First Day Splitboarding: Buffalo Pass
16 Mar, 2008
Since Gary came up from Denver, it was the plan to splitboard today on Buffalo Pass. It was my first time splitboarding and finally getting out in the backcountry with Gary to make turns. He’s a “earn your turn” kind of guy so I knew today would be a workout and painful experience but with some good powder turns in the process. Cody his extreme dog came along for the backcountry adventure.
I borrowed his spare 166cm splitboard for the day. It was the first time for me to ride a splitboard and I have rode boards bigger than 166cm so I felt pretty confident it wouldn’t be an issue. I did have girl moments with the splitboard where I needed Gary’s help to get the bindings moved around.
Gary made sure we had all the safety stuff with us for riding backcountry. I had on a beacon and in my pack had a probe. Gary checked the snow pack on the hike up to make sure it was safe. He checked the pitch of the run to see the degrees.
My splitboard with my Rome Madisons
I haven’t skied in years and doing the splitboard was definitely interesting having to skin to get uphill and hiking. It was a beautiful day outside, remained pretty warm in the 30’s to 40’s most of the day and the sun just shining down. I started off with my shell jacket, then took off layers towards the upper hiking down to just my t-shirt.
Here’s the view from the ridgeline looking at the other areas of Buffalo Pass
After breathing and switching out the split boards from skis to snowboards. It was time to ride! I watched Gary drop in and pick his line through the Aspens trees, I cut over to the right and rode that way making sure I stopped to see where Gary was below.