transitioning

Transitioning between touring mode (with skins attached) and snowboard mode (skins removed) is a crucial skill for splitboarding in the backcountry. A smooth and efficient transition ensures that you can make the most of your time on the mountain while conserving energy for the downhill ride. Here's a step-by-step guide to transitioning: 

Choose a Suitable Spot: Find a flat, stable area away from avalanche terrain to stop and transition. Look for a spot with enough space to lay out your gear and move around comfortably.

 

Secure Your Splitboard: Lay your splitboard halves parallel to each other with the base facing up. Use the tail and nose clips to secure the board halves together, ensuring a tight and stable connection.

 

Remove Climbing Skins: Release the tail clips and peel the climbing skins off the base of your splitboard. Fold the skins in half with the adhesive sides facing inward to prevent them from sticking together.

 
Fold and Stow Skins: Fold the skins in thirds or quarters, depending on their length, and place them in a designated skin pouch or storage bag. Avoid getting snow or debris on the adhesive side of the skins to maintain their effectiveness.

 

Adjust Binding Mode: Transition your splitboard bindings from touring mode to snowboard mode. Release the locking mechanism or heel risers that hold the bindings in place for uphill travel and adjust the highbacks, straps, and buckles to the desired settings for downhill riding.

 

 Check Equipment: Double-check that all binding components are securely fastened and adjusted to your preferences. Ensure that the board halves are properly aligned and that there are no obstructions or debris on the base of the board.

 

Prepare for Descent: Once your splitboard is fully transitioned into snowboard mode, take a moment to mentally prepare for the downhill ride. Check your surroundings, assess the terrain ahead, and communicate with your group before beginning the descent.

 

Enjoy the Ride: Strap into your splitboard bindings, take a deep breath, and enjoy the exhilarating ride down the mountain! Maintain control, stay balanced, and adjust your speed and technique according to the terrain and snow conditions.

 

Pack Up: After completing your descent, stop in a safe location to pack up your gear and prepare for the next leg of your journey. Secure any loose items, stow your skins and poles, and ensure that your backpack is properly adjusted and fastened.

 

Continue Exploring: With your gear packed and your splitboard ready to go, continue exploring the backcountry and enjoying the beauty of the mountains. Remember to stay safe, have fun, and always respect the natural environment.

 

By mastering the art of transitioning, you'll be able to make the most of your splitboarding adventures and enjoy seamless transitions between uphill and downhill travel. Practice transitioning in a controlled environment before heading into the backcountry to ensure that you're prepared for any situation that may arise. 

Stay tuned for the next Chapter about Backcountry Navigation ...