Tailgate Alaska: Splitboarding Thompson Pass 4/2/12

02 Apr, 2012

It took a while for splitboarding to get kicked into full gear but now that I’m in Alaska it’s finally happening. It’s the cheapest way up the mountain and a great way to explore around the mountain. I ended up heading out with Tony, Peter and Jordan for a morning trek to the ice cave. It was a good warm-up for Alaska splitboarding.

Myself on the skin up. A huge thanks to my grandma Sue for investing in my future, she bought me a BCA Avalanche Airbag for backcountry in Alaska.

Definitely the fastest way up the mountain is sled (snowmachine in AK). We took our time on the hike/skin up and Nico took 2 minutes to get to us.

We skinned up to the Worthington glacier where we were able to check out the ice cave. It was a cool spot and breathtaking to see the really blue icy cold glacier.

Stevens Pass! Jordan and myself today

The ride back down to the base camp area. Peter is in front leading the run.

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  1. Fes
    April 02, 2012

    What split were you using, Shay?

    Also, ZOMG, girl, jealous. 😀

  2. April 04, 2012

    Fes, I’ve got a K2 Panoramic that I splitboard with. Rad day.

  3. April 04, 2012

    The snow looks great! -__- Never been to Alaska. After seeing this, I wanna go there now!