Winter and Spring 2014: A Thousand Little Things

Fellow New Zealander splitboarder Ryan Nicol has spent some time on an epic looking photo essay of his 2014 Winter season in the Canterbury area of New Zealand’s South Island. For those who haven’t met Ryan before he is arguably the biggest contender for being a chamois in a previous life.


As each year passes and we get older, the reasons for doing things change and evolve. The drive behind an idea morphs and the subtle, smaller background things slowly move to the fore taking on more meaning. The time taken to appreciate each moment spent in the mountains becomes as important as the initial reason why we decide to venture there in the first place. The initial purpose of exploring new places with a snowboard slowly evolves into something much more and suddenly only becomes a small part of the reason in which we choose to spend endless weekends and annual leave chasing the never ending snow covered mountain dream. No longer is there just one thing that keeps pulling us back but a thousand little things along the way that when combined, create an unparalleled experience.

The thousand little things that form a mountain experience for one person will…

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Its that time of year..

I’m a little amped. Ok, I’m completely stoked. I’m not going to lie. I love winter, I’m that weird guy that hates summer, loves snow and would live in the arctic if it meant never being too hot. I mean it’s easier to warm up than to cool down, and wearing lots of coats, are you kidding me?! I LOVE COATS. Hoodies, beanies… Enough of that… It’s that time of year when the mountains turn from dark brown schist and golden tussock into majestic snow-capped peaks. Winter even makes getting up early great. Alpenglow coating the peaks as the sun rises between them, it’s so still, so cold. We have had a bit of snow, But as the local words go “Snow in may never stays”. Incoming! Hopefully that will all change this weekend, We have our first winter storm, It looks like a good un. Snow down to near sea level, high winds, all the good stuff. But we wont know how much or how good untill it all clears a few days later. Untill then I’m going to sit at home looking at weather forecasts, studying maps. Planning My Attack.


My season summed up in a Hashtag.

I started a new job promising me less hours but that didn’t work out, after deciding to not work out the remainder of the winter a simple hashtag that I started using on instagram in June became the major motivation for my winter.

Now deep into the summer and getting jealous daily of whitebeard days from friends in Europe, Japan and North America I’m working hard and training harder to get myself in better shape for the coming winter in order to #splitmoreworkless


The only tracks ill be leaving for a while!!

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