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 Post subject: Approach skis? snowshoes?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:38 am 
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I'm a newbie, please forgive my ignorance.

But, could someone please briefly discuss the pros and cons of using an actual splitboard as opposed to some of the shorty 'approach skis' i've seen around recently?

I have also personally hiked into the b/c on snowshoes with my board on my back, and it super sucked. But, if you wanted to also explain why how snowshoeing generally compares I would be grateful.

I imagine there is likely a document/tutorial somewhere on this site already dealign with this question. If so, perhaps bcrider could direct me to that tutorial.

thanks for the help!
-Short Bus

ps one last thing I thought of. retro-fitting a pair of old skins onto some snowblades... but I guess the heel would be fixed so walking would be a pain. nevermind.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:05 am 
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You can go the short ski (not snowblades) route, but you'll still have to carry your board on your back. With a split the board is on your feet instead of on your back. It makes the load a lot less on your back. Plus you won't have a big 'ol sail to catch the wind, easily blowing you around etc. It's just a lot lest work. The ski's on a split are longer therefore more float than short ski's. In fact I can't think of any reason why you would want to use short ski's or snowshoes over splitboard. Maybe for some early season use, when you don't want to ding your new split up.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:02 am 
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This is an entire website dedicated to splitboarding....

Why ask Why? Just go buy one :D

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:26 pm 
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Welocme shortbus! 8)

Here are my abbreviated thoughts.

Carrying your board on your back sucks.
Splitboards float better than approach skis due to the added length and larger surface area.
Carrying your board on your back sucks.
Splitboards grip firm snow better than approach skis due to the added length and larger surface area.
Carrying your board on your back sucks.
Splitboards allow you to cover more ground with less effort…in less time.
And lastly, carrying your board on your back sucks. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:49 am 
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I would add this:

Splitboards enable you to tour with skiers without messing up the trail or having to make your own trail.
Carrying your board on your back REALLY sucks.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:45 am 
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I believe you guys are trying to make some point about carrying your snowboard sucking...

I guess the reason I ask is that a new splitboard costs an arm and a nut. I already have a snowboard, which I like. A pair of those funny short approach skis is only like $80.

Anyway, I agree that the splitboard is the BEST choice, it's just such an expensive option.

I have found a couple of great deals on used splitboards though.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 9:13 am 
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If you cant afford a splitboard, then yes, go approach skis!

Then save up for a splitt!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:08 pm 
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bcrider wrote:
Here are my abbreviated thoughts.

Carrying your board on your back sucks.
Splitboards float better than approach skis due to the added length and larger surface area.
Carrying your board on your back sucks.
Splitboards grip firm snow better than approach skis due to the added length and larger surface area.
Carrying your board on your back sucks.
Splitboards allow you to cover more ground with less effort…in less time.
And lastly, carrying your board on your back sucks. :)


You forgot:
Carrying approach skis in your pack on the descent sucks. Wear a helmet as they will find a way to hit your head no matter what you do.

If you switch to bootpacking up something on a tour, you now have to carry board and skis in your pack.

But they're still better than slowshoes. Approach skis served me well for one season.


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