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Dark Starts Backcountry Splitboard Podcast

Dark Starts Backcountry Splitboard Podcast

By Chad & Darrin
Join your hosts Chad and Darrin as they talk with splitboarding and backcountry industry pros, gear manufacturers, and certified mountain guides. No matter how much experience you have in the backcountry, you'll learn everything there is to know along with us to take your tours and shredding to the next level. New episodes drop weekly - subscribe to get notifications when new episodes are Dropping.
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It's not if! It's when! with Judson Wright | Founder and owner of Kootenay Backcountry Guides.

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It’s a life style with Simone Le Grand | Swiss splitboarder and big aspect rider, graphic designer, illustrator & massage therapist!
Episode 70 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Swiss splitboarder and big aspect rider, Simone Le Grand. https://www.darkstarts.ca/simone-legrand Show links: https://www.instagram.com/le_grand/ https://www.instagram.com/le_grand_design/ https://www.instagram.com/haglofs/ https://www.instagram.com/jonessnowboards/ https://www.instagram.com/karakorambc/ https://www.instagram.com/shadesofloveproject/ https://www.instagram.com/protectourwintersswitzerland/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:57:38
September 14, 2021
From the ground up with Max Holzman | founder of MTN Local Snowboards
Episode 69 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Max Holzman, founder of MTN Local Snowboards. Check out Max Holzman's show notes on his profile at www.darkstarts.ca/max-holzman Show links: https://mtnlocalsnowboards.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mtnlocalsnowboards/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:08:12
August 31, 2021
Captain Crunch with Zak Mills | Splitboard athlete & lover of everything that nature offers!
Episode 68 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents splitboard athlete Zak Mills. Check out Zak Mills's show notes on his profile at www.darkstarts.ca/zak-mills  Show links:  @_zakmills  @phantomsnowindustries  @jonessnowboards  @ridge_merino  @julbo_eyewear  @arcteryx  Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:41:11
August 17, 2021
Do your homework with Taylor Godber | A humble soul on a lifelong pursuit of standing sideways and eating clean.
Episode 67 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Taylor Godber from Whistler BC. For the show notes and much more visit: www.darkstarts.ca/taylor-godber Show links: https://www.createtravelinspire.com/ https://thedrawout.com/ https://www.jonessnowboards.com/ www.thenorthface.com/ https://rpmtraining.com/ https://snowboardcanada.com/whatcha-doing-taylor-godber/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:01:10
August 3, 2021
Shredding the bar with Jordan Keeth | With her gypsy soul and a passion for playing in the snow she loves everything winter has to offer
Episode 66 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Jordan Keeth from Mammoth California. Grew up in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Hong Kong then moved to Mammoth California when she turned twenty-one. Here she found her passion for snowboarding. Her husband introduced her to the backcountry eight years ago and since then they have been pursuing the backcountry together. Outdoor enthusiast focused towards splitboarding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hiking and running. Jordan Keeth is the definition of a gypsy soul with a passion for playing in the snow. Over the last twelve years she has chased snow to places in Australia, Japan, South America, the US and Canada. Listen in and hear stories from her journey and the tips and tricks she has learned along the way! Show links: https://www.instagram.com/jordankeeth/ https://www.instagram.com/endeavorsnow/ https://www.instagram.com/sandboxland/ https://www.instagram.com/airholefacemasks/ https://www.instagram.com/beaverwax/ https://www.instagram.com/ridge_merino/ https://www.instagram.com/rhythmsnowboardshop/ https://www.instagram.com/firestonewalker/ https://www.instagram.com/805beer/ https://www.instagram.com/hempsteadfarms/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:09:00
July 20, 2021
Dirt Bagging it with Nick LaToof | Splitboarder, filmmaker, author of "The Relentless Mindset," motivation over the last decade.
Episode 65 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Mr. Relentless himself, Nick LaToof. Nick is a two-time author, most known for his first book, "The Relentless Mindset," and has written hundreds of articles on fitness, nutrition, and motivation over the last decade. As a filmmaker, he enjoys finding creative ways to tell the story, so that you can relive it alongside him.. This adventurer continues to push himself beyond his limits. Nick's been all over the USA, and finds himself at home among the country's highest peaks. Nick prefers the simple life that the mountains offers. If it was up to him, he’d be on a snowboard everyday and he’s working hard to make that a reality. His background as a personal trainer evolved into coaching athletes and becoming a nutrition expert. His story took him from sunny L.A. to the high peaks of the Rockies, with no regrets. Listen in as he shares his story with us and how he preps for his backcountry tours. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/nlatoof/ http://www.nicklatoof.com/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:38:23
July 6, 2021
Behind the scenes with Scott Seward | Burton’s one & only board engineer for the family tree line.
Episode 64 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Scott Seward, Burton’s one and only board engineer for the family tree line. Took his AVI1 in Jackson Hole WY then spent time exploring the Tetons with experienced riders to learn the ropes. Started working at Burton in 2007 as an Engineering Intern. His hard work and dedication grew his career to become the Senior Manager of Hardgoods Advanced Development. Developed the snowboards for the Family Tree line as well as custom boards for Danny Davis, Dave Downing, Alex Andrews the list goes on and one. Scott is the behind the scenes man that works hard to perfect every detail of every board he designs, giving people their best rides. In this episode we dive deep into board building - side cuts, edging, channels, 3D shaping and more! Learn more about everything that goes into designing boards, so you can pick the next member of your quiver with confidence. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/burtonsnowboards/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:21:17
June 22, 2021
Pura Vida with Megs Pischke "Porcheron" | Wellness & Community Director for Boarding for Breast Cancer
Episode 63 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Megan Pischke of Boarding for Breast Cancer. Former professional snowboarder, learned about the backcountry on tours with Jeremy Jones and Craig Kelly Mom of 2, living her best life between Costa Rica and the Mountains with her husband DCP Wellness & Community Director for Boarding for Breast Cancer, providing Integrated healing for women managing diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare And now for something completely different! We’ve been spending a lot of time running down gear and snowpack, so now we want to take a minute to reconnect. We asked an expert to talk with us about getting our zen on in the backcountry, getting grounded and living our best lives. Tune in and get inspired! About our guest: Megan Pischke is influencing others for a higher purpose. She’s now the Wellness + Community Director of Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). As a former professional snowboarder, breast cancer thriver, and mother of two, she brings in first-hand knowledge and experience to be an empowered activist for Integrative healing for women managing a breast cancer diagnosis, treatments, and aftercare. Her ideas around wellness transcend beyond what you can ‘do’ for yourself, with ‘what we can be and achieve together’ within our communities. Her passions are surfing, shredding pow, foods, and sharing her love of being outside with her kids and husband DCP. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/megsporcheron/ https://www.instagram.com/b4bc/ https://www.instagram.com/gnusnowboards/ https://www.instagram.com/libtechsurf/ https://www.instagram.com/coalheadwear/ https://www.instagram.com/dakine_snowboarding/ https://www.rdsteps123.com/meditation-room/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:01:56
June 15, 2021
It's not if! It's when! with Judson Wright | Founder and owner of Kootenay Backcountry Guides.
Episode 62 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Judson Wright, founder and owner of Kootenay Backcountry Guides. Started skiing early in life with his family in southern Ontario, taking trips to Vermont and eventually discovered snowboarding. Moved out West and fell in love with powder, following that passion he met a heli guide that inspired his current life path as a guide. Started Kootenay Backcountry Guides in 2017 and has been killing it with both the guiding and education parts of the business. While training to become an ACMG, Judson was caught in the middle of a slide on an extended traverse from Bugaboo to Rogers Pass. He shares the wild story with us as well as the humbling lessons that he learned. These important lessons are a strong foundation for the education that he provides to the community with both Kootenay Backcountry Guides training and the State of the Snowpack events that he supports in Nelson, BC. We learned so much about training, gear, and much more and hope you do too. Judson, it was truly our pleasure. Show links: https://kootenaybackcountryguides.com/ https://westonbackcountry.com/ https://www.roamshop.com/ https://www.stateofthesnowpack.com/ https://tributeboardshop.ca/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:27:40
June 8, 2021
Look ahead with Mark Fawcett | Two time Olympian, guide, entrepreneur & currently Canada Snowboard Coach
Episode 61 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents a snowboarding Legend Mark Fawcett. Hailing from New Brunswick, he got his start ripping with his dad down Polly and Sugarloaf Mountains. His competitive highlights include 14 World Cup victories and 40 podiums, 3 U.S. Open titles and he’s a two-time Canadian Olympic Snowboard team member (1998 & 2002). Sporting cameos in vintage snowboard movies, he landed a co-host gig in a sled-access backcountry snowboarding TV Show called Sacred Ride. Currently coaching Canada’s Olympic snowboarding team for the last 16 years. Mark wanted the free surfy feeling that he got watching a Ted Shred movie on a trip to Sugarloaf. So he spent his life chasing it, in the competition circuit, wind surfing, kite surfing, and in the backcountry. In this episode, Mark shares some amazing stories from the glory days of snowboarding and some great insights he picked up in his 30 years of shredding. We can’t decide who’s the bigger wax nerd, Chad or Mark? Show links: https://www.instagram.com/mark_fawcett/ https://tributeboardshop.ca/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHrgCo0KEsqICJX0POzWt-g Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:14:58
June 1, 2021
Shredding in Hard Boot with Krister Kopala | Furberg Ride from Tromsø in Northern Norway
Episode 60 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Krister Kopala from Tromsø in Northern Norway. Started riding on a Burton Chopper at the age of four now has twenty- six  years of experience snowboarding. Six years ago he started focusing on exploring the backcountry by splitboarding and mountaineering. Krister has been featured in multiple films in the last 10 years such as Endless Winter and he is always updating his instagram with videos of his adventures. In Tromsø they are heavily focused on staying fit and exploring the backcountry. During the summer Krister works as a lineman and like many others in his town, works out in preparation for the winter months to come. Living in a culture that thrives on adventure means that Krister never stops pushing the limits. Listen in and hear more about his experiences in the backcountry and how his search for the perfect hard boot has gone. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/kriskopa/ https://www.furbergsnowboards.com/ https://www.instagram.com/furbergsnowboards/ https://www.instagram.com/vertical_playground/ https://www.instagram.com/blueiceclimbing/ https://www.instagram.com/julbo_eyewear/ https://www.instagram.com/g3gear/ https://www.instagram.com/rab.equipment/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:46:44
May 25, 2021
The Mountain Man with Nick Russell | Backcountry shredder and lover of the mountains out of Truckee California.
