Adventure Word of the Week: Splitboarding

Nov 14, 2010
Outside Magazine

Splitboarding: A snowboard that can be separated into two parts and used with climbing skins to ascend slopes. The halves can then be connected at the summit to form a snowboard for descent

Of course you've probably heard of splitboarding by now. Gear sales have continued to climb with improvements in design and bindings over the last two years. The equipment made news this week when snowboarder Danny Davis said he'd be rehabbing his injured back by splitboarding. Why? Skinning up the mountains in the backcountry will allow him to build up strength and avoid the jarring moves that could accompany snowmobile rides. Splitboarding also offers a green option for snowboarders—no fossil fuels emitted by helicopters, snowmobiles, or lifts. And if you're skinning up, you can avoid spending $80 on a lift ticket.

--Joe Spring


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