Alpine Objectives blog

info, imagery & idiocy for the winter afflicted.

Splitboarding Tips & Tech for Beginners 101: Pre-hike equipment practice and proper skinning technique

When gravity takes over, the downhill part of your splitboarding adventure isn`t really any different than a descent on a traditional solid snowboard. But the two-plank split ascent poses some new challenges for those just starting out on their splitboards. Here are some tips for beginner splitboarders that will help you get to know your…

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NOW Select Skate-Tech Snowboard Bindings Review

Now I get it. Now I`m a believer. Now you need to get on-board with your own pair of NOW Select Skate-Tech bindings. NOW`s gutsy leap into the unknown with their binding technology released in 2012 ranks as one of snowboarding`s most innovative ideas put into action since monkeys started moving sideways on wooden planks…

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Nidecker Escape 159 Wide All-mountain Freeride Snowboard Review

The madmen at Nidecker have been at the forefront of game-changing snowboard innovation since 1984 with a snow-focused manufacturing heritage dating back long before that (1912). So when Nidecker produces a “mid-range” snowboard, chances are you`re getting more bang for your buck than advertised. The Nidecker Escape all-mountain freeride snowboard is a great example crammed…

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Nidecker Ultralight 160 Freeride Snowboard Review

The Nidecker Ultralight isn`t your average laminated wooden plank. This Swiss engineered big-mountain “beauty and the beast” is tough, fast, responsive, over-flowing with technological innovation and almost as pretty as last months` Playboy cover girl.  Besides, if it`s good enough for the Freeride World Tour champions from 2013 & 2014 (Elodie Mouthon & Emilien Badoux),…

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Jones Ultra Aviator 158 Wide All-Mountain Freestyle Snowboard Review

Here`s the unofficial transcript of communications overheard between the Jones Ultra Aviator and Zürich Airport Ground Control Tower—– Jones Ultra Aviator: Tower, this is the Ultra Aviator requesting fly-by. Control Tower: Request denied Ultra Aviator. Jones Ultra Aviator: F#&k off. Jones Ultra Aviator Intro In only a short time since company launch in 2009, Jones…

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Splitboarding Gear Essentials

Along with splitboard and backcountry safety equipment, the following items are integral components to your splitboarding gear list. There are other pieces of equipment that could be included but without the mandatory handful of items below, your beautiful splitboard will be nothing more than a giant ornament resting against the wall. The additional expenses will increase your…

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Jones Hovercraft 160 Snowboard Review

Before heading off to the deep powder capital of the world, you have a decision to make. Should you bring a pow-specific board that might limit versatility or an all-mountain ride that`ll let you do it all in every condition? Big mountain maestro, Jeremy Jones, and Swiss snowboard manufacturing geniuses at Nidecker, combined to come up with a design…

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Winkelride Freestyle Skiing & Snowboarding Rail Jam – 3sixty Snowboard Shop, Stans, Switzerland

With one of Europe`s most picturesque cities 15-minutes to the North (Luzern) and one of Switzerland`s top snowsports destinations 25-minutes in the opposite direction (Engelberg), beautiful little Stans, CH, kinda` gets lost in the middle. But every year just before the winter season kicks into full gear, the guys n` gals at local skate &…

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Books for Skiers & Snowboarders to Add to Your Snow-shelf

Here`s a growing list of reading resources that every skier & snowboarder — off-pisters, on-pisters, beginners or experts — can inexpensively add into their snow education arsenal. Being a bookworm won`t magically help you pull-off sick tricks in the park, zoom past slalom gates faster or become a more savvy backcountry tourer. But absorbing valuable…

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Breuil-Cervinia, Aosta, Italy – Early season skiing & snowboarding in Europe

Early season riding at Breuil-Cervinia often resembles mid-season skiing & snowboarding at a lot of other places around the world. When you want freshies in October or November at a European ski area (or excellent skiing & snowboarding throughout the entire winter), head to the continent`s highest lifted point in Italy`s, Aosta Valley. Cervinia Skiing…

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Melchsee-Frutt Ski Area Review

A local`s favorite, little Melchsee-Frutt delivers a pretty big punch for a relatively pint-sized Swiss ski hill. Excellent snow totals, terrain for everyone, solid infrastructure and wonderful sunny aspect make it a great Central Swiss winter holiday spot. Melchsee-Frutt Ski Area Overview Melchsee-Frutt is an enjoyable, well-rounded Zentralschweiz ski gebeit. There`s a nice vibe with an…

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Stoos Skiing & Snowboarding Area Review

The Lake Luzern region of the Central Swiss Alps is one of the most scenic four-season locales anywhere. But when the snow starts flying above the Vierwaldstättersee`s Eastern shoreline, one small Swiss ski area — Stoos — compliments the idyllic beauty of the region in a big way.