Mark Wilson: Boreal Mountain, CA – Boreal is a really fun mountain all season, and definitely my favorite resort in the spring time. You can always count on sunny weather, and they have one of the best maintained terrain parks you will ever ride. It is a small resort, so with a high speed quad on the park you are getting a ton of laps in a day!
Levi Luggen – Saas-Fee is my favorite spring resort because of its elevation and the glacier you can find light pow until late in the season. At the same time there is a nice little snowpark and of course tons of slushy sidehits lower in the resort. Raddest thing about it: you can combine all these three things in one single lap.
Leanne Pelosi – Whistler is my favorite resort since I first went to summer camp when I was 18. Something about it made me want to stay past my one year “break” in between finishing school. This is a picture of the creekside parking lot after shredding for the day just to show an example of when it dumps, it puuuuuukes!!! Even late in the spring this isn’t a rare occurrence.
Antti Jussila – Ruka Ski Resort has been one of my favorite spring resorts since I started riding. Always tons of possibilities what to ride. Everyone gathers there for end of season to shred the best park in Finland.
Tim Eddy – My favorite spring resort is the Sierra Nevada backcountry. With the long days, good weather, and stable snow pack you can splitboard amongst the mountains full of private peaks and glorious corn powder!
Yo Amagai – My favorite spring resort is Niseko, and also it is wonderful during the Spring season in the Hokkaido area. In Hokkaido, the snow accumulation is plentiful and there are many mountains which have gentle slopes so you can enjoy a variety of lines. Such slopes become awesome terrain in Spring, many of which are very severe, with people getting stuck in the coldest period of winter.
Jody Wachniak – Whistler Blackcomb is by far my favorite place to be boardin’ come spring. The vibes on and off the mountain are unreal and there’s so much different terrain to board in one lap. From side hits, to groomers, to surfy banks, to the park, Whistler Blackcomb has it all. Love this surfy paradise.
Janne Lipsanen – My favorite ski resort is Ruka, Finland. I live in Helsinki and every year when the weather gets too warm and resorts close we’ll head up to north Finland. The park is always really fun and they keep it in the good shape. I just love the vibe in there. Really long daylight, many friends, slushy snow and always good parties.
Taylor Godber – Whistler Blackcomb slushy hit laps with friends can’t be beat!
Alex Rodway – My favorite place to ride in the spring, which is Brighton Resort. Brighton has some of the best nooks and trannys out of bounds or during spring laps in the resort. This place might seem small at times but it’s a never ending scavenger hunt with new terrain around every corner.
With spring upon us, we wanted to get onto the proverbial right foot for spring splitboard season! We figured who better to chat with than splitboarding power couple Tim & Hannah Eddy. Their ongoing environmental awareness project Do Radical is one of the coolest things in not only snowboarding but the WORLD right now. Their current endeavor “Split the Difference” is a splitboarding photography book with all proceeds going to Protect Our Winters!
With that in mind here is the chat we had with the duo.
-Why do you splitboard?
It sums up our values in the world. You get to enjoy the moment. The pace is slower (no powder panic! 😱). It allows you to appreciate the natural world, it’s environmentally friendly, and provides countless moments of radical!
-What are your top 5 locations?
West Shore Lake Tahoe, Mt. Rose, Donner Summit, Eastern Sierras, and anywhere with soft snow!
-What are your top 10 splitboarding tips/things not to forget?
Be bold, start cold. By that we mean leave the trail head wearing minimal layers, because once you’re moving you’re going to get hot! Always pack a little more food and water than you think. Throw a couple ski straps in your pack in case of skin malfunction, that way you can strap ’em down. Skin management, keep ’em warm and dry. Know before you go, check avalanche reports and dig snow pits. Splitboarding is better with friends. Always pack backcountry tools and know how to use them. Favorite snack…PB&J! Bring a tool. Enjoy the journey, it’s not all about the ride down.
-Could you both tell us your split setup and why you like it?
Tim: 165 Joy Driver Split, long effective edge for traction on the climb up and rips through all kinds of snow conditions on the way down!
Hannah: 152 Northern Lite, stiff enough to handle the mountain but still has a surfy and fun feel.
Words and photos by Colton Jacobs: Howdy friends, it was a good time at this years LBS 31. It started off looking sketchy with a massive storm that destroyed the forest heading up to the mountain and closing the road for multiple days (read about the lucky guy that was snowed in here). We had a variety of weather throughout the weekend bringing snow Friday, clouds Saturday and bluebird on Sunday.
The atmosphere at the LBS is unmatched, everyone in the industry is there like a giant high school reunion where the food is delicious, and the stoke is high. Maxx had the Traeger BBQ RV down in the lower lot so at the end of the day we had some premium smoked meats!
In between races we rode the Shuksan arm and hemisphere’s to warm up the legs and enjoy the abundance of untracked lines still available if you were willing to hike.
Matt Belzile ready to drop…
Kael and Leanne made finals but the rest did not. It was a stiff competition as always and the regulars were on top of their game. Josh Dirksen, Curtis Ciszek, Temple Cummins, and Terje were all super fast but it was Nils Mindnich who won pro mens.
