Splitboard Camps 2018

Splitboard Camps 2018

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New this year – splitboarding!

Sometimes skiers just don’t get it: snowboarders can go pretty much anywhere skiers can! That doesn’t mean that they want to deal with unnecessary changeovers or flat sections when there’s a way around. Gear has come a long way since the early days of splitboarding, and splitboarding is being recognized more and more as efficient, effective, and fun. Like every piece of gear in the backcountry, it has its inefficiencies and its advantages. Learning the ropes with an experienced guide can be the best way to overcome the inefficiencies and use your system to its best advantage. With practice and guidance from our experienced instructors, you’ll be beating your skier friends on the transitions in no time.

Whether you’ve never tried splitboarding but want to give it a shot, or you’re an advanced rider looking to hone your technique, we have a full lineup of splitboard-specific and splitboard friendly camps this year for you!

Beginners: check out one of our two Intro days!

If you’ve snowboarded in-bounds, but never ventured out into the backcountry, this is the camp for you. This condensed version of our Introduction to Backcountry Skiing course will give you a chance to try out splitboarding and find out whether it’s for you! A guide whose preferred method of travel is a snowboard will be able to explain transitions and efficiency, ski mode, and technique. This course is also great for people who have some experience backcountry skiing, but want to give boarding a try.

Don’t have a board? No problem!

We’ve teamed up with shops in Golden and Calgary to get you started. Splitboard HQ in Calgary is offering a 20% discount on rentals to participants on our Kananaskis Intro to Splitboarding. Higher Ground in Golden, BC is offering a 10% discount on rentals to participants on both camps. Both shops have options to apply the cost of a rental to the purchase of a backcountry setup: contact them for more details.

Topics Covered

  • Familiarity with splitboard: how to take apart and put together board, how to put on skins
  • Uphill and downhill riding technique
  • When transitions are appropriate
  • Rolling terrain: travelling downhill in ski mode
  • Avalanche hazard: resources and further training

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

This camp is designed for skiers with no prior knowledge of backcountry snowboarding. An intermediate level of fitness and riding abilities are recommended for your enjoyment. Participants should be able to ride the equivalent of blue runs in backcountry conditions with a daypack.

Details: Kananaskis Splitboard Intro

  • $175 + Tax / Person
  • When: December 23, 2017
  • Where:Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Details: Rogers Pass Splitboard Intro

  • $175 + Tax / Person
  • When: December 30, 2017
  • Where:Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Details: Rogers Pass Splitboard Camp

  • $1145 + Tax / Person
  • When: January 15, 2018
  • Where:Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet at the Rogers Pass Visitors Centre at 8amMST/7am PST, skin into the Wheeler Hut.
  • Day 2-3: Explore new areas. Tour, wander, explore, ride. Repeat.
  • Day 4: Ride day and then make your way back to the highway.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Professional Guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at A.O. Wheeler Hut
  • All meals for the duration of the course
  • Porter for food drop
  • All group gear
  • Transportation to and from Rogers Pass. Participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to the day’s skiing objectives.
  • Meals not covered in the camp
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
  • A National Parks vehicle pass

New this year: ACC Splitcamp

No skiers on this one (sorry). This fast-paced camp is meant for boarders who want to test their downhill skills in the backcountry. You should be comfortable riding blue-black ungroomed runs at a resort. This small group (maximum of four participants per staff member) is designed to get on some Rogers Pass classic lines (avalanche conditions permitting, of course). We’ve changed the requirements slightly, so you can expect a camp geared towards newer splitboarders, with plenty of coaching on the uphill and downhill, and a chance to explore backcountry conditions with the safety of a guide.

While there’s plenty of moderate to advanced terrain accessible from the door of the Wheeler hut, the group will also have the option of skiing the short 2km out to the road and carpooling to different areas of Rogers Pass to take advantage of conditions.

The camp is based out of the Wheeler hut: the short trek in maximizes your riding time, and the hut provides a comfortable and warm base to return to every night. Tasty and nutritious meals will give you the energy that you need to push your limits and improve your skills every day of the course.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

This camp is designed for riders with intermediate riding ability. Participants should be comfortable on ungroomed blue runs, and able to ride black runs in most conditions. An intermediate level of fitness is necessary: you can expect to spend up to 8 hours outside, depending on objectives. You must have a basic familiarity with your gear, transitions, and skinning technique.

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