Spark R&D

Dedicated to pushing innovation in splitboarding since 2006. Your feedback and enthusiasm for backcountry riding has continued to inspire our creativity.

Based out of Bozeman, Montana, Spark R&D is rider owned and operated, dedicated to pushing innovation in the sport of splitboarding since 2005. With a view of the Bridger Mountains from our shop, we design and build splitboard specific bindings and accessories with backcountry performance coming first. Thank you for supporting Spark R&D.

Operating as usual

03/06/2024

The Bozeman Splitfest 2024 is this weekend (March 8-10)! This is always one of our favorite events and weekends of the entire year. The evening indoor programs are at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds - similar to past years except we're in building #2 this year. We can't wait to hang with the Montana splitboard community. Swing by the Spark tent to give us a high-five and demo a set of splitboard bindings. Beyond the demo, there will be movies, presentations, and an epic raffle benefiting the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center! We hope to see you there.

Photos from Spark R&D's post 02/28/2024

Go Spltiboarding Day is this Saturday! It's a great day to head out into the mountains and go for a split mission with some friends. Who are you heading out with?

Use the hashtag for a chance to appear in the Insta feed. More info at >> https://gosplitboardday.com/



Photos: Pierre Lucianaz | Ming P**n | Justin Kious | Guillaume Le Guillou

02/26/2024

Spark R&D will be demoing splitboard bindings the next 3 weekends in a row! If you'll be around Jackson, Bozeman, or Mt. Baker, come give us a high-five and take a set of bindings for a spin. Beyond the demo, each of these events features an epic raffle where you could win yourself a fresh set of 23/24 splitboard bindings!

Teton Splitfest | March 1-2 | Jackson, WY
Bozeman Splitfest | March 8-10 | Bozeman, MT
Baker Splitfest | March 15-17 | Glacier, WA



P: Justin Kious
R: Justin Lamoureux

DANNOČ / short movie about dreaming of snowboarding day and night 02/23/2024

DANNOČ is a fun shred and splitboard edit from our friend and Shred Fam Ambassador, Matevž Maček In his own words:
It’s a story about a weekend warrior who is over 40 and just keeps going. It’s about motivation and passion for riding! And, it’s about finding new lines around your home mountains while still dreaming about peaks worldwide.



Camera and edit: Mitja Legat Legit Films
Photography: Katja Pokorn Katja Pokorn
Concept and snowboarding: Matevž Maček
Guest rider: Luka Podlogar
Supported by: Jones Snowboards Rip Curl Julbo Reusch Winter Hydro Flask Untouched project

year: 2023, Slovenia

DANNOČ / short movie about dreaming of snowboarding day and night Untouched project is back after making 3 movies in past 12 years. This time we present short splitboard movie about rider, whose passion for riding, good sno...

02/21/2024

Saturday, March 2nd is the inaugural International Go Splitboard Day! This will be the first Saturday in March every winter. What is it? Simply, it is a day to go splitboarding and celebrate earning turns! How do you participate? Easy. Go for a tour with your favorite splitboard partners on that Saturday! You can share your adventures by using the hashtag for a chance to appear in the Go Splitboard Day () Instagram feed.

Check out the website >> https://gosplitboardday.com/ for information on the day and to see what brands are supporting the event.

Clouds of Léa 02/15/2024

We are excited to share the film Clouds of LEA. The short film showcases Léa Klaue's attempts last spring to ride some large and intimidating alpine lines in Switzerland. Beyond some of the physical intensity of riding in big, glacial terrain, the film also delves into the nuances of self-confidence and how Léa manages and pushes back against her own doubts. We enjoyed the film and hope you do too!

Awards: Femmes en Montagne Festival - Best Short Film 2023



Additional support from: doodah, PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING , Julbo

Cinematography: Laureen Mahieu, Nils Thibaut, Thibaut Lampe, William Klock
Soundtrack: Ttrruuces - Tainted Blue
Photography: Michael Cordey
Animations: John Custo
Soundmix: Lucien Grandjean

Clouds of Léa Swiss splitboarder Léa Klaue has often heard "Trust yourself" amidst her mountain journeys. But how do you do that? Where does trust come from? This short fi...

