Hometown: Grenoble, France
Currently resides: La Grave, France
Current sponsors: GRIVEL, Good Boards, Northwave, La Grave Resort
Bindings: Surge ST Pro

Aurelien Routens grew up in Grenoble, France, where he starting skiing at a young age. He switched to snowboarding not long after and he hasn’t looked back. About 10 years ago, Aurelien moved to La Grave and the lure of seemingly endless steep freeriding. The move, he says, changed his life in ways he could never imagine. “I discovered another way to ride,” he said, “more natural, more authentic, more ‘high mountain’ riding. I could not leave anymore!” Today, Aurelien spends most of his time traveling the world filming his splitboarding web series, Carpe Diem.

Q & A

Talk about your most epic splitboard adventure:

All my splitboard adventures are so different, every day is a new adventure. Each trip is unique with different snow conditions and terrain, changing weather conditions, maybe some wild animals or tracks of them. Plus, you are out sharing the day with different people. I’m not sure of my most epic trip, there have been many. I think every trip is epic, it’s what you make of each splitboard adventure that is important.


What has most influenced your backcountry riding?

When you are on top of a mountain there is no influence. I think everyone has their own style and capacity when riding. We all work to ride the best we can every run!


What are you most excited about for the 22/23 season?

Enjoy winter as much as possible. 

What inspires you?

Life, my friends, powder, surfing, and the power of the mountains.

Why ride Spark R&D gear?

I trust the gear. The bindings simple and efficient which is important in the mountains.