What is a splitboard?
A splitboard is a snowboard that can be split in half lengthwise, so that both halves can be used as skis for uphill climbing. When the board is split in half, splitboarding is very similar to ski touring, a form of skiing that is focused on exploring undiscovered areas of the mountain. Special ‘skins’ can be attached to the base of the skis for added traction, and just like in cross country skiing, splitboard bindings allow your heels to move freely. Once you have reached the top of the mountain, you can easily re-assemble your board so you can enjoy your well-earned turns in unridden powder. Before the splitboard became popular, freeride snowboarders often carried along a pair of skis or snowshoes on their backcountry adventures. With a splitboard, there is no need to bring along that extra gear, making it easier and less tiring to discover unridden terrain.