Spark R&D Expansion!

We’re pleased to announce that last October, we finalized the purchase of a second 7,000 sq/ft building across the street from the 12,000 sq/ft building we’ve utilized for over ten years. We explored numerous options for expansion, including building another facility, but ultimately, we were able to work with a local family that owned the building adjacent to us. This building has housed multiple businesses over the last 3 decades under their ownership, and it feels nice to become stewards of the building putting the space to good use.

Treasure State Series

Last season, we set out to film three short splitboard edits in our home state of Montana. We wanted to ride three different ranges, with three different groups, and tell three unique stories.

Inside Spark-Jake Cameron

Jake Cameron Binding Builder
Meet Jake Cameron, a Tooling Engineer at Spark R&D! When you see Jake around the shop, it's always worth asking him what he was riding the weekend before - it's usually something pretty sweet. Jake is an excellent engineer and gets after it in the mountains surrounding Bozeman.

Inside Spark-Tyler Bakke

This summer we’re going to share a couple of interviews with some of our amazing Spark employees that make it all happen! The first employee we want to feature is Tyler Bakke, pad printer extraordinaire turned machinist!

What’s in Will’s Pack?

what's in Will Ritters Pack image
This is what Spark R&D owner and lead designer, Will Ritter, carries in his pack on an average day splitboarding in the backcountry.

The Splitboard Project Episode 2

the splitboard project ep 2
The Splitboard Project is a splitboard-specific podcast we're doing with our friends at The Snowboard Project. The episode is co-hosted by industry veteran Mark Sullivan and our very own Will Ritter.

20/21 Production and Inventory Notes

Spark R&D Group Photo 2020
PRODUCTION & INVENTORY NOTES: The purpose of this page is to give splitboarders a little insight into what our current production and inventory situation looks like, what it will look like going through the 20/21 season, and answer a couple of the questions we're seeing a lot right now.

The Splitboard Project Episode 1

The splitboard project ep 1
The Splitboard Project is a splitboard-specific podcast we're doing with our friends at The Snowboard Project. We're super pumped to release episode 1 as we ramp up towards the splitboard season. The episode is co-hosted by industry veteran Mark Sullivan and our very own Will Ritter.
In March of 2020, we made a pretty big shift. We went from manufacturing splitboard bindings and accessories to producing ‘beyond crisis capacity’ PPE masks called the Montana Mask. We manufactured a mold based on an already existing 3D print design and then utilized our injection-molding machines to begin producing thousands of masks a day.

Solar Powered Splitboard Bindings

We are stoked to announce that we have completed installing a 50kW solar array on the roof of Spark R&D! Like most big projects, many things had to fall into place in order for us to get here.