If you have been waiting for the opportunity to explore life beyond the ski lifts, try it for a day with our Intro to Splitboarding Course. 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!
During our 1-day splitboarding course you’ll start as a fledgling splitter and end with a few skills and a bit of 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 to get you more comfortable in the backcountry. Pro Guiding recommends an AIARE Level 1 course to enhance the learning outcomes of this 1-day course.
1 bottom- midweight or light weight
1 top- midweight or lightweight
Sock Liners (optional)
Wind shirt, Soft Shell, Fleece- only one is necessary
Lightweight waterproof/ breathable jacket
Schoeller type pants (softshell)
Sunhat or visor
Ski Gloves- waterproof
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
Sunscreen- SPF 25+ waterproof
Lip Balm- SPF 15+
Headlamp- Lightweight LED recommended
Splitboard- split specific bindings recommended
Trekking Poles- collapsible and adjustable with large powder baskets
Skins- splitboard specific with tail clips
Splitboard Crampons- specific to binding
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
Map Case- Large Zip-Loc will suffice
Maps- contact office for appropriate quadrangles
Group Gear Provided by PGS
Technical Group Gear
1st aid kit
This course is a safe and fun introduction to the sport of backcountry skiing. You will learn about backcountry ski gear and the basics of ski touring while actually touring around the Crystal Mountain backcountry with certified ski guides.
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!
The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain. You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and make appropriate decisions about your travel in the backcountry based on an avalanche forecast. You will also be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, snow pack analysis, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, transceiver searches, and much more.