Episode 59 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Nick Russell backcountry backcountry shredder and lover of the mountains out of Truckee California. Started riding halfpipe in Stratton, Vermont during his early years but once he rode powder in Salt Lake City, Utah he was hooked on chasing big mountains. Completed first descents on his snowboard in places like Bolivia, India and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Social activist working to educate and encourage others to vote for candidates focused on protecting natural environments. Nick was romanced by backcountry movies that sparked his life journey of endless pursuits to get higher into the mountains. Being self sufficient is always a goal of his so it only makes sense to use his own two feet. Having years of experience he now has it dialed in to ensure he is comfortable on every tour. Listen in and learn what gear he uses and why he pursues the backcountry by his own power. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/nick_russelll/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/jonessnowboards/ https://www.instagram.com/karakorambc/ https://www.instagram.com/smartwool/ https://www.instagram.com/patagonia/ https://www.instagram.com/onxbackcountry/ https://www.instagram.com/redbullsnow/ https://www.instagram.com/arcadebelts/ https://www.instagram.com/tok_air_service/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:06:02
May 18, 2021
Turns for the soul with Antti Autti | Professional Snowboarder from Finland and the creator of Artic Lines Video series
Episode 58 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Antti Autti, Professional Snowboarder from Finland and the creator of Artic Lines Video series. Took gold at the 2005 winter X-Games in men's Superpipe beating Danny Kass, Andy Finch and Shawn White. Nineteen podium places, six wins in the halfpipe at the World Cup. Four times competing in the World Championships taking first in Big Air and Halfpipe in 2005. Three podium places in the Finnish Championships. No longer competing he focuses on creating films in the backcountry. Currently working on the Arctic Line series. Antti seeks adventure by exploring the arctic circle but pays close attention to what the mountains are willing to let him do. With a top notch team of guides and friends he is working on accomplishing 30 freeride lines in the arctic circle. Check out the links below on where you can watch his lines so far. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/anttiautti/?hl=en https://arcticlines.com https://www.jonessnowboards.com/content/282-antti-autti Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:53:07
May 11, 2021
Free your hands with Jake Sullivan | Owner of Hand Out Gloves & splitboard enthusiasts
Episode 57 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Jake Sullivan, owner of Hand Out Gloves. Got his start in the business by working for Bjorn and Erik Leines’ glove company, Celtek. After that, he started building cores for Voile and 4Front Skis. Bought a glove company with his friend and mentor Don Wildman and rebranded it as Hand Out Gloves. Their sales skyrocketed after making a deal on Shark Tank in 2016. Runs down various global destinations for shredding, with his sights on Chile to honor his late friend Don. We love having guests on the show that are riders who develop great products for the community. Jake is a very humble and down to earth guy. Having worked in the snow industry his whole life, he was excited for the opportunity to buy a glove brand with his mentor Don Wildman. After running the business for 8 years, they now have many new and improved styles, made for all outdoor enthusiasts. Show links: https://handoutgloves.com/home/about/ https://www.instagram.com/handoutgloves/ https://www.milosport.com https://www.backcountry.com/ https://www.skinsee.com Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:53:37
May 4, 2021
Mother Nature Always Wins with Briony May Johnson | Out of Australia, Pro YES Rider & Guides out of the family hotel in Japan
Episode 56 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Briony May Johnson rider for the YES snowboards on the Tasman Team. Growing up riding in Australia and visiting Japan with her parents and two older brothers. Now she helps run the Refre Hotel, her family's lodge in Myoko Kogen Japan. Sponsored by YES snowboards, Airblaster, Twelve Board Store and Eivy Plans to compete in Freeride World Tour qualifiers once the world opens back up again. Briony is a backcountry enthusiast who likes to climb steeps as much as she likes to ride them. She usually rides at her home resort in Australia and in the mountains around her family lodge in Myoko Japan. Even though the Freeride World Tour qualifiers were canceled this year she is working hard to accomplish her goal of making it to the big stage. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/brionymayjohnson/ https://refremyoko.com https://www.yesnowboard.com https://twelveboardstore.com.au https://www.instagram.com/refremyoko/ https://www.eivyclothing.com/au/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9_mDBhCGARIsAN3PaFOj5S6-U_Uw_pBVoo8oi-mYmocxnRd9pI2-IUFGiUtQEuLUcQs1ZcMaAp4oEALw_wcB https://myairblaster.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9_mDBhCGARIsAN3PaFMKsXDozdX3j2U72RbbXDKHwwTa-vHU9-JAYDpjzqz1nP4cPbj6Q5waAieVEALw_wcB https://myairblaster.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9_mDBhCGARIsAN3PaFMKsXDozdX3j2U72RbbXDKHwwTa-vHU9-JAYDpjzqz1nP4cPbj6Q5waAieVEALw_wcB Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:21:52
April 27, 2021
Powder Hound with Adam Zok | ACMG Splitboard guide out of Revelstoke BC
Episode 55 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Adam Zok ACMG splitboard guide out of Revelstoke BC. While attending Berkeley he joined a ski club where he was able to ride the resorts in Tahoe, Big Sky and Jackson Hole. After guiding at Mt. Shasta in California he wanted to take his guiding career further so he moved to Revelstoke BC and became an ACMG certified guide. Going on his eighth winter in Revelstoke he is now guiding for Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, CAPOW, Revelstoke Backcountry Guides while also planning hut trips and taking private bookings. Adam shares his journey from skateboarding in Santa Barbara California to now being an ACMG certified guide in Revelstoke BC. When he isn’t guiding others through the backcountry he is out exploring and studying ways to ride through new terrain. Adam gave us great pointers on where he went to learn more about the backcountry along with what it takes to take care of yourself and others in emergency situations. So grab a cold one and listen in! Show links: https://www.instagram.com/adamzok/?hl=en https://capow.ca/team/adam-zok/ https://westonbackcountry.com/pages/adam-zok https://snowboardcanada.com/adam-zok-autobiography/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:04:08
April 20, 2021
Discover your shape with Mikey Franco | Owner of Franco Snowshapes, Snowboard Coach & Guide
Episode 54 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Mikey Franco, shaper and owner of Franco Snowshapes. Started out as a skateboarder until he found a way to skate on snow, then winter became his favourite season. Rider, instructor, guide and everything in between, until his body pushed his career into a new direction - shaping, thanks to his friends at Igneous and inspirations from beautiful Japanese boards. Went out on his own and started Franco Snowshapes to build boards that are unique for each individual and how they ride. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to geek out on board design! Mikey discovered his passion for building boards after a trip to Japan re-ignited an old injury and put his riding on hold for the year. He took inspiration from Japanese board design and launched his own company to emulate the form and function he fell in love with. Franco Snowcraft builds custom snowboards and splitboards tailor made for each rider for a truly amazing experience. Hey, and a quick reminder that we all need to look out for each other in the backcountry. Stay safe out there! Show links: https://www.francosnowshapes.com https://www.instagram.com/francosnowshapes/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:30:10
April 13, 2021
Respect the mountains with Rafael Pease | Pro Snowboard, Mountaineer, social-environmental activist & documentary filmmaker.
