„The kind of place where the way a traveler‘s tracks disappear in snow is something you get used to – such a place is the world of ours.“

– Princess Shikishi

Japan, the land of the rising sun,  the land of endless tree runs through waist deep snow, a dream came true when I finally left European ground heading east to Japan.

Along with the Sinkflug Independent* crew our main focus beside having tons of fun was to get some solid footage for our latest film project which will be released in autumn. After 14 endless seeming hours travelling, we finally reached Tokyo, very exhausted but at the same time super overwhelmed about all the new impressions. The first two days were used for some sightseeing in Tokyo and also to get some lifestyle-street shootings done. One of those many remarkable things in Tokyo is this crossroad, where hundreds of people wait for the green lights to go on.

For us also the green lights went on, which means we finally took our flight  from Tokyo-Narita north to Sapporo, using Niseko as our home base for the next 2 weeks, where all our adventures should start.

After checking the tracked out resort for the first couple of days, we decided to search somewhere else for the goods. This turned out to be a really good decision! First I was a little bit concerned about using my Splitboard instead of snowshoes in this really deep snow but with the Freeride Split it was no problem at all! In densely wooded parts it was really agile, floated perfectly through almost neck deep powder and on the other hand it gives you the necessary stability and pop for some pillow action. Luckily it turned out that we were able to hike to most of these amazing zones straight from the road, it was unbelievable!

So the daily routine looked kinda like this: Search for spots prepare pillows and in runs , hiking to the top using my Splitboard, waiting for the camera and drone to set up and then finally drop in. It´s not always easy to be patient when you see all this possibilities surrounding you and the only thing you want to do is ride.

One of the outstanding experiences was that one night session we did, where we had to jump from a kicker over a gap straight into a pillow, that feeling to drop in, using only the lights of your headlamp, was truly amazing.

On the last day at Niseko we took advantage of a beautiful bluebird day and decided to hike up to the top of Chisenopuri. It took us a while to get up there and the last part was quit steep for Japan standards, but at the end we were rewarded with a lovely view over the open landscape and even could spot the ocean in the distance. On the way down we managed to find and ride two more really sweet spots and so it was a perfect ender of this trip.

Big shout out to the Hokkaido Backcountry Club especially Pia and Tristan, who showed us all this beautiful spots and even enabled us to go cat skiing in Shimamaki and at the house of powder Chisenopuri! So definitely check out their homepage to get a variety of touring options around Hokkaido! 

This trip to Japan was literally an all time experience for us all!

Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves.

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Victor Heim is 24 years old and currently living in the freeride city Innsbruck.

He started snowboarding at the age of 9 and is now competing at the Freeride World Qualifier Tour since 4 years. He likes to explore the mountains and escape the crowded lift lines with his splitboard.


Welcome to the Furberg Preseason Sale:
the best time of the year to buy your Furberg board.

The Furberg Preseason Sale is an annual two-week event where you can pre-order all of our snowboards with a 10 % discount. The Preseason Sale runs between September 1st and 15th on furbergsnowboards.com.

Preseason Sale Advantages

  • The only discount of the year including all 2017/18 boards.
  • Secure the board you want before it sells out.
  • Orders placed during the preseason sale will be shipped first.
  • Free worldwide shipping.

Boards ordered during the Preseason Sale will be delivered end of October.

Head over to the webshop to check out this season’s snowboards or contact one of our dealers:

2017 Updates

The new 2017/18 Freeride and Freeride Split have been developed during a three year period. Throughout those years we’ve experimented with different sidecut radiuses, rocker profiles and materials. The end result is a more responsive and allround board compared to previous years.

Slightly shorter turning radius
This year we have made the turning radius slightly shorter than previous years to make our snowboards more responsive and playful on hardpack. But don’t worry, our boards still have approximately a 70 % longer turning radius than the average freeride board.

Low Camber
The best compromise between the flotation of full rocker, responsiveness and grip of camber.

