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Every spring bands of snowboarders converge on a tiny Rocky Mountain town in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to explore the backcountry opportunities that abound. But they’re not you typical snowboarders. They’re split boarders. It’s called splitboarding: a genre of snowboarding that relies on boards that split in two to be used…(Read More)

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

When we rolled up to Purgatory Snowcat Adventures on a foggy morning in February, we weren’t sure if it was the day for a cat skiing. Lucky for us, things at the Southwestern Colorado-based business were about to change. A lull in winter storms had the best of the Southern Rockies getting tracked…(Read More)

snowboard camber and rocker

We dropped in to The Boarding Haus in Durango, Colorado, to learn about snowboard camber and how it can affect your ride. (Camber refers to the arching of a horizontal surface, like a ski. It helps turn, but when other shapes are applied, more benefits can be achieved.) Owner and lifelong boardsports lover John Agnew…(Read More)

snowboard stance

In snowboarding you’re locked in place on the board, unlike surfing and skateboarding where you can change the position of your feet – your snowboard stance – at any time. But that’s part of the fun. Becoming one with your board is perhaps the very essence of snowboarding, and it all begins with where you…(Read More)

Santa Fe Adventure Pro

Lured by good skiing, green chile and a dose of sun in the Land of Enchantment, we headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico. And that’s exactly what we found. A weekend getaway in this centuries-old capital city is like taking a trip around the world, just 45 minutes from Albuquerque. Mild winter temperatures…(Read More)

Who said ski bums don’t work? We grabbed a few chairs and learned what it’s like to be a full-time ski bum with a job. “We live here because we love to play outside,” says Valeria Van Kirk-Busch, senior lift operations manager at Purgatory Resort in southwestern…(Read More)

Sand boarding the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

How to sandboard

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So, just how do you sandboard? We suggest using a specific sandboard that comes with bindings – wake board bindings, actually. Rentals are available at Kirsti Mountain Sports in Alamosa, Colorado, the sandboard capital of the Rockies. Sandboarder Enrique Salcedo says that no special clothing or soft gear is required, just the gumption to shred…(Read More)

sand boarding

It doesn’t have to be snowing to make these turns. In fact, you don’t need snow at all. It’s called sandboarding. It’s a little like snowboarding, but totally different. “The main difference here is there is no lift,” said Enrique Salcedo of Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa, Colorado. “You’re going…(Read More)

split boards

Split boarding: making transitions fast work So, you’re ready to take on the mountain, one-on-one. You’ve got your board your boots, your skins, your poles and your bindings. The car is loaded, in ski mode, with poles out and skins handy so all you have to do is strap in and…(Read More)