Episode 53 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Pro Snowboard mountaineer and filmmaker Rafael Pease. Professional Chilean snowboard mountaineer, social-environmental activist, and documentary filmmaker. Since college he has lived between Chile and the United States. Switching from winter in the Northern hemisphere to winter in the Southern hemisphere. Inspired by Jeremy Jones' movie Deeper, he found his own calling to influence and educate people on environmental issues through filmmaking. Rafael puts part of his soul into every documentary and project he creates. Combining his diverse background in snowboard mountaineering, activism and environmental sciences, he finds a unique perspective to educate and keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. Through the power of film, Rafael is manifesting the change that he wants to see in the world. Respect. Show links: https://connectionsmovement.com https://www.instagram.com/rafaelpease/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/connectionsmovement/?hl=en Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:15:05
April 6, 2021
The flow state with Kate Ediger | Founder of Pit and Peak Avalanche Training, Tail Guide & Burton Ambassador
Episode 52 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Kate Ediger, founder of Pit and Peak Avalanche Skills Training. Grew up in Grand Prairie with a grandfather that instilled a passion and appreciation for exploring the outdoors in her. Entered the 2012 Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum Contest and won multiple heli and cat ski trips from companies like Purcell Heli-Skiing, Fernie Wilderness Adventures, Selkirk Snowcat Skiing and K3 Cat Ski. Founded Pit and Peak where she teaches avalanche safety courses through the winter as well as tail guiding for K3 Cat Ski in Revelstoke. Kate has a deep passion for exploring mountains, pushing her snowboarding, educating and inspiring others to grow to new levels year after year. She is blazing a trail for females in the backcountry and snowboard industry, inspiring others to pursue their dreams beyond their limits and smiling along the way. Kate is an aspiring snowboard guide, avalanche instructor, big mountain freeride competitor and mother to her son, Timber. Her contagious energy, adventurous spirit and positive personality will leave you feeling good. Get ready to be inspired! Show links: https://www.pitandpeakavalanche.com https://www.instagram.com/shrediger/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/pitandpeakavalanchetraining/?hl=en Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:13:42
March 30, 2021
Wherever it's snowing! with Ty Mills | All Aspects Alpine Guides & Avalanche Training out of Gold BC
Episode 51 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Ty Mills, founder and owner of All Aspects Alpine. Ty was just the second person to ever become a certified ACMG ski guide in Canada on a splitboard. He works for numerous guide services, including Eagle Pass HeliSkiing, 40tribes and Golden Alpine Holidays. He also runs his own guide business All Aspects Alpine, which offers backcountry adventures in Canada and Internationally. Ty loves to play in the mountains. Lazy powder turns, bootpacking up couloirs, laying skin tracks or shredding alpine lines are a few of his favourite things. This guide takes us around the world, sharing his adventures and giving us solid tips from his years as a multi-faceted mountain guide. We learned a lot and hope you will too! Show links: https://aaabackcountryguides.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tymills/ http://www.ogasaka-snowboard.com/index_e.html Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:02:00
March 23, 2021
Dig Deep! with Brittney Dickson | Owner operator of Stay Wild Backcountry Avalanche Skills Training
Episode 50 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Britteny Dickson founder of Stay Wild Backcountry. Her passion for snow and the mountains was sparked at a very young age, growing up in the mountains of Grand Forks BC with parents who both ski and snowboard. With 15 year of experience snowmobiling and snowboarding, Brittney has always seen the benefit of learning from locals and having good mentors around her. Brittney founded Stay Wild Backcountry Skills, where she teaches in depth avalanche safety courses for both snowboarding and snowmobiling, she offers a variety of online and in person courses along with guided tours. Get ready to take notes! Brittney tells us stories about how her parents raised her in the mountains and she drops years of backcountry knowledge on us in this episode. We recently took the Stay Wild Backcountry course and loved it. Listen in and hear some great nuggets of the wisdom, but if you want the full download, you gotta take the course! Show links: https://www.staywildbackcountry.ca https://www.instagram.com/stay_wild_backcountry/ https://www.facebook.com/StayWildBackcountry/ Cool books: Deep Survival: https://amzn.to/30JFqtC Let It Ride: The Craig Kelly Story: https://amzn.to/3qPOdoi Buried: https://amzn.to/2OXEcbG Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:29:24
March 16, 2021
The mountains connect us all With Jon Miller | Developer of Backcountry United
Episode 49 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Jon Miller of Backcountry United Foundation. Spending his childhood in areas like Salt Lake City, Utah; San Clemente, California; and Steamboat Springs Colorado Jon was totally immersed in the cultures surrounding art, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding. Jon has been building connections between the snowmobiling and the snowboarding cultures for 2 decades through branding and storytelling, product innovation and by connecting businesses with their consumers' passions. Jons passion project, Backcountry United Foundation, is a non-profit that aims to create respect between all backcountry users and educate them on how to be safe in the backcountry. Jon shares his stories about how he fell in love with both the human-powered and motorized cultures of the backcountry and now he puts his heart and soul into figuring out how to bridge the gap between them. Listen in and learn more about safely riding in the backcountry and how to keep public lands open for all to enjoy! Show links: https://www.bcufoundation.org/news https://www.powdercowboy.co https://www.instagram.com/powdercowboy/ Episode 51 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Ty Mills, founder and owner of All Aspects Alpine. Ty was just the second person to ever become a certified ACMG ski guide in Canada on a splitboard. He works for numerous guide services, including Eagle Pass HeliSkiing, 40tribes and Golden Alpine Holidays. He also runs his own guide business All Aspects Alpine, which offers backcountry adventures in Canada and Internationally. Ty loves to play in the mountains. Lazy powder turns, bootpacking up couloirs, laying skin tracks or shredding alpine lines are a few of his favourite things. This guide takes us around the world, sharing his adventures and giving us solid tips from his years as a multi-faceted mountain guide. We learned a lot and hope you will too! Show links: https://aaabackcountryguides.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tymills/ http://www.ogasaka-snowboard.com/index_e.html Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:28:32
March 9, 2021
It's Cheating! with Chandler Kane | Owner of Stealth Backcountry Tours out of Japan
Episode 48 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents the owner of Stealth Backcountry Tours, Chandler Kane. Chandler started snowboarding in 1989, after seeing Jake Burton and Randy Gateno shred through a tree run he knew he was going to be snowboarding the rest of his life. Founded Stealth Backcountry, offering tours in the Hokkaido mountains of Japan. During the off-season, Chandler chases big storms and powder at Mammoth in California. After life threw Chandler a few curve balls, he found himself booking a trip to go shred in Japan. Returning year after year, he fell in love with the culture and the mountains and decided to start Stealth Backcountry Tours. With years of experience riding in Japan, Chandler gives us amazing tips on gear and what hazards you might run into. So grab a drink and listen in! Show links: https://www.stealthbackcountry.com https://www.instagram.com/stealth_backcountry/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/StealthBackcountryTours/ https://kingsnowmag.com/you-have-arrived-the-north-face-in-japan/ Episode 51 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Ty Mills, founder and owner of All Aspects Alpine. Ty was just the second person to ever become a certified ACMG ski guide in Canada on a splitboard. He works for numerous guide services, including Eagle Pass HeliSkiing, 40tribes and Golden Alpine Holidays. He also runs his own guide business All Aspects Alpine, which offers backcountry adventures in Canada and Internationally. Ty loves to play in the mountains. Lazy powder turns, bootpacking up couloirs, laying skin tracks or shredding alpine lines are a few of his favourite things. This guide takes us around the world, sharing his adventures and giving us solid tips from his years as a multi-faceted mountain guide. We learned a lot and hope you will too! Show links: https://aaabackcountryguides.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tymills/ http://www.ogasaka-snowboard.com/index_e.html Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:35:19
March 2, 2021
Manager of getting after it! with Corey Stecker | Smartwool's International GM, overseeing the Business for both Canada & Europe
Episode 47 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents splitboarder Corey Stecker of Smartwool International, General Manager overseeing the Business for both Canada and Europe. Grew up in NYC and discovered snowboarding in ‘88. He crafted his life path to follow his snowboarding passion. Discovered the splitboarding when living in Brek, realizing the bliss of an expansive amount of powder fields now within his reach. Currently lives in Montreal for the perfect blend of city life and proximity to the mountains and manages European & Canadian business for Smartwool. Corey is a fan of everything outdoors! Whether he is mountain biking, trail running, surfing or splitboarding, it all keeps him connected with the mountains. Listen in and spark your own stoke for powder and learn more about gear, sheep and merino wool. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/seestecker/ https://www.instagram.com/smartwool/ Special thanks to: Smartwool https://smartwool.ca/ Use promo code DS10 to get 10% off your purchases worldwide Episode 51 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Ty Mills, founder and owner of All Aspects Alpine. Ty was just the second person to ever become a certified ACMG ski guide in Canada on a splitboard. He works for numerous guide services, including Eagle Pass HeliSkiing, 40tribes and Golden Alpine Holidays. He also runs his own guide business All Aspects Alpine, which offers backcountry adventures in Canada and Internationally. Ty loves to play in the mountains. Lazy powder turns, bootpacking up couloirs, laying skin tracks or shredding alpine lines are a few of his favourite things. This guide takes us around the world, sharing his adventures and giving us solid tips from his years as a multi-faceted mountain guide. We learned a lot and hope you will too! Show links: https://aaabackcountryguides.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tymills/ http://www.ogasaka-snowboard.com/index_e.html Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:51:42
February 23, 2021
Bell to Bell With Jonathan Penfield | Pro Snowboarder and FreeRide World Tour Competitor
Episode 46 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Jonathan Penfield, Freeride World Tour Competitor. Through grade school, Jonathan competed with the USSA in half pipe, boardercross and slopestyle competitions. During college he competed in smaller rail jam events, but once he competed in the North Face Masters Tour, he quickly turned his attention to the Freeride World Tour competition. Jonathan has launched an impressive avalanche and weather condition website called livepow.com, all the while still competing. Jonathan is living every snowboarder's dream. His job gives him the freedom to travel around Canada with his girlfriend and chase the pow! And his passion project, livepow.com, provides great information that benefits the entire community. Listen in as he shares how riding in the backcountry prepares him for Freeride competitions, his personal encounters with avalanches and his tips to keep everyone safe in the backcountry. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/jonnpow/ https://livepow.com https://www.instagram.com/livepow_com/ https://www.facebook.com/Jonnp0 https://vimeo.com/155930165 Episode 51 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Ty Mills, founder and owner of All Aspects Alpine. Ty was just the second person to ever become a certified ACMG ski guide in Canada on a splitboard. He works for numerous guide services, including Eagle Pass HeliSkiing, 40tribes and Golden Alpine Holidays. He also runs his own guide business All Aspects Alpine, which offers backcountry adventures in Canada and Internationally. Ty loves to play in the mountains. Lazy powder turns, bootpacking up couloirs, laying skin tracks or shredding alpine lines are a few of his favourite things. This guide takes us around the world, sharing his adventures and giving us solid tips from his years as a multi-faceted mountain guide. We learned a lot and hope you will too! Show links: https://aaabackcountryguides.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tymills/ http://www.ogasaka-snowboard.com/index_e.html Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:08:21
