Prior Swallowtail Splitboard

By 1st March 2008 June 28th, 2014 Gear, Niseko Snow Report

Are you tired of skiers boasting about how they skinned up Yotei in two hours, Iwanopuri in 20 minutes and back from the golf course in five? Then ditch the snow shoes and get one of these bad boys. Prior snowboards are Whistler’s version of Niseko’s Gentemstick – a boutique company hand-making some the best boards money can buy. Splitboards have taken over from snowshoes as the backcountry mode of transport for riders in North America, once you’ve got one there’s no difference between where skiers and boarders can go. Split apart and attach adhesive skins to the board halves to ascend into the backcountry. At the summit it quickly connects back together into a snowboard and performance is reported to be comparable to a normal board. It comes complete with a custom insert pack, Voile hardware and climbing skins. Attach regular snowboard bindings and the board is ready to go. ¥145,488, plus postage from www.priorsnowboards.com. You can even choose your own top sheet and base design.

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