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  • #578528
    pow_hunter
    14 Posts

    Hi guys, just wanna say hi from Switzerland and introduce my splitboard journey!

    I’m a new owner of a Jones Hovercraft 156 split with Spark R&D Blaze LT bindings…….purchased because I’ve been doing some snowboard tours with snowshoes and my snowboard this season; got fed up of carrying my snowboard on my back and also needed a more dedicated freeride / backcountry board, so decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone and get a splitboard!

    Here’s my initial impressions after my 1st day outing yesterday (15-20cm fresh pow over snowpack + some piste runs + 45min skin trek):
    Board, Jones Hovercraft 156- I was a bit concerned that the Hovercraft is too much of a specialist board (eg just powder), but actually it felt really good and performed great on piste too and I felt very much in control of it. In powder it felt awesome! It’s not the fastest board I think, but speed isnt top of my list.
    Bindings, Spark Blaze LT- I’d tested a couple of splits before with the Voile kit to use ‘normal’ bindings, and the first thing I’d say is it’s totally worth getting the dedicated splitboard bindings! The Blazes are light and feel well made with sturdy and easy to configure highbacks

    I enjoy checking out all of your splitboarding adventures on here, so hopefully can share some Swiss splitboarding missions with you soon!

    Location: I live in Switzerland (Zurich) so there are numerous places in the Alps to hit within 45mins to a few hours of travel; apart from some of the less known places, we’ve got some world-renowned freeride havens such as Engelberg, Andermatt, Davos, St Moritz etc etc. I notice most of you are from US/Canada, so if anyone wants any more info on some places over here then please just ask!

    #667427
    ieism
    298 Posts

    Welcome, nice to see more people from Euroland joining here.

    I think it’s time for a big splitboard weekend next year in Europe. Lots of splitboarders from different countries in Europe, but it’s not really as big as in the US so i’d be nice to do a weekend and get some people actually together on the mountain.

    We did a small “Dutch” splitboard weekend this year in the Engelberg/Brisen region, very good touring there.

    http://flatlandsplitfest.com/

    #667428
    pow_hunter
    14 Posts

    Thanks- yeah I’m definitely up for encouraging the euro-split scene! Certainly in Switzerland the locals are increasingly more going back to skiing and thus ski-touring…..

    Stay in touch about the euro-split fest, sounds good for next season!

    #667429
    PeRi
    110 Posts

    Hi pow-hunter,
    good to see more Euro-splitters around here!

    about the Euro splitfest, we are trying to organize one… this season we were quite busy and didn’t have the time to prepare, but for next season there will be one! :bananas:

    www.splitboardmag.com

    #667430
    pow_hunter
    14 Posts

    @peri wrote:

    Hi pow-hunter,
    good to see more Euro-splitters around here!

    about the Euro splitfest, we are trying to organize one… this season we were quite busy and didn’t have the time to prepare, but for next season there will be one! :bananas:

    Great! I liked your fanpage too, so let’s keep in touch via there or here about it…….

    #667431
    Swedish-banana
    147 Posts

    Hey!

    I’m from Sweden. A euro-splitfest sounds great.

    I might head down to the alps for the whole next season.
    Just gotta find a place to stay and somewhere to work.

    I live in Stockholm but it is way to far from the mountains so I need a new place to live. 🙂

    #667432
    ieism
    298 Posts

    Sweet. I’m not on facebook though, so lets keep it going here too.

    And let me know if you need any help organising this, I’m keen to help.

    Ivar

    http://flatlandsplitfest.com/

    #667433
    pow_hunter
    14 Posts

    @swedish-banana wrote:

    Hey!

    I’m from Sweden. A euro-splitfest sounds great.

    I might head down to the alps for the whole next season.
    Just gotta find a place to stay and somewhere to work.

    I live in Stockholm but it is way to far from the mountains so I need a new place to live. 🙂

    Let me know if you need any tips for Switzerland! Engelberg seems popular with Swedish by the way…..

    #667434

    Hey from Austria, would love to be part of a splitboard fest/weekend tour….please post some news when anyway comes up
    Cheers from Tirol

    #667435
    Swedish-banana
    147 Posts

    @pow_hunter wrote:

    @swedish-banana wrote:

    Hey!

    I’m from Sweden. A euro-splitfest sounds great.

    I might head down to the alps for the whole next season.
    Just gotta find a place to stay and somewhere to work.

    I live in Stockholm but it is way to far from the mountains so I need a new place to live. 🙂

    Let me know if you need any tips for Switzerland! Engelberg seems popular with Swedish by the way…..

    Yea seems like all Swedish people go to Engelberg but too me I don’t care much for sticking with other Swedish people.
    I go abroad to meet new people, from different countries. Swedish people I can meet at home 😉

    Switzerland seems like a good place, expensive though but I know I tiny bit of german so that would be fun practicing.

    #667436
    zikmu
    14 Posts

    +1 for “Euro-splitfest” from Slovenia :headbang:

    In Slovenia we usually go to Eastern Alps. We have also one nice advantage for small country: We can do before noon tours in June (this year maybe even in July will be possible) and afternoon swimming in Adriatic. 😉

    #667437
    FreerideFitness
    72 Posts

    Welcome!

    I live in south of the Alps, Turin, olympic winter city in 2006!! :clap:

    this year here in the Alps was an excellent winter, at present there are still 3 meter of snow at 2000m in my area and now it is snowing. still seems winter with cold temperatures and snow powder :bananas: :drool:

    congratulations for your equipment.. :thumpsup:

    #667438
    pow_hunter
    14 Posts

    @swedish-banana wrote:

    Yea seems like all Swedish people go to Engelberg but too me I don’t care much for sticking with other Swedish people.
    I go abroad to meet new people, from different countries. Swedish people I can meet at home 😉

    Switzerland seems like a good place, expensive though but I know I tiny bit of german so that would be fun practicing.

    Try Davos…..a fair-sized town to find work (bigger than Engelberg), with some great mountains around. There are a number of mountains in the resort served by gondolas etc, each with some great touring / freeriding opportunities. And then you’re also close by some excellent true backcountry touring / mountain-climbs.

    It’s also (swiss)german-speaking but with quite an international feeling

    #667439
    ieism
    298 Posts

    It’s not as expensive as some think when you actualy work there. Depending what your skills you have it’s not that difficult to find work, even now. I’ve lived in Switzerland for a while, and still have many friends there. I would really recommend moving there for a while if it’s possible, it’s super nice.

    http://flatlandsplitfest.com/

    #667440
    enjoy the ride
    22 Posts

    @freshair_fanatic wrote:

    Hey from Austria, would love to be part of a splitboard fest/weekend tour….please post some news when anyway comes up
    Cheers from Tirol

    There will be one near to your Location as well.
    Stay tuned. http://www.splitboarding.eu

    #667441
    Swedish-banana
    147 Posts

    @ieism wrote:

    It’s not as expensive as some think when you actualy work there. Depending what your skills you have it’s not that difficult to find work, even now. I’ve lived in Switzerland for a while, and still have many friends there. I would really recommend moving there for a while if it’s possible, it’s super nice.

    I just got my bachelor’s degree in business economics in January and now I am working at the economics department in a firm.
    Is it still relatively easy to get a job even when I don’t really know the language? My English is really good though. (I have live in Canada for over a year studying there.)

    #667442
    pow_hunter
    14 Posts

    Depends what u do……I’m an expat too without speaking German well, but u need to go into something like IT in banking or pharma or maybe engineering to have a chance

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