MTN Approach 2011-2012

23 Jul, 2011

The growth of backcountry riders is apparent in snowsports but there’s also a need for an affordable option (other than snowshoes) to get you up the mountains and that’s where MTN Approach comes in.  In January, they  debuted at SIA and introduced a ski device that allows skiers/snowboarders to get up the mountain without paying over a grand and being able to use their own gear to do it.  The MTN approach skis include everything (permanent skins, binding climbing system) and costs less than its competitors.

MTN Approach Skis:

  • Light – only 7lbs total weight (including skins) 3.5 lbs per foot, per step = less fatique & longer tours.
  • Quick transition time – assembles in seconds, no skins to peel and store.
  • Ride any board you want – no compromise on performance.
  • Less expensive – $795 for complete set up including skins and integral backpack or $750 without the backpack.
  • Uncommitted – pair the right board for the right conditions.
  • Ascends effectively – sidecut on both edges and lightweight
  • Size – stores easily in backpack.

Close up at the MTN Approach bindings

The MTN Approach Skis fold up for easy storage in your backpack

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  1. July 23, 2011

    !!! I LIKE IT !!! Wouldn’t mind having a pair of these thats for sure

  2. July 23, 2011

    I want them to convince me why I should buy their product instead of splitting my old board and saving almost $400….? Great idea, but $800? I was hoping for about $500.

  3. keither
    July 23, 2011

    i agree with mark

  4. mervinsnow
    July 24, 2011

    Way too much expensive and too heavy in my opinion….
    Idea and concept is there…
    If it was cheaper and lighter… it will compete against split board….
    But now that split board are getting cheaper and cheaper in price and you can find now better bindings too and system clip… Split board are the way to do for big backcountry Out of bound snowboard 😉

  5. mervinsnow
    July 24, 2011

    Also good snowshoes are cheaper , could be lighter (some are lighter) and will do just about the same ….

  6. August 25, 2011

    Because your DIY splitboard doesn’t ride the same as your solid deck.