I think I have been asked "are those ski poles?", "are you going skiing?" or my favorite "so where are you going golfing?" about once a day. Well kind sir, I think I am going to take my back pack and go golfing on Neptune, it's great golfing weather up there right now. To be clear I have only been asked the golfing question once though but it was pretty hard not to start laughing. The golfing guy turned out to be a pretty good guy though and we had pretty good chat. Once he found out it was a back pack and not a golf bag he was interested on hearing about the trip.
The ski questions come from people seeing the trekking poles which I will admit look pretty similar to ski poles but it still seems like an odd question to get so often. I have a backpack, I'm walking and it's nowhere near a ski resort. I would think it is pretty late in the season for skiing, who knows maybe not.