the most convenient option.
Or if you can find a skibuddy who does carry a backpack and you can mooch space off of them even better. but be careful or you may lose a ski friend
That being said, for people who have become accustomed to always having a backpack/fannypack other gear.
Try a run or 3 without your backpack. You may surprised how much lighter and free you feel.
In the morning before skiing, might have a have small bottle of orange juice picked up on the way at a convenience store. By the end of morning though not having had anything more to drink I'm almost never thirsty. Then will probably drink a little something at lunch. Note not into alcohol. And during the day if a feel thirsty on the lift will reach down to my boot top eat a bit of snow. On the slopes am often out in the woods where clean snow is everywhere on confier branches. Nice juicy patch that's been melting in the sun. Just not the kind of person that drinks much unless it is with a meal. In the summer often hike or backpack miles in the Sierra without taking a drink out of my water bottle. Just goes to show not everyone needs to drink fluids in order to maintain. Part of that is likely genetic but also suspect behavior can train a body.
I'm ok at the start; I have a drink just before heading out.
I tell myself, I will stop and come in for a drink of water, but I don't usually do that.
Later in the day if my legs feel a little cramped, I remember to come in at the top of the chair lift, but by the time I get down the run where a drink might be available in the lodge, I've forgotten all about getting a drink.
I ski with my Ortovox backpack with a Camelback reservoir, plus extra stuff like glove liners, a couple snacks, etc. I really don't feel the weight of a small backpack makes much difference in skiing, and I like being able to take frequent sips of water rather than have to open a bottle and drink a larger volume of water at once. The feeling of freedom is still there with a well-made, well-balanced and well-padded backpack. The only downside is older chairlifts don't have enough room to allow me to sit back in the chair as far as I'd like, so if it's a short chair I'll hold onto the chair and it it's a longer chair (more than 5 minutes) I'll slip the pack off.
When I'm teaching or taking clinics I don't wear the pack since the students and clinic instructors need to see what my body is doing and the pack might distract from that. During those times I'm usually on the slopes for two hours at a time, maybe three with clinics. I usually make sure to drink water before I head out.
just to add- i use cytomax in my camelback. get a pack like this and it fits easily under your jacket.