February 16, 2021
ECO Friendly is the future! with Erika Vikander | Splitboarder & Pro rider on the Freeride World Tour
Episode 45 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Erika Vikander splitboarder and Freeride World Tour snowboarder. Competed in Slopestyle where she participated and made the podium at the highest level of contests such as The Dew Tour, Grand Prix, Burton US Open and even the Sochi Olympic qualifiers. After recovering from knee surgery, Erika competed at the Subaru Freeride Series and took 2nd place and was nominated as the Audi Female Rookie of the Year. Last season she was ranked 3rd Overall in the World! She is sponsored by eco-friendly companies such as Niche Snowboards and Picture Clothing. Erika is one hard-working and humble individual! Hearing her talk about how snowboarding was there for her during challenges in life was an inspiration. When she’s not competing all around the world, you can find her shredding Mt. Hood. With a passion to be eco-friendly, she shares how her sponsors are using recycled materials to transform the production of snowboarding equipment as well as healthy backcountry snack options. We were inspired - thanks Erika! Show links: https://www.instagram.com/erikathevikingvikander/ https://www.facebook.com/erika.vikander/ https://www.facebook.com/ErikatheVikingVikander https://twitter.com/erikavikander https://www.freerideworldtour.com/rider/erika-vikander?season=252 Sponsored by: https://www.instagram.com/pictureorganicclothing/ https://www.instagram.com/nichesnowboards/ https://www.instagram.com/buff_usa/ https://www.instagram.com/dragonalliance/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:54:18
February 9, 2021
Have a Plan B with Kelian Duplain | Splitboarder & Avalanche awareness instructor out of Whistler BC
Episode 44 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents avalanche safety instructor Kelian Duplain. Quebec City native who discovered splitboarding early in life and moved out west to follow his passion. Diverted his Business Administration student loans into his backcountry education, building an impressive resume of skills. Works as an avalanche safety instructor in the winter to share his extensive knowledge of backcountry safety with those who dare to follow. Kelian doesn’t do social media, so this is really the only way to hear about his wild stories in the backcountry, winter camping and shredding trips and more. He shares great tips with us that you can apply to your own backcountry education, and some cool gear hacks that you won’t want to miss. Show links: Fernie Brewing Team: https://ferniebrewing.com/our-culture/team-fbc/ Atomic Habits Book: https://amzn.to/39s0pX5 Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:55:01
February 2, 2021
Can’t we all just sled along? with Leo Tsuo | owner of Weston & all around lover of the Backcountry
Episode 43 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Leo Tsuo, owner of Weston. This Golden Colorado lifer got his first day on the hills when his mom won a radio contest. He bombed down on his last run and was hooked since. He discovered the backcountry when season passes became cost prohibitive. Then he stumbled upon his first powder, and it felt like he was flying through the air. Just like that, double hooked. He started as a shop employee for Weston and loved it so much that he bought the company. Leo is an inspiration to the splitboard community. He’s finding ways to give back the community through education. He’s bridging the divide between skiers and snowboarders. He’s helping mother nature with sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing. And, he’s creating rad products for the best days ever. We really enjoyed chatting with Leo about gear, boards and making the community even better. Then he raised the bar even higher with pocket sausage. Cheers brother. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/rioleoone (warning - don’t look for any posts though) https://www.instagram.com/westonbackcountry/ https://westonbackcountry.com/ https://westonbackcountry.com/pages/slay-at-home-speaker-series Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:25:14
January 26, 2021
Fake it 'til you make it! with Meg Matheson | Cardiff athlete & aspiring backcountry guide
Episode 42 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Cardiff Athlete Meg Matheson. Meg grew up in Tri Cities, WA and learned to snowboard at a small local resort called Bluewood. Years later, she lives in a beautiful cabin located in Wilson, WY just minutes away from the Tetons. In the summer, she spends her time whitewater kayaking and raft guiding, riding horses, and sending it on a mountain bike. When Megs isn’t making deep powder turns you can find her by the fire, painting or playing guitar. Seriously though, there’s nothing this rising star doesn’t do in the backcountry. Her IG feed is her resume of shred, and we are thoroughly impressed! We had a great time having her on the show, plus Darrin shares his chocolate covered bacon recipe with us. Mmmmmm bacon. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/megs239/ https://getpocket.com/explore/item/we-tried-8-methods-of-cooking-bacon-and-found-an-absolute-winner Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:51:43
January 19, 2021
10 Feet Further with Aaron Lebowitz | Owner, Shaper of Elevated Surfcraft and Rad Dude
Episode 41 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents the man with the ‘stache - Aaron Lebowitz, owner of Elevated SurfCraft. A surfer in the making, transplanted to Montana before hitting his prime. Riding in Ja-pow with Alex, sold everything he had to bring back a powder board to the States with him. Started making local powder boards for himself, and people wanted them. He really had no choice but to evolve his hobby into a Microboardery™. What a rad human! We were 100% captivated by Aaron as he took us through the awe of seeing his first snow, to learning how to make boards, turning it into a business and evolving the business model to focus on what he loves most - creating rad boards and riding them! We learned so much about gear that had a hard time speed-googling stuff. You might want to be online and have a credit card ready before you start listening to this episode. Dude dog gives it four paws up. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/elevated_surfcraft/ https://www.instagram.com/elevated_shapers_collective/ https://www.instagram.com/elevatedsurfclub/ https://elevatedsurfcraft.com/ Kinco Gloves Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards https://www.tahoelab.com/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Smartwool https://smartwool.ca/ Use promo code DS10 to get 10% off your purchases worldwide Vulcan Sports Wear https://vulcansportswear.com/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off your purchases worldwide Pro Standard https://www.instagram.com/theprostandard/ Use promo code DarkStarts to get free shipping S3 Boardshop https://www.s3boardshop.ca/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off everything in the store/online Groundswell Marketing https://www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo https://www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/10 feet further
02:33:27
January 12, 2021
30 years of split with Dave Downing | The ever-humble, super rep of all things Burton
Episode 40 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Burton rider - Triple D Dave Downing. Riding at Big Bear, he became a rep for Burton and has enjoyed a 30 years partnership with them, influencing their start in making splits. A Transworld trip to Italy changed his life, where he met his future wife and proved he had what it took to get a Burton rider contract. Rode and filmed with some of the greats, mentored by Craig Kelly himself. We learned so much about Tahoe and Burton in this episode. Dave discovered splitboarding as a way to get powder and he pushed Burton to develop their own splitboarding models, and helped Craig discover splitboarding in the process. His experience in the backcountry and love of powder gave us a new perspective, and for that we are grateful, thanks Dave! Show links: https://www.instagram.com/davedowning/ Sponsored by: https://www.burton.com/us/en/home Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards https://www.tahoelab.com/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Fernie Brewery Co https://www.ferniebrewing.com/ Smartwool https://smartwool.ca/ Use promo code DS10 to get 10% off your purchases worldwide Vulcan Sports Wear https://vulcansportswear.com/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off your purchases worldwide Pro Standard https://www.instagram.com/theprostandard/ Use promo code DarkStarts to get free shipping S3 Boardshop https://www.s3boardshop.ca/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off everything in the store/online Groundswell Marketing https://www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo https://www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:41:05
January 5, 2021
Dropping out to Drop in with Gareth Van Dyk | Ex-Big Mountain competitor turns powsurfer & Splitboarder
Episode 39 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents ex-big mountain competitor and Jones ambassador Gareth Van Dyk. Moving from Wisconsin to West Africa to New Mexico, Gareth developed a unique perspective and appreciation of life. He gave it the old college try, but quickly learned that his student loans would be better used to fund his big mountain adventure education. He competed many years in Big Mountain, pulled in K2 and Jones sponsorships, then turned to judging events after blowing out his knee. Big mountain has never really received the same attention as freestyle in the snowboard world, but these are the real cowboys of the sport. Gareth found his passion for it at Crested Butte and followed that path to become one of the legends. In this episode, he shares his never before heard life stories and how it led to an appreciation of pow surfing and splitboarding. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Show links: https://www.instagram.com/oldcbpro/ Sponsored by: https://www.jonessnowboards.com/ https://sansmealbar.com/ https://241collection.com/ Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards The Pro Standard Use promo code DarkStarts to get free shipping https://www.s3boardshop.ca/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off everything in the store/online Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:19:01
December 29, 2020
Right in your backyard with Bjorn Leines | brand & business development manager at Cardiff Snowcraft
Episode 38 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents brand and business development manager at Cardiff Snowcraft and global athlete Bjorn Leines. Winters in Utah with his family led to local competitions, X Games, Olympics, sponsorships and shredding lines with some of the greats. Now calling Utah home, he discovered splitboarding in order to gain access to the nearby mountains that had been calling him for years. As an ambassador for Cardiff Snowcraft, he’s constantly feeding Sam with the ammo to build better rides. When we chatted with Bjorn, one of the snowboarding greats, one thing was crystal clear: in order to truly experience the mountain, you need to split. What made it possible for him was better gear. Listen in as he shares his amazing stories of the glory days of snowboarding, his gear and planning tips, and how splitboarding allows him to genuinely connect with the mountains. Now he shares the experience with his sons,  helping them carve their own path in the industry. Show links: @bjornleines @cardiffsnowcraft @blackdiamond_snow @blackdiamond @celtek @remindinsoles @karakorambc @bluebirdwax Other: Dig my quiver Fat Map Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards The Pro Standard Use promo code DarkStarts to get free shipping https://www.s3boardshop.ca/ Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off everything in the store/online Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:39:18
December 22, 2020
The oh shit puffy with Izzy Lazarus | Wyoming mountain guide
