Splitboard is a typical snowboard that can be split into halves lengthwise to become skis. This helps backcountry snowboarders to ascend the mountains with skis on their feet and not on their backs. The two parts when separated can be used as skis to help in ascending the slopes the same way as a backcountry skier does. As soon as the skier reaches the top, he can put back the two halves and transform it into a snowboard to descend the slopes.
Why use splitboards instead of snowboards?
With the development of splitboards, backcountry snowboarders can now snowboard in places with unspoiled powder snow. First developed in mid 1990s, the splitboards have gained huge popularity because it solves the problem of carrying snowboards to locations away from lift systems. Snowboard riders can fix their feet on the boards and ascend the slopes without using ski poles. Also, riding a splitboard is not a big deal too. It is just like snowboarding and you require no additional skills for that.
Splitboards offer extra floatation while ascending the powder snow so you don’t have to carry your snowboard in the back. Moreover, you can use the same skintrack of a skier and cover more land at a faster rate using a splitboard. So, it’s time to get your splitboard and head to the slopes of South America for some wonderful splitboarding in summer.
The most popular splitboarding spots in South America
Splitboarding packages in South America involve backcountry touring of the Andes and splitboarding the slopes. Among the popular slopes for splitboarding, Concepcion in Chile is a popular spot, where, you can descend the adjacent peaks and volcanoes. However, the most popular splitboarding site in South America is Cerro Catedral near Bariloche in Argentina. It is the largest ski resort in Argentina located outside the sleepy, snowy town of Bariloche, at an altitude of 6800 feet. You can enjoy the view of jagged peaks and several lakes surrounding the mountain town of San Carlos de Bariloche, which is very popular for snows, hot chocolate and red wine.
With snowstorms that can dump up to 10 feet within days, the town offers the perfect setting for splitboarding. This world famous ski resort offers around 30% trail for advanced skiers, 45% for intermediate and 25% for the beginners. So, just pack your splitboards and go for the backcountry splitboarding mission on the slopes of Cerro Catedral and Concepcion.