Scheduled Course - Split-Snowboard Clinic (Splitboarding)

Split-Snowboard Clinic (Splitboarding)

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.


On Friday evening, 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.

On Saturday, in the field, 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.

Split-Snowboard Clinic

Split-Snowboard Clinic

Photo by Andrew Burr

Video: How a Splitboard Works

Course Details

2017 Dates

Jan 20 & 21, 2017
Fri eve (6-8pm) & Sat 8am-4pm

Feb 24 & 25, 2017
Fri eve (6-8pm) & Sat 8am-4pm

March 17 & 18, 2017
Fri eve (6-8pm) & Sat 8am-4pm


Evening session followed by a full-day field session the following day. Evening session is 6-8pm. Full day field session is 8am-4pm.


Salt Lake City, Utah


$ 229 per person plus tax.

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.


Introductory. No previous backcountry experience required.

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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