Episode 37 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Wyoming mountain guide Izzy Lazarus. She grew up outside in the NE States, helping her lay a solid foundation to become a climber, rider and instructor. Started her AMGA education in 2015 working towards her full IFMGA certification, and picked up a few sponsors along the way. Currently works as a guide out of Jackson WY, teaching Split 101 and women’s specific courses and shredding endless powder lines in the Tetons. Izzy got her first taste of powder when a friend brought her to Cement Creek in Silverton CO. She quickly decided to make the switch from ice climbing to splitboarding, for both safety and pure pleasure. As a guide and instructor, she loves imparting knowledge on those who come to her, and we learned a thing or two. Just think of all the things we will know in 5 more years, thanks to amazing guests like her. All it took was a listen. Show links: Instagram Sponsored by: Weston Phantom Snow Industries Other: Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Alpine Ascents Backcountry Babes Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:14:59
December 15, 2020
Smashing Boards with Dave Crerar | ACMG Guide & Owner of Golden Powder Guides, out of Golden BC
Episode 36 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents owner of Golden Powder Guides Dave Turner-Crerar. Dave Turner-Crerar immigrated to Canada from Ireland to follow his passion for the outdoors. After a few years of travelling between kayaking the Ottawa River and ski patrolling at Big White Ski Resort, he landed a job with the Edmonton Fire Department. The compressed shift schedule gave him the chance for getting after it in the backcountry. He headed back to school and is now only one small hurdle away from completing the ACMG ski guide program… entirely on a splitboard. Dave also runs his own small guiding outfit, Golden Powder Guiding. Dave got his start as a kayaker, but quickly realized that surfing mountains was his true passion. He started lining up his life to follow his passion. In this episode, we get some amazing tips on boards, boots, skins and wax. We also learn how Dave creates great guided tours, how a guide can help take your AST education to the next level, how Search and Rescue works in Canada, and about insurance? Huge knowledge drops in this episode. Show links: Golden Powder Guiding GPG Instagram Dave Instagram YouTube Channel Sponsored by: The North Face Smartwool Banff Phantom Splitboard Bindings Qwax wax Other: Lifestyle Financial Insurance Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:54:18
December 8, 2020
The Process with Jessa Gilbert | Epic Artist, tail guide & currently out of Revelstoke BC
Episode 35 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents backcountry artist and tail guide Jessa Gilbert. As one of the few women who grew up shredding the slopes in New York, there was lots of room for improvement in how women were perceived and portrayed in snowboarding Forayed into environmental art when she received a mural grant for a creek underpass in Whistler, turned her passion into a living Landed in Nelson BC and turned on to guiding by Jeff of Baldface, not too shabby having Buff as your mentor! We had a blast chatting with Jessa! She dropped her wisdom and epic stories on us. A shredder at the core, her stoke for the backcountry, feeling the terrain and turning them into her art got us frothy for more. Listen as she shares what inspired her to slow down and find herself in the mountains. Show links: Jessa Gilbert Art Instagram Sponsored by: Burton Snowboards Skida Headwear & Accessories Other: RAB Shelters Heroes - Women in Snowboarding Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:21:18
December 1, 2020
We are just tobogganing with Christine Feleki | The first woman to pass her ACMG exam on a splitboard
Episode 34 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents the first female to examine on a splitboard to a guide Christine Feleki. Growing up in Canmore, AB, Christine learned to be faster by riding with both skiers and boarders, eventually discovering the backcountry She’s the first female splitboard guide to pass the ACMG exam, putting down fresh tracks for other women who are brave enough to follow Her growing list of sponsors includes Pallas, Arc’teryx, and Phantom - all stemming from her chance meeting with Steph Nitsch through She Jumps Working as a guide, she has dialed in her gear - and runs down her tried and tested picks… we’re almost convinced to try hard booting now Christine’s happy place is the backcountry. She answered the call of the mountains, and now spends her days touring and guiding, making memories for the guests that she brings into the backcountry. When you spend that much time in the backcountry, you develop deep knowledge of gear and hone your own art of skinning as a guide. This one’s gold, Jerry! Gold! Show links: Instagram Pallas Snowboards Arc’teryx Phantom She Jumps Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:56:17
November 24, 2020
TASTING Snow with Don Schwartz | Former Snowboarding Pro, Powder Mountain Guide and all around bad ASS.
Episode 33 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Powder Mountain Guide Don Schwartz. Don fell in love with snowboarding in the early days, bought his first one from Ken Achenbach’s home shop in Calgary, AB He got involved in the competitive circuit and lived the life as a pro in the famed snowboard house of Whistler, BC Took a job as a guide while working for Transworld Magazine, which evolved into a 30 year career, eventually co-owning Powder Mountain Resort We were blown away by Don! His stories of the early days of snowboarding, living the life as a pro, getting roped into guiding and honing his snow knowledge over 30 years makes this episode one that you don’t want to miss! We never found out what’s in his pack, but we now know what surface hoar tastes like. We hope you enjoy his great tips as much as we did! Show links: In The Blink of an Eye Film Deep Survival Book Snowman Film Powder Mountain Resort Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:59:40
November 17, 2020
Why he is the fastest with Neil Provo | the snowboarding half of the infamous Provo Brothers out of Salt Lake City Utah
Episode 32 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Neil Provo. Outdoor enthusiast and photographer whose sponsor resume includes Voile, Technine, Rossignol, Grass Roots (Powsurfer) and Cardiff Snowcraft. Breaks down his gear and shares what his field tested preferences. When you tour with your brother, you need to be fast - if not to keep up at least to keep the sibling rivalry alive. Him and his brother have logged many, many days in the backcountry. Since his brother was skiing and he was splitboarding, it pushed him to find ways to speed up his transitions and make them as quick as possible. He shares great tips on what makes him such a speed demon that you can use for your own tours. Plus, there’s epic spines! Show links: Outdoor Research Cardiff Snowcraft Hyperlite Mountain Gear Spot LLC Black Diamond Goal Zero Smith Optics Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:04:14
November 10, 2020
Spark your stoke with Will Ritter | founder of Spark R&D
Episode 31 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Will Ritter, founder of Spark R&D. Fell in love with the rockies while on spring break, and shortly after discovered the backcountry (the hard way). Started Spark R&D in 2006 when his curious engineering mind wanted to build a better splitboard binding than what was available on the market. Got a less than perfect sense of direction? Will has pro tips for navigating your next dark start. Impressive gear and nutrition knowledge too. There’s no question, powder runs through Will’s veins. Few people are lucky enough to make a living from their passion, and fewer still create innovative products that make splitboarding even better and more fun. Will takes us to where it all began and tells us what he’s working on next. And since he’s a splitboarder first, he’s got great tips on gear, nutrition and how to introduce your kids to splitboarding. Or, was that Darrin? Show links: Spark Website Spark Instagram Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:19:50
November 3, 2020
Don’t be stupid with JP Martin | currently out of Nelson BC
Episode 30 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Baldface Ops Manager and ex-pro boarder JP Martin. Pro riding has its perks! Shredding days away and partying all night results in epic stories for your listening pleasure Planning a tour in Japan? JP lived there for 7 years and has great tips on when to go and the state of the snow Managing ops at Baldface during the building of the Supernatural and Ultra Natural events wasn’t without sweat and its own challenges JP fell in love with the land of the rising sun while riding on the pro tour and bouncing between Japan and Alaska chasing snow. If you’ve ever wanted to shred in Japan, this episode is a must listen before you go! Now he runs operations and programs at Baldface, shaping the powder playground for all of us to enjoy. Show links: www.parkdiggers.com @jpmartin_fun @gentemstick @avalon7 @_tlg8_ @bluebirdwax @karakorambc @patagonia_snow @burtonsnowboards @burton @smithoptics Baldface Lodge Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:20:48
October 27, 2020
Constantly Thinking Critically with Ryan Irvin | Splitboarder, Gardener and Photographer
Episode 29 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents splitboarder and photographer Ryan Irvin. Discovered he preferred still life to the monotony of video editing, picked up a DSLR instead and now shoots epic pics Rides for Venture Snowboards, because they are solidly handcrafted by shredders for shredders in the USA Tried and tested gear rundown, and deep knowledge of snow that only comes from years of experience in the backcountry Coming from the Pacific Northwest, Ryan has a soft spot in his heart for alpine starts and long corn runs. He studied video production and outdoor education at Mount Hood Community College, where he got sucked into the obsession of splitboarding and mountaineering. He's currently living the seasonal lifestyle with time split between Oregon, Salt Lake City, Alaska, and Southwest Colorado. His passion will be your listening pleasure! Show links: Ryan Irvin Photography Instagram Venture Snowboards  Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:48:01
October 20, 2020
Why Bamboo!!! with Abe Greenspan | of Tahoe Lab Snowboards
Episode 28 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Abe Greenspan, co-founder of TahoeLab Snowboards. Built his skills competing all over the world with the US national snowboard team, built his education after surviving an avalanche Amazing passion for building better boards, by riders, for riders If you ever tour with your dog, you’ll want to hear these great tips Pro tips on tuning and waxing to get the best day ever When you love to do something, your passion becomes apparent. Starting from nothing, TahoeLab Snowboards has built literally everything from the ground up themselves. Abe and Lee pour their heart and soul into it each day so that you can get the payday after all that suffer. Introducing the Connoisseur of Suffer, Abe Greenspan. Show links: Instagram TahoeLabs Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:11:03
October 13, 2020
Come catskiing - we have bacon! with Jeff Pensiero | owner operator of BaldFace Lodge and all around RAD DUDE out of Nelson BC
Episode 27 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Jeff Pensiero, owner and co-founder of Baldface Lodge. When he discovered the Ski Area & Resort Management program, all he knew is that he liked the idea of taking people out and giving them access Learn about how the powder playground that we know as Baldface Lodge came to be, with some help from awesome humans The resort would eventually become the prime location for the Natural Selection Event, marrying together the best riders and snowboard film Runs an annual Risk Maturity program with Pat Moore to continue sharing important information and safety practices in the backcountry Jeff is one of those solid humans we love to talk to. He rode the river of life and the flow took him to rekindle love in Nelson, B.C., make it his home, and create an amazing catskiing playground for the world to enjoy. It wasn’t easy or without risk, but soooo worth the 700 bucks and case of beer. Cheers to you, the next one’s on us. Show links: Baldface Lodge Email Instagram https://www.instagram.com/volcomsnow/ https://www.instagram.com/volcom/ https://www.instagram.com/volcomwomens/ https://www.instagram.com/skullcandy/ https://www.instagram.com/yeti/ https://www.instagram.com/traegergrills/ https://www.instagram.com/traegeroutdoors/ https://www.instagram.com/vanssnow/ https://www.instagram.com/vanscanada/ https://www.instagram.com/vans/ https://www.instagram.com/aetherapparel/ https://www.instagram.com/dangelicony/ https://www.instagram.com/unionbindingco/ https://www.instagram.com/libtechnologies/ Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:13:06
October 7, 2020
Avalanche Hunting with Craig Gordon | of the Utah Avalanche Center...
