About Splitboarding


Learning about splitboarding opens up a whole new world of adventure and exploration in the backcountry. Here's a comprehensive list of things to learn about splitboarding:

Understanding Splitboarding Gear: Familiarize yourself with the components of a splitboard setup, including the splitboard itself, bindings, skins, poles, and avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe).

Splitboard Anatomy: Learn about the construction and features of a splitboard, including the camber profile, flex pattern, and nose/tail shape.

Skinning Techniques: Master the art of attaching climbing skins to your splitboard and learn efficient skinning techniques for ascending slopes.

Transitioning: Practice transitioning between ski mode (skins on) and snowboard mode (skins off) efficiently and safely.

Backcountry Navigation: Acquire basic map and compass skills, as well as knowledge of using GPS devices and smartphone apps for navigation in the backcountry.

Avalanche Safety: Take an avalanche safety course to learn about snowpack analysis, terrain assessment, avalanche rescue techniques, and proper use of avalanche safety equipment.

Snowpack Assessment: Understand the different layers of snow in the snowpack, recognize signs of instability, and learn how to perform stability tests (e.g., snowpit tests).

Terrain Management: Develop an understanding of safe travel techniques in avalanche terrain, including route finding, slope angle assessment, and decision-making.

Weather Forecasting: Learn how to interpret weather forecasts, recognize potential avalanche conditions, and make informed decisions based on current and forecasted weather conditions.

Group Dynamics: Understand the importance of effective communication, teamwork, and decision-making within a splitboarding group

Emergency Preparedness: Familiarize yourself with basic first aid skills, emergency shelter building, and communication protocols in case of accidents or emergencies in the backcountry.

Environmental Awareness: Practice Leave No Trace principles and learn about environmental conservation practices to minimize your impact on the backcountry.

Fitness Training: Develop strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness through specific splitboarding exercises, such as uphill skinning, hiking, and snowboarding techniques.

Skill Progression: Set goals for skill improvement and progression in splitboarding, whether it's mastering steep terrain, riding powder, or tackling technical ascents and descents.

Community Engagement: Connect with other splitboarders through online forums, social media groups, and local splitboarding clubs to share knowledge, experiences, and resources.

By immersing yourself in these aspects of splitboarding, you'll not only enhance your skills and knowledge but also cultivate a deeper appreciation for the beauty and challenges of backcountry snowboarding. Remember to prioritize safety, education, and responsible stewardship of the mountain environment in all your splitboarding adventures.

These topics and more will be covered here in our weekly blog on our Homepage. Stay tuned :)