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Approach Skis?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Those of you who snowboard in the backcountry, anyone using approach skis? I read K2 and Rossignol made a pair but I can't find it on their site. Only current manufacterer I found was http://www.climb.co.at/e.htm which seems to be sold out at the moment.

I don't do any serious treks, but I'd like to be able to get up to the local bowl easier. Skins on a pair of approach skis seems like the best way to go.
post #2 of 7
Have you thought about a splitboard?

post #3 of 7
Splitboards are the way to go. That is basically all I ride these days. They are durable, perform as good as any snowboard, and allow you to cover massive terrain. Approach skis are ok, but you still have to carry a board on your back. Not a big deal if it's wide open, and your board is light. The problem comes when it is windy or the trees are thick. Then it is a nightmare. Still if you want to go the board on your back route, check out some verts. They are super lightweight snowshoes and climb like nobodies business. I use 'em in the spring for couliors. Plug in "verts" on the search engine for http://ww.patrollersupply.com. I think they are the only vendor that can get verts on a reliable basis anymore.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. Well the local climb is only 30min by foot, and I'm not too interested in touring unguided right now so I figured approach skis would work best for me.

Anyone try the Voile Mountain Gun? Sounds like it's supposed to ride as nice as a regular board on groomers/crud? I watched the Voile Split Decision video, looks like an impressive design. Really $$$ though.
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The Mtn Gun is supposed to be as stiff as it's advertised. I use the SD Freeride and have no problem dropping steep lines. Splitboards are expensive, but then again put in the cost of a new board then snowshoes or approach skis and you pretty much have the cost of a Voile board. Well worth the money. A lot of places have splitboards on sale right now.
A lot of good used deals can be found here. http://talk.splitboard.com/talk/viewforum.php?f=4&sid=1a0fe63b4737817cfbf7a19269d3 0944
I picked up a new 166 SD for $550 at REI this year at their clearance sale. I think they are sold out, but similar deals exist on the net. I am sure they are getting thin, but you might find one.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link Killclimbz. Sounds like splitboards have come quite a ways. Wish I could demo a set to see how they work. Maybe I'll try and see if Prior has any demos at Whistler next time I head up.

BTW, are they truly indistinguishable from solid boards nowadays? I recall they were unrefined in the early years.
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I am going on 4 years using a splitboad. I sure can't tell a difference. Some of the boards have a softer flex since you are mostly riding pow, so they could be a little noodely on hardpack. I don't notice a difference. I've done over 50 degree couloirs in firm conditions on my SD 166. It just depends on what your goals are in the BC as to what model you should buy. Otherwise, you'll never know you are on a splitboard.
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