Splitboarding in Central Colorado
Backcountry touring and secret stash slashing deep in the Gunnison National Forest
A decade ago, 100 day seasons were the norm. Now, I’m lucky if I get a handful. Same goes for TF contributor and former King Snow Magazine editor Eric Greene. But so goes life in NYC. So, each year a pilgrimage is made to satiate the urge to get back on a snowboard in a legit territory (no offense Mountain Creek, NJ). Last year we hit Powder Mountain, Utah, and Jackson Hole the year before. Since we seem drawn to the region, we went for Central Colorado this time around. Gunnison-Crested Butte to be exact.
While a few days ripping groomers and hiking sidecountry lines at the resort were surely in order, we kicked off the trip with a splitboard tour, headed up by our pal and Crested Butte mainstay Mike Horn, and The Homie Kyle from Cold Smoke Snowboards, a local manufacturer and one of the raddest dudes around. Those two broke trail while the rest of us tried to remember how to ski while battling a serious altitude adjustment.