About The Rider Social

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. We run introduction to splitboarding weeks, hut to hut touring missions and even helidrops. Come with us on a snowboarding adventure that can take you to the best zones in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Norway.

We have splitboard courses and backcountry snowboarding weeks that 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.

Chatel’s position in the Alps means that we can reach many special  European resorts in under two hours. On our Trip and Split weeks this means we can easily travel to whichever country currently has the best conditions.  Its never the same but its always an adventure.

We also understand that its the calibre of the guide that makes trips like ours special. The Rider Social guides are the same year in year out and not only are they qualified to either the highest BASI or UIAGM standard but are long term residents of the Abondance valley where we are based.  You will get to ride only the best local and international lines on a Rider Social trip with them.

Our sponsors include Never Summer UK and not only do we hold a selection of  their splitboards but as the French test centre we also have the following seasons range of regular snowboards for you to try out.

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

We welcome both single travelers and large groups at The Rider Social. Many of our single guests now return each year with the buddies they made on previous courses with us.  If our weeks are of interest but don’t fit with your plans 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.


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There is no obligation involved in submitting the request and we aim to reply to all inquiries within 24 hours. If you would like to talk to someone immediately please feel free to call us on 00 (33) 6 85 95 27 35.