Splitboarding sales went through the roof last winter, and the trend looks set to continue for winter 2022/23. There has never been so much choice on offer when it comes to buying a touring setup and the idea of earning your turns has become entered the mainstream in snowboard culture. If you’re hesitant about stepping out of the lift queues and onto the skinning track, don’t be — we reckon there has never been a better time than now.
While we won’t pretend the initial cost outlay isn’t significant – remember, you’ll also need all the essential avalanche safety gear and the required splitboard accessories, we guarantee that the views and lines you’ll be rewarded with at the top of a long skin are a worthy return on your investment.
“If you’re hesitant of stepping out of the lift queues and onto the skinning track, don’t be — we reckon there has never been a better time than now”
Of course, there’s a lot of technology and information to grapple with compared to your average day blasting around the resort and finding the odd stash of untracked snow. Splitboarding in the backcountry – or even just a few hundred metres from the lift lines – means venturing into an uncontrolled environment where you’ll need your skinning technique and your senses all finely tuned into to the ever-present danger.
If it all seems a little overwhelming, don’t fret. We’ve teamed up with the splitboard masters at Jones Snowboards and compiled these super helpful ‘How To’ videos on our Splitboard Hub to get you started (or even just to brush up on your knowledge and technique).
Guide To Splitboarding
- How To Setup A Splitboard
- How To Transition On A Splitboard
- How To Skin On A Splitboard
- How To Ascend In Avalanche Terrain On A Splitboard
- How To Descend In Avalanche Terrain On A Splitboard
In the list below, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite splitboards for the 2022-23 season. Whether you’re looking for your first splitboard with a more forgiving flex, something to take to serious lines over multiday objectives, or even some of the more creative and original looking shapes that continue to grow in popularity, we’ve got you covered.
Happy shopping, folks. We’ll see you on the mountain!
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The Whitelines Choice Best Splitboards for 2022-2023
- Nidecker Escape Split – Whitelines Choice Best Splitboard
- Amplid Surf Shuttle
- KORUA Shapes Transition Finder Split