Life in modern society can be a little bit too warm, comfortable and connected. We decided to do something about it and went on a camping trip to Nallo, in the very north of Sweden, in February. Computers and cell phones were left behind. Instead we packed up splitboard/rando gear and our warmest clothes and sleeping bags.

We set up our camp far far away from roads, buildings, electricity, cellphone coverage and people. But in the middle of beautiful and silent nature.

After a week in winter wilderness you learn appreciate things you take for granted normally. The first night not sharing a sleeping bag with a pair of wet and smelly liners was pretty great. Getting water out of the tap instead of having to boil water when you are thirsty is convenient. And not having to warm your friends cold and sweaty feet in your arm pit is ok. But it was the same things I loved about the trip. Contrasts enriches life.

– Daniel Furberg

All photos by Fredrik Schenholm.


The fall can be a very frustrating time of the year; the desire to get back on snow after a long summer is high, but finding decent riding conditions can be difficult. Thus, we’ve interviewed and collected some of the best tips for preseason riding from our team riders. This time Freeride World Tour rider Manuela Mandl is providing some tips about where to go in the Eastern Alps.

What’s your favorite resort for pre-season riding?

Kitzsteinhorn. I like the park setup, but there are also many possibilities for freeriding.

What makes the place special?

Already early in the season there are some technical and steep lines which can be ridden. They tend to be quite icy, so very good technique training. And there are not too many crevasses on this glacier, compared to some others. As soon as there is a bit more snow, you have a lot of possibilities for easy and playful lines with a variety of drops.

What time of fall would you recommend to go there, and why?

I normally start my season by late October, but it really depends on weather and snow conditions, which vary widely every season. The park normally opens beginning of October, so from that time on there is something to do.

Any special runs you could recommend?

I like the run underneath the gondola which is going up to Gipfelwelt 3000, the highest spot in the skiresort. It’s quite steep in the beginning and there are some variations. There are some creavasses at the bottom, so be careful.

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Gipfelwelt marked in red. Map from www.skiinfo.de

Do you also have any favorite place for splitboarding in fall/early winter?

I actually enjoy Dachstein Glacier quite a lot. Very early in the season you can take the gondola up and then work on technical skills like crevasse rescues and alpinism techniques on the glacier. The peak of Dachstein is magnificent and it’s only a short walk to be out of sight of the resort.

If there is already snow at Ramsau there are some really rewarding tours up the southside. You can for example tour up Edelgries and ride down again without using the gondola at all. But you still have to pay toll for the road or pay the ski bus which brings you up to 1700m. You can really experience the impact of climate change up there, as the glacier is melting rapidly and one can investigate different geological traces.

Link to map.

Backcountry snowboarding can be a dangerous activity. You should always read the local avalanche report, bring the necessary safety equipment, and have the required safety knowledge before heading into the backcountry.

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Die Bergstation – Guiding at Dachstein
Berber  Semmelink – Guiding at Kitzsteinhorn


The fall can be a very frustrating time of the year; the desire to get back on snow after a long summer is high, but finding decent riding conditions can be difficult. Thus, we’ve interviewed and collected some of the best tips for preseason riding from our team riders. This time Eirik Derås Verlo is providing some tips about where to go close to Tromsø, Northern Norway.

What’s your favorite place for preseason splitboarding?

My favorite place for the preseason is Kjosen in Lyngen, with Store Kjostinden and Urdkjerringa.
Link to map

What makes this place so special?

This place is special because of the glacier which starts at about 700m and goes up to 1400m. It’s a big bowl with snow being transported from over 180 degrees around it, so this means a lot of snow early in the season, but also high avy danger! The terrain there is sick with steep couloirs, some spines and fun terrain to cruise in. Early season you need to bootpack up to 700m, before you can start hiking with splitboard.

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Kjosen, close to Tromsø.

What time of fall would you recommend to go there, and why?

I like to go there as soon as the first snow over 600-700m starts to fall. It usually gets really good already early in October, and sometimes even September. By November it’s usually full winter there. 

Any special runs you could recommend?

I like to go down the couloir right next to Urdkjerringa because it’s a proper couloir that’s rideable very early in the season.


The Urdkjerringa couloir.

As the winter grows stronger I like to go to Kattfjordeidet on Kvaløya right outside of Tromsø to ride easy accessible fun terrain. The area is stacked with couloirs and steep runs, and it is often rideable from November.
Link to map

Backcountry snowboarding can be a dangerous activity. You should always read the local avalanche report, bring the necessary safety equipment, and have the required safety knowledge before heading into the backcountry.


In spring 2013 Julien “Pica” Herry spotted a possible line down the north face of Aiguille Verte, along the Washburn route. It becomes challenging to find conditions for a clean descent as the Couturier couloir gets more famous; thus, we thought the Washburn route would be a good alternative.

Julien, Luca Rolli, and I decided to give the route a try on the 16th of May that same year. Unfortunately, our departure from the camp was delayed in the morning and we realized it was already too late to try the route when we reached the face. Slightly disappointed we decided to turn back with the hope of giving the route a try in the following weeks. A few days later, strong skiers Vivien Bruchez and Seb Montaz, who had the same plan as us, managed to ride the full line, which they named “Les Z.” Even though we were slightly bitter about not being the first to ride the line, we quickly forgot about “Les Z” due to the spring of 2013 offering amazing conditions for a lot of other runs.

Three French skiers found the line in excellent conditions on the 3rd of March 2016, and I was asked by Julien if I wanted to join him and Lambert Galli to give it a try. I accepted the invitation, but as always conditions in the high mountains can quickly change. It turned out to be a very challenging descent, but we were the only ones on the face due to the hard snow. A few weeks later conditions were excellent and Aiguille Verte was ridden by 10 skiers on the same day. If someone would have asked me earlier if I’d ride the north face of Aiguille Verte in hard conditions, I’d most probably say no. But if you want to ride faces where falling is not an option without crowds in the future, this might be the only option.

//Davide Capozzi