3-Day Splitboarding Course

If you have been waiting for the opportunity to explore life beyond the ski lifts, then the 3-day Intro to Splitboarding course is for you. The sport of splitboarding is progressing at a rapid rate and with equipment innovation comes a rapidly evolving skill set. Come join us if you want to make the most of a powder filled backcountry day!

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained and Skill Requirements

Overall difficulty level: Moderate

Skills Required: Strong Intermediate to advanced riding skills in the ski area

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous

  • Category: Splitboarding
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 4:1

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During our 3-day splitboarding course you’ll start as a fledgling splitter and end with the skills and knowledge to plan and execute a backcountry splitboard tour. From how to use your equipment and transitioning to downhill to efficiently moving through deep snow, riders will gain the skills necessary to shred all day in the backcountry. Pro Guiding recommends an AIARE Level 1 course to enhance the learning outcomes of this 3-day course.


Course Curriculum

Day 1

Binding and stance adjustments

Transceiver check

Equipment use and care

Split movement

Skin track setting

Kick turns

Efficient transitions


Day 2

Tour planning

Transceiver check

Terrain management: #1 safe, #2 efficient, #3 fast

Split-crampon use

Snow stability

Downhill considerations for snowboarders

Simple transceiver search (grid, induction, range vs. directional)


Day 3

Tour Plan execution and review

Group led transceiver check


Advanced skinning techniques

Downhill split strategies

Participant lead tour



  • Base Layer

    • 1 bottom- midweight or light weight

    • 1 top- midweight or lightweight

    • Ski socks

    • Sock Liners (optional)

  • Mid Layer

    • Wind shirt, Soft Shell, Fleece- only one is necessary

  • Outerwear

    • Lightweight waterproof/ breathable jacket

    • Schoeller type pants (softshell)

    • Beanie

    • Sunhat or visor

    • Lightweight gloves

    • Ski Gloves- waterproof


Personal Gear

  • Day Pack- 25 to 40 liter

  • Water Bottles- 1 or 2 liters in a wide mouth bottle or hydration system

  • Lunch and snacks- appropriate for a full day outing

  • Sunglasses

  • Goggles

  • Sunscreen- SPF 25+ waterproof

  • Lip Balm- SPF 15+

  • Headlamp- Lightweight LED recommended


Splitboard Gear

  • Splitboard- split specific bindings recommended

  • Snowboard Boots

  • Trekking Poles- collapsible and adjustable with large powder baskets

  • Skins- splitboard specific with tail clips

  • Splitboard Crampons- specific to binding


Safety Gear

  • Transceiver

  • Shovel- compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred

  • Probe- dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice


Optional Items: Highly Recommended

  • Down or synthetic jacket

  • Thermos- vacuum type for warm beverages

  • Compass

  • Altimeter

  • Map Case- Large Zip-Loc will suffice

  • Maps- contact office for appropriate quadrangles


Group Gear Provided by PGS

  • Technical Group Gear

  • Radios

  • 1st aid kit