Intro to Splitboarding

1 Day in Lake Tahoe, CA / (Skill level: Introductory)

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About this trip

Learn the fundamentals of traveling safely and efficiently in the backcountry on a splitboard. This course will be led by an AMGA trained splitboard guide. Do you want to take the intro course with both skiers and riders? Check out Intro to Backcountry, we cover the same curriculum with a mixed group of backcountry skiers and splitboarders.


  • skill level


  • Duration

    1 Day

This one day course will introduce you to the fundamentals of backcountry snowboarding. After this course, you will be able to plan and execute an efficient, simple backcountry splitboard tour. Come out and learn the techniques and tricks from a professional splitboard guide, and get away from the lifts and the crowds of the ski area. Our Introduction to Backcountry Splitboarding is a great prerequisite for an AIARE 1 avalanche course.


Field sessions take place in Shirley Canyon, located within Olympic Valley. Alpenglow operates in partnership with The Tahoe National Forest and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows.

Skills covered:

Touring equipment options
Clothing layering and techniques
Use of Beacon, Probe and Shovel
How to interpret an Avalanche Bulletin
Uphill travel techniques using climbing skins
Avalanche hazard recognition and avoidance
Downhill travel techniques and group management
Difficulty: Strong intermediate to advanced skiing level required.


Alpenglow Expeditions operates under a special use permit from the Tahoe, Inyo and Eldorado National Forests. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 


  • Fitness

    Excellent physical fitness is required. Splitboarders must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a pack.

  • Technical Experience

    Splitboarders must be competent resort snowboarders able to link turns in a variety of terrain and snow conditions.

    • 8:00am - 8:30am — Meet & Greet

      Meet your guide and fellow splitboarders. Set goals for the day.

    • 8:30am - 12:00pm — Morning Tour

      After reviewing gear and equipment, head out for the first climb and descent of the day.

    • 12:00pm - 12:30pm — Lunch

      In between the morning and afternoon sessions we'll take a break for some much needed calories.

    • 12:30pm - 4:00pm — Afternoon Tour

      Depending on our observations from the morning we'll spend the afternoon touring and may work in a mock avalanche rescue.

      • Apparel

      • Hard Shell Jacket

        A lightweight, waterproof and breathable jacket WITH A HOOD that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Make sure you have pit-zips and if you are using an old jacket, re-waterproof it. Recommended: Eddie Bauer BC Freshline Jacket

      • Hard Shell Pants

        Your waterproof bottom layer for extreme weather days. Make sure you have water-resistant zippers, crampon patches + good pockets. Recommended: Black Diamond Sharp End Pants

      • Ski Socks

        Your everyday ski sock, good for ski tours and day hikes. NO COTTON. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Merino Wool Ski Socks

      • Lightweight Gloves

        All-around gloves for mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and hiking. These gloves (and similar options) are warm, wind-resistant, durable and have a sure grip. You will rarely take these gloves off. They should be snug-fitting, and have some sort of reinforced palm. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Mountain Glove

      • Midweight Gloves

        These gloves should be full GORE-TEX®, and insulated. These will be your main glove for the trip until summit days, or when it gets especially cold. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Guide Glove

      • Long Sleeve Base Layer

        A poly-pro mid-layer that you will never take off. Fitted, light- weight and quick drying. Make sure it is long enough to tuck-in and we recommend zipper collars for more ventilation. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Resolution IR 1/4 Zip

      • Synthetic Top

        A simple, lightweight synthetic jacket. This item is good for layering systems and the Primaloft keeps you warm when wet. Recommended: Eddie Bauer IgniteLite Stretch Reversible

      • Lightweight Top

        Ultra-light base layer that effectively wicks moisture away from your body and is breathable. Quick-dry is important as well. One light colored shirt is recommended for extremely sunny days. The new wool blends are also an option. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Resolution Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

      • Warm Layer

        A polarguard or fleece jacket. This is your mid layer that will be worn over your baselayer most of the trip. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Cloud Layer Pro 1/4 Zip or Patagonia R1 Jacket

      • Base Layer Bottoms

        Fitted and quick drying. This piece will be a base-layer that will get you through a wide range of temperatures. Recommended: Eddie Bauer Midweight FreeDry Merino Hybrid Baselayer Pants

      • Accessories

      • Sunglasses

        Must have dark lenses. Minimal light should come in below, above, or around the sides of the lenses.“Wrap” style is best. Ventilation is important and a retainer strap is very useful (Chums or Croakies). Recommended: Revoi Guide II

      • Goggles

        These will be worn on stormy or windy days. Make sure you are getting a snug fit with lenses for bright sun. Ventilation and anti-fog features are desired. Recommended: Smith I/O

      • 1L Nalgene (2)

        Two 1 Liter Wide Mouth Nalgene bottles. Recommended: Nalgene 1 L wide mouth

      • Helmet

        Easily adjustable lightweight helmet that fits with hat and Balaclava. Make sure this is a climbing-specific helmet. *Climbing helmets are also available to rent at no charge from Alpenglow Expeditions on a first come, first serve basis. Recommended: Petzl Meteor Helmet

      • Beanie

        A comfortable, warm well-fitting hat that covers your ears. Make sure that one of your hats fits under a helmet. Recommended: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Beanie

    • What is your cancellation policy

    • Do you rent splitboard equipment?

       Jones Splitboards are available for rent for $55 per day. We also rent beacons, shovels and probes.

    • What level snowboarder do I need to be in order to join this course?

      You need to be a strong intermediate snowboarder within a ski resort able to snowboard off the groomers.

    • Do I have enough experience for this course?

      You must be a strong intermediate rider to join us in the backcountry. This is for the safety and enjoyment of everyone. Other than these skills, you do not have to have any other experience in the backcountry. This course is designed to take the resort snowboarder beyond the boundaries, and show them the world of backcountry splitboarding.

