Any tips on snowmobiles is very welcome as well. E.g. does one need a special "driving" licence?
No license required, and there are a couple places to rent in that area, but learning to ride in deep snow in steep terrain can be a challenge. You'll get a lot of practice digging it out of the snow when you get stuck. If it's something you want to do for fun, then go for it, but if you just want to use it to access snowboarding terrain, I'd stick to splitting. There are places you can go out with a guide and get lessons too, if you just want to do something different for part of a day.
Well, I actually dont like resorts for their groomers but for the lifts to some sidecountry. Was hoping, there'll be some of these "gates". If so, I'll try to find a guide. If not SC/BC out of a resort, snowmobiles would be something tempting, since they don't exist here and sound like fun
I don't get over that way much, so I can't tell you a lot about it. I believe their entire north face is ungroomed, though. Search the internet and you'll probably find plenty of information.
By the way... did you get your Odin meanwhile?
I got a Storm. Haven't put the Voile kit on it or cut my skins yet. I figure I'll do that when work settles down in a few weeks and be ready for any early season snow in September. I got my guy a Voile Mojo for a great deal, so we'll see how he likes it.