VAUDE Ski Touring Backpacks

Winter landscapes, stillness, seclusion – a ski tour offers a unique way to enjoy the beauty of nature. A thrilling descent through pristine powder is the exciting part. But before that, you’ve got to get up to the top. Safety – both for transport and in the backcountry – are vital.
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Features & Functionality

Do you dream about gliding down pristine slopes? To enjoy this pleasure, you first have to master the ascent. You’ve got to securely transport the gear you need, including your safety equipment. VAUDE ski touring backpacks are designed for alpine activities; they’re made from robust materials, fit your back snugly and are very lightweight. They also have plenty of features that will help make sure your ski trip is as fun and comfortable as possible.

Safety compartment / avalanche equipment

When you’re traveling in alpine terrain, you’ve got to have appropriate safety equipment. Therefore, all VAUDE touring backpacks include a special safety compartment which can be quickly accessed if necessary. It’s a safe place to store your avalanche probe and shovel. The compartment includes straps for your shovel handle and the probe to keep them from banging around on each other.

Side ski attachment

In the Women’s Nendaz 24 as well as Nendaz 25 and 30 models, skis are attached at the right and left sides of the pack.

Just push each ski into the side loop with the bottom of the ski facing the pack. Then pull the two side compression straps tight to secure the skis. Strapping the tips together is recommended. This makes them more stable on the sides so they don’t swing around.

Diagonal ski attachment

On some touring backpack models (Updraft, Nendaz), two webbing straps allow diagonal ski attachment. To do this, pull the silver webbing straps with hook out of their storage pockets and hang them into the (silver) loops provided for this purpose. Here’s how it works: Hook lower webbing into loop 1. Push the skis into the lower webbing up to the heel cup of the binding and place them on the backpack. Place the upper webbing around the skis, hook into loop 4 and tighten. The ski attachment of the Updraft models can also be readjusted while you’re carrying them.

Snowboard attachment

Similar to diagonal ski attachment, a snowboard can also be attached to the front of the backpack using two webbing straps. All VAUDE Nendaz models offer this attachment option.

Here’s how it works: Open the strap at the front, place the snowboard at the middle of the pack with the bottom side facing the pack. Then close and tighten the straps again, the upper strap should be just below the binding to keep the snowboard from sliding down. Tip: For more legroom during the ascent, we recommend that you pull the upper part of the snowboard forward a little with additional webbing. To do this, pull the webbing through the loop above the straps, wrap it around the snowboard and then tighten it. By the way, this system also works perfectly for snowshoes.

Helmet holder

Ski Touring backpacks come with a detachable helmet holder. You can easily access the main compartment, even with your helmet attached. To attach the helmet, simply hang the helmet holder with the eyelets on the front or lid of the backpack, insert the helmet and tighten.

Trekking poles and ice axe attachment

All our ski touring backpacks have a ski pole attachment system. Insert telescopic poles into the loops provided at the lower end of the pack and then secure the shaft with a strap or velcro.


Some of our touring backpacks feature an ice axe attachment with a practical pocket for the adze. First, insert the adze into its designated compartment. Then secure the shaft at the top and the bottom with the webbing straps.


Another option is to insert the shaft completely through the loop, turn the axe upside down and then secure the shaft with a strap or velcro.

Ski goggles compartment

All Nendaz backpacks have a lined ski goggle compartment that’s padded to provide additional protection for the glasses and a practical storage option.

Information panel for alpine emergencies

Most of us know how to behave if there’s an emergency in the mountains. Nevertheless, if there’s a serious emergency, it never hurts to have this information quickly at hand. This information is printed under the lid of the main compartment of our touring backpacks.

Hydration system compatibility

You need to drink a lot to stay hydrated on a tour. Therefore all of our touring backpacks are hydration system compatible. Depending on the backpack model, there are different options for attaching the hydration bladder to the pack and guiding the drinking tube outwards. The compartment is always placed close to your back so the weight of your fluids doesn’t influence your center of gravity.

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