Originally Posted by skibum4ever
bklyn, is that true about fanny packs? I wear mine all the time I'm skiing.
Thanks to all for the advice.
I think the FP remark was made due to the fact that those of us who have skied with you have noticed a few things in regards to your FP that may be hindering forward progress in your skiing.
I seem to recall your FP being HUDGE and rather unweildy. As such it seemed to be throwing you a tad off-balance, and throwing you into the back seat. Anything that is throwing you off-balance ain't a good thing, no matter how chic it may be.
While the FP may be comforting to you and allow you to lug around a wealth of extras on the hill, it may ultimately be unnecessary.
A good thing to do would be to think back to all the times you've over-stuffed your FP, lugged it around on the hill and never used anything that was inside of it. Believe me, I used to stuff my pack to bursting and ride with it all day. After a season of doing that and never using anything in the pack you kind of say to yourself "Hmm, is it really necessary to lug this pack around all the time?" I would be surprised if you actually used all of the stuff you cart around (I think you would be surprised at how often or not you actually use the stuff, as well). Sure, it's nice to have it and there's always the off-chance that you will find yourself needing something, but unless your trekking off-piste, way far away from the lifts, chances are you're not gonna use what you're carrying anyway. Why have the extra weight and bulk?
Honestly, I would suggest searching out a nice AT/day pack. It will ride higher up on your frame and provide a more even sense of balance than the FP. It also will be less prone to getting caught in the lower part of most chairs. And it will give you more room to cart along even more necessities.
Another tip (which is what I do and most of the folks i ride with regularly do) is pack a pack and leave it in a locker at the base/lock it to a tree/stash it near the Patrol shack. That way if you find that you need something extra, it's somewhat easily available and you're not lugging it around the hill. I actually find a better sense of balance sans pack (and my pack--Life-Link--is very Lo-Pro).
Honestly, 9-times-out-of-10, if you dress properly in the morning you're not gonna need that extra layer or whatever you've stuffed into the FP. If you have a pack, you can toss in an extra layer, some extra glove liners, a neck/face gaiter, some munchies, and extra water. That's usually all i have along, leaving room to take off a layer if it gets too hot.
So, there you go. Look into a pack (Life-Link, Black Diamond, Dakine, BCA...) the brands are endless and many make nice, compact packs that accomdate a change of clothes/extra layers, extra goggles, gaiters (both neck and feet), a lunch, a hydro-bag, and other stuff.
Have a solid trip, sounds like fun!