157: Snowboarding Special - How to choose a snowboard, renting v. buying, splitboarding & more

Oct 10, 2022, 07:54 AM

In Episode 157 of The Ski Podcast we turn our focus to snowboarding, including how to choose a snowboard, whether you should buy or rent and what split boarding is.
Iain was joined by journalist Sam Haddad (Guardian & Cooler Magazine) and Luke Rees, founder of adventure travel website AWE365.com.


  • Check out Sam’s new ‘Climate & Board Sports’ Substack
  • Listen to Felix Milns talk about his helicopter freefall jump over the Eiger in Episode 98
  • Sam was in La Rosiere in April
  • Iain tested the Mont Valaisan ski area in La Rosiere in Episode 27
  • Luke travelled to North Macedonia
  • The are 157 episodes of The Ski Podcast, so under our new numbering system, this is Episode 157
  • Les 3 Vallees sponsors The Ski Podcast
  • The Alpine Ski World Championships will be held in Courchevel and Meribel from 06-19 February 2023
  • The National Snow Show takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 15-16 October
  • Look out for ‘The Ski Podcast Live!’ on Saturday at 11.15am and Iain’s presentation on electric cars in ski resorts on Sunday at 12:00pm
  • There are three main categories of snowboard: Freeride, Freestyle and All Mountain
  • Sam is a big fan of splitboarding – read her article in The Guardian here
  • For a UK-based splitboarding option, try Wandering Workshops in Scotland
  • Burton’s ‘Step On’ snowboard bindings are a game-changer
  • Nidecker’s ‘Supermatic’ is another ‘step’ in this direction

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