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 two choices of climbing bars with your poles 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 Sabertooth crampon can be put on anytime, even when you have waited too long and have got into that cruxy position.”

—Skylar Holgate

Skylar Holgate
Team Rider
Hometown: Durango, CO, USA
Currently resides: Bariloche, Argentina

Skylar Holgate, 32, 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. Working as a guide and snow safety specialist at Silverton Mountain and in Alaska, lead guide and operator at the backcountry retreat Bonnie Belle Cabin, and head guide at the South America Snow Sessions, Skylar spends between 250 and 270 days on the snow every year. “My mom thinks I’m crazy, but I love it.”

Q & A

Q. Years snowboarding?
A. 15 years

Q. Years splitboarding?
A. Since the first one came out!

Q. What Spark R&D gear do you ride?
A. I currently ride the Magneto bindings with Sabertooth crampons and Spark skins.

Q. Why ride Spark gear?
A. The simplicity. No matter how iced up your board gets, the transition time is fast and easy. With the new Tesla System, deploying the two choices of climbing bars with your poles 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 Sabertooth crampon can be put on anytime, even when you have waited too long and have got into that cruxy position.

Q. How much splitboarding do you do?
A. 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!

Q. How has splitboarding changed snowboarding?
A. 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.

Q. For you, what’s a perfect day splitboarding?
A. 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.