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A stepping stone to get out of the ski resorts and into the backcountry on your splitboard.




Location: Summit County and surrounding areas
Duration: 1 days (8 hours)
Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate SEE HERE
Cost: $200 per person
Dates:  2022/2023 Season


We have designed this as an introductory course to help you learn the skills necessary to be confident in venturing into the backcountry on your splitboard. This is a perfect course to prep for or couple with an AIARE Level 1 course. A stepping stone to get off the resort and into Colorado's pristine backcountry. 

​Topics Covered

  • Equipment Introduction and gear overview. 

  • Intro to trip planning and terrain selection

  • Use of beacons, shovels, and probes

  • Intro to risk management in the backcountry

  • Proper and efficient transitions

  • Use of uphill climbing skins

  • Track setting and kick turns

  • Intro to Avalanche Awareness

Gear List

  • Splitboard, boots, poles, and skins

  • Beacon, Shovel, Probe (demos available upon request)

  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom and top (base layer)

  • Mid layer top and bottom (insulation layer)

  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket

  • Waterproof Jacket and pants

  • Wool or synthetic socks

  • Warm gloves or mittens

  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava

  • Goggles and sunglasses

  • Day pack backpack (25-40Liter)

  • Headlamp with spare batteries

  • Water bottle (At least 1 Liter per person)

  • Food for lunch and snacks (can be provided upon request)

  • Hand warmers

  • Helmet

  • Hot liquid in thermos

  • Extra gloves (Liner Gloves for the uphill)

  • Chapstick

  • Camera

  • Write in the Rain Notebook and mechanical pencil

Snowboarding above town and Lake Dillon.

Want $75 off? Attend one of our FREE Split 101 Clinics!


  • December 19th, 31st

  • January 14th, 28th

  • February 11th, 25th

  • March 11th, 25th

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