Being a parent isn't always a glamorous job -- in fact, it rarely is. But you'll do anything for your kids, including serving as a human sled dog when you're out skiing and your spawn are too tired to forge through fresh powder, thanks to the Snowmule backpack.
Available in 15-litre and 25-litre capacities, the Snowmule packs can be used to carry a set of skis and a set of poles. And at the bottom of the pack are a set of stashable tow ropes with handles that can be used to pull a couple of 45kg passengers behind you. It's kind of like water skiing -- except it's real skiing, and the speeds are far less exhilarating.
But it should help mitigate the "I'm tired can we go home?" complaints, and that alone will make the $US115 (15 litres) and $US140 (25 litres) price tags completely worth it. [Snowmule via GearJunkie]