Longer Rocker and Reverse Sidecut radiuses
Allows our snowboards to be even more catch free and maintain direction better when on edge than before.

Longer and higher nose
Increases flotation and makes the board slide over irregularities in the snowpack with less resistance.

Made in the EU

Furberg Snowboards products are produced in Poland, in the EU. The raw production materials are sourced from the EU, avoiding unnecessary shipment by plane, which reduces the company’s environmental footprint.

Custom snowboard fitting

We’re here to help you over phone, email or chat, in order for you to get the right board for your specific needs:

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We could keep talking about how amazing our boards are for hours, but which snowboard brand doesn’t claim to have the best boards on the planet? Instead we’ve put together some reviews from the last winters, for you to find what others have to say:

Splitboard.com is worth a visit if you want to learn more about splitboarding, discuss boards, etc.. Since the release of the Freeride in 2011, Furberg Snowboards has probably been the most discussed brand on the forum.

This is what Taylor from splitboard.com had to say in an in depth review about the Freeride:
“I have not had so much fun riding a snowboard in a long time. It initiates and exits turns effortlessly, it pivots very quickly, it slarves and smears fast and beautifully, and it rails nicely too.”

Check out Taylor’s full review here.

To see what other users on the same forum have to say about the Freeride and Freeride Split, you could also check out this thread, which is the longest ever on splitboard.com.

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Daniel Furberg, founder of Furberg Snowboards, riding pillows in Verbier, Switzerland. Photo: Anders Ödman.

SplitboardMag.com is the only magazine 100 % dedicated to splitboarding. In their yearly test, the Freeride Split was rewarded as the “Most Innovative Splitboard”.

“It showed an excellent performance on deep snow, with great floatability thanks to its rocker and reverse sidecut; it also feels really easy from edge to edge when it’s deep. We all wished we’d had the chance to ride it a few more days.”

Check out SplitboardMag’s full review.furberg-low

Luke Rees from AWE365 got to test the Freeride in the French Alps, and wrote a long review about his impressions.

“When the slope was shallow, the snow slow or crusty, the Furberg kept floating and maintained my momentum better than those I was riding with. Through the trees it was surprisingly nimble, even when following packed powder tracks it flowed with the natural contours helping me to maintain pace.”

Check out the full review here: AWE365.com

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Henrik Auestad taking flight on the Freeride in Courmayeur, Italy.

Mountain Weekly News, based out of Jackson Hole, had the chance to test the Freeride Split for a few days. This one sentence sums up the full review in a good way:

“Camber is not just for getting rad in the air, this board really excels when laying an edge, holding on at high speeds and just charging fully committed down the mountain.”

Check out Mountain Weekly News’s full review.

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Team rider Davide Capozzi in a situation where edge hold is much appreciated.

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Life in modern society can be a little bit too warm, comfortable and connected. We decided to do something about it and went on a camping trip to Nallo, in the very north of Sweden, in February. Computers and cell phones were left behind. Instead we packed up splitboard/rando gear and our warmest clothes and sleeping bags.

We set up our camp far far away from roads, buildings, electricity, cellphone coverage and people. But in the middle of beautiful and silent nature.

After a week in winter wilderness you learn appreciate things you take for granted normally. The first night not sharing a sleeping bag with a pair of wet and smelly liners was pretty great. Getting water out of the tap instead of having to boil water when you are thirsty is convenient. And not having to warm your friends cold and sweaty feet in your arm pit is ok. But it was the same things I loved about the trip. Contrasts enriches life.

– Daniel Furberg

All photos by Fredrik Schenholm.

Nallo – a Freeride Mission from Crux Film on Vimeo.

I had to get the crampons on to hike this windblown ridge.

I had to get the crampons on to hike this windblown ridge.

Peaceful day on the splitboard.

Peaceful day on the splitboard.

I´m actually not that fat. I´ve got my liners inside the jacket.

