Snowboarders have always enjoyed seeking out secret stashes of powder. But previous generations had to use snowmobiles (noisy and expensive), helicopters (even more noisey, even more expensive) or snowshoes (slow and cumbersome) to get into the backcountry. In recent years however splitboards (boards which split in half to form two touring skis) have changed all of that.
Jeremy Jones has arguably done more than any other rider to popularise splitboarding, both with his groundbreaking documentary trilogy Deeper (2009), Further (2012) and Higher (2014), and with Jones Snowboards, the backcountry-focussed brand he founded in 2009.
The Solution is the company’s main split model, having been part of their range since that first year. It’s designed to be an all-rounder, equally at home tackling tight turns on tree runs as it is straight-lining down high alpine couloirs. Jeremy himself describes it as his “one board quiver,” explaining: “I love riding different boards, but when it comes time to travel, it’s a no-brainer. The Solution is going in the bag.”
“All Jones boards are made in the Nidecker factory in Switzerland, so the build quality is exceptional – they’re tough as well as well-designed.”