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In theory, the more educated and informed you are about something the more success you will have doing it. Splitboarding is no different. We encourage you to utilize the resources below. If you have some resources of your own you’d like to share please feel free to let me know through the About page.

Avalanche Safety

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper - Avalanche safety by one of the best. 

Snow Sense by Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler - A great little book that fits in your daypack.


Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra - The guidebook that sets a new standard for what a guidebook should be. Written by splitboard.com forum member Dan Mingori and his friend Nate Greenberg.

Backcountry Skiing in California’s High Sierra by John Moynier - A lifetime of outrageous tours and descents in one nice compact book.

50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California by Paul Richins - Some overlap with the Moynier book but every California splitboarder should won both.

The High Sierra: Peaks and Pases by R.J. Secor - The bible of the High Sierra. Loads of great reference photos for some of the best splitboarding terrain on the planet.

Backcountry Snowboarding in the Northern Sierra by George Hurchalla - A must-have guide to some of the great Tahoe stashes by our friend George Hurchalla.

The Chuting Gallery by Andrew McLean - Wasatch steep skiing guide by celebrated skier and all-around funny guy also known as AT Apostle on the internet.

Backcountry Skiing Utah by Tyson Bradley - More beta for the mountains of Utah.

Dawson’s Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing by Lou Dawson- The Colorado backcountry bible by one of the sport’s best.

Climbing the Cascade Volcanos by Jeff Smoot - More of a climbing guide but a great resource for the volcanos of the Cascades nonetheless. 

Cascade Alpine Guide by Fred Beckey - A must-have reference for splitboarding in the Cascades.

100 Classic Ski and Snowboard Routes in Washington by Rainer Burdorfer

Backcountry Ski Oregon: Classic Descents for Skiers and Snowboarders by Christopher Van Tilburg - A great list of some of the Oregon classics by splitboard.com forum member, docwild.

Oregon Descents: A Backcountry Ski Guide to the Southern Cascades by David Waag

Wild Snow: 54 Classic Ski and Snowboard Descents in North America by Lou Dawson

Tips and Instruction

Backcountry Snowboarding by Christopher Van Tilburg - Not splitboard specific but a great introductory book to  snowboarding in the backcountry.

Allen & Milke’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book by Allen O’Bannon and Mike Clelland - A really cool book chock full of great winter camping tips, sweet illustrations, and classic humor.

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills - The classic text of mountaineering know-how; a must on every splitboarder’s bookshelf.


frequency - The Snowboarder’s Journal - Snowboarding’s coffee-table bible.


Transworld Snowboarding

Off-Piste - magazine for backcountry enthusiasts.


Topozone.com - Online topo maps for the entire United States

Mountain and Route Info

Summitpost.org - Online community of peakbaggers. Lots of great information on skiable peaks, including plenty of route and reference photos.

Climber.org - A collection of climbing and mountaineering trip reports and associated resources with a heavy Sierra emphasis.

Wildsnow.com - Lou Dawson’s website.

TetonAT.com - Steve Romeo’s AT (alpine touring) site with lots of great info on the Tetons.

Tahoebackcountry.net - A great resource for Tahoe and Sierra skiers, riders, and climbers.

Guiding Services

Newsomesnow.com - Scott Newsome’s guiding service for snowboarders based in Canada.

Shastaguides.com - Chris and Jennifer Carr’s Mt. Shasta based guiding company.

Online Communities

Telemarktips.com - Tele-skiing focused website, but with a great talk forum containing lots of useful info on backcountry skiing, winter camping, and trip reports.

TetonGravityResearch.com - One of the most visited ski and snowboard communities on the web from the makers of high quality ski videos.

Biglines.com - Canadian based site with news, forums, and photo hosting.

Visual Stoke and Professional Photographers

Danmingoriphotography.com - Dan Mingori take some great photos of the Eastern Sierras.

Christianpondella.com - Mammoth based photographer with amazing talent.

Adambarkerphotography.com - Another extremely talented photographer based in Utah.

Jeramieprinephotography.com - Known as Wyomingsplit_ride on our forum, Jeramie is also an aspiring photographer.

Glacierworld.com- Montana based photographer Craig Moore has many talents from photography to web design.

National Forest and Wilderness Information

The vast majority of backcountry skiing and riding in the US takes place on public land administered the US Forest Service (Department of Agriculture) or the National Park Service (Department of Interior). There’s a lot of red tape to deal with, including permits, quotas, use restrictions, etc. “Know Before You Go” and remember to respect the wilderness so future generations can enjoy it!

US Forest Service Homepage

Wilderness.net - A clickable national map with links to all US wilderness areas, including comprehensive information on permits and other requirements.

National Park Service Homepage


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