The Rider Social have been based in Chatel, in the northern French Alps, since 2008. In 2012 they started to run week-long ‘Split and Mix’ introduction to splitboard courses, in conjunction with their sponsors Never Summer Industries (UK). Fast forward to 2017 and the offering now includes ‘Trip and Split’ weeks. Trip and Split takes seasoned splitboarders across Europe in search of big lines and great snow. The Rider Social also offer bespoke group snowboarding trips. If you want a helidrop, a splitboard safari or just great guided backcountry riding, they can arrange it for you.
The Rider Social take special care to focus on the quality of guiding. They have 3 UIAGM guides on their roster, 2 of whom are also qualified to teach snowboarding – a rare thing. Their job is to find you the best snow in incredible zones and to make sure your day is a safe and enjoyable one.
New courses for 2017 include ‘Hut to Hut’ trips which lead you on splitboard friendly tours in the high mountains. Utilising their professional guide network, the decision on which country to tour in might not be made until the day before you leave. This ensures they can find you not only the best snow but the best weather too.
From the 2nd – 9th April 2017 they have 5 days of UIAGM guiding with the popular Split and Mix week taking place in the Paradiski. Paradiski is a huge zone in the Tarentaise Valley that offers uninterrupted access between the areas of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne.
David Gladwin UIAGM / ISTD (and sometime MINT snowboard instructor) will lead you on a week that mixes riding regular snowboards for 2 days, with 3 days of splitboarding thrown into the mix. Early April is prime time in the high Alps for splitboarding and the area (max altitude of 3250m) offers some incredible backcountry terrain to explore.
Ongoing throughout the week will be workshops on snow safety and backcountry craft. Snowpack assessment, avalanche risk, search & rescue techniques and safe travel through the mountains will help further increase your knowledge. David is also qualified to teach snowboard technique at altitude, so you can also benefit from freeride tuition throughout the week if you feel the need for it.
Split and Mix Les Arcs is based from a chalet in Peisey run by the snow and surf operators BURA Snow. They provide fully catered accommodation, full area lift pass and airport transfers. The Rider Social provides the UIAGM guiding and all splitboarding and backcountry safety equipment, along with a fleet of 2018 Never Summer snowboards for all attendees to use.
The week runs from April 2nd – 9th 2017 and is priced at €1745 per person.
For more details visit theridersocial.com.