In just a few weeks is the upcoming Canuck Splitboard Fest! It got us thinking, “What are some of the best dedicated splitboarding events out there?” It’s the perfect time of year to start planning your backcountry adventures for this season so why not hit up one of these events! Here are the top 8 Local Freshies® picks for Splitfests across North America (in chronological order).
Canuck Splitboard Fest
In its tenth year, this festival was the first ever Splitfest in all of North America. Founded by Wade Galloway (aka TreePilot), his vision was to unite people who shared the same passion for splitboarding, mountains, and Revelstoke. In fact, it’s one of the largest gatherings of splitboarders in the world with free demos and presentations throughout the weekend. As part of the Canuck Splitfest CAPOW has created 2 & 3 day split specific camps for those new to split or ready to send to maximize your time in the region and check out some of the best zones in the area. And, all proceeds of the silent auction & raffle go to Avalanche Canada through the Avalanche Canada Fund and the Craig Kelly Memorial Scholarship.
When: January 8 – 10, 2021
Where: Rogers Pass, British Columbia
Bolton Valley Splitboard Festival
If you think there isn’t a backcountry festival on the East Coast, you’re wrong! This event gives everyone the opportunity to take Uphill 101 courses, demo equipment, and even go on backcountry tours. It’s a good introduction to splitboarding for anyone.
When: January 26, 2020
Where: Bolton Valley, Vermont
The Tetons are a BIG mountain range and one of the most beautiful in the world. The Teton Splitfest is an opportunity for you to gather with other like minded splitboarders and create a safe community in the backcountry. Alongside the evening talks, the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides will be hosting clinics for all skill levels from backcountry 1st timers to those who want to step up their game when pow hunting in the wilderness.
When: February 21 – 23, 2020
Where: Jackson, Wyoming
Ascend Splitboard Festival
A bit different from other events, Ascend is a guided split & snowboard festival into the wilds of Jasper National Park. The largest of Alberta’s Rocky Mountain national parks, Jasper provides access to some of the most scenic mountains in the world. The best part of this festival is everyone can enjoy it! All skill levels are welcome to register from super human mountain goats to newbies.
When: March 9 – 11, 2020
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Mt Baker Splitfest
Mt Baker is home to the Legendary Banked Slalom and access to some of the best side country in the nation, maybe even in North America. This festival is dedicated to bringing Pacific Northwest splitboarders together and raise money for the local avalanche center. It’s also an opportunity to demo splitboards and meet Mt Baker backcountry enthusiasts that really know the wilderness in this region.
When: March 13 – 15, 2020
Where: Mt Baker, Washington
*Note: You will need to have your own avalanche equipment & understand how to use it (beacon, shovel, probe, & skins).
Front Range Splitfest
Looking for like-minded backcountry touring partners? Wanna get a bit more educated or just try the sport? The Front Range Splitfest is the perfect chance for beginner and advanced riders to come together amongst the backdrop of Winter Park, CO and ignite the stoke with guest speakers. Each evening will feature a happy hour, the opportunity to find new touring partners, educational guest speakers, raffles, and movies. AND, brands from across the U.S. will demo splitboards, bindings, skins, avy gear and various other backcountry products to the public. Last but not least, all proceeds will go directly to Friends of Berthoud Pass (FOBP) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).
When: April 2 – 5, 2020
Where: Winter Park, Colorado
Join the party at the Tilly Jane cabin for the annual Oregon Splitfest. The event begins on Friday with an almost 3 mile hike-skin up to the cabins. After an evening of fun, the ski touring and contests commence on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday wraps up with a raffle and silent auction at Crooked Tree Tavern and Grill at Cooper’s Spur Ski Resort from 3-5 p.m. with the proceeds going to the Tilly Jane restoration projects and NWAC. An opportunity for an incredible weekend of ski touring, making friends, and helping out a couple of good causes. What more could you want?
When: April 10 – 12, 2020
Where: Mount Hood, Oregon
Nestled in the SW corner of Colorado, Silverton is a small town with minimal inhabitants and big mountains. The perfect combination for a backcountry mission. From a companion rescue refresher course to education talks and free splitboard demos, it’s a great time to check out Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Range.
*Note: This event will not have any guided tours and you must bring your own avalanche equipment & understand how to use it (beacon, shovel, probe, & skins).
When: April 16 – 19, 2020
Where: Silverton, Colorado
As you can see, there’s a Splitfest in nearly every region across North America so no one gets left out. These events are a perfect way for you to try splitboarding without having to buy all the gear. And, if you’re already hooked, it’s a great way to meet other backcountry folks that love the sport as much as you.
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