Hi, I just wanted to ask why powder skiers and not only them wear a backpack? Is this just to look cooler or it protects back? Maybe they just put drinks into it :DD ?
Thx for answers ;D
For me it's primarily extra layers. It's helpful to be able to add (or remove) a fleece / t-shirt, etc. depending on how the weather changes. Usually put snacks and drinks in there as well. Certainly don't wear it to look 'cooler' . Not sure about protection. However, perhaps the cookies my wife baked one day last season did save me from a high speed fall that had me landing on my back. My daughter though wasn't too thrilled when they were smashed to pieces.
I'm not a back country skier either but that makes sense. Didn't stress the drinks much but that is also a big thing for me. The air is very dry in Colorado and Copper, where I usually go, is at a high altitude. It's very handy, if not essential, to have something to stay properly hydrated. Camelbaks are increasingly popular as well.
I only wear one if I am carrying backcountry gear, otherwise I find it makes me overheat sooner, and it's a pain to take off for lift rides (even though I can sit on a lift with it on, some lifities try to force you to take it off). I can fit enough snack food in my pockets for an inbounds day.
That's pretty much it for me too.
I have a small pack with a Camelbak built in, which is enough to store some food and an extra layer while not being unwieldly on the lifts.
Around here youngsters often wear backpacks because of the "cool" factor. There are a lot of backcountry skiers that operate out of Mt. Baker and the kids want to look like them, so you see them carrying a backpack. Hydration isn't much of a concern here because the air is rarely dry and the elevation is fairly low, so old fart inbound skiers don't often carry them.
So i can strap my ski's to my backpack and not have to bootpack with them over my shoulder. Tends to wear out the fabric pretty fast. Also i like keeping my resivoir in there along with some snacks and extra layers.
When my friends have to go down to the lodge and inside to get to their locker, i just reach into my back pack.
Hydration is ALWAYS a factor when skiing.
Hydration is always a factor while living and breathing. Come visit us in the Cascades and then give me the lecture. Getting a good drink when you're in the lodge is sufficient for most folks around here. I've skied in other places and it is much more of an issue at higher altitudes and with the drier air that you find in many other places like Alberta. It doesn't mean that we don't have to hydrate, we just don't need to do it as often.