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Looking for a tour partner and splitboard beginer advices

Hi all,

I am quite new in splitboarding. I've been snowboarding since 2014 and I always wonder to go backcountry. As you may also guess, freeriding is my dream. I was riding on groomers and sometimes the off-piste next to slopes but I really want to go backcountry and develop techniques and knowledge for this. If I go backcountry as much as I can, I believe that I can improve my skills as well.

I thought splitboarding is the thing that I am looking for. Therefore, I enrolled to a basic camp for splitboarding. I have already got the ABS backpack, beacon, probe and shovel as well. I am also reading a lot about the techniques and the safety in the safety tips. However, I think the best learning is doing. My friends are not eager to come with me for splitboarding (maybe they don't want to go away from slopes) but I really keen on splitboarding. I am living in Nürnberg, Germany and I have also a car. So, I am looking for a buddy that will join my splitboarding progression with me. I had off-piste experience but I have never done splitboarding.

I don't know how will be the situation due to the corona but I would like to go splitboarding as much as possible. I don't have any splitboard yet but I am deciding to buy one.

So, I really appreciate any suggestions and advices as well as partner that can join me.

Cheers,
Ozan

Splitboard advices for beginners

Hi Ozan,

Here are some little tips that can hopefully help you choose a board.
The snowboard length is based on body size and weight. The bigger and heavier you are, the longer your board should be. There are web sites where you can determine your snowboard length.

Other criteria are the hardness and flex of the board. Hard boards keep you on edge, do not flap at high speeds, but have the disadvantage that they require higher skills from the rider, so they are not necessarily suitable for beginners.

So I recommend you to buy a freestyle board, as this is the easiest way to get started and you can achieve visible results very quickly.

Greeting,
Nik

Hi Nik,

Hi Nik,

Thanks for your reply. Actually I have been snowboarding around 6 years and I am quite OK with all the slopes. I had experience to ride both freeride and freestyle boards and I feel that I am more confortable on freeride board than the freestyle board. I feel like I have more control on freeride board.

Since I am beginner for splitboarding, do I have to start on freestyle board again? My current board is Jones Frontier, this is kind of mid-flex board and I am really OK with this board. Should I look for softer splitboards than this one or other freeride boards are also OK?

Cheers,
Ozan

Hi Ozan,

Hi Ozan,

I didn´t notice that your only in splitboarding beginner, sorry for that :) Since you are not in the snowboarding beginner you have defiantly some skills.

I think that the shape of the board is really important for the splitboarding. So I recommend you all-around shape for your first splitboard. For example the popular Jones Explorer. The board is relatively affordable and in my opinion is one of the best for beginners in the splitboarding.

Cheers,
Nik

Hi Nik,

Hi Nik,

Thanks for your suggestions :). I will take into consideration. Hope I can also find buddy that we can go together.

Cheers,
Ozan

Hi Ozan,

Hi Ozan,

You welcome! Always happy to give some advices and to help someone. I hope also you find a buddy because isn´t bad to do it yourself but otherwise it´s always better to share the moment with someone :)

Cheers,
Nik