I´m actually not that fat. I´ve got my liners inside the jacket.

It was warm during the days while splitboarding in the sun.

It was warm during the days while splitboarding in the sun.

Norwegians think that they got all mountains. We can just let them think so.

Norwegians think that they got all mountains. We can just let them think so.

This is just before we got lost in the valley fog, trying to find our way back to the camp.

This is just before we got lost in the valley fog, trying to find our way back to the camp.

Enjoying coffee, whiskey and cookies after the dinner.

Enjoying coffee, whiskey and cookies after the dinner.

Enjoying coffee, whiskey and cookies after the dinner. Per Jonsson getting ready for a good night´s sleep.

Enjoying coffee, whiskey and cookies after the dinner. Per Jonsson getting ready for a good night´s sleep.

Never give mega fast Per Jonsson and Tomas Bergemalm a head start, you don´t have a chance to catch up.

Never give mega fast Per Jonsson and Tomas Bergemalm a head start, you don´t have a chance to catch up.

Slept a week in this camp.

Slept a week in this camp.

Oh yes, a pretty cheesy shot. Haha.

Oh yes, a pretty cheesy shot. Haha.


The fall can be a very frustrating time of the year; the desire to get back on snow after a long summer is high, but finding decent riding conditions can be difficult. Thus, we’ve interviewed and collected some of the best tips for preseason riding from our team riders. This time Freeride World Tour rider Manuela Mandl is providing some tips about where to go in the Eastern Alps.

 

What’s your favorite resort for pre-season riding?

Kitzsteinhorn. I like the park setup, but there are also many possibilities for freeriding.

What makes the place special?

Already early in the season there are some technical and steep lines which can be ridden. They tend to be quite icy, so very good technique training. And there are not too many crevasses on this glacier, compared to some others. As soon as there is a bit more snow, you have a lot of possibilities for easy and playful lines with a variety of drops.

What time of fall would you recommend to go there, and why?

I normally start my season by late October, but it really depends on weather and snow conditions, which vary widely every season. The park normally opens beginning of October, so from that time on there is something to do.

Any special runs you could recommend?

I like the run underneath the gondola which is going up to Gipfelwelt 3000, the highest spot in the skiresort. It’s quite steep in the beginning and there are some variations. There are some creavasses at the bottom, so be careful.

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Gipfelwelt marked in red. Map from www.skiinfo.de

Do you also have any favorite place for splitboarding in fall/early winter?

I actually enjoy Dachstein Glacier quite a lot. Very early in the season you can take the gondola up and then work on technical skills like crevasse rescues and alpinism techniques on the glacier. The peak of Dachstein is magnificent and it’s only a short walk to be out of sight of the resort.

If there is already snow at Ramsau there are some really rewarding tours up the southside. You can for example tour up Edelgries and ride down again without using the gondola at all. But you still have to pay toll for the road or pay the ski bus which brings you up to 1700m. You can really experience the impact of climate change up there, as the glacier is melting rapidly and one can investigate different geological traces.

Link to map.

 

Backcountry snowboarding can be a dangerous activity. You should always read the local avalanche report, bring the necessary safety equipment, and have the required safety knowledge before heading into the backcountry.

Looking for a mountain guide?
Die Bergstation – Guiding at Dachstein
Berber  Semmelink – Guiding at Kitzsteinhorn


The fall can be a very frustrating time of the year; the desire to get back on snow after a long summer is high, but finding decent riding conditions can be difficult. Thus, we’ve interviewed and collected some of the best tips for preseason riding from our team riders. This time Eirik Derås Verlo is providing some tips about where to go close to Tromsø, Northern Norway.

What’s your favorite place for preseason splitboarding?

My favorite place for the preseason is Kjosen in Lyngen, with Store Kjostinden and Urdkjerringa.
Link to map

What makes this place so special?