Regardless of the the competitive aspect the course was so fun and smooth, it was impossible to ride it and not enjoy yourself. Snowboarding is fun weather you win or lose. I think thats the whole vibe of the LBS in general, good times enjoying the art of snowboarding in a form thats very relatable to just about anyone who can snowboard, no triple corks needed…. however if you did figure out a way to invert down the course and still make a fast time you’d be a legend.
To wrap things up, don’t miss our edit TURN from last year’s LBS! Featuring not just the slalom but some fantastic Mt. Baker all mountain ripping.
Hotlapping some of our favorite zones, everyone was real stoked at how light the snow was thanks to lower than average temps we are seeing this winter. Perfect for getting our shred legs back up and running!
Greg, Jay and Kael
Greg sending a backflip. The landing didn’t quite work out, but it still looked cool.
Sometimes you get bit by the pit ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The northwest is known for its interesting vegetation, and accumulation of features: pillows, stunt ditches, tree jibs, the list goes on. While the early snowfall did provide excellent coverage, it was fun seeing trees, shrubs and sticks that are usually completely covered up showing their heads (amidst deep pow).
When we weren’t hitting the side stashes, the slopes were a medley of slashes, bashes, carves and airs.
Kael with a nice carve.
Jay serving up some style on the Party Platter. This tail grab 3 was a particular beauty.
At the end of the day, we just wanted to keep ridin’ powder. Lucky for us, the snow came back and free refills became the new policy.
Greg and Kael hidin’ in the white room.
We’re stoked on what’s to come, hope your season is also off to a great start!
The Transworld Snowboarding 2017 gear guide is live and we got top marks across the board! Check out our award-winning gear below and follow individual links to read the full review. We’re stoked to help every snowboarder out there enjoy the sport to the fullest!
K2 Eighty Seven: ““Congratulations, K2, you’ve crafted my dream board,” declared one tester, who followed it up by saying, “The directional shape really dials in what you want it to do, and the tail is loaded with energy. The torsional flex enables great edge-to-edge transitions, and the shape really charges through bumps and berms.” Full review here!
K2 Wild Heart: “I’m a fan of this twin tip’s setback stance because of its floatability, but I also loved how it made quick turns through the bumps.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—BOOTS
K2 Ender: “The K2 Ender lives up to its name as testers’ favorite freestyle boot for 2017. It’s a lightweight, low-volume, mid-flex killer with about everything one could want in an all-around playful boot.” Full review here!
K2 Sapera: “A redesign in the K2 line, the Sapera’s Intuition liner quickly molded to testers’ feet, and its contoured footbed, in combination with an efficient inner lacing harness that stayed snug with one pull, kept heels in place.” Full Review here!
K2 Aspect: “With help from Lucas Debari, the K2 Aspect was designed to take on the world’s gnarliest mountains and is one of, if not the best splitboarding boot going into 2017.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—BINDINGS
K2 Lien AT: “Testers saw room for improvement in last year’s Lien AT, and K2 stepped it up for the 2017 edition. They were pleasantly surprised by how stiff and supportive the highback was—and according to K2, it’s 25 percent lighter than last year’s model.” Full review here!
K2 Hue: “The women’s Hue is an easygoing ride. All of the straps offer hassle-free, tool-less adjustments, and the binding is low on weight. It should appeal to exploratory riders who like to throw down in the park but also lay out soul carves across the rest of the mountain.” Full review here!
K2 Vandal:”The K2 Vandal boot with Boa lacing kept our grom testers carving and jumping all over the mountain when they weren’t laughing from all the fun they were having.” Full review here!
TESTED AND APPROVED—HELMETS
K2 Diversion: “As part of K2’s helmet line overhaul, the Diversion was updated with a hybrid hard-shell and in-mold construction. The new-look Diversion was the testers’ favorite K2 helmet to date, due to its low-profile shell, low weight, and honeycomb-patterned venting.” Full review here!
Last season Lucas Debari, Tim Eddy, and Matt Belzile headed to Japan. The results, an amazing adventure throughout Japan including multiple powder days, interesting foods, and good vibes. Shoutout to K2 Japan for hooking it up and providing us with a great experience. Arigato. #Japandwagon
The boys are back again for another season of chasing snow and finding weird places to snowboard on said snow. Planes, trains, bails and flails, Monster cans, and broken-down vans. They’re all a part of the adventure in a very unplanned way so stay tuned to have some fun watching the new edits from the best friends in snowboarding.
Need motivation to shred this season? Adrian Krainer will inspire you. His 2015 season edit has us psyched to shred. Also, keep your eyes and ears peeled for Mr. Krainer this upcoming winter. He’s doing big things. Check out the edit below and enjoy.
Join the K2 Women’s Alliance on a journey from Mt. Hood to the coast of Oregon. Whether snow or surf these ladies draw inspiration from their surroundings and it translates into the latest K2 products. Enjoy the edit below and learn more at www.k2snowboarding.com/womens-alliance.
We’ve all been on the chairlift before, hungry, tired, but wanting to stay on the mountain. We’ve finally got something for you! We are excited to announce the K2 and STRONG & KIND partnership. What’s it all about? Here’s the need-to-know: Read the rest of this entry »