Splitfest demo gear

Want to give splitboarding a go?
Or try out new gear?

Then get up to Splitfest and book in some demo gear! Look out for Richard and Chris at the Main Lodge all weekend.

Global Delights Friday night

Splitfest Best Line comp with Cactus starts Thursday!

Best Line comp with Cactus starts Thursday 
- and the weather is looking mint!

Be in to win $250 of Cactus goodies!

Comp rules:
- comp period runs Thursday to Sunday at Splitfest
- the line must be accessed from Temple Basin
- you can be skiing, riding or sliding on any equipment (skis or board)
- nominations taken at prize giving on Sunday or any time prior. Self nominations possible  but better if accompanied by an eye witness or photo evidence!
- photo evidence or eye-witness account required!
- this year's theme is 'billy goats rule!'

Seeking Balance Finding Adventure

Follow Nicole Mesman's 'Seeking Balance Finding Adventure' team and expedition progress in Krygyzstan here:

SeekingBalanceFindingAdventure Blog 
and on Facebook and Instagram 


Expedition Fund winners announced

Congrats to our 2017 Expedition Fund winners Nicole Mesman and Rowan Bashford.

Nicole took out the NZAC Youth Ski Mountaineering Scholarship and will be heading to the Tien Shen mountains in Kyrgyzstan.

Rowan took out the 2017 Expedition Grant and will be exploring the south coast of to Greenland in the spring of 2018.

Good luck guys and go well! Look out for updates from these guys in the coming months.

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!
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


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


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!