Women’s Intro to Splitboarding

2.5 Days in / (Skill level: Introductory)

Price per person

$545

About this trip

Just 8 Spots Available | Hosted by Iris Lazzareschi, this intro to splitboarding clinic introduces the tools and techniques that you'll need to venture into the backcountry with your snowboard.

Overview

  • skill level

    Introductory

  • Duration

    2.5 Days

General Itinerary:

Evening 1 – 6-9pm – Intro night! Get gear and packs dialed for the first day, meet new friends and goodie bag hand out.

Day 1 – 8am start – First day out. Welcome to splitboarding! Increase familiarity and comfort with movements and equipment.

Day 1 evening – optional add-on Gentle Restorative yoga with Alison Hardy. $25, available at checkout in the booking process.

Day 2 8am start – Review movement and equipment. Learn more efficiency and continue to refine skills.

Day 2 Apré – Early dinner/apps and drinks with the whole crew, location TBD. Each guests responsible for their drinks/meal. Celebrate accomplishments of the past couple days and talk about future trips!

Clinic Overview:
Designed for snowboarders who love spending time in the mountains riding fresh snow and who want to start traveling in the backcountry. No backcountry experience is necessary. This Intro to Splitboarding course will consist of one intro night and 2 days in the Tahoe Backcountry.

Hosted and designed by Iris Lazzareschi, this course was designed to go a bit deeper than a typical single day intro course by providing two full days of backcountry skills education with AMGA trained guides. This course is a fantastic precursor to a traditional three day avalanche course.

Snowboarders taking this course should be mentally and physically prepared to spend the whole day outside in winter elements hiking and boarding. We will pace ourselves, but the days are full! We will search for the best conditions but winter weather can be variable. The riding experience and positive attitude each individual brings to the course will enhance the weekend.

Skills covered:

  • Familiarity with splitboard equipment
  • Transitioning to ride mode from walk mode
  • Various techniques for efficient uphill travel
  • How to use avalanche safety equipment: beacon, shovel and probe
  • What to bring in your pack
  • How to pack your bag
  • Managing gear in the elements
  • Layering clothes
  • Skills taught are an ideal prerequisite to enrolling in an AVY 1 course

Preparation

  • Fitness

    Good physical fitness is recommended. At a minimum, riders should be able to snowboard multiple laps in ungroomed terrain, and hike for up to an hour while carrying a light pack.

  • Technical Experience

    Intermediate and Advanced snowboarders. Riders must be competent in a variety of terrain and snow conditions. Riders must be able to link turns on ungroomed runs while maintaining control. This is comparable to snowboarding ungroomed black diamond terrain confidently.

    • Intro Night — Get dialed in | 6-9pm

      Intro night! Get gear and packs dialed for the first day, meet new friends and goodie bag hand out.

    • Day 1 — Get out there | 8am

      First day out. Welcome to splitboarding! Increase familiarity and comfort with movements and equipment.

    • Day 2 — Review and Refine | 8am

      Review movement and equipment. Learn more efficiency and continue to refine skills.
      Sunday Apré: Early dinner/apps and drinks with the whole crew, location TBD. Each guests responsible for their drinks/meal. Celebrate accomplishments of the past couple days and talk about future trips!

    • Do I need experience to be a part of this clinic?

      You must be able to turn confidently and ride black diamond terrain in all conditions.

    • How much hiking will we do?

      Be prepared to spend 6 hours in the winter elements at and above 6200’ while climbing/hiking. We will hike for about 3-4 hours per day, about 1500’ vertical gain.

    • Is previous avalanche education required?

      No avalanche education is required. This clinic is the perfect prerequisite for an AVY 1 course. The goal of this course is to prepare you to enroll in an avalanche course equipped with confidence in both your gear and skills, so that during the AVY 1, all of your energy can be focused on learning about avalanche safety.

    • Do I need avalanche gear?

      Yes, you need to have a beacon, probe, shovel and backpack. Avalanche gear is available to rent through Alpenglow Expeditions.

    • Is lunch included?

      Each person is responsible for their own food, snacks and drinks.

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

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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