Learn skills for safe and efficient backcountry travel on a split-board. For intermediate and advanced snowboarders looking to get into the backcountry for the first time, or for those seeking a more efficient alternative to boot-packing and snowshoeing.
Students will learn about the setup and use of split-boards, the equipment and logistics of backcountry touring, and avalanche safety as it relates to splitboarding. While sharing a bit about split-boarding's history, the instructor will help everyone attach bindings to boards, set stance angles, fit climbing skins, and change over between modes.
The instructor will also review other necessary equipment for off-piste travel, including avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes. In addition, the instructor will introduce avalanche awareness and present the Avalanche Hazard Triangle as a framework for decision making in the backcountry.
The instructor will demonstrate an avalanche transceiver range and function check, and lead an ascent on skins, emphasizing route-finding and techniques for breaking trail and managing kick-turns. Participants will enjoy a spectacular Wasatch peak or ridge as they transition to downhill riding, where the instructor will demonstrate methods for efficient transitions in the cold and snow.
During the descent, the group will practice safe-travel protocols for avalanche-prone terrain, and the instructor will share tips and techniques for offpiste riding. Beacon searches, additional runs, and a lunch break will round out the day.
How to Register:
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|Dec 21, 2019
|Feb 1, 2020
|Feb 29, 2020
|Mar 21, 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah
$ 219 per person plus tax.
UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.
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