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.

Want to join them?

Meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2 at the Bodega Head parking lot. Join California Coastal Trail Ambassadors Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalia for all of part of their walk to Valley Ford.