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The Best Splitboard Films

Our pick of the best splitboarding movies available to watch online

Few things in life provide a true sense of isolation and solitude quite like splitboarding can. What started off as a peripheral, somewhat geeky side project to conventional riding has now firmly kicked both heels into mainstream snowboard culture. 

“We’ve trawled the interweb to bring you the finest short and full length splitboard films available today”

Splitboarding offers something for everyone – not just the die-hard, alpine crusties, with names like Logan Ramshackle or Cliff Bar. Moreover, it has never been more affordable and accessible to earn your turns. Don’t believe us? Then check out our Splitboard Hub for all the basics.

With that in mind, we’ve rustled up a lil’ something to whet the winter appetite and get you stoked for your first/next adventure into the backcountry.

We’ve trawled the interweb to bring you the finest short and full length splitboard films available today. Most of them are free, some of them can be purchased, all of them are rad. 

The 5 Best Splitboard Films

  • Shelter
  • Roadless
  • Higher
  • Ode To Muir
  • Turn Of Mind

Full-Length Splitboard Films

Shelter (FREE)

Release Date: 2019

Running Time: 45 mins

Whitelines Says: One of the best splitboarding movies to come out in recent years. Five friends – Leo, Thomas, Mat, Levi, and Jeremy – set off to explore the hidden valleys and remote peaks of the Alps, far from the hustle and bustle of the world’s largest ski resorts.

Travel from hut to hut, they observe, firsthand, the impact of climate change on the Alps. To mitigate the effects, a now unavoidable issue in daily life, they start by changing their approach to the mountains and how they live their passion.

For a closer look at what went on during the trip, we have a full, exclusive feature in our Whitelines Annual, Issue 121.

Roadless

Release Date: 2019

Running Time: 58 mins

Whitelines Says: What do you get when three of snowboarding’s most iconic figures meet up for a 10-day expedition in the wilds of Wyoming? One hell of a splitboard adventure, that’s what. Join Travis Rice, Bryan Iguchi and Jeremy Jones around the fire as they look back on their careers, and look forward to the adventures ahead of them.

Available to stream on RedBull TV

Higher

Release Date: 2014

Running Time: 1hr 40mins

Whitelines Says: There aren’t too many examples in film history where the final instalment of a trilogy lives up to – or even overshadows – the success of its prequels: Toy Story, Mad Max, Lord of the Rings being some, Higher being another. In Jeremy Jones’ pièce de résistance, he takes to the highest peaks in the world and records some genuinely mind-blowing first descents, that veer more towards mountaineering and alpinism than what us meer mortals would recognise as snowboarding. No, it’s not relatable, but yes, it’s essential splitboard viewing.

Available on Google Play, iTunes and Amazon

Further

Release Date: 2012

Running Time: 1hr 31mins

Whitelines Says: Back in 2012, Splitboarding was still relatively in its infancy. So, when Jeremy decided to take to the backcountry for multiple days of camping out and accessing unridden lines on foot, it was fairly groundbreaking for its time. Eight years on and few splitboarding films have managed to live up the scale and ambition set out here. Then again, it’s Jeremy, what else would you expect?

Available on Google Play, iTunes and Amazon

Deeper

Release Date: 2010

Running Time: 1hr 16mins

Whitelines Says: The one that started it all? Deeper was Jeremy Jones’ first instalment of the trilogy of films that put splitboarding on the map of every snowboarder around the world. With a focus on how no amount of mechanised transport could match the potential of exploration on foot, Deeper is a must-watch for every backcountry and splitboard enthusiast.

Available on Google Play, iTunes and Amazon

Zabardast (FREE)

Release Date: 2018

Running Time: 54mins

Whitelines Says: Yes, there might be as much skiing footage as there is snowboarding, but deal with it. We share the skinning track with them, and we usually ride with them too, and Zabardast shows how we are united in our similarities far more than we’re divided by our differences. The film documents the travel diary of a freeride expedition into the heart of the Karakoram range and a desire to ride one most beautiful mountains on the planet, standing at 5880m. Filmed over five weeks, the crew push deeper and deeper inside Pakistan, completing a self-sufficient 150 km loop, carrying everything from their tents to splitboards to solar panels. Proper adventure stuff this.

Ode To Muir

Release Date: 2018

Running Time: 58mins

Whitelines Says: About as far as you can go from the dramatic, Hollywood-esque productions levels of Higher, but by no means a less important, powerful and impressive splitboarding movie. Jeremy is joined by two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Adopting much more of a fly-on-the-wall approach to Jeremy’s usual format, Ode to Muir explores the challenges of winter camping, gruelling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first travelled it generations. One of our favourite split films, for sure.

Available on Google Play, iTunes and Amazon

Storm Troopers (FREE)

Release Date: 2017

Running Time: 30 mins

Whitelines Says: The name was enough to have us curious. After the legendary “Four Winds Mountains” freeride area outside Haines, Alaska was declared a No Fly Zone, Picture team athletes Léo and Thomas set out on a mission to bring the area back to life and be the first to summit the 50° Storm Trooper face by foot.

