Splitboarding vs. Snowshoeing (10 tips for beginners)

splitboarding vs. snowshoeing

The winter is coming and with it the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. There are many different ways to enjoy a winter landscape, but the subject of this article is about two of the most popular, splitboarding and snowshoeing.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at splitboarding vs. snowshoeing. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each method, and I’ll give you 10 tips (or more) for choosing the right one for you.

What is Splitboarding?

A splitboard is a type of snowboard that can be separated into two halves, which makes it easier to hike up the mountain. Once you reach the top, you simply reattach the board halves and start snowboarding down. Splitboards are becoming increasingly popular among snowboarders, as they offer a way to get more out of your ride.

In the early 1990s, splitboarding was invented by Brett Kobernik. He came up with the idea while snowboarding in the backcountry near his home in Utah. At the time, there were no splitboards on the market, so he had the bright idea to build his own. Brett’s invention quickly caught on among snowboarders, and today splitboarding is a popular way to enjoy the sport.

What is Snowshoeing

What is Snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing is a form of hiking that allows you to walk through snow-covered areas without sinking. Snowshoes are special types of winter footwear that distribute your weight over a larger area.

This is a great way to explore the winter landscape and get some exercise.

Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years and is thought to have originated in North America. Early versions of the snowshoe were made from animal hides, and were used by Native Americans to travel through the snow-covered landscapes.

Today, snowshoes are made from a variety of materials, including aluminium, plastic and wood.

Difficulty level of each activity – how hard is it to learn?

There is no comparison between them.

Splitboarding is a much more difficult sport to learn than snowshoeing. It takes time and practice to learn how to ride a splitboard properly, and you need to be in good physical condition in order to hike up the mountain.

Snowshoeing is a much easier activity to learn than splitboarding. You don’t need any special skills or equipment, and anyone can do it. Even young children can learn how to snowshoe with a little bit of instruction.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Splitboarding

pros and cons of splitboarding


  • Allows you to ride down the mountain without having to take a lift
  • Can be done in any type of terrain
  • Is a great workout
  • Great adventure
  • Next-level snowboarding


  • Takes time to learn how to do it properly
  • Needs good physical condition
  • More expensive than snowshoeing

Advantages and Disadvantages of Snowshoeing


  • Anyone can do it
  • No special skills or equipment needed
  • Great way to explore the winter landscape
  • Good workout


  • Can only be done in certain areas (snow-covered terrain)
  • Slower than splitboarding
Which one is better for Exercise?

Which one is better for Exercise?

Both snowshoeing and splitboarding are great exercises. They both get your heart rate up and help you burn calories. However, I would say that splitboarding is a better workout because it involves more upper body strength. Snowshoeing is mostly done with your lower body, so it’s not as challenging for your upper body muscles.

Which one is better for Adventure?

If you’re looking for an adventure, then I would say again, that splitboarding is the better option. It allows you to explore any type of terrain, and you can ride down the mountain without having to take a lift. Snowshoeing is also a great option for adventure, but it is limited to hiking in snowy areas.

Equipment needed for Splitboarding

If you’re thinking of a splitboard, you will need a few pieces of equipment. First, you will need a splitboard. These can be purchased at most sporting goods stores or online.

Second, you will need bindings that are specifically designed for splitboards.

Third, you will need skins, which are strips of material that attach to the bottom of your board and help you climb up hills.

Finally, you will need poles, which help with balance when climbing up the mountain.

How much will Cost you?

The cost of splitboarding equipment can vary depending on the brand and type of equipment you choose. However, expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1,400 for a complete set-up.

This may seem like a lot, but it’s worth it if you want to take your snowboarding to the next level.

If you’re going to rent the complete setup, it’ll cost you about $25 – $50 per day.

How much will Cost you

Equipment needed for Snowshoeing

For snowshoeing, you will need snowshoes, boots, snowshoe poles or trekking poles with snow baskets, and a backpack. 

You may also want to bring along extra clothes in case you get cold, snacks and water, a first aid kit, a map, and a compass.

Snowshoes come in different sizes and shapes, and the type you need will depend on your weight and the type of terrain you’ll be snowshoeing in. If you’re just getting started, it’s a good idea to rent snowshoes before buying your own.

Your boots should be warm and waterproof, with good traction. They don’t have to be special snowshoeing boots, but they should be comfortable and fit well.

How much will cost you?

If you’re just getting started in snowshoeing, you can probably get by renting snowshoes and using your regular hiking boots. The rental price is around $32 for 3 days or $3/day for periods between 4-21 days.

However, if you think you’ll be doing a lot of snowshoeing, it’s worth investing in your own equipment. A good pair of snowshoes will cost around $150, and a good pair of boots will cost around $200.

Which activity is Better for you?

I’m pretty sure the decision has been made already, but let’s just summarize it for fun.

If you want to explore the backcountry, snowshoeing is definitely the better activity for you. It’s cheaper, lighter and in my opinion, easier to master than splitboarding.

