In this page we’ll be going through the basic ascending techniques and we’ll be naming the moves we use to practice splitboarding.
To define ascending and advancing techniques on a splitboard I will have to resort to my own experience, as I haven’t found any specific information on the subject. We have to turn to cross country skiing to understand some of these techniques better (skating, single stride, etc.) and to ski mountaineering to apply many ascending techniques (advancing on steep terrain, kick turns, etc.). It is not possible to use skating techniques without having stuck the skins underneath the splitboard skis. We have to bear in mind that some of the splitboard’s features have not been specifically designed to execute some of these moves.
The classic advancing step using skins: stride forward with one foot while digging the opposite pole, sliding with the opposite foot. Alternate with opposite foot/ hand.
Single stride mistakes:
The most obvious mistake is to lose verticality regarding the splitboard. This causes bad traction of the skins and the consequent loss of grip. Facing a steep slope without using heel rise might cause this in our position. Single stride & fast slide: This step has a faster tempo than the single stride. it generates the inertia to help the skis slide easily on flat terrain. Letting the skins slide as long as possible is the priority on this step. Double pole stride This time we stride with both pole simultaneously and let the skins slide.
On flat terrain we take as much impulse as possible using both poles simultaneously to slide.
This technique can be applied on steep terrain or hard snow, where the skin doesn’t traction properly. In this case we’ll push ourselves powerfully with both poles while we lift our legs to overcome the obstacle.