15 seasons ago, Nelson Domínguez and myself, Javi Barro, started working together offering the best backcountry riding in this valley called Val d’Aran. We always had this idea in mind, and that’s been our focus as Gaiur snowboard from the beginning. One thing is sure, this valley grants excellent conditions each Winter. Season after season, these mountains offer endless terrain to ride in absolute freedom. The story goes back to the mid ‘90s, the golden years for our snowboard industry. With our addiction to powder, plus the hard work and the will to rediscover the Aranese mountains at a whole new level, we opened the path in search of high level, committed snowboarding. This is how the backcountry seed germed in this corner of the Pyrenees. The development of Val d’Aran as a unique Winter tourism destination in southern Europe, turned these mountains into the epicentre of freeriding in Spain, a place to search for white gold within a frame of comradery. With time, this spirit was spread amongst riders from other origins and cultures.
“There are no more excuses: those descents we longed for can now be part of our riding routine. Thanks to splitboarding we can now experience unique riding and places, it’s just a matter of being patient, fit and technically ready, and keeping the spirit amped”
At the beginning of the century we had the idea and the need to provide a whole new concept of snowboard camps to girls and boys eager to improve their snowboarding technique and enjoy powder. Konrad, Ramón, Igor, Javi and Nelson organized their first freeride camps inside and outside the domain of the endless resort of Baqueira Beret, with snowmobile and heli operations. We haven’t stopped evolving since, at a personal level and through the work we have done with our customers.
The relationship between Gaiur and splitboarding goes back to 2005. The appearance of splitboarding marked a milestone in the evolution of our company. At the beginning, it wasn’t an outstanding tool in the backcountry: the gear was scarce, heavy and not even close to the solid boards we rode in the late 90’s. This changed dramatically with development of the first splitboard specific bindings, and the evolution of splitboards. This was freeriding’s second birth; now we can go further by our own means, making the effort/satisfaction ratio much more accessible.
“Gaiur has bet on splitboarding as the essential key to redefine mountain snowboarding, pushing to the next level.”
There are no more excuses: those descents we longed for can now be part of our riding routine. Thanks to splitboarding we can now experience unique riding and places, it’s just a matter of being patient, fit and technically ready, and keeping the spirit amped. Gaiur has bet on splitboarding as the essential key to redefine mountain snowboarding, pushing to the next level. Last Winter, for the 8th consecutive year, Gaiur organized in Val d’Aran “Go Big Or Go Home”: the wildest splitboarding gathering in the Pyrenees and Southern Europe. At the end of march, with Splitboard Magazine, we also launched Split to Win, the first splitboarding fest/contest in the Ventosa Calvell mountain hut.
“Nowadays, Nelson and Javi keep pushing this project in Val d’Aran, willingly and constantly renovating their splitboarding proposals.”
Gaiur has hosted countless riders, who have learned snowboarding backcountry and avalanche rescue technique, and enjoyed heli boarding and splitboard tours, and mostly many riders who have shared freeriding days learning and sharing the moment, the place and safe riding while respecting and cherishing the mountain. Nowadays, Nelson and Javi keep pushing this project in Val d’Aran, willingly and constantly renovating their splitboarding proposals. Next season, we’ll be offering both freeride and splitboard heli-camps, combined with resort riding and snowmobile approaches. Beside all this backcountry oriented offer, we’ll be hosting avalanche safety workshops, splitboard tours, heli-splitboarding and heli-boarding. We give our best to make you give the best of your snowboarding!