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“Keep it simple. Since the beginning, Spark R&D has been on the forefront of splitboard binding technology. When you are deep in the backcountry having a binding that is reliable, has minimal parts, doesn't freeze or break, and performs like a traditional snowboard binding is invaluable. Your gear can make or break a mission!” 

SKYLAR HOLGATE

Hometown: Durango, CO, USA
Currently resides: Silverton, CO, USA
Guides for: Silverton Mountain Guides, Silverton Mountain Guides AK, SASS Global Travel, Sled Chile, Bonnie Belle Cabin
Current sponsors: D-Day Snowboards, Smith Optics, Union, AirBlaster (Ninja Suits), Burton Boots
Bindings: Surge

Skylar Holgate was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. For the last 15 years, he has been living in a perpetual state of winter, moving between Silverton, Colorado, various parts of Alaska, Malalcahuello, Chile, and San Carlos Bariloche, Argentina. He works as a guide and snow safety specialist in Alaska and Colorado, and is the lead guide and operator at the backcountry retreat Bonnie Belle Cabin. Down in the Southern Hemisphere Skylar is the head guide at both South America Snow Sessions (SASS) and Sled Chile. It’s no wonder that Skylar spends between 250 and 270 days on the snow every year.

Q & A

22 years, the last 15 have been year-round on snow.

American Avalanche Association Level 2, A.I.A.R.E. Professional Level 2, WFR, OEC, and I have a degree in outdoor education.

My co-workers! Being around such a solid crew of people that have dedicated their lives to this trade is truly amazing. Working with guides that do this year round and don't weekend warrior guide a few months a year, makes everything from our training, to being out in the field, a learning experience.

This year I'm spending the early season up at my cabin splitboarding waiting for the snow to stack up! Getting the legs and lungs strong for a big season of traveling between the northern and Southern Hemispheres! Getting all my guests pumped on splitboarding and snowboarding in the mountains. I am also really pumped on my 2018 pro model splitboard with D-Day snowboards and to get the new Spark Crossbar Clips on it with my Surge bindings.

Keep it simple. Since the beginning, Spark R&D has been on the forefront of splitboard binding technology. When you are deep in the backcountry having a binding that is reliable, has minimal parts, doesn't freeze or break, and performs like a traditional snowboard binding is invaluable. Your gear can make or break a mission!

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