Originally Posted by Rise To The Top
Why would you need such a big bag? I can suprisingly fit all of my stuff in a High Sierra boot bag backpack (Boots, Pants, Speed Suit, Helmet, T-shirts, goves (2 pairs), socks, my hat, liner, and silicone). Unless you are bringing 4 kids with you...
I teach a lot of kids and bring some spares for them, and bring a whole additional ski outfit for myself in case I get rained on and soaked. I carry tow pairs of mittens, four or more pairs of regular gloves, and a pair of spring gloves. I carry a rainsuit. I also carry sharpening tools, wax, screwdrivers, eyeglass screwdrivers, spare goggles, and spare hats. It seems like overkill, but seldom does a ski season pass without needing each of those items. One year it rained at SnoPoro Jam, and I became a lot more popular with my group, as I had two extra rain outfits, and many spare pairs of gloves. I also carry a couple of small reference books for exercises, two or three bottles of gatorade, granola bars, cookies, and anything else that might occur to me. On the plus side I have not been carrying spare helmets, although last season I dd on a couple of occasions carry spare boots because I had been fitted with new ones, and they were tighter than I could ski for extended periods. To me, ski equipment back home is useless.
I did start carrying the larger bags when I was bringing four kids to the slopes, but I have found it is not a bad idea. I keep smaller packs for trips to areas where I don't have a place to leave my bag sitting around, but those places are the exception, not the rule.
A note for other instructors: nothing makes a student's parent feel like you are a very caring person as much as digging in your ski bag to give a hungry kid a coookie. This can be very helpful, as many parents rush their kids out of the house in the morning without breakfast. A hungry, whiny, kid makes a tough student, while one just fed with a filling oatmeal cookie, granola bar or even chocolate chip cookie, will pay attention and like you for the small treat.