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  • #571390
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    I’m trying to piece together some story ideas for the splitboard journal we talked about here viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6185 and need a little help (well a lot actually 🙂 ).

    I want to do a story on “splitboard meccas” and would like to hear some suggestions and ideas. When I think of splitboard meccas I think of places that not only have good access for splitboarding but more importantly have large concentrations of splitboarders. Places that immediately come to mind are California and Utah. I’d like to add at least two more.

    For a separate piece we could do a similar story but this time focus on great places to splitboard but that don’t necessarily have the concentrations of splitboarders.

    TIA

    #615347
    SpeedyManiac
    89 Posts

    Touring/Mountaineering capital of North America: Roger’s Pass.

    #615348
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    Thanks speedy.

    Do you think it makes sense to do a story on places with lots of splitboarders or just places that have good touring/splitboarding? Should they be two different stories or combined into one?

    I could see them combined into one. With maybe 10 different places. For the ones that have lots of splitters that could just be noted.

    #615349
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    Northern Vermont rules… We’ve had the same thread going for the 3rd season about local conditions… at least 15-20 different posters through the years… Imagine how many are not aware of this site!

    (but doesn’t make it a mecca!)

    #615350
    SpeedyManiac
    89 Posts

    Could go either way on the stories. Personally I’m more interested in good places to go touring and am not really concerned with whether or not there’s a ton of splitters around. Out here we have a mix of everything in the backcountry.

    It’d be cool to maybe do a feature like a Resort Guide, only a backcountry hot spot guide. Split it up into Regions (Alaska, British Columbia, PNW, California, Rockies, East coast, Europe, South America, New Zealand, Japan, to name a few).

    #615351
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    How is Colorado not on this list? Berthoud Pass has plenty of splitters, not to mention that it’s where snowboarding got started in Colorado.

    #615346
    ehcarley
    411 Posts

    I would love to help in anyway I can. Unfortunately the Mecca where I live (Breckenridge/Summit County) is mostly for inbounds riding.

    Shoot me a PM if there is anything I can do.

    I like to think I’m a decent writer, and can do some editing of video, and I know someone who would probably love to add some magazine photo editing to her portfolio (you have already seen her Photoshop skills in magazines in ads for a large resort company around my area). She doesn’t split (yet) but she does ride.

    #615352
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    @Killclimbz wrote:

    How is Colorado not on this list?

    Colorado sucks. 😉

    Just kidding. That’s why I started this thread killclimbz, for ideas and suggestions.

    So other than Berthoud Pass, can you think of other ares in CO that have great access to splitting and/or good splitting scenes? Wanna be in charge of writing or project managing the CO section of the story?

    #615353
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    @ehcarley wrote:

    Shoot me a PM if there is anything I can do.

    I like to think I’m a decent writer…

    Cool, thanks for the offer. How about starting to formulated and write the Colorado section.

    Good places to split:
    Close, easy access points.
    Far, difficult access or approaches.
    The Classics.
    Good splitter and bc scenes.

    #615354
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    Berthoud Pass is the only spot I can think of that I would call a mecca.

    Berthoud just offers it all. Easy access, close proximity to the masses, quick laps, and long tours. Easy hitch hiking back to the top of the pass. I’ve never seen any other place quite like it. Lot’s of splitters can be seen there on any given day.

    Lot’s of great access for splitting. Maybe more easy access than any other place in the US. Kind of a bold statement, but there is a ton of backcountry that is easy to access. Even more if you go remote. Wolf Creek, Vail, Loveland, Cameron, Red Mountain, and many other passes offer quick access. Lot’s of other places like Peak 1 in Summit County, Indian Peak Wilderness areas, Rocky Mountain National Park, 14er’s etc. It’s kind of retarded. If only our snow pack was better.

    Anyway, send me a PM with what info you are looking for and I can see if I can write something up, or provide info. I’ve been in Colorado long enough that I’ve sampled a good selection of what the state has to offer.

    #615355
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    @bcrider wrote:

    Cool, thanks for the offer. How about starting to formulated and write the Colorado section.

    Good places to split:
    Close, easy access points.
    Far, difficult access or approaches.
    The Classics.
    Good splitter and bc scenes.

    Ok, I guess you answered my earlier question. Jordan Lipp kind of covered this in this skiing Berthoud Pass guide. I take it you are looking for a more of a guidebook write up than an article, am I correct?

    #615356
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    Good stuff Kill. Sounds like it should be included for sure. I’m thinking more of an article (or section of a larger article) rather than a guidebook.

    #615357
    ehcarley
    411 Posts

    Maybe Killz would be more qualified to write about than I. I’m still very new to the scene, but I could help edit, or maybe help Killz (if he would like) write and edit.

    Sounds like I should meet up with you and check out Berthoud.

    #615358
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    Good chance I’ll be hitting Bert this weekend. I need to be in cell phone range for my job, at a spot with a quick exit in case I need to use my laptop to fix something. Bert fits that bill. I could do Saturday or Sunday. Chances are I won’t get called, but it does happen every so often.

    So if you are interested in getting out at Bert, send me a PM.

    #615359
    Hyakbc
    53 Posts

    Baker is a shred mecca of course and may be on its way to becoming a split mecca, I counted over a dozen splitters in the upper lot yesterday, the most I’ve seen in one place in Washington. It could have been the bluebird and pow that pulled em out of the woodwork. Paradise at Mt. Rainier might deserve a mention.

    #615360
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    @Hyakbc wrote:

    Baker is a shred mecca of course and may be on its way to becoming a split mecca, I counted over a dozen splitters in the upper lot yesterday, the most I’ve seen in one place in Washington. It could have been the bluebird and pow that pulled em out of the woodwork. Paradise at Mt. Rainier might deserve a mention.

    Two words: CRAIG KELLEY

    Done, Yes Mecca, move along.

    #615361
    Nikon
    218 Posts

    I would say anywhere but New Hampshire……..

    #615362
    split.therapy
    455 Posts

    While the numbers are improving, I’d say that we are still vastly outnumbered by skiers here in the Tetons. There are still a lot more snowboarders postholing up skin tracks than splitboarders.

    #615363
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    What about Steve Koch ? Does he split or bootpack?

    #615364
    dude_reino
    467 Posts

    Berthoud Pass is certainly everything that Killclimz says it is.

    However, Berthoud Pass is nothing new. Everyone knows about it. Hundreds of articles have been written about it.

    Nothing against Berthoud, but its hard to consider it a “splitters mecca” when plenty of snowboarders bootpack, and even the splitboarders thumb rides to the top.

    I’d like to see something more remote. Someplace that no snowboarder would dare bootpack. A total backcountry excursion. Rocky Mountain National Park–major summer tourist destination that is devoid of anyone but purists in the winter, it contain one of the the largest concentration of the incredible lines, accessible trails, and gorgeous winter camping around.

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