Do you want to learn to splitboard? Then join this backcountry splitboarding holiday in Austria. Exploring a remote corner of the Alps and plenty of powder!
MoaAlm is remotely situated at the heart of the Austrian Alps. We believe the best way to enjoy the mountains and nature in winter is under your own steam and therefore are excited to offer our annual learn to splitboard week. If you want to escape the pistes, take a more Eco friendly approach to skiing, and have a unique winter adventure, then this backcountry splitboarding holiday in Austria is for you!
What is Splitboarding
Split boarding is typically done off-piste and outside of ski resorts, and may extend over a period of more than one day. Using a snowboard that can split in half to create two skis you can hike uphill. It is the same as ski touring, and on this trip there may be a mix of skiers and snowboarders. Often it is called backcountry skiing and a tour may take you to a mountain peak or even cross a mountain range
Fitness is an important part of touring. We ask that our guests are able to climb 1000m in four hours whilst carrying a backpack and wearing snowboard. We anticipate doing at least one tour of 1000m.
You don’t need to be a snowboarding pro to learn to splitboard. Some routes demand good technique and experience of tricky terrain, but there’s plenty of easier tours around MoaAlm as well. If you can ski a red and black runs comfortably then you’ll be able to handle any of our beginner tours, especially after some off piste lessons on our free ride days.
Splitboarding does require different equipment to traditional snowboarding. The boards are much lighter, allowing for easier uphill movement, and as mentioned split in half. Your snowboard bindings are a special kind that will lift at the heel for the skin up, but twist around and clip down for the ride down. Finally, you need a pair of skins to attach to the base of your board so that they grip into the snow as you climb. You can hire all the gear from our local ski shop.
As soon as you leave the safety of the ski piste, avalanche gear and knowledge are paramount. Everyone touring should be carrying a transceiver, shovel and probe. But they also need to know how to use them. Day one of this backcountry splitboarding holiday in Austria will instruct you on avalanche safety techniques and how to read the snow conditions. The course is led by a local and knowledgeable guide.
Every holiday with us at MoaAlm Mountain Retreat includes five yoga classes in our in-house yoga studio with panoramic mountain views. At MoaAlm we believe that yoga is for everyone, no matter what your age or level of fitness and, as such, our classes are prepared with all of our guests in mind.
Daily plan for backcountry splitboarding holiday in Austria
Day 1: Arrive at MoaAlm and meet the other participants for the week over a delicious three course dinner. If necessary, we will head to the ski shop for your rental gear you will need to learn to splitboard.
Day 2: Morning yoga class looking out at the sunrise from behind the mountains before breakfast. We meet our instructor for the week at our local ski resort. Our guide will instruct you on how to use your splitboarding gear before taking a short tour up the side of the piste. You will learn kick turn, how change your bindings and how to put on your skins. In the afternoon there will be an avalanche safety course where you will learn and practice how to use all of your safety gear.
Day 3: Morning yoga and breakfast before meeting our guide at the local ski resort. Today will be a free ride day with instruction on off piste technique. We will use the lifts to make the most of the off piste conditions and by the end of the day you will fee much more confident in basic off piste conditions.
Day 4: Depending on the weather, today will be either your first tour or your second free ride day. As a first tour we will ascend between 800-1000m above the Kals valley on a beautiful, remote tour. You will have your first taste of the excitement of touring and enjoying the wilderness of the Alps. If a free ride day we will focus on intermediate techniques and steeper terrain. Yoga and hot tub in the evening.
Day 5: Rest day. No guided skiing, so you may choose to go skiing on the piste. We recommend you take a rest and perhaps use our snowshoes to take a small walk around MoaAlm. Even better, read your book on the sofa and soak in the hot tub! Dinner will be out at a local restaurant.
Day 6: After a day of rest you are back on your skis/board. Depending on the weather, today will be either your first tour or your second free ride day. As a first tour we will ascend between 800-1000m above the Kals valley on a beautiful, remote tour. You will have your first taste of the excitement of touring and enjoying the wilderness of the Alps. If it's a free ride day we will focus on intermediate techniques as you learn to splitboard in steeper moe difficult terrain. Yoga and hot tub in the evening.
Day 7: The last day of this backcountry splitboarding holiday in Austria comes around all too quickly but you make the most of it with a fantastic final tour in the beautiful Lucknerhaus Valley. With incredible views of Grossglockner (Austria's tallest mountain), and some epic powder, you will be hooked to touring and not ready to leave!