Intro to Splitboarding

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

Price per person

  • Next Available: Jan 19, 2019 -
  • Upcoming: Feb 09, 2019 -

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.


  • 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.

    • 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.

    • What safety standards do you have for this course?

      At Alpenglow, we have only the highest standards of safety and guide qualifications. All of our local backcountry tours are led by AMGA trained/certified guides. Our guides assess the snow conditions and avalanche hazards every morning to mitigate risk, and are supervised by fully certified IFMGA guides.

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 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 a split boarding mountain 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.

He is one of only a few splitboarders who has become certified with the AMGA as a ski guide. Whether it’s a ski day or time to board, Jules enjoys the rewards that the backcountry experience provides. He is an AIARE 1 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. 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.

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