Questions about riding the back country
I've snowboarded for about 8 years now and I consider myself somewhere between advanced and expert on the CASI scale of snowboarding levels.
I'd like to learn more about riding the back country. The only "back country" type of runs I've done are a few places on Whistler that requires like 5 - 10 minutes of hiking at most. The untouched pow is amazing and I'd love to try more steeper drops.
However, looking back I think it's pretty stupid of me to try some of these terrains because I don't carry a pack and know nothing about back country safety. Hell most of the time I don't even know where I'm heading but just go anyway because I've seen others going down.
My question is, where do I start if I want to learn back country snowboarding the proper way that minimizes the risks I have to face? Also what role does split boards play in all this? Is it crucial to know how to ski effectively before I should consider hiking off terrain?