Intro to Splitboarding: Sponsored by Weston

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Intermediate

Duration 1 Day

Overview

This camp is step one for the competent resort rider who would like to become more knowledgeable about backcountry touring and explore the mountains away from the ski area boundary. Many resort riders have the fitness and riding ability necessary for backcountry touring but lack the basic fundamental skills, so they are intimidated. They should be.

This camp will introduce you to the skills necessary to participate in future backcountry tours, either guided, or as a well prepared and informed member of a non-guided party. The camp starts in our Jackson office learning about clothing and equipment selection, the contents of the backpack, and a discussion about the current snowpack conditions. The rest of the day will be spent in magnificent GTNP, ascending and descending one of many classic winter lines. Along the way you will be learning about route selection, track setting, snowpack assessment, weather assessment, and skiing in variable backcountry snow.

The participant of this camp should be capable of hiking uphill 3500’/day and a strong intermediate to advanced rider to participate. This camp would be a great prep for our AIARE 1 course. Take a break from the worn out boot pack and come join us.

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

Trip Planner

Itinerary

Class Outline

Introductions

Risk management discussion

Planning and prep

  • Backpack
  • Equipment
  • Clothing

Backcountry travel techniques

  • Layering systems
  • Route finding
  • Track setting
  • Skinning
  • Uphill pacing
  • Descending

Terrain options based on snowpack and current conditions

  • Traveling in avalanche terrain
  • Open/closed terrain concept
  • Snowpack assessment (on ski tour)

Backcountry tour in GTNP

Going forward

  • Mentorship

An exclusive clinic for participants in SplitFest 2020.

An all-female course for SplitFest 2020 participants

$200/person

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UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

HEAD AND HANDS

ACCESSORIES

SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)

  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)

 

 

Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from our Jackson, WY headquarters. Our Jackson office is located in the south part of Jackson at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104 and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Our phone number is (800) 239-7642 or (307) 733-4979. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) is a cheaper option and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when we will return to the trailhead. Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. Accommodations near our office make your transitions convenient. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible. Lodging recommendations and many more details can be found in the downloadable document below.

 

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Testimonials

  • Always professional, always personable, always safe, always considerate. They take the time to develop a plan with the client that creates a fun and challenging experience; also, they provide valuable teaching moments along the way. I look forward to using their services again.

    — Greg Cutcher
  • JHMG knows there stuff! My instructors provided a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from and an awesome attitude that kept everyone stoked.

    — John Howland
  • Very professional! Excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, they know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp

Trip Sponsors

This course is sponsored by Weston and you will receive a FREE splitboard  demo rental with the course booking fee. Please contact our partner Teton Backcountry Rentals by clicking here to reserve your board! As part of this free demo program, all that Weston asks you to do is to  please post a photo of you on Instagram from the course and tag @westonbackcountry and @jhmtnguides, and to write a review  of the board on www.westonbackcountry.com.

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