    • I don’t have any avalanche gear- can I still sign up?

      Yes! Alpenglow rents beacons, probes and shovels for a small daily fee.

    • How much hiking will we do on this course?

      While every day varies slightly, on average we skin (hike with splitboards) between 1,500’ and 2,500’ of vertical gain.

    • Is lunch included in the course?

      Lunch is not included, we recommend bringing a sack lunch and plenty of water. There are also plenty of food options around our office in the village.

    • How many people will be in my group?

      Alpenglow takes pride in our small group sizes, and while they vary in size, the maximum ratio is a 4:1 clients to guide.

    • Is it safe?

      While no outdoor adventure can be completely free of risk without losing the essence of the activity, hiring a professional guide is a fantastic way to manage and mitigate this risk. Activities like skiing and climbing have what we call “inherent risk”, which can be defined as a risk that cannot be completely mitigated by a professional. That is part of playing in the mountains, we encourage you to reach out to the office if you would like to discuss this in more detail.

Iris Lazzareschi

Iris is Lake Tahoe native that now chases adventure and work all over the country from her home base, Jackson Hole. Iris has been a professional snowboarder since she was 17, competing in rail jams, slopestyle and big mountain freeriding. Most recently, she competed on the Freeride World Tour for 2 consecutive seasons. Over the last few years her focus transitioned to sharing and exploring mountains on her splitboard while pursuing becoming the first AMGA certified female splitboard guide. Iris is currently an AMGA apprentice splitboard guide with all of her Professional Avalanche certs and experience riding all over the world, including Japan, Europe, Iceland, Canada, Chile and Alaska. Iris has a contagious laugh, love for snow and an energy that lights up the room.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide

Jules Hanna

If you are looking for an AMGA Splitboard guide, Jules is your man. He has been guiding for 10 years and spends his winters in Tahoe and summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Whether it’s a ski day or time to board, Jules enjoys the rewards that the backcountry experience provides. He is an AIARE course leader and has logged many adventures in mountains up and down the west coast learning about the avalanche phenomena. Jules is also an Ambassador Guide for Jones Snowboards.

In addition to guiding, Jules has worked as a climbing ranger at Mt Rainer and a mountaineer for the US Antarctic Program and has many stories to tell from his time on Search and Rescue in those locales.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide

Tailer Spinney

Tailer is a young aspiring mountain guide, with her focus on becoming one of the first few certified female splitboard guides. Tailer started as an intern with Alpenglow Expeditions during the 2017-18 winter and is on the path of AMGA education. She has “tailed” many groups with the Alpenglow team, and also helped out around various aspects of the business. During spring and early summer, she guides on Mount Shasta, teaching clients mountaineering skills, and she returns to Tahoe for the summer rock season. She loves sharing the outdoors with others through snow sports as well as rock climbing. Nothing charges up her spirit more than showing people how much fun you can have in the mountains; all while maintaining safety and incorporating leave no trace ethics.

Tailer is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Tim Mincey

A native of Chicago, Tim grew up barely knowing that mountains existed, much less that you could climb or ski them for fun. But as an engineering student at Stanford, he managed to fall in love with snowboarding, and after college he made the move to Tahoe to ride full-time as a snowboard instructor. Once in Tahoe, Tim couldn’t wait to dive into backcountry splitboarding and rock climbing, and he is perpetually trying to make up for his late start in the mountains by climbing and snowboarding as much as possible. Tim has guided throughout California since 2011, and has a hard time imagining that he’ll ever tire of showing off the beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

He is an AMGA Assistant Rock and Splitboard Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide, and Single Pitch Instructor, as well as an AIARE Course Leader and AASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor. He lives in South Lake Tahoe with his girlfriend, Beth, and their Australian Shepherd, Pika.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Patrick English

Patrick started climbing on the steep sandstone of the South East. After a trip to the Sawtooths in Idaho, he was hooked. He left his job as a firefighter/medic and packed whatever fit into his Jeep to head west, finding his happy place in the Sierra Nevada. With a background as a technical rescue operator, big wall climbing came pretty naturally to Patrick. Now, hunting down classic alpine rock climbs and multipitching at Lovers Leap are where Patrick spends his summers. In winter, you’ll find him scoping out couloirs and alpine faces to carve up on his splitboard.

Patrick is an AMGA Apprentice Rock and Apprentice Ski Guide.

Will Sperry

After Will’s first ever outdoor rock climb in Slovenia, he was hooked and knew he wanted to pursue a profession in the Mountains. In the subsequent years he worked on honing his craft on rock and enjoyed the places and adventures climbing brought him. Will has traveled to many mountains all around the world since his first taste of climbing, but always seems to call the Sierra his favorite place on earth… so far.

Will has seen the transformative power of the mountains first hand and works to provide experiences to his clients that will challenge their comfort zone and their perception of possibility. Whether this comfort zone is going for a long hike, or spending 5 nights on the side of a mountain, the power of stepping out is undeniable and in Will’s point of view essential for a well lived life.

Will spends his summers guiding on Mt. Shasta, Tahoe, and the Sierra and when winter comes around you can find Will on his splitboard practicing shinrin-yoku in the trees and alpine zones of Lake tahoe and Japan. Will also considers himself a nerd for snow science and will be happy to explain temperature gradients and avalanche problem types to those ready to learn.

Will is currently an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide and an Apprentice Ski Guide.

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Learn the fundamentals of traveling safely and efficiently in the backcountry on a splitboard. This course will be led by an AMGA trained splitboard guide. Do you want to take the intro course with both skiers and riders? Check out Intro to Backcountry, we cover the same curriculum with a mixed group of backcountry skiers and splitboarders.