This place is special because of the glacier which starts at about 700m and goes up to 1400m. It’s a big bowl with snow being transported from over 180 degrees around it, so this means a lot of snow early in the season, but also high avy danger! The terrain there is sick with steep couloirs, some spines and fun terrain to cruise in. Early season you need to bootpack up to 700m, before you can start hiking with splitboard.

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Kjosen, close to Tromsø.

What time of fall would you recommend to go there, and why?

I like to go there as soon as the first snow over 600-700m starts to fall. It usually gets really good already early in October, and sometimes even September. By November it’s usually full winter there. 

Any special runs you could recommend?

I like to go down the couloir right next to Urdkjerringa because it’s a proper couloir that’s rideable very early in the season.


The Urdkjerringa couloir.

As the winter grows stronger I like to go to Kattfjordeidet on Kvaløya right outside of Tromsø to ride easy accessible fun terrain. The area is stacked with couloirs and steep runs, and it is often rideable from November.
Link to map

Backcountry snowboarding can be a dangerous activity. You should always read the local avalanche report, bring the necessary safety equipment, and have the required safety knowledge before heading into the backcountry.


In spring 2013 Julien “Pica” Herry spotted a possible line down the north face of Aiguille Verte, along the Washburn route. It becomes challenging to find conditions for a clean descent as the Couturier couloir gets more famous; thus, we thought the Washburn route would be a good alternative.

Julien, Luca Rolli, and I decided to give the route a try on the 16th of May that same year. Unfortunately, our departure from the camp was delayed in the morning and we realized it was already too late to try the route when we reached the face. Slightly disappointed we decided to turn back with the hope of giving the route a try in the following weeks. A few days later, strong skiers Vivien Bruchez and Seb Montaz, who had the same plan as us, managed to ride the full line, which they named “Les Z.” Even though we were slightly bitter about not being the first to ride the line, we quickly forgot about “Les Z” due to the spring of 2013 offering amazing conditions for a lot of other runs.

Three French skiers found the line in excellent conditions on the 3rd of March 2016, and I was asked by Julien if I wanted to join him and Lambert Galli to give it a try. I accepted the invitation, but as always conditions in the high mountains can quickly change. It turned out to be a very challenging descent, but we were the only ones on the face due to the hard snow. A few weeks later conditions were excellent and Aiguille Verte was ridden by 10 skiers on the same day. If someone would have asked me earlier if I’d ride the north face of Aiguille Verte in hard conditions, I’d most probably say no. But if you want to ride faces where falling is not an option without crowds in the future, this might be the only option.

//Davide Capozzi


The fall can be a very frustrating time of the year; the desire to get back on snow after a long summer is high, but finding decent riding conditions can be difficult. Thus, we’ve interviewed and collected some of the best tips for preseason riding from our team riders. First up is Davide Capozzi providing some tips about where to go in the Western Alps.

What’s your favorite resort for pre-season riding?

The obvious place to start the season in Valle d’Aosta is Breuil – Cervinia as the high altitude allows for early fall riding. However, I personally prefer to start the season with the first snowfalls at Punta Helbronner, on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Good conditions are likely to be found there thanks to the cable car that brings you up to an altitude of 3466 m.

What makes Helbronner so special?

The environment is always special at Punta Helbronner because you are in the very high mountains. It is more challenging to ride in fall because the snowpack on the glaciers is still thin and there are a lot of crevasses. Therefore, you have to be very careful about where you go. However, you can often take advantage of good conditions for riding short steep faces. Especially in recent years we have seen amazing conditions in the fall, similar to those you would usually find in the spring, allowing for steep descents.


Daniel Furberg and Davide Capozzi riding at Helbronner on February 2. 2016

What time of fall would you recommend to go to Breuil-Cervinia, and why?

For those who want to do the first freeriding of the season I’d say that Breuil-Cervinia is a must-go! In November it is already possible most of the time to make long runs and there are days with less people during the week. The winds in the fall are also not too strong, which means you can often find good snow.

