Leaning towards the split
Hey, thanks everyone for your opinions, knowledge, and experience that I hope to gain. I am leaning heavily towards a split board right now, with the only drawback I can see as the crampon issue, but the only crampons that I own or have ever used are for soft boots anyway, so I think I'll be allright. (Crampons scare me anyway, I'd rather take longer cutting steps with an ice axe any day). On another note, anyone have suggestions on who to take an Avalanche level 1 course with? I have found several providers offering different experiences, with a minimal difference in price ($70 dollars difference over three days I can hang with). I just want the best training I can get. Allong with that, the earliest classes I have seen are in late December and early Jan. I want to gain knowledge and get out as quickly as possible, but is it worth doing some lift service early season, and waiting to take a course later in the season when the snowpack will potentially be more diverse? I just want to get the most out of the course I take that I can, and I don't know how much of it is book compared to actually looking at snow. I have 27 years experience w/ snow conditions, but I never paid much attention to what was causing them, or how they could react over time, though I am definately aware of the crystaline structure that is broken down to a ball bearing structure due to heat and pressure. Wow, just realized that the beer got to me and I'm ramblin'. Thanks again for the info.