Hometown: Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
Currently resides: Surf City Biarritz and Chamonix
Guides for: McNab Snowboarding
Current Sponsors: McNab Snowboards, Patagonia
Bindings: Surge ST Pro & Arc ST Pro

Neil McNab is one of the world's leading backcountry snowboard and splitboard guides with over 25 years of experience as a professional freeride snowboarder and UIAGM High Mountain Guide. In 1995, Neil established McNab Snowboarding one of the very first companies to run specialist snowboard courses. Today, McNab Snowboading offers a unique mix of backcountry programs including freeride clinics, courses, tours and expeditions all over the world. Neil resides in Chamonix and Biarritz with his family and divides his time between surfing ocean waves and scaling alpine mountain peaks.

Q & A

How long have you been guiding?

I have been guiding in the high mountains since 1995... A long time!



Who has most influenced you as a guide and how?

My first mentors in the guiding world were Chamonix-based guides Dave Cumming and Ralf Tenbrink. I think I owe most of what I do today to these guys. I am also constantly learning from, and influenced by, all of my fellow professionals who share my passion for the mountains.


What certifications do you have?

UIAGM/IFMGA High Mountain Guide - ISIA/ISTD Ski and Snowboard Teacher/Performance Coach.


What are you most excited about for the 23/24 season?

Last season, I did a cool Vanlife Splitboard trip around Arctic Norway with a few clients, which was great fun and so I'm looking forward to heading back up North again to further explore this amazing region. I also found some great new spots in the Alps and Pyrenees, despite a low tide season. Most of all I'm just looking forward to surfing mountains again.

Why ride Spark R&D gear?

Performance, Reliability, Simplicity...enough said!