Revelstoke Backcountry Edit

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A massive storm rolls in overnight and dumps +40cm of fresh snow. In the morning, you hit the resort and score some sick runs but everything is tracked out by last lifts. The problem? Tomorrow, you want more fresh powder than your resort can offer, what do you do? Head to the backcountry.

(Riders: Nev Lapwood/Alex Filler Filming/Editing: Hereward Longley/ Mat Barlow)

We went in search of some deep powder. So we found ourselves on the road travelling to the Revelstoke backcountry and man, it did not disappoint! Revelstoke is notorious for being steep and deep. Although these pillows look fun and soft, riding in the backcountry is hard work and dangerous. There are three things you need to go into the backcountry with:
  1. Experience
  2. Safety Knowledge
  3. The Right Equipment  

1. Experience

Riding deep powder is fun and easy, when you know how. If you are fairly new to snowboarding and you get stuck in deep powder, it can be an experience that will put you off boarding for good. If you don't know the correct technique to get back on your feet, you could end up rolling around with your limbs sinking into the deep snow until someone has to help you. If you want to get your riding to the level of being able to drop pillows in the backcountry, subscribe to our Snowboard Tutorial Membership

Falling in PowderThe greatest workout ever? Trying to get up in powder when you don't know how.

If your level of riding is at the point where you are dropping pillows in the backcountry, congratulations you've found Heaven. 

2. Safety Knowledge

I am sure you have heard it 1000 times in the videos, but it doesn't make it any less true or important. Riding backcountry isn't just riding crazy lines and features consequence free, the backcountry is very dangerous and you need to respect that. When things go bad in the backcountry, it's usually very bad and it happens in an instant. Not only do you need to be prepared, your friends do too. Oh yea, NEVER RIDE ALONE. It's not worth the risk.

Backcountry Gore-Tex
Whistles, cell phones, transceivers, satellite phone, friends, all good things to have. 

The best thing to do is take your Avalanche Safety Training 1 & 2 Courses. The course covers weather patterns, snow science, terrain and safety. Some courses include split boarding lessons. If you are interested in the backcountry, you will find this course very interesting. Make sure you don't cheap out. Pick a course provider with the best instructors and reviews. For more information on backcountry safety, check out our Backcountry Safety Blog

3. The Right Equipment

Having the right equipment in the backcountry is not only essential for survival, but for a good time too. All of the safety gear needed is covered in the AST Course and Backcountry Safety Blog, this sections is more geared to the gear that you need so that you don't grind your gears when in the great unknown.

To take full advantage of riding powder you need to ride a powder board, or at the very least an all-mountain. Powder boards are designed to float on top and keep your nose out of the snow. If you are a more advanced rider, you might want to use an all-mountain freestyle board or a smaller surfier pow board. I am sure you have seen on Jerry Of The Day what happens when your nose dips down into the snow at high speeds, the infamous Tomahawk. A smaller camber park board is not ideal for riding powder, regardless if you have the skill to pull it off.

BackcountryKeep your tips up.

Take a page out of George Costanza's book, get Gore-Tex. It might not be scary cold where you are in the backcountry but staying dry is a must. Especially if you are riding costal snow. Weather can change in an instant so bring layers and extra hats, gloves and goggles. Bringing food and water in a no brainer. 

Backcountry slideWhen the stars align, and the snow gods have blessed you, just send it.

There you have it! A sneak peek into the world of backcountry snowboarding. Like we mentioned above, take your AST Course and get your certificate. This information is not sufficient information to go into the wild with. One last piece of knowledge to pass on, always bring a roll of toilet paper. You never know when nature will call.

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Jesse-Ray Townsend
Snowboard Addiciton
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