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.

Splitfest 101

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What is Splitfest 101? Simply, it’s everything you need to know about splitfests. Whether you’re a skin track veteran, weekend warrior, or new to splitboarding, there is something for everyone at these awesome events! The easiest way to cover everything splitfest related is in the form of an FAQ.

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.

An Interview with Rafael Pease

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We had a chance to catch up with Team Rider, Rafael Pease. We chatted about filming with TGR in Alaska last season for the Mountain Revelations project and spoke a little bit about what he's up to this winter.
SPLIT FITNESS: Functional Training for Splitboarding. Functional training is a way to get stronger using purposeful movements specific to your sport. It involves increasing strength, endurance, mobility, and stability. Let’s take a closer look at the different facets of functional training related to splitboarding and how they can be applied. We can break up a typical long day in the mountains in the uphill and downhill portions.

5th Annual T-Shirt Design Contest

Every autumn we put out the call to all the artists, graphic designers, and other creative types, to submit a design or designs for a Spark R&D T-Shirt. Over the years we’ve had some amazing entries and every year it gets more difficult to select the winner.
Active Recovery
In order to get the most out of your offseason workouts, it is important to let you body recover. Recovery is essential in all training regimens because it provides your body with an opportunity to repair damaged tissues, adapt to the stresses from the exercise session, and replenish energy stores.

Manufacturing Day 2016!

Manufacturing at Spark R&D
We are now in our tenth year of operation at Spark R&D. We have worked hard since the beginning to bring as much manufacturing in-house as possible.
While aerobic training should be your primary training focus during the summer, strengthening specific muscle groups can help improve endurance and increase joint stability. Splitboard touring requires muscular endurance more than strength and/or power.
Did you find that your fitness level held back your splitboarding last season? Maybe another lap or two sounded fun, but your body was telling you that your day was over?  If so, you’re not alone – splitboard touring and riding is hard work. If you want to make more laps and get more vert