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Splitboard Intro Course – Morzine, Avoriaz

Splitboard Intro Course – Morzine, Avoriaz - Description

This course is not running for 2019/2020, please see the Lofoten Splitboard Course page.


Do you want to head away from the ski lifts and discover the freedom of the mountains? Splitboarding is all about strapping in, trekking out and riding untracked terrain that just isn’t possible to get to by hiking. Skiers have had this luxury forever, now it’s your turn!

The aim of the Splitboard Intro Course is to introduce you to the essentials of splitboard touring and to take you into the incredible backcountry terrain of the Portes du Soleil. Throughout the course there is also a strong focus on teaching you mountain safety skills so you know how to assess risks and travel safely in the backcountry. Over five days you will learn fundamental splitboard touring techniques & skills, how to assess ascent/decent lines and avalanche & mountain awareness.

The week is led by our high mountain guide (UIAGM) David Gladwin. David will work with you to develop your splitboarding technique and mountain awareness skills. He will use his vast knowledge of the Portes du Soleil to take you on a fresh mountain adventure each day so you can ride the best powder conditions. The start of each tour is lift accessed but you can expect to skin between 300 – 500 meters of vertical height gain each day, so a good base level of fitness is needed to make sure you get the most out of each day.

We also offer a splitboard freeride course for experienced splitboarders wanting to reach new lines and hunt out the best snow in Morzine and the Portes du Soleil.

Travelling alone? Not a problem! Our snowboard courses are designed with solo-travellers in mind. They are a great way to progress your snowboarding, learning in a small group with others of the same level… and you will end the week with a bunch of new snowboard friends!


5 Full Days


Group size: Max 6 (Min 4)


You will learn how to set up and use your splitboard correctly and efficiently and you will develop a greater awareness of risk management with respect to snow conditions, choosing approach and decent lines and avalanche rescue. All of this will add to your knowledge to gain greater confidence in approaching back country snowboarding and give you a solid base to progress your future splitboarding.

Is this for me?

The aim of this course it to introduce you to the essentials of splitboard touring and to get you out snowboarding the incredible backcountry terrain of the Portes du Soleil. If you have never splitboarded before and want to learn everything you need to know to set up and use the equipment as well as be introduced to mountain safety and awareness then this is the course for you. You will need to be an intermediate/advanced snowboarder with some previous experience of riding off-piste powder, a good base level of fitness is needed as you will be touring with ~300-500mtrs of height gain every day.

Suitable for Snowboarders with a Skill Level 4 to 5

Below is a description of the skill levels suited:

Level 4. High Intermediate

You are an experienced snowboarder, competent riding the whole mountain, in almost all snow conditions and terrain types. Even if you’re content with what you’re riding, a session with an top level instructor can help you enjoy it even more … and chances are you’ll find out there’s still plenty left in the tank. It’s time to increase your performance, dominate the mountain, master new tricks and venture further off piste.

Level 5. Advanced

You are a seasoned snowboarder who has an extensive experience off piste and / or in the snowpark. You can ride any terrain and make it look good. Join a program for riding steep & deep terrain, or finding how 3 feet out of a pipe can be 10 with a bit of coaching.


Day 1: Warm up day with coaching in splitboard setup, touring techniques and a refresh of avalanche & mountain safety skills

Day 2: Splitboard adventure in the Portes du Soleil – including mountain safety awareness training on how to access terrain safely

Day 3: Splitboard adventure in the Portes du Soleil

Day 4: Splitboard adventure in the Portes du Soleil

Day 5: Splitboard adventure in the Portes du Soleil


Accommodation is not included in this week, however we would recommend the following options as being great options for solo-travelers:

Chalet Carclion : from £459 pp / week

Chalet Carclion, located in central Morzine, is a traditional alpine chalet run by Riders Refuge which has all the comfort and charm along with all the facilities you need. Chalet Carclion sleeps up to 21 guests in 8 in spacious bedrooms the chalet has 6 bathrooms. There are separate living and dining areas along with a sun terrace with views over Morzine and Avoriaz.
The chalet also has a garden hot tub, where you can relax in style whilst soothing away weary muscles after a day on the mountain.

What’s Included:

• Transfers to/from Geneva airport • 3 course evening meals 6 nights a week • Continental style breakfast with a hot option • Afternoon tea with home baked cakes • Welcome night bucks fizz reception • wifi • Shuttle service to/from the slopes


The Ridewell Lodge: from £349 pp / week

The Ridewell Lodge is a lively, social chalet run by Mountain Mavericks. It is a 14 bed chalet based in Montriond with access to the slopes via the local ski bus. The Ridewell Lodge offers basic but comfortable accommodation, delivering excellent value for money in a friendly environment where you can expect to meet other like minded mountain lovers.

What’s Included:

• 2 course evening meals 6 nights a week with wine • Hearty breakfast • wifi

Whats included

  • 5 full days coaching & guiding

    With fully qualified BASI ISTD Snowboard instructor & UIAGM Guide (5 x 6hrs)

  • Splitboard & backcountry skills coaching
  • Avalanche awareness, search & rescue training

Whats not included

  • Accommodation
  • Ski Pass
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal Snowboarding Equipment
  • Safety equipment (transceiver, shovel & probe)
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