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.

We have partnered with Weston Backcountry to  offer free splitboard setups for you to demo during our splitboard courses!  There is a limited number available so please contact matt@westonsnowboards.com as soon as you register for one of our courses to reserve your board!

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
Lightweight waterproof/ breathable jacket
Schoeller type pants (softshell)
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
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
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

Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.