This is the age of the daypack for skiing. After years of getting by on coffee, Cokes, and hot chocolate in the lodge, we've all seen the light of toting water and Power Bars. With the boom in open boundaries and adventure skiing, a lot more safety equipment is getting rides into the backcountry. And a pack is a much better way to organize the detritus of modern skiing than a bulging, multipocketed parka. Indeed, I think I'd rather go without my pants than without my pack.
Check out this season's hottest packs by clicking on the slideshow ("The Packs") at right.