Forums Splitboard Talk Forum Splitfests: Past, Present and Future
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  • #577211
    keffler
    319 Posts

    I’ve been ask to help write an article on Splitfests around the world. If you have started a splitfest in your area or planning on starting one this year please send me an email.

    jkeffler AT gmail.com

    I’d like to highlight various splitfest of the past and provide a brief descriptions of each one. Of course, I’d really like to have a list of upcoming splitfest to help spread the word.

    I’m new to setting these things up so I really want to give credit where credit is due but need your help.

    Oh, and I only have two weeks to pull all the information together so I can write the article up and get it submitted by the end of September.

    Thank You!

    #658532
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    @keffler wrote:

    I really want to give credit where credit is due but need your help.

    Good on ya for writing the article and for having the above respect. :thumbsup:

    I’ll try to get some thoughts to you on the first, second, and third SplitFests ever but anyone else that’s been around long enough to have taken part of those fests PLEASE send your thoughts to Keffler too!

    1st was in 2005 at Donner Summit
    2nd was in the Wasatch
    3rd was in Wyoming (Scrubfest)

    All the SplitFests since then would have never happened without these ones. :thatrocks:

    /respect

    #658533
    tearle305
    7 Posts

    I am working with Bogus Basin in Boise Idaho, to host a Splitfest and race. Current sponsors are Jones Snowboards. I should have more details in a few weeks. feel free to e-mail me.

    Tearle@eideit.com

    #658534
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Don’t forget about Saddlebag 2005. No industry folks but definitely a festival. :disco:

    [youtube:18xtv3sb]Cdv-Mc24SNs[/youtube:18xtv3sb]

    #658535
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    I put on a few. Three I think. My memories are a bit clouded

    anybody want to refresh ?

    I think

    2007 – Tioga Pass resort

    2008 -Tom’s Place

    2009 – Convict lake

    then Jbay took over and did convict lake in 2010 and 2011

    #658536
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Right on Eco. That viddy was a blast from the past. 🙂

    #658537
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    I’ve only been to a couple splitfest here in Utah. It seems like the focus was 1.) Education such as assessing snow and mountain travel. 2.) Product development and 3.)FUN. It’s where I first met characters like Bob Athey (Wizard of the Wasatch) and Brett Kobernik (Kowboy). Who set the example and made me think differently about my art. I would throw some love to Voile. Love em or hate em. It doesn’t matter what dirt bag splitfest it is they are the 1st to step up and show support. Not just by throwing a shirt here or a jacket there but by going full out. I always kind of questioned why since guys wouldn’t really return the appreciation. But they still without hesitation would throw down and set the standard for others to follow. I also love how Voile is not afraid to take a political stance to advocate whats best for splitters and support Avalanche centers and Avalanche science. I hope other companies see the importance of these events because it builds the community and provides the opportunity to educate and hook people up with solid partners who share the same passion. Looking forward reading the article.

    On a side not I swear at one of splitfest a guy came and pitched his idea for a snowboard. Basically it was bannana shaped board what later became a full rockered board. I kinda laughed at the idea but he swore it rode powder like nothing else. Anyone remember that guy.

    #658538
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    On a side not I swear at one of splitfest a guy came and pitched his idea for a snowboard. Basically it was banana shaped board what later became a full rockered board. I kinda laughed at the idea but he swore it rode powder like nothing else. Anyone remember that guy.

    e had some way advanced ideas. Killer ideas. Remember his prototype boot that was a ski boot bottom and a snowboard boot top?
    I remember Bret’s slide show on the first splitboard. Awesome

    I have to agree with you utah. In the early days voile threw out a lot of free gear and went out of the way to get gear/demos out there at these parties. DJ barney was the man

    Eco-what ever happened to “Johhny Quesadilla?”

    i remember that first greenstone lake party I went to. That was a blast

    Im lookingh for links to old eastside splitfests. Are they still here?

    #658539
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Johnny Quesadilla is living in Norway doing polar ice cap research. He was skiing Svalbard before it was cool. Good dude, I see him every couple years now. He’s transient by nature so you never know when he’ll show up.

    #658540
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    @utah wrote:

    Anyone remember that guy.

    Scooby2 wasnt it? He’s still around. :thumbsup:

    #658541
    Scooby2
    620 Posts

    Yeah that was Scooby2, too much life happening to put the boots together

    here’s my next 2 cent prediction: In three or four years you’ll be riding bc splits that have way more rocker and are stiffer than you’d ever think was possible and you’ll be loving it more than you thought you could.

    these are those boards I brought in that year:
    viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10058

    #658542
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    HighJack Alert:
    Right on! I actually made that connection a while back but I was such an introvert solo only guy back then I missed out on meeting a lot of cool people like “patroller 420” haha, yeah I went there. I do remember having a great conversation with PJ at the 1st one. It would be really cool to get Scooby, WasatchSurf, Bucky, Snurfer, Kowboy, Singlewhitecaveman, Mar123, Kelly, etc all together for a summertime hike to talk some shit and throw some ideas. I have a great hike I call my oktoberfest hike….all up little down that ends with mass beer at the evil snowbird. Perfect for all you old farts. Some great ideas could be exchanged. By the way Scooby Wasatchsurf(Dan) gives you mad props after riding that day saying you have one of the sickest styles he’s ever seen.

