Break Into Backcountry

Break Into Backcountry is a splitboard course designed for those who maybe already have a little splitboarding experience probably achieved at resort level but who are now ready to go move up to higher altitudes. If you want to spend overnight time in the high mountains & ride bigger lines whilst learning backcountry craft in a safe environment then this splitboard backcountry course is for you.

This splitboard backcountry introduction combines all the elements required to help you step up to the next level in big mountain snowboarding.

You will learn how to effectively use ropes for crevasse rescue and glacier travel. Boot crampons for glacier & broken ground ascents and self arrest techniques using an ice axe.  Also included are ongoing modules on determining avalanche risk, freeride and skinning technique and also how to move safely in the mountains.

It’s not all work and learning though as we are totally committed to taking you to snowboard in some incredible places and on unforgettable terrain.

2nd - 8th March 2019 - €1845 per person - Max. 4 people per group

DAY 1 - ARRIVALS
Saturday transfer from Geneva airport to resort (Chatel)

DAY 2 - SET UP & WARM UP
Splitboard set up workshop in the morning for those that require one. Get your ride dialed in before heading on up the mountain with Paulo Verdier your UIAGM guide. A general warm up day with a short splitboard walk followed by classic PDS off-piste descents. Head back to your accommodation in Chatel. That evening we will fully debrief you on the days ahead.

DAY 3 - TRAVEL & RIDE
In the morning we will leave to whichever country has the best conditions. Arrive at the destination, set up and begin the walk to whichever refuge we will be spending the night at. Expect 2 - 3 hours of skinning that day. At the destination we will run an equipment workshop, route plan and generally talk through your personal goals for the trip. Followed by dinner before bed.

DAY 4 - WALK & RIDE
An early start. Expect to skin around 800m of vertical before a crampon & crevasse rescue techniques session - and then its snowboard time.  We will head back to either the same refuge or split to a new one for the evening.  Dinner and bed.

DAY 5 - WALK & RIDE
As before - a full day of snowboarding on the mountain with rope and self -arrest / axe techniques. Last night in a refuge - it may be a new hut or the same one again

DAY 6 - WALK, RIDE & RETURN
A big last day. A last walk will end in a massive descent and down back to the bus. From there its back to Chatel for the last night of the trip

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
Friday departure from Geneva airport

  • 3 nights accommodation at a hotel or similar in Chatel
  • 5 days of UIAGM splitboard guiding & backcountry craft tuition
  • Use of a Never Summer splitboard if required
  • Single seat return transfers to Geneva airport 
  • Transport to whichever splitboard destination country we choose to ride in that week
  • Flights
  • Personal insurance for off piste snowboarding
  • Hut fees. Approx €50 - €60 per night inc dinner & breakfast x 3 nights
  • Personal snowboarding equipment

FITNESS LEVEL 3
ABILITY LEVEL 2

You will spend overnight time in high mountain refuge huts and the days searching for the best snow that the mountain has to offer in stunning and wild surroundings.

As ever TRS Splitboarding will ascertain where the best conditions for that week are thereby ensuring that you have an unforgettable experience with us. We might travel to Italy, Austria, Switzerland or (should conditions be optimum) just stay in France to guarantee you the best weather and snow for your trip.

The break into backcountry course runs from Saturday to Friday. You will be fully UIAGM guided over 5 days.  Expect to spend 3 nights at altitude in high mountain huts and 3 nights in a hotel (or equivalent ) whilst in resort.

A complimentary return airport transfer and use of splitboarding equipment are included in the price too. 

If you are a high intermediate snowboarder (with a good level of fitness) and are ready to get out there for a bigger adventure then this is for you.

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