“Splitboarding has opened the gates. We can travel further and easier in the backcountry…It’s really amazing for me. It’s just another great aspect of snowboarding that makes this journey way more fun and interesting.”
Chris Coulter, 35, has been snowboarding for more than two decades. Originally drawn to contests and coaching, Chris now focuses primarily on the backcountry. Working as a guide in Colorado, Alaska and Argentina, he spends his year “chasing winter” around the world and taking people into the mountains. “That’s what makes me happy,” he said, “sharing the mountains, playing with gravity, and getting to know people through this great experience of riding snow.”
Q & A
Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 23 years
Q. Years splitboarding?
A. 7 years
Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. All of it! I have really been amped on the new Tesla binding. It is super nice, makes my transition time faster, and I really like having the climbing bars integrated into the binding. I’m getting better edge pressure with the wider bars. Also, I finally put some tail clips on my skins and that has been nice on the cold days, especially doing multiple laps.
Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. With Spark gear, you’re going to have a nice experience out in the backcountry. The Spark system is great because it so user friendly. It helps with efficiency and the gear is dependable.
Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. I do a fair amount. I don’t have a season pass; I prefer to be in the backcountry. I sometimes ride my splitboard while guiding out of the Heli, or doing control routes. I like being more mobile in the flats or having up hill travel abilities.
Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. It opened the gates. We can travel further and easier in the backcountry. It enables boarders to now have skis for traveling, yet still have your board to play with gravity. It’s really amazing for me. It’s just another great aspect of snowboarding that makes this journey way more fun and interesting.
Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. A really nice, long couloir or spine-face, with blower pow of course. The main thing is that every one makes it back home in good health and looking forward to finding an even better run or mission!