Splitboard 101 with WESTON BACKCOUNTRY

Learn the ups and downs of splitboarding from the experts at Weston Backcountry and KMAC. Weston is an award-winning Colorado based backcountry ski and snowboard manufacturer. We have partnered with them to teach 1.5 hour “Splitboard 101” classes free for the public. The course covers what splitboarding is, why we splitboard, choosing your first splitboard and bindings, gear selection/packing list, helpful tricks and tips, as well as a basic trip planning workshop utilizing local avalanche forecasting and online mapping software! We will answer all of your questions about this amazing backcountry sport and get you onto the snow faster and safer. It also has exciting splitboarding shorts from our team throughout the presentation. Instructors will have free Weston swag for attendees and information on local avalanche education.

Check in for dates around the Front Range. You will get a chance to touch all of the equipment we use out there and ask a professional all of the questions you have.

We will also walk you through a typical tour and what goes into it, including a full demo on trip planning and using the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s website.

Location/Dates: Check Weston Backcountry’s events schedule for a 101 Course near you!


Intro to Splitboarding – On-Snow Course with WESTON BACKCOUNTRY

December 29th, 2018

January 26th, 2019

February 23rd, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

KMAC is proud to have partnered with Minturn, CO based Weston Snowboards to offer the perfect first day on a splitboard. Our guides have worked with Weston to craft a course that runs through all of the skills you will need for a basic day of touring in the backcountry (note: does not replace avalanche education). We will begin at our shop inspecting all of the equipment we need and practicing with it a heated space before heading 20 minutes up into the Park to begin our hands on education. In general, we will conduct a standard tour of the area, searching out pow stashes and avoiding avalanche zones and nasty terrain features. Along the way we will teach best-practices, common mistakes, and tons of cool tricks that we have picked up along our journeys. And, we will shred some sick terrain…

 

Location: Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Hidden Valley was a ski resort from the fifties until it closed in ’92. Today, with lifts removed and restored to its natural condition, it makes a perfect location for learning to ride in the backcountry. With relatively low avalanche risks, the option of riding all the way back to the trailhead from anywhere on the mountain, and a powerful powder-creating microclimate, HV is hard to beat as a Front Range splitboard schoolroom.

Duration: 8 Hours

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort. If you ride much harder than this don’t worry, our goal isn’t to teach you how to ride but how to operate safely in the backcountry and use your splitboard.

Cost: $200 per person or $150 if you grab a coupon from one of our Split 101 talks!

Dates: December 29th, January 26th, and February 23rd

 

Overview of topics:

  • Equipment: general use, storage, maintenance, field repairs
  • Introduction to avalanche awareness *
  • Avalanche rescue techniques (beacon/shovel/probe) *
  • Terrain selection, trip planning, navigation
  • Skinning (skiing uphill): track setting, kick turns, pole use, and micro-terrain navigation
  • Transitions (changing from ski-mode to ride-mode and back)
  • Group dynamics and movement: how to travel as a group
  • Backcountry considerations: risk management and other backcountry specific topics
  • Particularities of using a snowboard in the backcountry and techniques to solve them
  • Next steps: avalanche education, recommendations of other areas to check out, apres…

*note: does not replace formal avalanche education


Intro to Splitboarding

 

This day is the perfect step to take when you are ready to leave the lift lines behind. Heading into the backcountry can be daunting—there is new equipment to manage, avalanches to avoid, mountain weather, and a thousand decisions to make regarding all these things where wrong answers can lead to unwanted outcomes. That is where we come in, KMAC’s expert local splitboard guides will break down all of this into manageable topics that will give you the base building blocks that the rest of your backcountry education will be built on, and along the way will show you some really good powder riding.

 

Location: Hidden Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Hidden Valley was a ski resort from the fifties until it closed in 1992. Today, with lifts removed and restored to its natural condition, it makes a perfect location for learning to ride in the backcountry. With relatively low avalanche risks, the option of riding all the way back to the trailhead from anywhere on the mountain, and a powerful powder-creating microclimate, HV is hard to beat as a Front Range splitboard schoolroom.

Duration: 8 Hours

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort. If you ride much harder than this don’t worry, our goal isn’t to teach you how to ride but how to operate safely in the backcountry and use your splitboard.

Cost: $200 per person

Dates: Saturdays from December 15 to March 30th

Weston Snowboards rentals with Spark R&D bindings available for $40 per day

Overview of topics:

  • Equipment: general use, storage, maintenance, field repairs
  • Introduction to avalanche awareness *
  • Avalanche rescue techniques (beacon/shovel/probe) *
  • Terrain selection, trip planning, navigation
  • Skinning (skiing uphill): track setting, kick turns, pole use, and micro-terrain navigation
  • Transitions (changing from ski-mode to ride-mode and back)
  • Backcountry considerations: risk management and other backcountry specific topics
  • Particularities of using a snowboard in the backcountry and techniques to solve them
  • Next steps: avalanche education, recommendations of other areas to check out, apres…

 

*note: does not replace formal avalanche education


RMNP High Peaks Advanced Split Course with WESTON BACKCOUNTRY

 

We are stoked to have partnered with Weston Snowboards to offer a 3-day adventure deep into Rocky Mountain National Park that will take your splitboarding to the next level. We will skin deep into “the Park,” set up a basecamp, then ride couloirs and summits for days! This is an awesome opportunity for anyone who has advanced level riding skills but wants to start heading deeper into the mountains of the world. We will definitely shred some really sick mountain terrain, but the main focus will be on developing the skills necessary to do this on your own!

 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Duration: 3 days

Experience Level: Advanced (can confidently ride all terrain at ski resorts and have some experience with steep backcountry terrain)

Cost: $495 per person

Dates: April 11-13, 2019

Topics:

  • Trip planning
  • Advanced weather forecasting
  • Advanced navigation techniques
  • Backcountry winter camping
  • Leadership in the mountains
  • Realtime avalanche considerations
  • Big mountain ride techniques including crampon/ice axe climbing/descending
  • Advanced avalanche drills/rescue scenarios
  • Next steps…

 


AIARE REC 1 for Splitboarders

1 Person–$425.00
Large groups? Contact Us

 

The AIARE Level 1 Course builds the foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain. Taking this course should be everyone’s first step before venturing into the backcountry in winter. The goal of this AIARE Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow science, terrain analysis, and to give each student a framework with which to make decisions.

 

This 26-hour course involves instruction, morning/evening classroom lectures, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.

 

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO and classroom in Estes Park, CO

Duration: 3 days (26 Hours)

Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort.

Cost: $425 per person

Dates: TBD

 

Topics:

  • What is an avalanche? Types, characteristics, mechanics
  • Trip planning
  • How to make observations
  • “Human Factors” that contribute to avalanches
  • Using daily avalanche bulletins (CIAC, etc.)
  • How to use terrain to make decisions
  • Rescue techniques and equipment
  • Splitboard specific considerations in avalanche terrain
  • Next steps…

Upcoming Splitboard School Schedule

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