When a helicopter drops you off to make a powdery descent, or when simply touring backcountry slopes, a pack designed to assist with snow travel is essential.

The 12 liter Dakine Heli Pack is large enough to carry what you need for a day’s jaunt, but compact enough not to weigh you down, limit your movement, or get in the way while sitting.

The pack’s got a diagonal ski and vertical snowboard carry system, a fleece-lined pocket for your goggles, an external carry for a snow shovel, an insulated hydration sleeve (fits a laptop when you’re not on the slopes), and a rescue whistle attached to a sternum strap. Waist and sternum straps help keep the load away from you.

The Heli Pack 12L also comes in a version designed specifically to fit women. Both versions come in a variety of colors, are made from 600D polyester, weigh 1.6 lbs., are hand-washable, and cost $70. www.dakine.com

In Sonoma County, Dakine products are carried by Bodega Bay Surf Shack in Bodega Bay; and, in Santa Rosa, at Normal Bike Sport, REI, Santa Rosa Ski and Sports, and Sports Basement.

See the Dakine Heli Pack 12L Backpack in action.