This April a low-tide spring in Alaska’s coastal mountains forced Amplid’s man in AK, Ben Reynolds, to head deeper into the Chugach Mountain range in search of un-ridden faces and fresh snow. Journeying in to the backcountry with their snowmobiles, Ben and his crew discovered a world of huge mountains, enormous hanging glaciers, extreme danger and incredible potential.
If you’ve watched one of the many edits emanating from Australia’s Perisher resort this summer, you’d be excused for believing that freeriding in Australia is a little limited and almost totally flat. However, if you’re prepared to hike deeper into the backcountry then the fruits are for the picking. Antony Von Chrismar and Lachlan Humphreys recently went in search of Euro-style lines at the fabled Crags.
In early February, Amplid's AK splitboard ambassadors, Ben Reynolds & Orin Rolando, made the most of stable conditions and a good weather window to ride dream lines in Alaska's Chugach range. It was meant a long day in the skin track to reach the drop-in, but for Ben , this hike was about redemption on a line which had previously tried to sluff him off the face.
Young freeride rookie Sebastian Hiersche is on fire! Through the season his line choice and contest runs have gone from strength-to-strength with podiums in Montafon, Gastein and Kitzsteinhorn and a very respectable 6th place at his first 4* FWQ event in Nendaz, Switzerland. We review his season to date.
In February, for the second consecutive year, Amplid's in-house graphics man, Mr Michi Hanauer, packed his Millisurf and headed east to Romania's Carpathian mountains for some splitboarding. Having seen the potential on his previous visit, Michi was eager to catch Romania at its best.
Amplid's Peter Bauer and handful of buddies made the drive last weekend to Laax in Switzerland to join the SuddenRush Banked Slalom. Organised by snowboarding legends Nicolas Mueller and Terje Haakonsen the Sudden Rush Banked has quickly become an unmissable event in the European Snowboard calendar.
This weekend Banked Slalom fever hits the Bavarian mountainsides of Brauneck, Lenggries, as Schneesturm Snowboard School hosts the Burning Boots Banked Slalom. Only a short drive from Amplid HQ, you'll certainly see a handful of Amplid boards firing through the finish line!
Amplid splitboard ambassadors Ben Reynolds and Orin Rolando take the short (by Alaskan standards) drive to Hatcher Pass on the cuff of the Talkeetna Mountains, to ride Golden Spine, one of Ben’s all-time favourite lines. In recent years Hatcher Pass, a busy thoroughfare during the early 20th century gold rush, has become a popular haven for backcountry skiers and snowboarders.
US Amplid ambassador Buell Steelman has spent a lot of time on his Milligram over the past two winters touring in California's Eastern Sierra range. Splitboard.com reached-out to Buell and asked him to share his experiences of Amplid's flagship splitboard. Buell also gathered the opinions of a handful of fellow riders and friends who have also been impressed by the Milligram's prowess.
In Australia and hungry for some big-mountain lines, Milligram rider Antony von Chrismar took a weekend hike into New South Wales' Kosciuszko National Park in search of freeride terrain which would rival that of the Alps. A stone's throw from Perisher Mountain Resort, the area, which has many peaks above 2000m altitude, looks like it has plenty to offer!
Last month, Amplid homies Buell Steelman and Matt Strouder took advantage of the remaining snowpack on Mt Jefferson, Oregon's second highest peak, surfing perfect early summer corn on their Milligram splitboards. From the pictures, we reckon this mission was well worth the early start!
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