SILVERTON SPLITFEST 2019

The 8th annual Silverton Splitfest will be held April 19th-21st, 2019. Make sure to mark your calendars for this special gathering of the tribe in Silverton, CO.  Ride new lines, make new friends, learn new backcountry skills, and demo the latest splitboard gear. All proceeds of the event support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the Silverton Avalanche School.

The following courses will be offered throughout the fest to participants who want to enhance their experience and Avalanche Education in a unique all splitboarder setting.

AVALANCHE RESCUE

Silverton Avalanche School will be offering an Avalanche Rescue course with a splitboarding focus on April 18th as an option to add to your Splitfest experience.

Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. This course expands beyond what students learn in a Level 1 to more complex rescue scenarios. Each student will practice individuals skills of avalanche rescue including assessing the scene and taking leadership, using equipment and gear, and applying the Quick Reference tool.

Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the Recreational Level 2 and Pro 1 courses.

Who should take this course:
Every splitboarder who plans to continue to ride in the backcountry.

COURSE DETAILS

Course  runs 1 day from 9:00am 4:00pm

Dates: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cost: $100

Cost Includes: Level 1 rescue card upon successful completion of the course.

Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.

Venue: Kendall Mountain Recreation Center  • Silverton, CO

Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes are closed.

SPLITBOARDING BASICS

In order to make the awesomeness of Splitfest more inclusive to those newer to splitboarding, we are offering a full day of guiding and instruction on basic splitboard skills and riding techniques. You will end the day feeling ready to split tour and maximize your future experiences!

Who should take this course:

  • Riders who want to try splitboarding
  • Riders who ride the struggle bus when on a tour with their skier friends
  • Splitboarders who want to better their technique in both modes
  • Riders who are unfamiliar with the backcountry around Silverton

Topics will include:

  • How to use the splitboard gear properly
  • How to have efficient transitions
  • How to read terrain as a rider
  • Setting a proper skin track
  • Splitboarding hacks
  • Riding techniques in variable conditions
  • Basic avalanche awareness

COURSE DETAILS

This is a 1 day class that goes over the basics of splitboarding.

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019

Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: $150

Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.

Venue: Silverton, CO Backcountry

Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).

EXPERT SPLITBOARD CLINIC

Riders who are confident in their ability, equipment and who are up to date in their avalanche education should take this course. This will be a full day out and riders should be in shape for putting in 10-15 miles.

In this Splitboarding course, participants will work together to execute a complex and robust day tour in avalanche terrain.

Who should take this course:

  • Intermediate/advanced riders from outside the area looking to have a big day out with a professional who knows the area well

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • trip & tour planning resources and considerations
  • complex micro/macro route finding
  • hazard awareness and analysis
  • refined skinning and advanced climbing techniques
  • efficient transitioning and equipment management
  • ascending/descending coaching and feedback

COURSE DETAILS

This is a 1 day class that dives into expert level touring aspects of splitboarding.

Date: Saturday, April 20th 2019

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $170

Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.

Venue: Silverton, CO Backcountry

Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).

ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE SPLITBOARD CLINIC

This clinic is appropriate for riders with prior splitboarding/avalanche training and experience. This will be a solid day out and riders should be in shape for an 8-10 mile day.

Who should take this course:

  • Splitboarders with a few seasons under their belt looking to refine their skills
  • Splitboarders who want to elevate their riding to the next level

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • trip & tour planning resources and considerations
  • complex micro/macro route finding
  • hazard awareness and analysis
  • refined skinning and advanced climbing techniques
  • efficient transitioning and equipment management
  • ascending/descending coaching and feedback

COURSE DETAILS

This one day class conducts an intermediate-advanced splitboard tour

Date: Sunday, April 21th, 2019

Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Cost: $170 per person

Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See our Getting Here page for area information.

Venue:  Silverton, CO Backcountry

Cancellation Policy:  A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed.

Michael Ackerman

Michael Ackerman is a die hard splitboarder and has been thriving, guiding, educating and riding in the San Juans for 10 years. Embodying over two decades of professional backcountry experience, expert technical skills and hard-earned wilderness wisdom, Michael has made his mark as one of the preeminent adventure guides and outdoor instructors in the American West.

Since 1999, Ackerman has worked as a rock, splitboard, mountain guide, professional ski patroller, avalanche educator, wilderness medicine trainer, SAR technician, and sponsored backcountry athlete. 

In addition to a BA in Adventure Education from Prescott College, Ackerman earned Level Two, Level Three, Avalanche Instructor and Course Leader certification through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. He is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and leads Know Before You Go Awareness curriculum for the Friends of the CAIC and the Friends of the San Juans.  Additionally, Michael has completed the American Mountain Guide Association’s TRSM and Ski Guide courses.  

Learn more by visiting his website at michaelackerman.org

Interested In Attending Silverton Splitfest 2019?