Splitfest Backcountry Festival

Originally a weekend event to give Splitboarding a go, Splitfest has now morphed into a week long festival encouraging people into the backcountry. Pick and choose your events or or come stay for the week and get involved with them all, there’s the Whitedot Endurance Race, Big Mountain Camp, Ski Mountaineering Course, Live Music and of course all the usual Splitboarding and Ski Touring shenanigans over the Splitfest weekend.  Whether you’re an old hat or want to try Splitboarding or ski touring for the first time come on up. It’s a great chance to check out the latest equipment developments, try new gear, meet new touring partners and go ride some of NZ’s best terrain.

About the Festival
Splitfest gives people access to skills and information, a chance to try splitboarding, and a gathering to meet new contacts and touring partners to grow the sport and promote safe backcountry travel.

To encourage maximum participation the registration fee is set at the minimum to cover event running costs. We have scoured the country for instructors, presenters, and gear specialists to bring you a range of incredible value workshops, demos, and other events!

Splitfest is brought to you thanks to our dedicated crew who share their skills and experiences to make the festival happen. Thanks to our sponsors there is a stack of prizes up for grabs too!

Splitfest 2017 at Temple Basin
Arthurs Pass National Park

Saturday Sept 2
Whitedot Enduro Race
Challenge yourself to the Whitedot Enduro Race with Whitedot Skis and SPLITN2.com. Register online or on the day.
** if weather conditions are poor Sunday 3rd is an alternate day for the Enduro.


Live music with Mojo Jacket
At Temple Main Lodge. No cover charge.


Tuesday – Thursday Sept 5-7
NZSSI 3 day ski mountaineering course
Intensive on-mountain course covering the basics of ski mountaineering. Full details here

Thursday Sept 7
SplitFest Touring day
This is the ideal day to round up your touring partners and get settled in at Temple Basin – unless of course you’re already up for the week!

8.00pm – Night riding under the lights on Temple Tow if conditions permit!

Friday Sept 8
Dawnbreaker Yoga Session
The perfect way to start the day! Entry by koha for our instructor Leigh.

Avalanche Awareness Workshop
This 1 day course is an ideal intro or refresher offering you New Zealand’s best value avalanche training! Just $65. Course numbers will be limited so get in early. Full course details here

Backcountry Photo Awards – with Cactus, Smith, Mountain Wave, Ranger Bindings, and Earth Sea Sky.

Global Delights SplitFest Slideshow
Featuring epic backcountry travels from around the globe!

NZAC ski mountaineering scholarship
$500 expedition grant up for grabs

Saturday Sept 9
Demo gear begins with Splitn2.com
If you’re travelling up from town try to get to the Lodge by 10am or soon after to take advantage of the demo gear and other events. Temple Basin goods lift runs from 9am – drop your gear there and stroll on up!

Split Boarding Demo gear is available all day – choose a set-up you like the look of and see Richard and Chris to book a time. You can try several board and bindings set-ups over the weekend. Your best chance to try splitboarding and/or the latest gear!

Split Boarding Workshop
Join the technique workshop after lunch and learn all of the tricks to setting up and going split boarding!
Register by ticking the box on the SplitFest registration form so we have an idea of numbers and be sure you have your gear organised and ready to go by 1pm.
More workshop details here

Ski Touring Workshop
Join the ski touring technique workshop covering all the basics of touring set-up and skinning techniques, uphill and downhill travel.
Register by ticking the box on the SplitFest registration form. More workshop details here

Temple Main Lodge Party
with K Large & Crater on the decks

Sunday Sept 10
Demo gear begins with Splitn2.com
Demo gear available all day with Richard at Splitn2.com.

Join a Ski Tour
Join a tour departing for different locations to suit different levels of experience and ability.

As always, a heap of prizes up for grabs!

5.00pm Official close


Register for Splitfest events here

Accommodation is booked separately. Remember to get your accommodation sorted soon. The weekend events are quick to sell out. If you’re on a budget check out our bed-only options.

Keep an eye on www.splitfest.co.nz for more news.

See you at Temple Basin!