Scheduled Course - Wasatch Splitfest Backcountry Splitboarding

Wasatch Splitfest - In Partnership with Wasatch Splitters

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Many resort riders have the fitness and riding ability necessary for touring, but between the gear and avalanche awareness, it can be intimidating to say the least.

We’re excited to partner with Wasatch Splitters to provide professional guiding and instruction at the Wasatch Splitfest, The Gathering IV, March 27-29, 2020. UMA guides have decades of experience in the Wasatch backcountry and are eager to share tips, tricks, and explore the Wasatch terrain with you!

Check out the clinics below to register. To learn more about the Wasatch Splitfest you can hop on Wasatch Splitters website here.

Friday, March 27 - Milosport

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Gear Check - equipment questions and equipment check throughout the evening at the UMA table

7:00 - 7:30 PM - Utah Avalanche Center presentation - review this season’s snow, weather, and avalanche history, and discuss current conditions

Saturday, March 28 - Meeting at the the Big Cottonwood Canyon Overflow Lot

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Splitboarding Basics

7:30 AM - 11:30 PM - Avalanche Awareness Skills

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Avalanche Rescue

Sunday, March 29 - Meeting at the the Big Cottonwood Canyon Overflow Lot

7:00 AM- 3:30 PM - Advanced Backcountry Touring



Splitboarding Basics

Full day
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4 Spots Available
Cost: $145

This clinic is the first step for the competent resort rider who would like to step outside of the confines of the resort to explore the backcountry and become more knowledgeable about touring and avalanche awareness. This clinic will introduce key concepts and skills so that you are a well prepared and informed partner and can participate in future guided or non-guided tours and further education.

This clinic will meet at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon (more details to come), where guides will go over clothing and equipment selection, what to bring in your pack, and a discussion about the current snowpack conditions. The rest of the day will be spent skinning and boarding in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Along the way you will learn route selection, trail setting, snowpack assessment, weather assessment, and riding in variable backcountry snow.

This course is a great prep for the Avalanche Level 1 Certification. Participant’s should be intermediate to advanced resort riders and able to hike up to 2000’ vertical.

Avalanche Awareness Skills

6 Spots Available
½ Day (AM)
7:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Cost: $75

Join Utah Mountain Adventures for a thorough introduction to avalanche hazard evaluation as it relates to backcountry touring and splitboarding. We have developed a concise and pertinent curriculum for splitboarders, following the recommended guidelines for introductory avalanche courses from the American Avalanche Association. A must for any splitboarder traveling in avalanche terrain!

Avalanche Rescue

6 Spots Available
½ Day (PM)
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $75

Companion rescue is a last resort, but an essential skill to master, and stay current on as a backcountry partner. This field-based course focuses on the fundamentals of efficient rescue and latest techniques.

Students will practice all aspects of organizing and leading rescues, including transceiver searches; methodical probing; strategic shoveling; and airbag deployment and re-packing.

Following updated guidelines from the American Avalanche Association, this clinic is a stand-alone session focusing soley on avalanche rescue skills. We will introduce and practice with avalanche rescue equipment, and participants will participate in avalanche rescue scenarios of varying difficulties. Clear models on how to practice, along with suggestions for further training, will be provided at the end of the clinic.


Advanced Splitboarding

7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
4 Spots Available
Cost: $165

This course is for backcountry tourers who want to explore bigger terrain in the Wasatch and improve their understanding of more complex backcountry travel.

Participants of this camp should be capable of climbing and riding 3,000’ per day. Previous touring experience is a must! This is a great way for you to prepare for your Avalanche Level 2.

During a morning meeting and time on the snow, participants will focus on tour planning, terrain selection, and route finding. We will also discuss weather and snowpack factors that lead to avalanche hazard. Step up your splitboarding game!

How to Register:

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Wasatch Splitfest

Course Details


Fri, March 27, 2020
Gear Check, UAC Presentation

Sat, March 28, 2020
Splitboarding Basics
Avalanche Awareness Skills
Avalanche Rescue

Sun, March 29, 2020
Advanced Backcountry Touring


3 day workshops


Salt Lake City, Utah


Splitboarding Basics: $145
Avalanche Skills: $75
Avalanche Rescue: $75
Advanced Splitboarding: $165

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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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