Ski Mountaineering Expedition Grant - open for applications

The 2017 Expedition Grant is open for applications.

This year’s grant is $400

The grant comes from proceeds of the Expedition Fund Raffle supported by Spark R&D, Cactus Outdoor, Penguin Powderwear, Fresh Descent, Ranger Bindings & Splitn2.com.  

The purpose of the award is to support one or more recipients attempt a major ski mountaineering objective.

Applications close 15 October 2017

The following conditions apply:
·          The grant will be available to the recipient(s) for the purpose of supporting their participation in the proposed expedition.
·          Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
·          The proposed expedition may be in New Zealand or overseas.
·          Proposed expeditions must be completed by 31 December 2018

See full details here

Thanks to the Expedition Fund sponsors and to everyone who attended SplitFest 2017 and raised the funds!

Global Delights slideshow - Friday night at SplitFest


SplitFest Best Line with Penguin Powderwear

Massive thanks to Penguin Powderwear for supporting this year's Best Line comp.

Best Ski and Best Snowboard line 
- nominations taken at prize giving on Sunday!



Introduction to Splitboarding - extra workshop Sunday morning

Hi gang,
We've got quite a few people booked for the Splitboarding workshop on Saturday afternoon  - so we're going to run a 2nd workshop on Sunday morning. Time will be 10am -12noon.

If you don't have you're own splitboard make sure you book some demo gear to for the workshop of your choice. First in first served for demo gear - check in with gear guys when you arrive on the hill.

Introduction to Ski Touring

Don't forget to register for the Ski Touring workshop on Saturaday afternoon (1pm start). details are here

Photo comp closing date Sunday September 17

We've adjusted the photo comps to make the same closing date apply to all 
** Sunday September 17 (one week after SplitFest) 
and same for the One-minute Video Drop

There's 3 categories of photo awards this year thanks to Cactus Outdoor, Smith Optics and Ranger Bindings. 
For the video comp with Earth Sea Sky we're looking for some short sweet edits!

Checkout the prizes and other details here
$300 of Cactus gear
$300 of Earth Sea Sky gear
Splitboard bindings from Ranger Bindings
Smith Goggles from Smith Optics


Get shooting and see you at SplitFest!

Snow in the forecast

Good looking forecast for the next two weeks ... snow and more snow!
http://www.metvuw.com/forecast/forecast.php?type=rain&region=nzsi&noofdays=10
Tim Rowan shredding some Temple goodness


PHOTO COMPS - open now!

open for entries now!


Adventure Photography Award  with Cactus Outdoor
  • images that best capture the spirit of backcountry adventure.
  • limit of 10 entries per photographer for this award. 
Closing date: September 17th. 

Expedition Photography Award  with Smith Optics
  • images that best capture the spirit of expedition travel in the backcountry. 
  • limit of 10 entries per photographer for this award.
Closing date: September 17th.

full details of how to enter are here

VIDEO DROP ON NOW!

open for entries now!

Earth Sea Sky One Minute Video Drop

Here's how it works:

Judging criteria:
- backcountry storyline
- creativity
- technical excellence of the production


$300 of Earth Sea Sky gear up for grabs - winner takes all!

Full details of how to enter are here


Ski Mountaineering Scholarship with NZAC

Applications close Sept 30

2017 Ski Mountaineering Scholarship
We are stoked to announce this partnership with the New Zealand Alpine Club. There's a $500 cash award up for grabs.

The 2017 Ski Mountaineering Scholarship is now open for applications. Full details here

SPLITFEST COURSES & WORKSHOPS

Learn the skills for backcountry travel by joining one of the SplitFest workshops!

3 Day Ski Mountaineering course
Sept 5th to 7th
- details here

2 Day Big Mountain  Camp
Come up for either day or both
 - Sept 3 - avalanche awareness, snow safety
 - Sept 4 - trip planning, navigation, steep snow techniques
- details here

1 Day Avalanche Awareness Workshop
Sept 8
 - details here

1/2 day Split Board Technique and Ski Touring Technique workshops
Sept 9 (1pm start)
- click the links for details




Conditions update  - super good base all over the mountain and snow in the forecast later today!
See you at SplitFest!

Lock in the dates and get set for another epic festival at Temple Basin!
Register online here



Festival Album

Checkout the Splitfest 2015 Festival Album on facebook





See you at SplitFest 2016!

Photocomp top 3

Cheers to everyone who entered the photocomp with Ranger Splitboard Bindings.

Here's the top 3:

Paul Mason. 1st place.

Tess Carney. 2nd place.









































Steve Savage. 3rd place.





Photocomp entries

Conditions were ... obviously epic!

Cactus Creative Writing Comp open for entries

Closing date is Sunday 27 September ...Get your entries in now!


Full details of judging criteria etc are here

Rowan Bashford takes out SplitFest Best Line!

Congrats Rowan Bashford for taking out the 2015 SplitFest Best Line comp with some solid free-riding on the north face of B'Limit!

Conditions were perfect for dropping the line then a short tour back to the ski area in time for prize-giving. Nice work!

Even better, Rowan takes away a brand new pair of Spark Bindings thanks to www.Splitn2.com