If you're looking for the right ski backpack or snowboard backpack there are a number of things to consider. The biggest and most important decision is use case: are you looking for a day bag for in-bounds resort skiing? A light backpack for brief backcountry day trips? Or full on multi-day expedition backpacks? Below, we have compiled our favorite and best performing backpacks used by our team here at Glade:
Our go-to in bounds day ski backpack, the Ortovox Free Rider 18L is the perfect companion for a day spent a the resort. With a built in back protector, eight cushioned pads, and ski and snowboard fastenings, you're set for any in bounds hike or climb. The pack is compatible with any hydration system you might have, and has ample space for extra gear and layers.
The Osprey Kamber 32 is the ideal ski backpack for ski touring missions. The pack features multiple options for ski and snowboard carry and offers easy access to critical avalanche tools like your shovel, probe, and beacon. Ample space for gear, ice axe attachments, and critical padding are all included in this 32 liter pack as well.
Coming in a variety of sizes, the BCA Float series is the standard by which all other avalanche airbag ski and snowboard backpacks are measured. The bag creates buoyancy and decreases your burial depth but also protects your head and neck from trauma in an avalanche. The BCA cylinder system is also sufficiently lightweight, making for seamless backcountry travel.
Dry main compartment
Dedicated shovel and probe sleeves
Diagonal ski carry (optional snowboard carry attachment sold separately)
Dual ice axe carrying system
Compression formed back panel with internal support
Adjustable waist belt for optimized fit and sizing
What should I pack in my ski or snowboard backpack?
While your list of equipment to pack will change depending on the mission and whether you are going in-bounds or out of bound, there are some essentials that you'll always want with you. We recommend checking out our ski trip packing list to help you with this.