Episode 26 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Center. Over 20 years experience forecasting avalanches for the Utah Avalanche Center Founded the Know Before You Go program to educate people after a tragic accident in 2003 took the live of 3 young men His philosophy is simple, respect the mountains and practice avalanche avoidance so you make it home to your family Craig enrolled in the college of snow 37 years ago and never looked back. He is often referred to as the know-before-you-go guy, and sometimes the original manbun guy, since creating the program to raise public awareness about avalanche risks. His experience is invaluable and his tips could one day save your life. You don’t want to miss this episode! Show links: Utah Avalanche Center Know Before You Go Instagram https://www.instagram.com/skyline_avalanche/ https://www.instagram.com/uintabrewing/ https://www.instagram.com/utavy_uintas/ https://www.instagram.com/utavy_ogden/ https://www.instagram.com/outdoorresearch/ https://www.instagram.com/skiutah/ Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:22:55
October 1, 2020
Teaching Next Gen with Justin Lamoureux | 2x Olympian, ACMG guide and owner of Spline Snowboards out of Squamish BC
Episode 25 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents pro rider, AMCG guide and owner of Spline Snowboards Justin Lamoureux: His early days as a pro boarder led him to become a World Champion, compete in the 2006 and 2010 olympics, and 3x canadian national halfpipe champion His experience working at K2 and background as a mechanical engineer inspired the founding of Spline Snowboards, creating unreal boards As a certified Accredited Canadian Mountain Guide, he shares awesome tips on gear, safety, terrain and what to pack on your next tour Justin knew he loved snow at an early age. And he loved it hard. He even reworked his college schedule and put every penny he had into chasing it. It brought him fame, glory, and a great career. His engineering background led his curious mind to start building his own boards, and his ability to push the edge created the most unique boards we’ve ever seen. He’s also inspiring his young son to follow in his skin tracks. We’re inspired too! Show links: Spline Snowboards Spline Instagram Justin Instagram Time Bomb Trading Rudeboys Shop Clif Bar Thirty Two Boots Spark R and D Arc'teryx Justin Lamoureux.com Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:49:21
September 29, 2020
The Snoda with John Buffery | snow safety Wrangler, ACMG guide and much more out of Nelson BC.
Episode 24 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents avalanche expert and mountain guide John Buffery. Guide, educator, film consultant, speaker, writer, avalanche expert, mountain guru Pioneer splitboarder, advocated the adoption of snowboarding into guiding for the growing number of snowboards in backcountry Spent years as a personal guide for the godfather of freeriding, Craig Kelly His avalanche experience and education catapulted his career in film consulting, the founding of Baldface Lodge and keeping roads safe in BC. His roots run as deep as his chakras. We loved talking to Buff about his amazing stories and over three decades of experience in backcountry and avalanche safety. An avalanche in a helicopter, playing chess with Craig Kelly, the origins of Baldface Lodge - this episode has got it all! We still don’t know if he really invented the first splitboard. Listen in and let us know what you think. Show links: Safety Wrangler Website John Buffery Instagram IMDB Credits @depthperceptionfilm @baldfacelodge Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:30:33
September 24, 2020
YES. we have splitboards with DCP | summers surfing in Costa Rica, winters riding in Squamish, British Columbia - could life get any better!
Episode 23 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents the legend himself, DCP. Father, husband, pro snowboarder, skater, surfer, adventurer Star of many classic powder flicks that we got frothy watching Co-owner of Yes Snowboards, now sporting a wicked split Discovered CBD when his wife Megan was battling breast cancer, also found it to be useful for aging athletes, so he started a company Summers surfing in Costa Rica, winters riding in Squamish, British Columbia - could life get any better? We dropped in with DCP and listened to his amazing stories of getting started in snowboarding, going pro, getting dropped, getting buried and starting his own ventures with the connections he made along the way. The man is a legend! Show links: Yes Snowboards NOW Bindings Rip Curl Globe Zeal Optics Empire Deeluxe Boots YES on Life CBDayz DCP Instagram Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:33:46
September 22, 2020
Alpine punk riding with Mats Drougge | of Stranda Snowboards out of Engelberg, Switzerland!
