Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Looking for mentor[s]/trip partners in jan/feb
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  • #568268
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    Hi,

    I’m a intermediate snowboarder, and I don’t really like resorts. I am getting a split board (probably a never summer one), because my company is flying me to the states for a few weeks (I live in Israel).

    Anyway, I will probably be in the states throughout jan/feb, and I’d like to tack on ~2 weeks of split boarding somewhere.

    I’d like to join someone (or several someones) for this duration, if possible, so that I can be showed the ropes and so I don’t die alone in some avalanche.

    First and foremost, where are you guys from? Utah? Colorado? California? I need to decide where to go.

    Secondly, I don’t know the slightest bit about avalanche safety. The Oracle Google has taught me some theory, but this doesn’t count. I think I need a course, and this should be in the same area.

    In terms of logistics: I have fairly high end hiking gear that I can use for multi day trips, and I will probably stay in some motel in between. I’m not looking for crash space or something like that, just for trip mates.

    Money is not really an issue (I don’t mind flights, etc). Car rental, on the other hand, is a problem in most states, as I am only 21 years old, so accessibility is a concern.

    Thanks in advance!

    I can also be reached by email if it’s more appropriate: nothingmuch@woobling.org

    P.S. Any gear recommendations?

    I am probably going to buy bindings online in advance, and I am definitely going to wait with boots till I get there as I have problematic feet. I have only rented snowboard equipment in the past. Out of the split board options neversummer seems the most attractive, with voilé a close second. For bindings I’m considering salomon relay pro strap bindings. They seem to be light, responsive and have good reviews. For boots I really don’t know yet, but I’m almost sure I’ll need a thermo-moldable liner (the thirtytwo boots of sorts seem nice, but maybe not stiff enough?).

    Cheers,
    Yuval

    #592189
    Hunter-Va
    33 Posts

    check out Alpine Skills Int’l. I have no experience with them but they seem to be on top of things, and it sounds like its right up your alley.

    http://www.alpineskills.com/sb_bcsb.html

    Hunter

    #592190
    lewmt
    570 Posts

    Sounds like your best bet for starters would be the Salt Lake City area. Fantastic terrain close to a major airport, reliable snow & a multitude of avy course options. Exum Mountain guides has some people in the area for B/C guided tours as well as certified avy instructors. There’s a wealth of other places available but if I were in your shoes that’s where I’d start.

    #592191
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    Thanks for all the info guys!

    I got some contact info for BC guide companies, and it looks like I have a solid option.

    I’ll update when I have more info.

    Cheers

    #592192
    Unruly Baker
    333 Posts

    Plan ahead. If you want a Never Summer split plan on waiting. I’ve been waiting on mine for almost 2 months. Partially because of me changing boards from a Summit to a Titan with a few tweaks, but mostly for reasons unknown to me. You better get on Bently now if you are going to need this in Jan/Feb. On short notice picking up a Voile or Prior at REI when you land might be your best bet for getting a split when you’ll need it. But a NS split is worth the wait, I hear………….

    And long tours in new gear is a sure fire way to get some extra torture. Plan for pain.

    As for snow, Utah and Colorado have flipped this year. UT has unstable thin crappy snow, and CO as of yesterday was stable with decent coverage. UT is just now getting some snow, but I’m betting the crappy snow under it is going to keep the BC tame for a while due to avy danger. If it were me based on this years snowpack right now I’d plan on CO or one of the places in the Northwest that just got slammed.

    UT sucks anyway. 😉

    As for avy classes, try here:

    http://www.avalanche.org/~education/

    Click on the state you’ll be in, and contact a class and sign up.

    UB

    #592193
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    @Unruly Baker wrote:

    Plan ahead. If you want a Never Summer split plan on waiting. I’ve been waiting on mine for almost 2 months. Partially because of me changing boards from a Summit to a Titan with a few tweaks, but mostly for reasons unknown to me. You better get on Bently now if you are going to need this in Jan/Feb. On short notice picking up a Voile or Prior at REI when you land might be your best bet for getting a split when you’ll need it. But a NS split is worth the wait, I hear………….

    Aye, I’m already in contact with them, Bently said 6-8 weeks, which seems to be enough, as the dates are leaning towards late feb, so that leaves me 3 months.

    I’ll hope for the best 😉

    @Unruly Baker wrote:

    And long tours in new gear is a sure fire way to get some extra torture. Plan for pain.

    Hehe… Such is life. Hiking boots, bicycle seats, etc. Fortunately I’m a masochist.

    Seriously though, I was planning on doing a few runs in a resort with it, before actually attempting off piste stuff. I hope that’s enough =P

    @Unruly Baker wrote:

    As for snow, Utah and Colorado have flipped this year. UT has unstable thin crappy snow, and CO as of yesterday was stable with decent coverage. UT is just now getting some snow, but I’m betting the crappy snow under it is going to keep the BC tame for a while due to avy danger. If it were me based on this years snowpack right now I’d plan on CO or one of the places in the Northwest that just got slammed.

    UT sucks anyway. 😉

    I’m not accustomed to your snowy weather… How long does this status tend to last? Is it fair game to plan feb according to the current conditions?

    @Unruly Baker wrote:

    As for avy classes, try here:

    http://www.avalanche.org/~education/

    Cool!

    #592194
    ryon
    33 Posts

    the relay bindings are great bindings, but I am not sure if you want them on a split. if i remember correctly, the straps are held in place by the base of the board. this may lead to problems when you are in split mode, i am not sure if the slider plates cover the strap bottoms. they could possibly fall out, along with some of the foot pads.
    if you are in rural SE Idaho, i’ll take you for a day tour and then drink cheap beer at night and laugh at our lds culture. 😀

    #592195
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    @ryon wrote:

    the relay bindings are great bindings, but I am not sure if you want them on a split. if i remember correctly, the straps are held in place by the base of the board. this may lead to problems when you are in split mode, i am not sure if the slider plates cover the strap bottoms. they could possibly fall out, along with some of the foot pads.

    Crap, I already bought some… Nevermoose, I can use them on a normal board and buy something more appropriate, and they were pretty cheap.

    @ryon wrote:

    if you are in rural SE Idaho, i’ll take you for a day tour and then drink cheap beer at night and laugh at our lds culture. 😀

    Woot! Cheap beer! Although I doubt I will actually be able to make it into anywhere rural.

    Thanks for the offer though 😉

    #592196
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    Okay, my suspected itinerary:

    I’ll land in Reno around march 8th, where i’ll rent a car.

    I’ll drive to Bishop (near-ish to Mt. Mammoth), horse around during the weekend at some resort to get comfy on my new snowboard.

    Then there’s a sierra mountaineering avy course on March 10-11, which I intend to participate in.

    After that I should have 3 free days.

    Then there’s another seminar by SMI, for winter mountaineering which I intend to take, which is from the 15th to the 19th.

    I will likely be heading back to Reno for a flight back on the 23-24th or so, which means another 2-3 days. I might visit a friend in Lake Tahoe, cutting this duration short.

    I will probably want to do a BC trip on the 12th-13th, rest on the 14th, and then rest after the seminar, and do another trip, on the 21st-22nd or 23rd, and for that I’ll need victims.

    One concern: if I can find partners for a multi-day trip I will need to buy some winter camping gear (I have a 20° sleeping bag, and a puny ski jacket… I intend to rent a toastier bag and a parka from SMI for the duration of the courses unless I have a good excuse to buy these for myself).

    Perhaps I should move this to partners wanted forum?

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