A buddy of mine was skiing in a group last week in the Tetons when his buddy got caught in a slide (he's alive, just has some pretty serious injuries). Anyway, he was talking about things he wished he had in his pack while waiting 2+ hours for search and rescue.
As someone who has skied a lot of Backcountry that's lift-accessible, it's easy to check off beacon, shovel, probe and head out there with the bare essentials plus maybe some water and a snickers bar. It was a good lesson for me that we should always be prepared for the worst, and the types of things that are really useful to have when we're out there for several hours, or even overnight.
In light of that, I'm curious what you've either been really glad to have/ wish you'd had in either a long day out there or a rescue situation.
Food, First Aid Kit, Hand Warmers