Forums Splitboard Talk Forum East Coast (Vermont) Splitfest Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 28 total) 1 2 →Author Posts May 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm #579966 XCsnowboarderVW94 33 PostsHey gang,So I did a search and appears as though their have been a lot of talk about making one happen, but none have panned out. So I wanted to see if people a) were really interested in one, and b) volunteer to spearhead the effort to organize one.Here’s what I am thinking. Base it in the Waterbury/Stowe Area. It provides access to a diverse selection of terrain. There would also be great Apres options.Target dates: March 2015Weekend Agenda: Demos Two days of tours Clinic for people who want to learn about splitboarding Saturday night party Fundraising Raffle for gear and swag (raise funds for something like Vermont BackCountry Alliance or CTA)Let me know what you think, if you interested, or if you want to help. May 6, 2014 at 6:15 am #676622 Chef_Ben 134 PostsHow about Zealand Hut? May 14, 2014 at 1:32 am #676623 joedellaporta 11 PostsCouldn’t agree more. I have been thinking about the idea myself too. The Waterbury area sounds prime. Pinkham notch could also be a great option too. This would be an excellent opportunity to congregate the east coast splitboard community. I’m definitely in on this one. May 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm #676624 XCsnowboarderVW94 33 PostsI actually had the same thought about Pinkham Notch. Would be good, but for a lot of the terrain the weather is so finicky up there. March in Vermont, we have a pretty good shot of having good snow in the back country. Also, I figured at the very least if we wanted to get involvement from brands at all for demos etc, It would be right in Burton and Rome’s backyard.Pinkham Notch area might be worth considering for future years, but for an inaugural festival, Waterbury/Stowe seemed like the easiest to pull off.Chef Ben, Looked into Zealand Hut, looks awesome, but would love to have the opportunity for Demos etc. Doing in the back country might eliminate that and reduce turnout. May 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm #676625 Jefe009 675 PostsJust wanted to share my experience having organized 3 years of backcountry (skin-in) Splitfests… if you can get a local shop on board to be the ‘hub’ of activity prior to the event, you can organize demos, etc. out of the shop and that way you won’t have to deal with demos at the event, and can focus solely on your event. Which will make your life a lot easier.Just my :twocents: … Good luck!www.splitlife.net May 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm #676626 joedellaporta 11 PostsYea totally. OGE/burton shops should be helpful . We should definitely start planning this out. Its a great idea. May 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm #676627 802smuggler 369 PostsIt would be cool to see this come to fruition. Alex, as you know, you could get some ideas from the Get out and backcountry folks at Bolton. Backcountry mag also does the backcountry basecamp. If this were on a weekend, we’d be hard pressed to make it since thats when we make our money at the restaraunt. But who knows–put us down as tentative. May 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm #676628 Chef_Ben 134 PostsScrew turn-out, better bet is having quality base camp. Also, more centralized in New England. June 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm #676621 XCsnowboarderVW94 33 PostsCool thanks for all of the advice and tips. After a busy spring, I’m going to move forward with this, so that we can start promoting when folks are getting powder hungry in the fall, and through out the winter.Good call with reaching out to CTA/VTBC and a gear shop, I’ll do some outreach. Let me know if anyone has any connections.Also, does anybody know a good web person? I’d can make a decent word press, but I would love to have it look a little sharper than that.Let me know if anyone else wants to help out in any other way. July 16, 2014 at 2:21 am #676620 joedellaporta 11 PostsI will defiantly be interested in helping to set this up. This would be a great event. August 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm #676629 blindfaith 12 PostsI would be interested in this. I don’t split much because i live in ct where the conditions aren’t great. I take my splitboard sometimes when i go on trips but it would be nice to learn more about splitting in new england. Some one mentioned making it more centrally located, like where? It would need to be somewhere likely to have decent conditions. Typically that means North. If doing it in the Stowe area how about using Darkside Snowboards for a shop? If i remember correctly they have a decent size parking lot. I think mr burton owns a market or something near there too. What about avy courses? August 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm #676630 IceCoast070 27 PostsIf this goes down, I am in and can/will bring 2 or 3 other ppl with me. August 9, 2014 at 9:39 am #676631 joedellaporta 11 PostsOutdoor gear exchange and the burton shops could for sure be helpful. In addition, there are a couple great shops/business’s in the A’Daks that promote splitboarding. Also, a couple shops in NH maybe helpful as well, such as IME and Lahouts. Definitely keep us posted on this. Stoked on this fantastic idea. August 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm #676632 joedellaporta 11 PostsIt may also be a great idea to start a Facebook page like, “Splitboarders of the NorthEast”. This would definitely be a great way to get the word out, if we can get a bunch of east coast splitters to like it. August 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm #676633 XCsnowboarderVW94 33 PostsHey everyone, so this is happening!Right now I can say it’s on for Waterbury (this will give us access to LOTS of great terrain) the weekend of March 13th-15th (when we have the most snow and consistently solid snow conditions). We have some cool sponsors on board (more on that once I lock in some final details), and it should be a blast.I’m currently getting marketing materials together so we can go public in September when everyone really starts to get powder fever.If folks want to help out some things we’re looking for to kick things into high gear.1. A graphic designer to come up with a sweet logo, and flyer 2. Photos or Video content that we can use to promote New England splitboarding and the festival. 3. Anything else you’d like to do make the event better (message me if you want to get involved).Also, quick poll questions. Should we call the event:New England Splitfest or New England Backcountry Snowboard Fest (to try and get more riders into splitboarding)? August 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm #676634 earthsurfing 144 PostsDone!https://www.facebook.com/groups/323594074473459/Thanks to @rightsider for the first group imageWe’ve been planning a round trip race for sometime, and one thing or another gets in the way…But there are sponsors on board and the idea was to do a little mini-fest with demos, etc. and maybe host an AIARE beforehand, as well.Happy to collaborate with others on this endeavor… August 12, 2014 at 4:34 am #676635 Chef_Ben 134 PostsI vote splitfest, it is what it is! August 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm #676636 earthsurfing 144 PostsWow- that’s an auspicious simultaneous post!I hadn’t read what you wrote XC until today…We also have willing hosts at smugglers notch, with some excellent terrain for demos and the race, depending in what you have in mind for Waterbury.Anyways- maybe even a physical organizers meeting is in order to hash out some details? August 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm #676637 XCsnowboarderVW94 33 Posts@Earth Surfing just sent you a message. Definitely sounds like we should put our heads together!-Alex August 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm #676638 blindfaith 12 PostsCorrect me if i am mistaked but aren’t stowe and smuggs backed up to eachother? I think i recall seeing the top of mount mansfield from smuggs last year when the sun came out. What a trip that was. Scored a brand new presidential suite through a friend of my moms and it snowed 2 out of 4 days i was there. Brought my split and went up the first evening we arrived. To bad about their uphill policy though, only a couple hours before and after lifts hours. Smart from a safety stand point but i had hoped to skin up in the dark and watch the sun rise. Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 28 total) 1 2 →You must be logged in to reply to this topic.