Checking In With the Spark Team

Spark Team Rider Blog Graphic
We checked in with a couple of our Spark R&D Team Riders just to see how they have been doing, staying busy, staying sane, and staying in shape. We mention staying in shape specifically because many of us would still like to do more splitboarding this spring! May can be prime backcountry time, but you
Splitboard bracket blog header and logo
Yeah, we know there are a lot of different brackets and contests out there. But this one is specifically for the splitboard community! It's pretty simple, first, we need 16 locations, zones, or mountain ranges. You can nominate an area you are familiar with riding as the Best Splitboard Destination in the World using the form below until Monday, April 13th. After that, the tournament field will be set and we'll share the voting opportunities on this page and Spark R&D's social media channels. If your nomination is selected as 1 of the 16 to be in the tournament, you'll win a pack of Spark swag and goodies. If your exact selection (nomination) wins the tournament, we'll send you a set of 20/21 bindings next Fall!
Over the last four years, we've had a lot of fun creating an April Fool's Day video each spring. With everything going on in the world we didn't feel like our heart was in it to create a new video in 2020, but we did want to give everyone a needed chuckle. So, we compiled our last four videos in one place for everyone to easily enjoy.

Counteracting Heuristic Traps

Heuristics: types of decision making strategies (often thought of as rules of thumb) that simplify decision making by reducing the number of cues analyzed, thus reducing cognitive burden on decision makers and increasing decision efficiency

Carpe Diem Episode 17

Carpe Diem Ep 17
Carpe Diem is the splitboard driven web series from Spark R&D Team Rider Aurelien Routens. In Episode 17 he explores the Park de Ecrins in France.
Binding Maintenance Blog thumb
Proper maintenance will go a long way to ensuring you get the most out of your Spark bindings for years to come. The two main points we hit on in this short video are: 1) keep your climbing wires lubricated, and 2) check your screws frequently.

I Support My Avy Center Video Contest

Local Avy Center Contest Graphic
Win $1,000 dollars for your local avalanche center and a fresh set of Spark bindings in the I Support My Avy Center Video Contest.
antti Autti splitboarding
SCAN is Antti Autti's latest all-splitboard documentary-style film where he explores familiar zones in northern Norway with a fresh set of eyes and no specific goal other than to spltiboard as much as possible. Antti's progression as a freeride snowboarder and splitboarder has been impressive to watch. The drive that allowed him to rise to the top of the freestyle competition scene is now directed towards exploration and human-powered missions.
GNFAC Forecasters
The GNFAC is a tremendous resource for our backcountry community and I’m stoked they’re letting me spend a day in the field with them. As an active reader of the daily avy forecasts the center puts out, I’m pretty interested to see how the cake is made, as they say.
Out Here Main Image Coulter Touring
Thrilled to debut the second episode of the OUT HERE video series! Made in partnership with Jones Snowboards, the OUT HERE series shares the backcountry snowboarding adventures of Jones x Spark R&D ambassadors as they explore the outer reaches of their backyard mountain ranges.