Split and Mix

This is our 6th year of running Split and Mix weeks in Chatel and the Abondance valley. We have crafted the perfect mix of splitboard touring and backcountry snowboarding into an exciting and educational week.

Our goal on a Split and Mix week is to lead you over 6 days to ride the best snow in the area and help you to develop your own decision making process for riding safely in the future. 

Throughout the course are workshops on reading terrain for line choice, assessing snow pack stability, and how to generally move safely in the mountains. Sessions on using avalanche equipment and what to do in case of one also feature. 

Sunday to Wednesday you will be led by Rory Burton and on Thursday and Friday by Paulo Verdier UIAGM to take your new found skills into some incredible Portes Du Soleil terrain.

16th – 23rd March 2019 - €1595 per person - Max. 6 people per group

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY (SATURDAY)
Saturday transfer from Geneva airport to resort and your accommodation in Chatel. We will get you set up with your splitboard for the week and brief you on the days ahead.

DAY 2 - FIRST SPLITBOARD DAY
We'll go for a lift assisted ride in the morning to ensure your splitboards are fully dialed in before transitioning them for a walk in the afternoon. Expect to split around 300 metres of vertical ascent.

DAY 3 - FULL SPLIT DAY
Your first full day on splitboards. A morning of multiple classic PDS descents and then lunch. A gentler afternoon of hunting for fresh snow follows.

DAY 4 - REGULAR BOARDS
We will travel to wherever we feel the conditions are best for that day. Expect short boot pack hikes and a full day of riding

DAY 5 - SPLITBOARD OR SNOWBOARD
Your last day of being guided by Rory before you are handed over to Paulo. 

DAY 6 - A full day out with a Rider Social UIAGM guide. We may use splitboards or regular boards for a trip around classic some PDS off-piste and a bunch of our favourite secret spots.

DAY 7 - GUIDED DAY
Your second day out with one of our UIAGM high mountain guides. We may either split or use regular boards. One thing for sure is that its always going to be a day you'll remember.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE DAY (SATURDAY)

  • 7 nights accommodation at a Rider Social chalet
  • 4 days of splitboard guiding & tuition with Rory Burton BASI 4 ISTD
  • 2 days guiding with Paulo Verdier UIAGM
  • Use of a Never Summer splitboard and poles
  • Breakfast each morning
  • A two course dinner with wine on 5 nights of your stay
  • Single seat return transfers to Geneva airport
  • The chance to test the 2020 range of Never Summer regular snowboards
  • Flights
  • Personal insurance for off piste snowboarding
  • Personal snowboarding equipment
  • Lift pass
  • Lunch on the mountain

FITNESS LEVEL 2

ABILITY LEVEL 1

Have a look at this guest edit from one of our previous Split and Mix groups.

Splitboarding Chatel. A Split’n’Mix week edit from February 2015 from The Rider Social on Vimeo.

What people say:

“Trying to sum up another amazing week of snowboarding with The Rider Social – words are sort of failing, so here’s a picture instead… The greatest snow, wonderful walks, endless powder turns and so many good times in the stunning Châtel valley, with hugest thanks to Paul, Rory, Fi, and Paulo for making one very special alpine week for us” – Katherine Potsides 2015

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