I'd welcome other ski patrollers' recommendations and opinions (pro and con) on using a hydration pack to also carry basic first aid supplies.
I patrol on a small hill so don't need a large fluid reservoir or mountain-size pack for AR or back-country gear. Maybe 40-oz fluid and storage comparable to basic fanny pack would suffice, tho neat compartments would be a definite plus.
The Camel Back Rocket I use for cycling has a 40-oz bladder and the hose has neoprene insulation, but there's virtually no storage. DaKine also makes a good selection of hydration packs, but if you've got a particular favorite, the brand and model would be helpful.
I'm not keen on getting hung up on a chair lift so any thoughts or advice in this regard are also welcome.
Why switch? I'm in the market to replace my old fanny pack. And the performance/fatigue advantages of on-hill hydration were laid out pretty well in the ski patrol magazine's spring issue.
If I weren't trying to do my part for the economy, I could get another year out of the old backpack and stick a water bottle inside my parka.