Never tried approach skis, but snowshoes suck ass. Splits are nice because they minimize the weight on your back while riding. I hate riding with a pack, but it's just part of the cost of doing business in terms of BC riding, so I like to keep my gear to a minimum.
"People say that marijuana smoking is going to get in the way of my career. I say to them that on the contrary, my fighting career is getting in the way of my marijuana smoking." -Nick Diaz