Yes, and I don't get it. A small minority of people actually have a need to take stuff on the hill, otherwise it's asinine...
reasons TO carry a backpack:
- you have a DSLR in there and plan to use it
- you are doing a warmup run or two before head to lift accessible B/C
- that's about all I can think of... anything else should be able to stay in your car or the lodge
What about your pinhole camera and collection of nudie mags creeper?