“With splitboarding, now we can be just as fast as a skier to go up, so we can have the first tracks! I think a lot of people are just now discovering splitboarding and it will change their lives, as it has changed mine.”
Aurelien Routens grew up in Grenoble, France, where he starting skiing at a young age. He switched to snowboarding not long after and he hasn’t looked back. About 10 years ago, Aurelien moved to La Grave and the lure of seemingly endless steep freeriding. The move, he says, changed his life in ways he could never imagine. “I discovered another way to ride,” he said, “more natural, more authentic, more ‘high mountain’ riding. I could not leave anymore!” Today, Aurelien splits his time between the Alps and South America, following the snow for filming snowboarding movies and competing on the Freeride World Tour.
Q & A
Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 25 years
Q. Years splitboarding?
A. 5 years
Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. AfterBurner bindings with Sabertooth crampons.
Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. Simply, because it is the best gear you can find, light and strong.
Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. I do like 70 days a year, between Europe and South America.
Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. With splitboarding, now we can be just as fast as a skier to go up, so we can have the first tracks! I think a lot of people are just now discovering splitboarding and it will change their lives, as it has changed mine.
Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. Powder, for sure; good friends; sunshine and what else…