You don’t have to ride chairlifts to snowboard. Actually, the best snow and most interesting terrain are far from resort boundary ropes; you just have to walk to get to it. You’ll want a splitboard, a snowboard that separates into two skis for climbing with skins. Weston Backcountry makes some of the best available, and four of its models are on sale at REI right now for 20 percent off, a savings of nearly $200.
In many places, winter is already on its way out, and ski resorts will be closing in a matter of weeks (except in California; Mammoth recently announced that it would stay open through the Fourth of July). This is good news for splitboarders — it means that you’ll have resorts to yourself all spring until the last flake melts.
Gear Patrol also recommends:
Backcountry x G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skin ($115)
Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Ski Pole ($120)
Venture Snowboards Storm Splitboard ($764)
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