At the end of January, Amplid team rider Ray McDermott and a buddy jetted across the globe to Japan to enjoy everything that Japan has to offer and escape the snow-less Rockies. It's almost expected that a trip to Japan involves snorkel-deep powder, the snow conditions did not disappoint.
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.
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!
French freeski bible, Skieur Magazine, gives the Antidote another chance to impress its testers at its annual ski test. With the addition of a carbon stringer band for the 18/19 winter season, the Antidote seems to have increased its versatility and broadened its fan club! Read the translated review here.
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.
The Nomads is the ultimate shred hostel. In 2014, with the help of a successful crowd funding campaign, owners Tim and Val started converting an old US School Bus into a hotel on wheels. Now almost four years later, the bus spends its winters chasing fresh snowfalls in mountain ranges throughout Europe with up to six guests in-tow. This spring, from the end of February until the middle of May, the Nomads bus will be based in the Arctic Circle, accommodating avid ski-tourers and splitboarders. The bus is now equipped with a fleet of Amplid touring skis and splitboards.
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.
Skialper, Italy's "numero uno" ski touring and splitboarding magazine, conducted its annual Buyer's Guide test last winter and Amplid sent along a Milligram, Millisurf and Creamer Split to entertain the testers. We're very pleased to reveal that the Milligram scooped the award for "Splitboard of the Year 2018" and the Millisurf was awarded with the "Powder Choice" award. Read the reviews in full here.
Last winter, French snowboard rag, Snowsurf Magazine, put the majority of Amplid's 17/18 snowboard collection to the test. Straight to the point and super insightful, head tester Franky and his crew always deliver a true picture of the boards they're reviewing. Read our English translations here or read the originals in French at Snowsurf.com.
"In powder it is almost unbeatable. It's extremely agile and riding is a lot of fun" - Just one of the nice things that ,Patrick Schoekel, aka Mr Splitboarding.eu, and his team of dedicated testers said about Amplid's new, ultra-light, pow-surfing splitboard. Click on the link to read the whole review.
Amplid's latest team signing, Mario Kaeppeli, teams up with fellow Innsbruck resident Tom Tramnitz for his 16/17 season edit "Don't You Find". From splitboard accessed lines deep in Austria's backcountry to step-up double corks in Kuehtai, Mario destroys it all.
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