Episode 22 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Mats Drougge, owner of Stranda Snowboards. Riding sideways since the 70’s, calls Sweden home Crafts premium freeride snowboards for powder and groomers, available in Europe and North America Walks us through the materials and techniques to build these powder beasts When riding in the alps, you can encounter ice, powder and chop all in the same run - he makes boards that can power through all 3 without losing edge Mats is the MAN! When he couldn't find any boards around that were built for big carves and speed, he just made his own. His labour of love turned into Stranda Snowboards and he now makes amazing surf style boards that are both sustainable and built to last. We were not at all disappointed! We hope you will enjoy this episode as much as we did. Show links: Stranda Snowboards Instagram Facebook YouTube Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:01:26
September 17, 2020
Without A Paddle with Seb Grondin | a crazy Quebecer who relocated to Revelstoke BC
Episode 21 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents adventurer and ACMG guide in training Seb Grondin. Quebec born now calls Revelstoke home, with annual poutine pilgrimage Most recent adventure? Paddled 140 km down the Columbia river from Mica to Revelstoke winter camping and splitting along the way Accepted into AMCG program and completing courses while guiding for K3 Cat Ski and working summers rock scaling mountains Man, we love Quebecers - they’re the good kind of nuts. It takes a special kind of person to paddle down a river in the middle of January in search of fluffy pillows and undiscovered lines. That’s a film we’re all gonna want to see! Find out what made Seb fall in love with Revelstoke 13 years ago and check out his many adventures since then. Grab yourself a Labatt's 50, get comfy, and enjoy this awesome episode! Show links: Seb Grondin Nitro Squash Split Board Butter Wax Without a Paddle Film Revelstoke Society Hotel Village Idiot Grub Wast3d Youth Society Snow & Split K3 Cat Ski GoPro Grill Mount @almondmfg Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:06:04
September 15, 2020
Ankle Deep in Hard Boots with John Keffler & Alex Gelb | of Phantom Snow Industries
Episode 20 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents John & Alex of Phantom Snow Industries. John’s an engineer, Alex is a finance guy - and it works beautifully He developed and refined a boot/binding system that he loves, and proudly shares with others in the splitboard community through Phantom Go deep into what makes their system unique, giving you amazing tours and pure powder pleasure Follow Phantom and find out where they are doing their next demo day When you are thinking about what gear to get next, you want to get gear that is engineered to perfection. John designs rockets for a living but his passion was always the outdoors. So he used his curious mind to solve age-old problems faced by splitboarders for years and created the perfect system, giving you power and control. Listen and hear how the Phantom system evolved to be one of the best in the industry. Show links: Phantom Instagram Facebook Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:17:13
September 10, 2020
To the CORE with Steph Nistch | Owner of Pallas Snowboards out of SLC Utah
Episode 19 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Steph Nistch of Pallas Snowboards. Copywriter, creative, editor, photographer to pay the bills Co-founder of Pallas Snowboards, crafted with love for smaller riders Took lessons from learning how to splitboard and the challenges she faced to build a better board Takes us deep into board construction, cool new emerging tech, and the inspiration for the wicked designs Pallas summer sale is on now! Join their mailing list for exclusive deals Steph is passionate about supporting women in sports. Her vision shifted from mountain biking to snowboarding when fate called and her path became clear. She co-founded Pallas snowboards - the first company making splitboards to support a new generation of women who are blazing their own lines. Listen in as she inspires us, and women everywhere, by starting her own skin tracks for them to follow and be more confident and courageous. Show links: Pallas Snowboards Instagram Creative Services YouTube Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:36:14
September 8, 2020
Stuck in winter with Seth Wescott | Partner/shaper at Winterstick Snowboards and 2x Olympic Gold medalist
Episode 18 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents 2x gold medalist Seth Wescott. Husband, father, snowboarder, permaculture farmer Entered in the golden age of snowboarding, riding and challenging his heroes in New England and after gain athletic accomplishments worldwide White knight owner of Winterstick snowboards, keeping founder Dimitrije’s legacy of quality and innovation alive Learn Seth’s body positioning pro tip that brought him gold Seth is living life how it should be. After fighting his way to the pinnacle of snowboarding glory, he turned his focus to creating amazing snowboards. Golf inspired a new approach, allowing Winterstick to craft custom fitted snowboards for the best ride of your life. Listen and hear amazing stories of how snowboarding icon Seth Wescott followed his passion, got the gold, saved a piece of history and discovered the backcountry. Show links: Instagram Winterstick www.protectourwinters.org Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:29:33
September 3, 2020
The Wasatch Wolf with Maxwell Morrill | of Cardiff Snowcraft out of Utah
Episode 17 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Splitboard Explorer Maxwell Morrill of Cardiff Snowcraft. 26 years of splitboarding - Pioneering the growth experiments & industry USSA racing team, passed on 1998 Olympics Director of Events, Outreach and Education at Cardiff Snowcraft Get the goods on the different boards from Cardiff, and which bindings are the best Max learned at an early age that he would rather carve epic lines then grab huge air. This propelled him into racing for the USSA team, where he discovered his love for the backcountry. As one of the pioneers of the sport, he shared his vast knowledge with many on the skin tracks and off. Listen and learn about gear, safety and the evolution of splitboarding. We’re stoked to have him on the show! Show links: Instagram Email Cardiff Snowcraft Pura Vida Surf Shop Voile Karakoram Phantom NorthWave Black Diamond Verts Handout gloves LTD Optics Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
02:04:46
September 1, 2020
Embrace the Suffer with Cam Fields | Founder of Front Country Foundation out of Jackson Hole WY
Episode 16 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Cam Fields of Frontcountry Foundation. Former Marine who found a way out of his darkness and brings light to other vets Founded Frontcountry Foundation and gives back to those who gave for their country Spends over 200 days a year in the backcountry, find out which gear passes his endurance test Also works quality control for Give’r gear. When people do good for humanity, we gotta give ‘em props. Cam shares how his struggle with PTSD turned into the creation of the Frontcountry Foundation that provides other veterans with much needed healing in… you guessed it…. the backcountry. Cam is one of those amazing individuals that makes the world a better place. We raise our summit beers to you Cam. Cheers! Show links: https://www.instagram.com/doctorlove89/ Instagram Front Country Instagram Give’r Give-r Petzl Backcountry Access Karakoram Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:30:38
August 27, 2020
Born into Guiding with Marty Schaffer | 2nd generation guide & Owner Operator of CAPOW Guides
Episode 15 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Captain CAPOW Marty Shaffer. Owner of CAPOW guiding based out of Revelstoke, British Columbia Passionate about guiding and taking his tours to find the best snow Offers some wicked courses to take your decision making and terrain knowledge to the next level Planning some really cool tours for this winter, get a sneak peek before they launch in September 2020 Marty loves guiding and taking people to get the best snow possible. I guess that’s what happens when you’re born into the Blanket Glacier Chalet family and grow up taking tele skiers on tours at 13 years old. In fact, he likes guiding even more than he does shredding - which is why he built his life around mentoring, training, and sharing knowledge within the splitboard community. Listen and get stoked by the stokemaster himself. Show links: @capowguiding @blanketglacierchalet @valleyretreatrevy @getstokedaf https://capow.ca/ https://valleyretreat.ca/ Talk Yeti To Me Podcast Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:24:03
August 25, 2020
Hard Boot'n with Joey Vosburgh | ACMG guide out of Revelstoke BC
Episode 14 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents ACMG guide Joey Vosburgh. One of the first Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ski guides on a snowboard Often chirped for his hard boots, but his transitions are impressive Amazing tips on terrain and surviving a slide Joey takes us behind the scenes of mountain guide reporting and reading terrain. His deep knowledge, engaging stories and unique perspective on gear come from his decades of experience of splitboarding and riding in the backcountry. Listen to his amazing tips that could be the missing piece of the puzzle that you needed to hear. Show links: Instagram Arcteryx ACMG Capow Selkirk Tangiers Heli  Selkirk Mountain Experience Phantom Bindings Jones Snowboards Smartwool socks Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:35:00
August 23, 2020
Surf the pow! with Jeremy Jensen | Owner of Grassroots Powsurfing (all handcrafted original Powsurfers)
Episode 13 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents powder pioneer Jeremy Jensen, creator of Grassroots Powsurfers. - Athlete for Warren Miller Films featured in Lines of Descent and White Waves - Artist with over 20 years experience as a cinematographer, editor, producer & photographer - Pioneered Powsurfing and created the first powsurfing company Grassroots Jeremy's insatiable appetite for powder and decades of experience snowboarding & skateboarding led him to removing bindings from the equation in the late 90s. Pow surfers are a snowboard/surfboard hybrid, ridden in snow without any form of binding (powdersurfing). Jeremy founded Grassroots Powdersurfing, the first ever powsurfing company in 2007 and has shipped thousands of his handcrafted pow surfers all over the world. He has spent the past 13 years spreading powsurfing world-wide thru his personal artistic expression via his handcrafted boards, his filmmaking and his photography. Show links: Grassroots Powersurfers Powsurf IG Powsurf FB Grassroots YouTube Jeremy Jensen Special thanks to: Tahoe Lab Boards Use promo code DS15 to get 15% off all boards Groundswell Marketing Valerie Black  The Artist  Behind The Logo Follow us on Instagram: @ Darkstarts.podcast @ Darkstarts.media
01:13:34
August 18, 2020
Broken Bones & Bike Riding with Michael Wigley | The Splitboarding Gypsy
Episode 12 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents splitboard gypsy, avalanche instructor, and guide in training Michael Wigley. - If you want to become a ski mountaineer, this is what you gotta do - Broken bones are just a minor setback, determination is the key to success - Right place, right time, Mountain Mike knows how to trust his gut to find the perfect pow and stay safe - Plant based living, cooking and fantastic gear roundup Michael Wigley is on track to becoming a splitboard guide pursuing his ACMG certification. He’s cut his teeth in this world by living like a gypsy in the mountains. Spanning over 20 years, over 5 continents, and up and down many, many mountain ranges. You’re going to learn a lot from his amazing stories, packing tips, gear and survival skills. Show links: Instagram Venture Snow Venture Snowboards Keefer Lake Lodge Baldface Lodge Spark R&D Spark Bindings Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
02:10:09
August 13, 2020
Ken Talks! Meet Ken Achenbach | The man who brought snowboarding to Canada!
Episode 11 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents snowboard legend Ken Achenbach. - Known by many as the father of Canadian snowboarding - Founded the first snowboard shop in the world from his mom’s basement when he was 16 - Key influencer at ISM magazine, the first snowboard magazine - Founded the Camp of Champions and inspired kids for over 25 years to become the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs - Co-owner of Powder Mountain Cat Skiing - His amazing life experience in business, friendship and snowboarding developed valuable wisdom that he shares with us now When Ken started the Camp of Champs, he only had 3 rules: don’t drink, don’t do drugs and be in by 10. Later he added the golden rule, don’t be a dick. Sit back, relax and enjoy hearing the story of how he brought snowboarding to Canada and how a little  freedom inspired an entire generation of creativity. You’re going to love this one! Follow: Ken Achenbach Real Estate Digital Open House Find An Epic Agent Camp of Champions The Snoboard Shop Show links: GoPro Grill Mount Powder Mountain Cat Skiing Realtor by day Ken featured in Mountain Culture Group article https://www.findanepicagent.com/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:11:12
August 11, 2020
Fighting to be a Guide with Matt Haines | CAPOW Tail Guide and Fire Fighter!
