Nahuel Pancotti, Argentina

Nahuel Pancotti in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.

My name is Nahuel Pancotti, I am from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. I have been snowboarding since I was 11 years old. I did double seasons (Northern and Southern Hemisphere) for 6 years in a row, but I always had a single goal: to progress and to come back to where I belong, to ride as many mountains as possible.

In this southernmost region, almost at the end of the Andes Mountain Range, splitboarding is like a dream come true. The amount of possibilities that this discipline gives access to is unreal.

We have felt attracted to the vastness of these Southern Andes mountains and to its endless options from an early age, but the difficulty to access them has always been a limiting obstacle. Hiking with snowshoes, means carrying your board on your backpack, and this is quite annoying after a while. By the time you finally reach the coveted summit, your legs have had enough.

Thanks to the Champ who one day decided to split his board in half, and turn it into two mountaineering sticks, everything has radically changed.

Going deep into the valleys and exploring new parts of the island is now easy, even with your backpack loaded for a few days of hiking. Progressing up the hill with a splitboard doesn’t require a big effort and it has clearly changed things: what used to be 5 hours of hiking with snowshoes has become now 2 hours of splitboarding. When you reach the summit, you are not exhausted, meaning you can do 3 full-on runs.

Possibilities are endless. The island Of Tierra del Fuego is paradise for every splitboarder.

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