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  1. stuart says:

    Hey Matteo – great journal on your trip to La Grave. Could you offer some advice?

    I will be visiting La Grave late february 2013 – what board should I take? I see you have a Jones Solution?

    I am thinking that I may take my all mountain freestyle Prior – a 161 split board, however I could also invest in and buy a Jones flagship splitboard which is more directional in its ride.

    Or do I need a splitboard at all and just take a 159 jones twin tip?

    if I am riding each day with guides from Skiers Lodge?


  2. Matteo says:

    G’day Stuart,

    Thanks for your message.

    You’ll fall in love with LA Grave, it’s a unique place. The mountains are very intense there, so it’s not a place for everyone.. but if you are out with the guys at skier’s lodge you’ll have a blast.

    In terms of conditions, you should be ready for anything: bottomless powder, crust, bullet proof ice, all in one run. You will definitely need a splitboard, so bring your Prior. Also make sure you have crampons with you. If you need to buy some, Spark R&D make an excellent one. Also I suggest you bring a harness and a couple of screw gate carabiners. In La Grave the line between skiing and mountaineering is very fine.
    I ride all Jones boards: Solution 161, Flagship 158 and Hovercraft (Split) 156.

    The Solution (which is basically the split version of the Flagship) is the most versatile. If you have the money to invest in another board, the Flagship is the board for you. Depending on the type of riding you do, you can choose between the Solution or the Flagship. Although I am out on the Solution 80% of my time, I really enjoy the easy powder day around the resort with a Flagship. It’s a luxury, I know, but if you can afford it, why not?!

    You’ll probably need the 161. In over 20 years of riding it’s the best board I have ever had. If you are out with a Guide though, you won’t be able to use it as everyone else (I suspect all skiers) will have AT gear. As for your twin tip, it’s probably not the ideal board in La Grave, but if you are an experienced freerider, it will do OK – you’ll just have to work a little bit harder!

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    I hope this helps. Let me know if I can help with anything else. And give me a shout when you are out there. I’ll be in Chamonix. I try to go to La Grave as much as possible, especially when conditions are good.

    Good luck!

  3. Rich says:

    Hey Matteo,

    Great blog btw, I couldn’t seem to find much on the web on splitboarding in Haute Savoie so this is all really useful. I’ll definitely be pinching some of your routes.

    I’m just about to set out to on a trip to Refuge de Bostan (don’t worry I called the guardien to make sure it’s open first:)) on my home brew split and wondered if you could give me a few pointers. I’ve walked the route on snow shoes before so I’m pretty comfortable that I know what to expect in terms of conditions but since this will be my first split trip I’m deliberating about what gear is best to take.

    I don’t want to be completely overloaded but I don’t want to be missing something important. What would you recommend boot wise? My options are standard softboot snowboard boots, but I’ve never walked in them for any length of time, or Nepal Evo rigid boots, but I’ve never tried to snowboard in them, or softer Scarpa boots. Or should I take a combination? I don’t yet have split board crampons but I was hoping that the route is shallow enough that I won’t need them. I also have my regular crampons (Grivel G10) or snowshoes, but avoiding the snowshoes is pretty much the point of having a splitboard.

    Any advice you could give would be greatfully received.

    Keep up the good work on your excellent blog!


    • Matteo says:


      First of all thanks for your message.

      I’m SO sorry this reply arrives so late. You’ve probably hiked to the Bostan and back three times by now!

      The path from the car park into the trees is very easy and not steep at all. I’d be very surprised if you needed crampons there. You might need them though once you pass the refuge and head for the col at the border with Switzerland.

      How come you mention soft and hard boots? What type of bindings did you set up on your home made split? There is a relevant trade off to consider when deciding soft vs hard. There are pros and cons on both sides.

      Since the G10 work with soft boots, it might be a good idea to stick to those and leave the other boots at home. The main advantage of hard boots is a greater ankle support when you’re forced to deal with long icy traverse sections – which you won’t find on the way to the Bostan.

      I wasn’t around much lately (you can tell from the lack of posts on my blog) but I’m around every weekend in March and April so give me a shout if you fancy heading out together at some point.

      Happy splitting

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