Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alberta, Canada
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When in the backcountry it can be very difficult to get around. If you don't have access to a snowmobile. The snow can easily be waist high or more. Each step means you sink. Instead there are two options (for us snowboarders), split boarding, or snow shoes.
Split board is a snowboard that detaches into two skis. The skins that are applied provide friction in one direction and smooth in the other. This helps you walk through the snow. The larger surface area compared to a boot means you don't constantly sink.
I personally prefer snow shoes, I find it nicer in the steep sections where even with a split board you have to boot hike.