What we do

The Rider Social runs splitboard courses and backcountry snowboarding weeks from its base in Chatel, France.  Our passion is for riding powder and high mountain backcountry trips. From introduction to splitboarding weeks, hut to hut touring missions and even helidrops we can make it happen. Come with us on a snowboarding adventure that will take you to the best freeride zones in France, Italy, Austria, Canada, Switzerland and Norway.

Our splitboard courses and backcountry snowboarding weeks cater for every standard of rider. Whether you are looking to take your first steps into off-piste or an advanced snowboarder who wants to ride in the real backcountry we might be the perfect choice for you.

Sunshine & Powder: Chatel’s enviable position in the Alps allows us to reach many special and relatively unknown European resorts in just under a two hour drive. This means we can quickly move to whichever country has the best snow and weather conditions on your trip with us.

We also understand that its the calibre of the guide that makes trips like ours special. Our roster of guides are the same year in year out. Qualified to UIAGM level they can take you to the highest and most remote spots to ride safely and securely. Their professional network and personal knowledge of European ski areas ensures that on your trip you will only snowboard in the best of spots and in the optimum conditions too.

Our partners include Smith Optics, Ortovox and Bluebird Wax. However, it is the hand built snowboard manufacturer Never Summer Industries who really help to compliment our offering. Not only do we hold a big selection of their splitboards but as the sponsored French test centre we also have the following seasons range of their regular snowboards for you to try out.

Our mission is to ensure you have an incredible snowboarding experience with us.

If any of our trips are of interest but don’t fit with your travel plans then please get in touch as we will try and arrange alternative dates*.

* Based on a minimum of 4 people attending for a week. Prices available on request.