However, if you’re planning on going on longer trips, then splitboarding is probably the better option. It’s more fun and requires more preparation, but it’s worth it when you can shred some powder with your friends!

Which activity is Better for you?

Let’s consider some important things to help you compare things better:

  • Consider your level of fitness – if you’re not in good shape, then snowshoeing might be a better option.
  • Consider your budget – splitboarding is generally more expensive than snowshoeing.
  • Consider your skills – if you’re not good at balance or coordination, then splitboarding might not be the best option for you.
  • Consider the terrain – if you want to explore the backcountry, then splitboarding is a better option. If you want to stay on groomed trails, then snowshoeing might be a better option.
  • Consider the weather – if it’s warm out, then snowshoeing might be more comfortable. If it’s cold out, then splitboarding might be a better option.
  • Consider your experience – if you’ve never done either activity before, then snowshoeing might be a better option to start with.
  • Consider your equipment – if you don’t have any special equipment, then snowshoeing is probably the better option.
  • Consider your time – if you don’t have much time, then snowshoeing is probably the better option.
  • Consider your goals – if you want to get a good workout, then either activity would be a good option. If you want to explore the backcountry, then splitboarding is probably a better option.
10 Tips for beginner Splitboarders

10 Tips for beginner Splitboarders

If you’re new to splitboarding, here are 10 tips to help you get started:

  1. Get the right equipment – you’ll need a splitboard, bindings, boots and poles. You can either buy or rent this equipment.
  2. Take a lesson – it’s a good idea to take a lesson from a certified instructor. This will help you learn the basics and be safe while you’re out in the backcountry.
  3.  Go with someone experienced – it’s always best to go with someone who has more experience than you. They can teach you the ropes and help you stay safe in the backcountry.
  4. Be prepared – before you head out, make sure you know the conditions and have the proper equipment. This includes a shovel, beacon, probe and first-aid kit.
  5. Be aware of the hazards – avalanches are the biggest hazard when splitboarding. Make sure you know how to identify the signs of an avalanche and what to do if one happens.
  6.  Stick to the trails – when you’re first starting, it’s best to stick to the trails. This will help you get used to the equipment and build your confidence.
  7. Take your time – don’t try to do too much too soon. Start slow and build up your endurance over time.
  8. Listen to your body – if you’re tired or not feeling well, it’s best to turn around and head back.
  9. Be respectful – of the environment and other people. Remember, you’re sharing the backcountry with others.
  10. Do your research before heading out! This is especially important if you’re planning to go to remote areas.
10 Tips for beginner Snowshoers

10 Tips for beginner Snowshoers

I started snowshoeing last year and absolutely loved it. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone else, but I quickly got the hang of it. Here are 10 tips for beginner snowshoers:

  • Start slow and take your time. The point is to enjoy yourself, not race someone else.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and gear. Make sure you’re dressed for the weather and wear boots that can handle deep snow.
  • Stay on the trail if possible. This will help avoid getting lost or stuck in obstacles like trees or bushes.
  • Use trekking poles if you have them; they’ll help you maintain your balance while walking through deep snow drifts.
  • Take breaks often and drink plenty of water; dehydration is a real danger in cold weather environments!
  • Look ahead as you walk; this will help you plan your steps and avoid potential hazards along the way.
  • Snowshoes are great for traversing flat surfaces, but if you’re planning to hike up a hill, switch to splitboarding.
  • Check conditions before heading out – avalanche danger can increase during storms.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and be respectful of other hikers/snowboarders/skiers (etc)
  • Have fun – snowshoeing is supposed to be enjoyable so make sure you take the time to enjoy it!

Have you ever been snowshoeing? What tips would you add for beginners?

Splitboarding vs. Snowshoeing?

If you’re trying to decide between splitboarding and snowshoeing, it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a workout, then splitboarding is the way to go. It’s also great if you’re planning to hike up hills or travel long distances.

Snowshoeing, on the other hand, is more relaxed and can be done at a leisurely pace. It’s perfect if you’re just looking to enjoy a winter walk in the woods with family or friends. So, which one should you choose?

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. But if you’re still undecided, why not try both? They’re both great ways to enjoy the winter scenery!

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Final thoughts

There you have it! Our top 10 tips for those of you considering giving splitboarding or snowshoeing a try. We hope you found this helpful in making your decision.

Both activities are great ways to enjoy the winter scenery and get some exercise, so ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

If you like the idea of being able to go off-trail and explore more remote areas, then splitboarding is probably the better option for you.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a relatively easy way to get around in deep snow, then snowshoeing could be the way to go.

Whichever activity you choose, we hope you have a blast out there!

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Lisa Hayden-Matthews

An avid Skier, bike rider, triathlon enthusiast, amateurish beach volleyball player and nature lover who has never lost a dare! I manage the overall Editorial section for the magazine here and occasionally chip in with my own nature photographs, when required.
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