@Dmitry Great question!

When I was an aspiring ski-mountaineer I used a Deuter Guide 45 pack that I absolutely loved. It was small and streamlined enough to be comfortable while skiing, but still big enough to carry everything I needed. It did not, however, have a dedicated section for Avy gear. You're getting a lot of good advice and info here, but I would recommend taking a look at the Deuter Rise 34+ pack. It seems to hit all the points you mentioned. The only concern I would have is that it might not be big enough; that's going to depend on your gear and what you consider a necessity. The specs indicate it can carry up to 42 liters, which just might be enough for what you're looking for.

Hope this helps, be sure to let us know what you go with and how it works for you!


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