Skylar Holgate

“Why Spark? The simplicity. No matter how iced up your board gets, the transition time is fast and easy. With the new Tesla System, deploying the climbing bar with your pole is effortless. And with the edge-to-edge bar width, side-hilling on icy slopes keeps the edge in contact with the snow. The new Ibex crampon can be put on anytime, even when you have waited too long and have got into that cruxy position.”

—Skylar Holgate
Skylar Holgate

Skylar Holgate

Team Rider
Hometown: Durango, CO, USA
Currently resides: Silverton, CO, USA

“Why Spark? The simplicity. No matter how iced up your board gets, the transition time is fast and easy. With the new Tesla System, deploying the climbing bar with your pole is effortless. And with the edge-to-edge bar width, side-hilling on icy slopes keeps the edge in contact with the snow. The new Ibex crampon can be put on anytime, even when you have waited too long and have got into that cruxy position.”

—Skylar Holgate

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

Q & A

Years snowboarding?
17 years

Years splitboarding?
Since the first one came out!

Favorite Spark R&D binding model?
The Surge

How much splitboarding do you do?
For me, I am on my splitty the majority of my week. It’s always the go to: Chairs and the heli get shut down from wind; snowmobiles are always breaking down. My split is always ready to go shred!

How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
Splitboarding allows snowboarders to move fast and easy in the backcountry and helps us get to places you just can’t go via snowshoes, boot packing or by sled.

For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
Out with friends enjoying a safe day. Getting to the top of a ridge or peak and seeing what’s beyond that point for future missions.

Why ride Spark gear?
The simplicity. No matter how iced up your board gets, the transition time is fast and easy. With the new Tesla System, deploying the climbing bar with your pole is effortless. And with the edge-to-edge bar width, side-hilling on icy slopes keeps the edge in contact with the snow. The new Ibex crampon can be put on anytime, even when you have waited too long and have got into that cruxy position.