Any special runs you could recommend?

All descents that start from the top station of the Plateau Rosa are interesting and the cable car from Cime Bianche allows you to do a lot of laps in one day.

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Cime Bianche and Plateau Rosa marked in red. Map from www.cervinia.it

Do you have any favorite place for splitboarding in fall?

After the first snowfall, I love the area of the Gran San Bernardo, along the border between the Italian Valle d’Aosta and the Swiss Valais. The cold currents here often provide a lot of heavy snow early in the season that allows for some early splitboard tours. You can choose to either go to the Italian or the Swiss side depending on whether it is a northern or southern cold current.

Backcountry snowboarding can be a dangerous activity. You should always read the local avalanche report, bring the necessary safety equipment, and have the required safety knowledge before heading into the backcountry.

Looking for a mountain guide in Valle d’Aosta? Then you should get in contact with snowhow.it


Welcome to the Furberg Preseason Sale:
the best time of the year to buy your Furberg board.

The Furberg Preseason Sale is an annual two-week event where you can pre-order all of our snowboards with a 10 % discount. The Preseason Sale runs between September 1st and 15th on furbergsnowboards.com.

Preseason Sale Advantages

  • The only discount of the year including all 2016/17 boards.
  • Secure the board you want before it sells out.
  • Orders placed during the preseason sale will be shipped first.
  • Free worldwide shipping.

Boards ordered during the Preseason Sale will be delivered in October.

Head over to the webshop to check out this season’s snowboards.

Custom snowboard fitting

We’re here to help you over phone, email or chat, in order for you to get the right board for your specific needs:

  • Phone
    +43681 1084 4689
  • Email
    info@furbergsnowboards.com
  • Chat
    Contact us through the chat at furbergsnowboards.com (lower right corner).

Phone and chat open Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 17:00 UTC+01:00.
Available through email 24/7.


In 2013, which was a memorable year for its incredible snow, Julien “Pica” Herry had begun to talk about a possible descent down the Voie Originale from Grande Rocheuse. This beautiful mountain is next to the famous Aiguille Verte.

To imagine the south side of the G. R. as ridable, requires the kind of imagination and an eye for lines, which only Julien has. His skills, experience and ability to find lines have always surprised me and often made me afraid. Julien is a person who loves to share his ideas with those who want adventure, and is always willing to help others, in the realization of even the most ambitious projects.

This year we started talking more often about G. R. and in the end he convinced me that it could be a great adventure.

In mid-March after a heavy snowfall, followed by several cold days, I quickly realized that we had a good weather window to make our attempt.
The team was made: Julien and his friend Lambert Galli hiked up to refuge Couvercle the day before to take a last look closer to the face. My partner Denis Trento and me left at night from refuge Torino and joined them later at Couvercle.

The idea of starting with the splitboard from refuge Torino, crossing the Vallée Blanche at night, seemed like a big challenge to me. But thanks to Denis skills and his background as a competitive ski mountaineer, it turned out to be one of the easiest and quickest approaches ever.

At 5:30 am we started climbing the first part of the couloir Whymper, and then turned over to the steep south facing slopes further up. The light snow just slightly covering the rocks made it a tricky ascent, and we lost a lot of time. To find perfect conditions for both uphill and downhill, on a face like this is not easy, but nearly 10 hours after our departure from refuge Torino, we reached the summit of G. R. We were happy but still aware that the most difficult part remained.

All my experience from over 15 years of snowboard mountaineering was needed to overcome the difficulties we were facing on the way down. In the end we managed to complete our dream, and did the descent with only 2 rappels (25 m. And 40 m.)

Besides the beauty of the line, the fact that it was a first descent on both skis and snowboard made it a huge satisfaction. To find a never ridden face down a 4000 m. peak in the Mont Blanc massif, where pretty much everything has already been skied, is not an easy task.