Backcountry riding is at an all-time high, with more people than ever looking to venture out of bounds and tour deep into the mountains. While not the easiest form of snowboarding to get into, it provides an experience unlike any other and one that every snowboarder could and should experience. That's where The Backside Sessions comes in.

This new 4-part splitboard series hosted by Pallas Snowboards and friends is for women, and combines classroom workshops with on-snow trainings to promote skills and progression throughout the season.

Courses feature female guides and mountain enthusiasts that share the same zest for powder and adventure.  These course are designed to take your skills to a new level, by focusing on absorbing new information, asking questions, hanging out, riding pow and making new touring friends.

If free splitboard demos from Pallas Snowboards and Spark R&D, gear discounts, beacon treasure hunts, professional instruction, and furthering your skills in the backcountry all sound like something you're into, then check out the courses below.  Things start with a beginner course in Park City, then travel to Sun Valley, ID for a hut trip, land in Mt. Baker,WA for Splitfest, and culminate in Bend, Oregon with a winter camping trip.


Getting schooled. Photo: Steph Nitsch

The Backside Sessions – Park City, UT

December 16-17, 2016

Who: Beginner + intermediate splitboarders

Join Utah-based Pallas Snowboards and the expert instructors at Splitboard Education Collective for a women's only splitboard clinic, hosted at White Pine Touring in Park City, UT. This hands-on clinic will get you tuned into backcountry etiquette, efficiencies, and safety on a splitboard. You'll learn to dial in your gear setup, master new skills, and refine your techniques through classroom and in-field sessions. Free demo equipment (limited quantities, RSVP required), gear discounts, and swag giveaways will be on hand all weekend.

Requirements: Participants must have strong snowboarding skills in powder conditions. However, prior experience splitboarding not required. A beacon, shovel, probe, and splitboard equipment is mandatory for all participants.

Please note: This clinic is not a replacement for a formal avalanche training. While this clinic will be led by an AIARE (American Institude for Avalanche Research and Education) instructor, we will only briefly discuss the topics of an AIARE Level 1 course. For info on where to take a course, visit AIARE’s websiteRegister here! 


Getting your gear dialed is easier than you may think. Photo: Steph Nitsch

The Backside Sessions – Sun Valley, ID

February 19-22, 2017

Who: Intermediate to Advanced riders

Venture into the world of overnight backcountry trips with a guided trek into Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. We'll rendezvous in Sun Valley on Sunday to dial in our splitboard gear, gather last-minute necessities, and talk about our plan. On Monday, we'll get a snowmobile bump to our zone and spend two nights exploring the playful terrain around the yurt. Get a taste of Idaho pow, learn the art of writing snow observations, master your touring techniques, and much more. Meals included. Pre-registration link:


Crew’d up at the Mt. Baker Splitfest. Photo: Steph Nitsch

The Backside Sessions – Mt. Baker, Wa

March 17-19, 2017

Who: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Riders

Kick it with the Pallas ladies at the base of Mt. Baker during the 2017 Baker Splitfest. We've got you covered with two nights' lodging at the Pallas House, most meals, guided touring on Saturday, après at the house, gear talks, free demo equipment, and access to all the official Baker Splitfest activities. Stick around on Sunday and join us for a free public women's tour before heading home. Pre-registration link:

The Backside Sessions – Bend, Or

April 7-8, 2017

Who: Intermediate and Advanced riders

Learn the art of spring and summer volcano touring in one of the most tectonic regions in the country. We'll meet in Bend, Oregon and pick our objective over one of the 18+ breweries in town. As we get on the snow, we'll pick apart the nuances of consolidated spring snowpacks, complex routes, touring with crampons, and long days in the mountains. Pre-registration link:

Check out more about Backcountry safety here.