Yūgen

Release Date: 2018

Running Time: 55 mins

Whitelines Says: Three years in the making, Yūgen crosses multiple borders in a film that highlights the connections between the mountains and those of us who move through them. The film documents the journey of snowboard mountaineer Rafael Pease and his crew around the world, in a film that is as much about a spiritual journey as it is a physical one. If you’re worried it’s maybe a little to deep and profound for your liking, don’t worry – the riding and cinematography more than makes up for it.

Available at Vimeo On Demand

Steps (FREE)

Release Date: 2014

Running Time: 50 mins

Whitelines Says: A splitboard documentary looking at the close connection between humans and nature… starting to see a pattern emerging here? Steps looks at how splitboarding offers riders an opportunity to pursue their passion in harmony with nature and experience the mountains in an ecologically sustainable way. Rather than the jet setting lifestyle seen in most snowboard movies, they explore the Alps at their doorstep. They travel using public transportation and climb the highest, most impressive peaks on their own before beginning their spectacular descents and jumps. But is it enough to overcome the paradox that exists between pursuing a life of snowboarding in harmony with nature?

Short Length Splitboard Films

Turn of Mind (FREE)

Release Date: 2019

Running Time: 18 mins

Whitelines Says: We were lucky enough to catch up with Nicholas Wolken on his thoughts behind Turn of Mind, his Splitboardin-cum-philosophical exploration of the human psyche in relation to the climate crisis. Patagonia packs a whole bunch of riding, thought-provoking ideas and incredible backdrops in one of the best short splitboard films we’ve seen in years.

Right To Roam (FREE)

Release Date: 2017

Running Time: 17 mins

Whitelines Says: Who says the UK doesn’t offer world-class splitboarding? Despite one of the lowest snow years on record, Marie-France Roy and Alex Yoder jump in the van and head north, to Scotland. With the help of local legend and POW UK’s general manager, Lauren McCallum, the trio weave their way through the Scottish Highlands, exploring how personal accountability allows for universal land access and the old farm shelters that support mountain folks to rive freely. Essential viewing for anyone from the UK to see just how good we have it on our home turf.  Actually, just essential viewing, full stop.

Scan (FREE)

Release Date: 2019

Running Time: 7 mins

Whitelines Says: Making a plan is pretty much Rule #1 for any splitboarding adventure into the backcountry. Check the weather, check the snowpack, check your equipment and check yourself, before you wreck yourself. Rule #2 is the one that’s often overlooked: don’t confuse a plan with a goal. Antti Autti perfectly demonstrates this in his latest film, SCAN, as he explores familiar zones in northern Norway with no specific goal other than to splitboard as much as possible.

Where Land Ends (FREE)

Release Date: 2020

Running Time: 7 mins

Whitelines Says: Ever dreamt of a snowboard and surfing adventure in the farthest reaches of Patagonia? Well, it probably looked like this, then. From powder to point breaks, Chile provides a rich and diverse environment for any adventure seeker. It is one of the few places in the world where a short drive can connect you with world-class waves and mountains. In Where Land Ends, Jeremy Jones joins up with Forrest Shearer and Nick Russel in search of the dream snow/surf trip.

High Country Caravan (FREE)

Release Date: 2019

Running Time: 17 mins

Whitelines Says: When a splitboard movie opens with none other than Jeremy Jones telling halfpipe hero Danny Davis “this is my most ambitious hit in the High Sierras, so if you have a little anxiety, I do too”, you know you’re in for a good watch. What follows next is one of the most infectiously fun showcases of splitboarding in recent years. With a roster of legends from the park and peaks, congregating in some of the most remote and lofty plateaus in North America, High Country Caravan will have you planning your next split mission with your riding crew before the credits roll.

Close to Home (FREE)

Release Date: 2019

Running Time: 8 mins

Whitelines Says: Europe’s favourite turn guy, and touring connoisseur, Nicholas Wolken, is back in our list once again. Close to Home reminds up not to dream of far-flung adventures, but to appreciate what is in your own backyard. The simplest way to explore is to look around you. The eight-minute short follows Nicholas and fellow Patagonia ambassador Forrest Shearer as they stay in a family friend’s alpine hut in Fideriser Heuberge and surrender to simplicity. As Nicholas puts it, “In snowboarding, less is more.”

The Big One (FREE)

Release Date: 2020

Running Time: 17 mins

Whitelines Says: In a crack team that reads like a who’s who of professional boardsport athletes, surfer Ian Walsh joins Danny Davis, Nick Russell, Forrest Shearer, Harry Kearney, Jerry Mark, and Clark Henarie as they attempt to summit and ride down Denali, something none of them have done before. With the backcountry splitboarding experience brought by Nick Russel and Forest Shearer along with. the signature style and energy of Danny Davis’ riding, The Big One is a fusion of different riding influences and professional backgrounds, but one that finds commonality at the top of North America’s highest peak.

When The Mountains Were Wild (FREE)

Release Date: 2016

Running Time: 19 mins

Whitelines Says: Getting far from. the broken trail, in search of mountain wilderness in Europe, a crew of five snowboarders/skiers/filmmakers drove down from Austria through several Balkan countries. They eventually reach the incredible Valbona Valley where time seemed to stand still for a long time. After studying vague maps, they head out on a 25km hike to what looks to be a promising freeriding zone. After six days of waiting out a heavy snowstorm, the crew woke up to a freeriding mecca.

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