Do you wear a ski pack/backpack when you ski?
If you do what do you carry?
I wear the smallest pack I could find that still had ski-carry straps on it.
In it I carry the stuff most people have in their pockets -- I hate chipmunk pockets.
I must admit, though, that once you have someplace to put it, it becomes harder to resist the temptation to carry stuff you don't really need.
Working from memory here, since I dont feel like going to the basement...
water bottle or two (I dont like drinking from a straw, so I dont like camelbacks)
a Cliff Bar or candy bar or similar
the "other" lens for my goggles
another small screwdriver
cell phone (sometimes in my pocket instead)
a few cable ties
a small flashlight
The ear flaps and vent inserts for my helmet if its warm out
extra neck warmer (those turtle-fur thingees)
space blanket (still in the original package, still folded into a tight little lump)
trail map from the previous mountian that I forgot to remove
That depends on a few things such as where you are skiing, whether you are staying in 'ski in - ski out' accommodation or whether you have a locker.
Personally I prefer not to carry a backpack unless I have no other option or the day looks like the weather conditions could vary a lot necessitating a lot of clothing changes.
Because of my personal dislike of backpacks I am very careful when buying my jackets and pants. I put small things like credit cards and money in my pants pockets. I ensure that I buy jackets with enough pockets in the body and arms to accommodate my other essentials such as:
Small sunscreen (but I have found most resorts supply this at the ski school office now)
I wear my keys on a lanyard around my neck
Naturally if you are going to be out all day and a long way from facilities you would need a lot more than this and a backpack would be needed.
Always carry a backpack containing: screwdrivers, water, chocolate, biscuits, face mask for very bad weather, googles for opposite type of weather, tissues, lens cleaner, sun lotion, aspirin, shovel and skins. The avalanche transceiver and Avalung are with me too, but not into the backpack. I don't carry a probe because I can turn my poles into a short one in less than half a minute.
Lemme see ... in no particular order, or in the order that I remember them.
Camelbak water bladder
sunglasses in a case
neck warmer (sometimes)
spare baselayer or thermal (sometimes)
Cat Tracks in a plastic bag
spare plastic bags
hip flask full of scotch (to ward off the chill y'know)
Damn! Here I was thinking I only had a few things in there ... and now I've gone and bought a slightly larger pack with ski straps.
I carry a backpack containing :
Platypus water "bottle"
Spare : gloves, bandanna, vest, sun glasses, beanie
Swiss army knife & tool
Cat tracks (once removed from boots) in their own pocket
Emergency kit, emergency tissues (with disinfectant)
In the hanesses pockets :
In the "lid" pocket :
One old ama-ski (small hammock)
When the needs arise :
very short strings bits
Plus, the backpack is an hard shell, and works as back protector.
My backpack has in it:
Camera & tripod
Battery powered waxing iron
100' of 1/4" rope
Coleman stove & fuel
food for three days
half case of cold frosty ones.
1/4 cord of dry firewood
jumper cables (not sure why they're there)
extra change of clothes
mask and snorkel (good for those deep powder days)
But I never wear it.
Oopps, you're right, that one too. But only on those week-ends when I'm on stand-by shift for the office...
Instead, the camera, a point-and-shoot, is hunged from my neck with a loop.
No reason to take one and keep it in the back pack...it would take too much time to get it...I'm already slow as it is...
by the time I'm ready to take a picture..the thrill might as well be gone!