Splitboarding is my favorite sport and the ultimate way to experience the backcountry in winter.
A splitboard is a snowboard that splits in half lengthwise and converts into two skis that allows the rider to hike uphill and tour with the use of climbing skins. When in touring mode, the splitboard allows for travel through the backcountry the same way telemark skiing provides backcountry access for skiers. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest sports in the world (although yes I’m a bit biased).
My first winter trip into the backcountry was in the early nineties. My uncle had been telemark skiing in the backcountry for a couple of decades and was generous enough to introduce me to the sport. As a snowboarder I couldn’t help but look at the terrain we were traversing on skis and fantasize about riding it on a snowboard. Fortunately for me, right around that same time the splitboard was invented. I didn’t hear about splitboards until later in the nineties, and I ended up buying my first Voile sometime around 2000. Since then splitboarding has become my favorite sport, although I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I would like. Included on this site are pictures from some of my backcountry trips.