GNFAC Forecasters
The GNFAC is a tremendous resource for our backcountry community and I’m stoked they’re letting me spend a day in the field with them. As an active reader of the daily avy forecasts the center puts out, I’m pretty interested to see how the cake is made, as they say.
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Thrilled to debut the second episode of the OUT HERE video series! Made in partnership with Jones Snowboards, the OUT HERE series shares the backcountry snowboarding adventures of Jones x Spark R&D ambassadors as they explore the outer reaches of their backyard mountain ranges.

Kona Yuki

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Last winter, Mike Handford, Tim Herbert and a crew of Niseko locals set out with the aim to spend a month climbing the lesser known volcanoes of Japan's north island of Hokkaido with the hope of a rare ascent of Mt Rishiri in the Sea Of Japan. 28 feet of snow dropped over the next month, sending the crew on a different journey. One they maybe should have expected as they spent every day surfing through the deepest snow of their lives. A failed mission? No way!
To say Aurelien Routens gets after it is an understatement. He travels the world with his splitboard and lives for adventure, mountaineering style approaches, and remote backcountry lines. Carpe Diem, now in its fourth season, chronicles his globe-trotting splitboard missions.

Mission Grivola

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Last spring, Ettore Personnettaz, Luca Pandolfi, and an awesome team of skiers and splitboarders climbed and descended Grivola (13,000 feet, 3,969 meters) in the Aosta Valley of Northern Italy. The group spent the first night of the trip in a mountain hut allowing them to make an early start the next day for their eventual
An Interview with Spark R&D Team Rider Rafael Pease discussing his 3-year splitboard / adventure travel documentary film: Yugen.
When you think about venturing out the gates or deep into the mountains to ride, you know that at a minimum you need a beacon, shovel, probe, partner, and of course your avalanche training. Just as important, but often overlooked is some basic to advanced wilderness medical training.

Trip Report: Splitboarding Iceland

This Spring, Mike Handford and crew spent 2-weeks splitboarding in Iceland. His crew battled tough weather and low snow to find good lines, good views and good times.

Baker Splitfest 2017

The Baker Splitfest is a meeting of the splitboard tribe and annual pilgrimage for the Spark crew. It is an event we look forward to every season. This year we took off from Bozeman eight deep in two vehicles with a couple of simple goals: 1) get shredders out on our gear via the demo, and

Why We Love Spring Touring

Spring is one of the best times to get out into the backcountry on your splitboard. The days are longer, the temperature is milder, snow stability is generally better, and BBQ’s and brews back at the car after a good session are commonplace. Not to mention, as temperatures warm up many outdoor enthusiasts make a