Discover Splitboarding episode 1.

March 8, 2016 | 12:47 pm | 2 comments »

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In the beginning of this backcountry season me and Teemu Lahtinen did a four episode series for EpicTV. Discover Splitboarding is aimed for riders who are interested of splitboarding and stepping into the backcountry. Series starts with the very basics and progresses into more advanced riding, hiking and climbing so there will be some useful tips for more advanced riders as well.

First episode is about the splitboarding philosophy, why I got into it and how it changed my perspective and also about the very basics what you need to think when stepping into the backcountry. There are lot of things to learn when you start exploring the back country. Safety is the priority.

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When we started planning the series I needed to think what makes splitboarding so special to me. Why I choose splitboarding over chairlifts, snowmobiles and helicopters?

Expand – your terrain outside of the slopes and motorized runs into the wild. You are free to go where ever your legs take you.

Explore – the mountains and nature in a very immersive way: by your own feet and senses. It can change your whole perspective how you look at snowboarding. Quality replaces quantity.

Escape – the crowds and the rush. Freeriding is getting popular and easy access spots are tracked fast. Choose your own mountain or leave the resort boundaries behind fast with just a little hike to find untracked terrain with no hassle.

Empower – Choose your own lines. Feel empowered by climbing and riding mountains yourself.

There are lot of things to learn when you start exploring the mountains. Safety is priority. So start from your comfort zone and start pushing it’s boundaries slowly but always in control. Taking big steps too fast will only make you feel like fish out of water – scared, out of place and breath. Mountains and backcountry are very good teachers of patience; we can not force the conditions. The mountains will let us in when it is time. Once you learn more about moving in the backcountry, snow safety and choosing the right routes and lines you will feel more comfortable stepping into bigger terrain.

The first episode is filmed around the Pyhä Ski Resort which is a perfect example of a place where is good to start splitboarding and learning ways of the backcountry. You can start by riding in the resort and exploring little further. Progress by stepping out the boundaries and advance into doing your own missions into the near by fjells which are part of a national park and only accessed by foot. The terrain is variable with open faces, little couloirs, good treeriding and even pillow fields. The area is not too big to make you feel overwhelmed but big enough to experience great backcountry riding and wild nature with reasonable hikes.

This season conditions have been great in Pyhä. Lot of new terrain has become rideable because of a good snow year and favorable winds. We have found ourselves returning again and again for riding, exploring new spots and even filming in terrain untypical for Finland – the land with no mountains.

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