Splitboarding is an increasingly popular option among snowboarding enthusiasts seeking out lesser explored backcountry routes.
This is because splitboards make it much easier to navigate uphill slopes while looking for untracked snow routes. As a result, snowboarders spend less time trekking uphill in snow boots and more time snowboarding through untracked routes!
Let’s take a closer look at the splitboard and why it has become a favorite for many snowboarders:
What is a splitboard?
As the name suggests, a splitboard is a type of snowboard that splits into two halves. Each half of the board functions as a set of skis, allowing the user to ascend and navigate slopes with relative ease.
Of course, not giving up and around slopes is difficult in just skis, so a splitboard also features a removeable skin at the bottom to offer traction in snow.
Once you reach the slope, simply remove the skin, put both the skis together and you now have a fully functional snowboard.
Reasons to Try Splitboarding
Splitboarding opens a whole new experience for snowboarders.
Instead of being forced to stick to the tourist-heavy slopes, a splitboard lets you explore the entire backcountry of a slope with complete freedom.
Tired of running the same commercial slopes over and over? Then use a splitboard to explore those incredible untracked routes!
Trekking uphill to snowboard is surprisingly challenging. You need a good set of boots and a lot of stamina to ascend to those lesser explored, untracked routes hidden throughout the backcountry.
As a result, many snowboarders have a limited selection of routes to enjoy – unless they have a splitboard.
Because a splitboard doubles as a set of skis, climbing uphill and touring through backcountry areas becomes much easier and less time consuming. Plus, the time it does take to trek uphill offers a great little workout while providing a surprisingly meditative experience.
Of course, the main highlight of a splitboard is being able to hit those untracked routes from atop the slope.
Splitboard Basics Explained
Unbind the Board
Your splitboard will be held together by various bindings attached to binding boards. Once you are ready to head uphill, remove the retaining pin holding the bindings together. This should make it easy to remove the bindings from their binding boards.
Split the Board
With no bindings in place, the splitboard will divide into two halves. Simply unhook each section at the tail and nose of the board, causing it to split in two.
The center edge of each board forms the outer edge of the ski. This is because the longer edge provides extra grip in the snow.
Bind the skis
Once the board is split into skis, you need to bind them to your skis. Make sure the bindings are positioned for uphill movement along the length of the ski. Use the retaining pin to bind them in place.
Attach the climbing skin
Use the climbing skin included with the splitboard, clipping it to the nose end of the ski. Make sure to carefully place the skin along the length of the ski, holding it down firmly to ensure it attaches.
Grab your poles and start climbing!
Now you have a set of makeshift skis, you’ll need some climbing poles. Make sure they are set to an appropriate height and then you are ready to head off!
We recommend avoiding too heavy a pack and don’t wear too much heavy clothing – climbing the slope will quickly work up a sweat!
Once you reach your desired spot, simply remove the skin, remove the bindings, and then place the board back together.
Here’s a link to a video with a fresh overview of the splitboard:
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