Pallas Snowboards to Host Women's Splitboard Clinic
Pallas Snowboards, an independent women's snowboard and splitboard company with roots in Utah, is hosting a women's splitboard clinic on December 12-13 within the Wastach Range in Utah. The event, which coincides with International Women's Ski and Snowboard Day on December 13th, seeks to inspire, educate, and encourage girls to get out and after it in the backcountry.
"The purpose of the event is to remove some of the intimidation factors for beginner splitboarders, while encouraging more knowledge for those who already enjoy it," said Stephanie Nitsch, founder of Pallas Snowboards.
"The ladies involved with this event champion hard for women's splitboarding, and we know first-hand how difficult it can be throughout the learning/progression. We also know how important it is to have mentors and a network of smart partners to go out with. We want to offer support and see other women charge on splitboards,” Nitsch continued.
– Kelly Robbins (the only guy in the group): founder of Splitboard Education Collective and an AIARE instructor who's leading the clinic.
– Cindi Lou Grant: Wasatch resident, Voile team athlete, aspiring mountain guide who will be guiding the second group.
– Lexie Anderson: Vagabond splitboarder / mountaineer and aspiring mountain guide who will be tail guiding.
– Stephanie Nitsch: Founder of Pallas, former Summit County, UT Search and Rescue member, and tail guide.
A casual workshop at Wasatch Touring in Salt Lake City, Utah that will touch on pre-trip planning. This will include interpreting avalanche reports and weather; tinkering / getting familiar with gear; learning about your touring partners; opening the lines of communication within the group; etc… Of course, mandatory boxed wine and snacks included.
Heading to Little Cottonwood Canyon for a group tour, conditions permitting. The group will be divvied into beginners and intermediates so we can work on different and progressive skills that no one really teaches you as you're learning: setting and maintaining a skin track without losing steam; ascending the path of least resistance; reading terrain features; how to pack / layer / eat; what to bring; etc. And ride pow, too!
$75 per person mandatory donation for the class, and complementary backcountry tour.
Photos Courtesy of: Pallas Snowboards