    I would have just PM you all but I think it’s cool to highlight what makes splitboard.com so great. Hooking people up who share the same passion. Take care

    #658543
    Scooby2
    620 Posts

    Thanks Utah, If you’re interested in tying one of those boards, I have one you could borrow this winter but it has a fixed natural foot stance at my angles 45 and 5. I also have a couple of one piecers for verts with regular 4×4 inserts

    #658544
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    the very first one was organized by DJ in SLC when he worked for voile and he hosted at his house. I think he coined the term splitfest as well. It was a year before the “official” donner fest, which was very cool too.

    it was awesome because cowboy and the wow gave presentations and we got good snow. met lots of splitters that weekend and it was the beginning of the “splitboard tribe”.

    best of luck on the article.

    #658545
    christoph benells
    717 Posts

    the first time i heard of splitboard.com was at virginia lakes in 2005 or 2006?

    there was a group of you guys camping at the end of the road. maybe a past splitfest?

    we rode the south peak double chutes and wrapped around down onto that main face of south peak. when we got to the bottom one of you guys congratulated us on our line and said how you were watching us climb up the ridge.

    they told us about splitboard.com and i thought you guys must have been in the industry or something. i didnt know about the forum until much later.

    anyone remember that?

    #658546
    Bosshog
    4 Posts

    We just had Austrlia’s first splitboard fest.

    was a great bluebird weekend for it had fun meeting up with 30-40 others who are into it as well.

    head to here for some photos and details about it. Will be updated over the next week as the organiser gets photos from all participants and puts them up.

    http://www.splitfest.com.au

    #658547
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    Cheers Bosshog
    I will post some stuff on the Splitfest DownUnder topic soon.

    Adam West

    www.firstlightsurfboards.com.au
    www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au
    www.splitfest.com.au
    www.snowsafety.com.au
    www.mrbc.com.au
    www.backcountryglobal.com
    www.alpinefirstaid.com.au

    #658548
    lifelinksplit
    282 Posts

    haha. original scrubfest was awesome! Me and bridgerhippy even managed to blow a tire on his super old suby and spend three days on a donut and drive back to MT on it(he actually left it on for like three months until he got rid of the car). I’m sure J could fill you in on the early scrubfests.

    DJ barney was the man

    agreed. hooked me up back in the day and I’m sure many others.

    #658549
    keffler
    319 Posts

    Here’s what I’ve got so far:

    2004
    – Wasatch Splitfest, put on by DJ Barney. This is the first known splitfest

    2005
    – Donner Summit, put on by ?
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer
    – Saddle Bag, put on by ?
    – Wasatch Splitfest, put on by DJ again?

    2006
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer

    2007
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer
    – Kalifornia Splitfest, put on by Tex

    2008
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer
    – Kalifornia Splitfest, put on by Tex

    2009
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer
    – Kalifornia Splitfest, put on by Tex

    2010
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer
    – Mt Baker Splitfest, put on by Terry and Bob
    – Kalifornia Eastside Splitfest, put on by Jbay

    2011
    – Scrubfest, put on by Jer
    – Mt. Baker Splitfest, put on by Terry and Bob
    – Kalifornia Eastside Splitfest, put on by Jbay
    – Echo Lake Splitparty, put on by James
    – Canuck Splitfest, put on by Treepilot

    2012
    – Silverton Splitfest, put on by and Jason
    – Oregon Splitfest, put on by Geoff
    – Echo Lake Splitparty, put on by James
    – Canuck Splitfest, put on by Treepilot
    – Norway Splitfest, put on by Trond
    – Downunder Splitfest, put on by Firstlight
    – New Zealand Splitfest, put on by ?
    – South American Splitfest, put on by fullers2oh
    – Italy Splitfest, put on by ?

    If anyone know more info or would like me to list there event with some other title, please let me know. I still need some contacts for a few of these events and will take any help I can get in tracking those folks down. I’m working on getting a list of questions out to those people who put on the event and will get that out to everyone shortly.

    If you have put on an event, please send me an email so I can put you on the distribution list for getting your input.

    Thanks everyone.

    Next, up. If you are planning on hosting an event this season (2012/2013), please send me an email if you would like me to mention your event in the article. I’ll try to get that list posted in the next few days as I want to make sure I get everyone included that wants to be.

    #658550
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    2005 – Donner was organized by Zach Davis when he worked for Couloir

    The saddlebag event was more a gathering of splitters, not necessarily a splitfest, but was either organized by jimw or bcrider. no sponsors or anything like that so I don’t know if it would officially qualify as a splitfest type event.

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