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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.
 
The Kootenays is a diverse region in the South East corner of British Columbia, Canada. Dense forests, rich farmland, high mountain peaks, and fresh clean rivers and lakes surround people from all walks of life who live, work and play here. Some of them also make a lot of really great music! This show is dedicated to the musicians and people who work alongside them to create a music scene that is as diverse and unique as the region they call home. This is the Sound Of The Kootenays!
 
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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 pursu…
 
Episode 65Dark 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, …
 
Over the past few weeks, the news has been flooded with stories of countless graves of indigenous children, forgotten victims of Canada's Residential School system. This has brought into clear focus the horrible indignities done to our first nations over the span of more than a century and has forced many of us to open our eyes and recognize the ho…
 
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…
 
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 f…
 
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 t…
 
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 m…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 compet…
 
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 …
 
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 B…
 
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 Revelstok…
 
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, than…
 
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 th…
 
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 fr…
 
Episode 51Dark 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 …
 
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 alw…
 
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 conne…
 
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 m…
 
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,…
 
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 turn…
 
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 surge…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 an…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Episode 39Dark 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 h…
 
Episode 38Dark 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 or…
 
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. Curren…
 
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 Edmont…
 
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…
 
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 do…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 g…
 
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’…
 
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 …
 
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 mountai…
 
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 eng…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 com…
 
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 u…
 
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 bo…
 
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…
 
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