Episode 10 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents CAPOW tail guide & Firefighter Matt Haines. - When he was 10, his dad gave him a Beach Boys album that sparked a love for skateboarding and snowboarding - He picked up a trade as a carpenter, then a full time job as a firefighter, all leading up to finally becoming a chalet caretaker and tail guide for CAPOW - His years of experience offers many great tips on gear, training and packing - He was blindsided by an avalanche and lived to tell us the tale Even in high school, Matt had visions of snowboarding every day, so he shaped his life around it. Learn how he made his vision come to life mean while picking up essential skills along the way that would ultimately help him survive an avalanche. Show links: Instagram Capow Stranda snowboards https://boardroomshop.com/store/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:35:30
August 6, 2020
Shoot'n & Split'n with Mark Tremblay | Pro Snowboarder out of Whistler, BC
Episode 9 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents pro boarder Mark Tremblay. - Started snowboarding after watching the local boarders build redneck ramps - Competed in local contests to land his first sponsorship - Went pro after winning the 2013 showcase showdown in Whistler BC - First hand witness account of avalanche burial during heli filming session Mark got in early and got in deep. From his first sponsor to his stories of backcountry riding,  safety and hunting, this episode is sure to entertain and inform. Listen and learn  why Wildcats never die. Show links: https://www.instagram.com/marktremblay/ Now Bindings Vans Snowboarder magazine article King Snow article Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:23:28
August 3, 2020
Bindings built by Bulawa | Ross Bulawa of Karakoram talks bindings
Episode 8 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Ross Bulawa of Karakoram splitboard bindings. - Wears many hats at Karakoram, today he digs deep into their binding lineup - Learn about the different models and sweet accessories - Pack your Bivvy bag, if not for you, at least for your dog - Even though you can do Mt. Adams in a day, things can still go insanely wrong Ross switched paths in life in college to follow his passion. He started like many of us, hounding shop owners for tips and work, then evolved his career from Gravity to Burton and now Karakoram. This episode is packed with insider gear info, tips and tours stories. Follow Ross: https://www.instagram.com/backside.butt.slide/ Show links: Email Karakoram Flex-Lock Sweet vids Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:34:12
July 30, 2020
Planning your next mission with Sean Callan | Jackson Hole Splitboarder and world Traveler
Episode 7 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Sean Callan of Jackson Hole Wyoming. - 3D animation instructor that works to fuel his passion to travel and snowboarding more than 150 days a year - Discovered back/side country riding while living abroad in Switzerland then met his future housemates while Heli Skiing in Alaska - Learn about avalanche training around the world, avi etiquette and timing snow conditions - Great tips on getting gear cheap and networking in the community If you’re anything like Sean, you find a way to work remotely to spend more time doing what you love. He lives in America’s outdoor playground, Jackson Hole Wyoming, allowing him to get out mountain biking or crushing pow as often as possible. Listen and learn how you can live your passion too! Learn more about Sean: Instagram iAnimate FMC Training Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:13:24
July 28, 2020
Going Postal with Erik Traulsen | of The FNRad Snowboard Podcast out of Vancouver, BC
Episode 6 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Erik Traulsen of FNRad snowboarding podcast. - Created the FNRad Snowboard podcast in 2015 - Interviewed some of the biggest names in snowboarding - Avalanche safety philosophy evolved from ‘look for a big tree and take cover in a slide’ - Still drives up the Baker Road Gap thinking roadkill Erik discovered backcountry when a broken femur ended his run for the pros. His mission to have the best snowboarding podcast on the planet. I guess we’ll settle for second place! FNRad Snowboarding Podcast brings you interviews with Snowboarders. New episodes drop every Wednesday from November until April ! Follow Erik: FNRad podcast Facebook Instagram Erik’s show sponsors: @wiredsnowboards  @tributeboardshop @vanssnow @boardroomshop  @crowsnestbarber Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:58:15
July 21, 2020
Stoke is Stoke! With Valerie Black | Artist, Nomad, Splitboarder, Lover of winter and Happy Joy POW!
Episode 5 Dark Starts backcountry snowboard & splitboard podcast presents Valerie Black. Her spirit is free and untamed, just like the backcountry. Her soul is reflected in her art. Splitboarder and artist Valerie Black shares how she frees the trees when she surfs POW on uncharted mountains. - Artist and lifetime backcountry snowboard junkie - Her dad inspired her love of surfing mountains - Give great tips on where to go, what to pack, how to stay safe and top gear - Frees the trees suffocating from snow, cause she loves nature that much Valerie’s love for snowboarding didn’t really ignite until she discovered the backcountry. Her love of skintracks became her livelihood as she turned her adventures into art. Get inspired and fuel your own stoke! Follow Valerie: https://www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ https://skintracksandrockstacks.com/ Gear links: http://www.skincleats.com/simplified-ski-crampon https://www.instagram.com/shapersummit/ https://shapersummit.com/ https://www.instagram.com/AVALON7/ https://avalon7.com/ https://www.instagram.com/elevated_surfcraft/ Her Fave Snowboards: Mountain Local   https://mtnlocalsnowboards.com/ Prior Snow https://www.priorsnow.com/ Winterstick  https://www.winterstick.com/ Telos Snowboards  https://telossnowboards.com/ Franco Snowshapes  https://www.francosnowshapes.com/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:18:46
July 21, 2020
20 Years of Gear with Dean Whitehead | Owner Operator of The Splitboard Shop
Episode 4 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Dean Whitehead owner of The Splitboard Shop. Dean started splitboarding during the days of “shoot a gun at the mountain side and if it didn't slide then it was safe to ride” After building his own Voile DIY splitboard his engineering education kicked in and he couldn’t stop himself from getting involved building splitboards and working with companies to further advance the gear. Dean talks about products from SP, Voile, Burton and Gnu. He breaks down how the products work and why he chooses to sell them. Dean graduated college in Arizona with a degree in electrical engineering. While in college he got his taste for backcountry just by hiking around the mountains with his board strapped to his back. He took a job in Hillsboro, Oregon where he started riding on Mt. Hood. After building a DIY splitboard he started a mail order splitboard company called Mountain and Terrain Technologies (MNT). Here he started giving companies feedback on the gear they were sending him. In 2007 he moved to Huntsville, Utah where he now runs The Splitboard Shop. This website is a one stop shop for all your splitboarding needs. You can buy new or used boards and even talk to someone who will answer all your questions about splitboarding gear. Follow Dean and The Splitboarding Shop https://www.thesplitboardshop.com/ https://www.instagram.com/theSplitboardshop/ Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:07:50
July 20, 2020
Carving her own path with Abby Cooper | Pro Snowboarder, Photographer & Chief Editor of SBC Magazine
Episode 3 There’s nothing that warms Abby’s heart more than bringing together the splitboard community. In this episode, Abby shares her stories and great tips on gear, training, keeping up-to-date on snowpack and more. Her love of the sport runs deep. Listen and learn how she carved her own path in life and survived an avalanche with her boyfriend, a.k.a. her G3 Axle. Follow Abby: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abbydells/ https://snowboardcanada.com/ https://www.instagram.com/snowboardcanada/ Her Sponsors: https://arcteryx.com/ca/en/ https://www.splitboardbindings.com/ https://www.smithoptics.com/ca/ https://www.genuineguidegear.com/ Gear links: Bivy stick https://www.bivystick.com/bivystick-1/ G3 Axle https://www.genuineguidegear.com/explore/splitboards/axle Descente socks https://www.descente.com/en-world/products/ski/men/DWBOGB02.html?cgid=ski-men Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media
01:06:51
July 16, 2020
Avalanche Safety with Guillaume Otis | of Coast Mountains Guides in the Sea to Sky area
Episode 2 Dark Starts backcountry splitboarding podcast presents Guillaume Otis owner and head guide at Coast Mountain Guides. Guillaume and his father founded one of the first guiding companies in Whistler, BC. After a close encounter with an avalanche he became dedicated to learning more about guiding in the backcountry. He breaks down the processes he uses to assess the risks of touring and shares with us what you need to know before you go into the mountains. Guillaume moved out west as a teen searching for bigger mountains with deeper powder. The search brought himself and his father to Whistler, BC where they founded Coast Mountain Guides in 1998. Guillaume has 20 years of guiding experience that he uses to bring guests iconic backcountry experiences that show you Whistler before the condos, lifts and shops. You can hear his passion for exploring the outdoors as he talks about avalanche safety while explaining analogies that made us view the mountains in a new light. Learn more about Coast Mountain Guides: Online: https://www.coastmountainguides.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coastmtnguides Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guillaumeAotis Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:17:41
July 9, 2020
Who are Darrin and Chad and why did they create the Dark Starts podcast? Find out here as Scott Martin | founder of Heliskiing Canada and Catskiiing Canada interviews us!
Episode 1 Darrin and Chad share why they love backcountry snowboarding and splitboarding, how they got started and why they created the Dark Starts podcast. Interview hosted by Scott Martin of Groundswell Marketing Podcast. Scott has been a marketer for 25 years across branding, strategy, advertising, and execution. After working with various high-profile national brands, he shifted his passion to working with businesses that are focused on purpose and making more impact on the planet. Scott also created Heliskiing Canada and Catskiing Canada to help market those industries and to experiment with producing content through blogging, social media and film. Learn more about Scott: Podcast :https://www.groundswell.FM Website: https://www.groundswell.marketing/ https://www.scottmartin.org  Linkedin: http://www.Groundswell.marketing  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Groundswell.M/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/groundswell_m  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ScottMartin_org/  https://www.instagram.com/Groundswell.marketing  Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
42:17
July 6, 2020
The Trailer | Dark Starts Backcountry Splitboarding Podcast
The Trailer! Special thanks to: Visit our website for great deals from our sponsors: www.darkstarts.ca/partners Groundswell Marketing www.instagram.com/groundswell_fm/ Valerie Black The Artist Behind The Logo www.instagram.com/valerieblack.art/ Follow us: www.darkstarts.ca @ Darkstarts.podcast https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.podcast/ @ Darkstarts.media https://www.instagram.com/darkstarts.media/
01:16
April 28, 2020