28 Apr, 2011
It’s been a busy week at work which means less ride time but that doesn’t mean I can’t ride after the lifts close and work ends. I discovered splitboarding a couple years ago when I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado but it wasn’t till recently that I had the means to get into splitboarding. For those not familiar with splitboarding, it’s a snowboard that’s split in half from nose to tail so it turns into skis for going uphill and you connect it back together to make a snowboard for going downhill.
A while ago I started with acquiring the backcountry safety gear: shovels, beacon, probe, poles and then later added the mobility of getting up with the Venture Storm splitboard, Sparks Blaze bindings and skins. Combined with rad packs to try out from K2, like the new pilchuk it made everything easy. Thanks to Venture, K2 and Sparks, you’ll see me splitboarding more and more!
In order to get my endurance back, get comfortable skinning up on the splitboard and be safer since I’d be doing it alone, I opted to skin up Mammoth Mountain with my dog. Even though Mammoth is open till July 4, some of the mountain shut down operations last week but there is more than enough snow to enjoy a good hike up the runs that are now empty. My goal today was to just make it as far as comfortable and have fun with it. I figure each time I splitboard, I’ll be better and go higher on the mountain.
Ready to ski up
As soon as I was skinning up, Capita my dog figured out her role which was to run up as high as she could while being visible, then run down to me, then run back up. It was amusing that she was kicking my butt but I was stoked to ride with my dog finally!
My skin track up
We ended up passing going up next to Art Park where the cats were busy taking down the features in the park. Hoping to see them pop up in Main Park/Forest Trail soon!
My splitboarding gear. Next year’s K2 pilchuk kit backpack with shovel, probe, skins, beacon inside, black diamond trekking poles, Venture Storm 156 and Sparks Blaze bindings. I figured even though I’m not in backcountry, I want to get used to having everything and be safer.
We stopped up at the top of Art Park area where the weather was noticeably more windy than when I started so I switch the skis into a snowboard for the ride down. Capita the dog was unsure what that meant but she’d soon find out.
On the ride down I had my camera out and snapped this pic of my dog following me down the slope at full speed