Split To Win was born adding hard work to the thrill and passion for splitboarding. Gaiur Compañía de Snowboard has been pushing the limits of splitboarding in our mountains for over a decade now. On the other hand, Splitboard Magazine is a reference within the international splitboarding scene.
Despite its distinct competitive character, the organization has always tried to put competitiveness secondly. As Javi Barro puts it:
The group spirit, the gathering and sharing a weekend of experiences is at the forefront, and mostly, finding the best terrain and the best conditions to ride.
Split To Win is above all, a sustainable and autonomous event, which stems from a romantic approach to understanding snowboarding and the mountain.
Under these premises, a group of 17 splitboarders left Arties (Val d’Aran- Pyrenees) on Friday at noon to approach Ventosa i Calvell mountain shelter, stopping at Restanca Mountain shelter, and on through the Coll de Crestada, a long tour in one of the most beautiful areas in the Pyrenees.
Ventosa i Calvell mountain shelter is located at 2200m (7200ft) in the Aigüestortes National Park, and it provides all the facilities any splitboarder can dream of, excellent food and mostly, a spectacular mountain scenery. The North Face of the Pic de Comalespada, as well as the area around the refuge, offers a wide range of terrain options to choose from, depending on the conditions of the snow.
Meteorology was definitely not on our side, and an ill timed temperature rise was followed by night frost, so Saturday morning after the briefing, we looked for a south oriented face for the Chinese Downhill, thus keeping a card under the sleeve for Freeride Day. On the other hand, the forecast for Sunday morning seemed helpful for a quick transformation of the snow on the north face.
Sunday started with mild temperatures, but the northern wind was keeping the snow hard on exposed areas. Part of the organization skinned up the Comalespada north face early in the morning, but in the end, the conditions weren’t appropriate, so we looked for options on the NE face of the Colieto valley, where we could finally put in place the Freeride Day comp.
At this point, we would like to thank every one who participated. Organizing an event of this sort is basically impossible without the commitment and motivation of each of those who were involved. After accumulating hundreds of positive meters during the previous days, the smile on everyone’s face is the best memory we took with us.
But the best was yet to come: after two long, hard days on the mountains, in the end we were all able to be part of a great show, with big lines, speed, fluidity, big drops and great thrill.
In the afternoon, we had the chance of watching every line on a screen, and the riders themselves voted to decide the winning lines. After the price and gift giving, and a long tour back to the starting point in Arties, we wrapped up the first edition of Split To Win with some tasty pintxos and beers.
We’d like to finish giving big props to the Ventosa i Calvell crew for all their help and good vibes, also to Salomon Snowboards, Plum Splitboard Bindings, Splitboard Center, Camelbak, Dragon Alliance, Marmot Aran and NZero Ski Wax for believing in this project.
The signing in period for the second edition of Split to Win will open in December. Stay tuned! The number of riders is limited!