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Peering out across Colorado mountains from Leadville, CO. Photo Credit: Nic MacCulloch.

I remember setting down my first ever skin track in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine. We rode the King Pine lift up to the ridge that connects over to Burnt Mountain via a trail called Golden Road. From here, we transitioned our splitboards into touring mode and set out along the ridgeline. This first transition for me was unlike anything my normal snowboarding career had prepared me for. Moving my bindings around. Applying skins to my splitboard?! Riding skis?! I probably spent a solid 20 minutes on this first “transition”. That was 5 years ago, and since then I have dialed in my transition time and general skills as a backcountry traveler.

Here are 6 areas of focus to help you get more confident and efficient as a splitboarder:

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Derek finds powder in the woods at Bolton Valley. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Whether you are someone who spends their whole day lapping the park; or the dedicated split boarder heading out at first light exploring ever further from the resort area boundaries; we all are listening to something. With headphones on or just on the way to the mountain, we all need that little something to get us amped and ready to shred. We have assembled a play list from a bunch of our staff who snowboard to help get your day off to a great start. Our staff has some pretty diverse tastes and each pick is of the employee's own liking. The lyrics may not be suitable for all folks or tastes, but diversity in how we ride and what we listen to is what makes snowboarding so fun. This is just meant to possibly expand our customers own music libraries and create some conversation on what you’re listening to as well.

Feel free to put your own top five picks in the comments so we can all find something new to queue up for that next awesome powder day!

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Meet Kelsey Campbell

Feb 18, 2019 3:58:26 PM

Meet Kelsey Campbell

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

Years of Experience: I have been skiing since I was 3 and snowboarding since age 8. I have 3 years experience in softgoods. At Skirack, I specialized in alpine softgoods, helmets & goggles, and running shoes.

Certifications and Awards: Masterfit Associates Plus, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Kayaking, surfing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, reading and practicing my Spanish and German.

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What's New and Hot in Snowboarding This Year!

This season has sure gotten off to a great start! We saw snow in the mountains early October, sparking us to get even more psyched about the winter season!

Derek Tiplady, Skirack's snowboard buyer gives his picks for what is new and hot this year in snowboarding and splitboarding.

Shop in store or online for a full selection of snowboarding gear including: snowboards, boots, bindings, clothing, and accessories.

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Dressing in Layers for Outdoor Comfort

Spending time outdoors is a big part of the lifestyle of many Vermonters, and dressing to stay comfortable during changing weather and activity levels is important if you want to get out there and have fun doing it.

Luckily, there are many trusted and well established gear brands that offer everything you need to be comfortable doing whatever you like to do outside.

Deciding what outdoor clothing you need and how to use it can be as complex as you want to make it, but if you start by learning to dress in layers, then you are well on your way to outdoor comfort.

The following tips on layering will help you make the most of what you already own and make better decisions about the new gear that will make your adventures even more fun.

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Meet Max VanOrman

Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Max VanOrman

Hometown:Bloomfield, NY

Years of Experience: I am new to Skirack as of this summer and have 10+ years of sales management experience

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, writing music.

Favorite Gear: My Specialized Enduro has been my trusty steed on the trails for the past year and I love how versatile the bike is both on the climb and ripping downhill.

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Meet Molly Cournoyer

Jun 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Molly Cournoyer

Hometown:Burlington, VT

Years of Experience: I am new to Skirack, with 11 years of customer service and ski racing USSA and Vara. 6 years of teaching skiing and snowboarding.

Certifications and Awards: Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) USSA / Vara Training Program First Aid and CPR certified

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, biking, disc golfing, hiking, fishing, camping - pretty much any adventure outdoors.

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Darn Tough Sock Spring Sale Through May 28

Now through May 28, take 25% OFF All Darn Tough Socks!

This includes socks for running, hiking, biking, hunting, lifestyle, and more!

Shop in store or online at Skirack or Vermont Trailwear*.

*Vermont Trailwear: 2653 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury, VT

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CAPiTA Snowboarding: Snowboard Overview and Environmental Production Process

We are proud to support CAPiTA Snowboards for their quality, performance, designs, and environmental production process. Check out the 2018 men's and women's boards that we carry.

Watch the video showcasing CAPiTA's most advanced production facility (the "Mothership") which is 100% hydro powered and features a groomed 3/4 mile snowboard testing slope. 

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Comments | Posted in Product Features and Reviews Snowboarding By Derek Tiplady

Meet Chris Hancewicz

Jan 12, 2018 5:00:00 AM

Meet Chris Hancewicz

Hometown:Westhampton, MA

Years of Experience: I have 25 years of riding and fixing bikes and snowboards. I am also the floor lead for the snowboard, alpine, run departments.

Certifications and Awards: Thule Rackmaster certified. Specialized BG bicycle fit trained. Masterfit University boot fit basic certification.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: The five books in the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. 5 and 1/3 time finisher of the Hampshire 100 endurance bike event. 24th person to complete it 5 times in a row. Hiking/wandering in the woods.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Snowboarding Bicycling By Chris Hancewicz
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