A splitboard is a snowboard that can be separated into two ski-like parts used with climbing skins to ascend slopes the same way alpine touring or telemark skis are. The two halves can then be connected to form a regular snowboard for descent.
When snowboarding originated, it was often prohibited on pistes (established ski trails). Early snowboarders sought out pristine snow conditions as a necessity. The development of splitboards has simplified backcountry snowboarding where pristine powder snow is more likely to be found. Splitboards address the inherent weakness of snowboards of having limited backcountry range away from lift systems. This weakness stems from snowboard riders having both feet fixed to a board, and the usual lack of ski poles, which severely restricts uphill snowboarding.
Splitboarding started in the mid-1990s and has grown in popularity. Some companies have begun making splitboard specific bindings. These bindings are designed to reduce the weight associated with the adapter plate/standard binding combination. The reduced weight increases the range and duration of extended uphill climbs. The binding's lower foot bed also increases board feel.
- How a Splitboard Works on YouTube
- splitboarding.eu / German and English
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