I Support My Avy Center Gear Archives - Spark R&D 02/08/2024

There have been some challenging avalanche conditions and snowpacks across North America this winter, this is certainly true in our home mountains in the Northern Rockies. If you'd like a unique way to support your local avalanche center, consider purchasing one of our Avy Center Support T's or Hoodies. $20 from each item purchased will go to your local center!

Shop here >> https://www.sparkrandd.com/product/spark-apparel/i-support-my-avy-center-gear/

Last year we donated over $1,000 to avalanche centers across North America through this program!

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Filming for the snowboard movie of the year with Nick Russell l Arctic Lines 02/05/2024

We're not big on 'favorites' but we have to admit, the latest episode of Arctic Lines featuring Nick Russell and Antti Autti is one of the best we've seen! Nick spent a couple of weeks exploring Norway with Antti and also Enni Rukajärvi last spring. The group found good snow and some not-so-good snow - they tagged some lines and also turned around on a few. We always appreciate how Arctic Lines shows it all, the good, the bad, and everything in between. It reminds us of what splitboarding is and how you have to appreciate the epic days, because they're not all epic, but still enjoy the... less epic days too. It's all part of the experience.



Cinematography by:
Jaakko Posti
Joonas Mattila
Mikko-Pekka Karlin

Editing by: Mikko-Pekka Karlin

Filming for the snowboard movie of the year with Nick Russell l Arctic Lines What does it take to film big mountain snowboarding?Last spring unique opportunity presented itself when professional snowboarder Nick Russell joined our cre...

Photos from Spark R&D's post 01/31/2024

Last week, the Spark R&D crew hopped over to the SHOPS 1st TRY show in Austria. It was great, as always, to see some of our European dealers and friends. The snow wasn't amazing but was good enough, and true to form, the Spark team got a couple of splitboard missions in during and after the show!

Photo help from: Boardsport Source, Markus Moser, and our buddy Tobi.

01/13/2024

In this short video, Alex from the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center walks you through how to submit a User Observation on the GNFAC’s website. All avalanche centers will have a similar form on their site. User Observations are extremely helpful to forecasters as they cover large areas and can’t be everywhere at once. Getting data and information from the backcountry community helps them create a broader picture of what is happening in the snowpack.

We encourage everyone to submit observations this winter. Think about what you are seeing and noticing as you walk around in the mountains. Pull out that camera you have in your pocket, share a couple of photos and thoughts, and let us know what you’re seeing out there this winter!

You can watch the full user observation video here >> https://youtu.be/di_X0h48yJU?si=koja4pTtYkbH7Pc9

01/12/2024

Check out our short video where Alex from the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center talks about what User Observations are and why they are so important to avalanche centers. You can view the full version of the video by following this link >> https://youtu.be/di_X0h48yJU?si=YK_Aa9rnOQI0JCHt

A couple of key points from the video:

☑️ Avalanche forecasters can’t be everywhere – user obs help them paint a more complete picture of what is happening in the snowpack.

☑️ Observations don’t have to be technical – snow pits and snow grain analysis are great, but just sharing where you rode, what aspect and elevation, how much snow was there, what the wind was doing, and whether or not you saw avalanches can be extremely useful information.

☑️ Please submit an observation to your center if you or your group triggers an avalanche. This can be difficult, but this is bullseye data that the snow is unstable and helps keep your backcountry community safe.

Submitting observations is easy – every avalanche center has a link on its website. You can also DM centers on social media and you can always request to remain anonymous if that is your preference. Lastly, most of us have a phone and camera right in our pocket when we’re out in the mountains, don’t be shy about pulling out your camera-phone out and taking some photos or videos of what you’re seeing!

Stetind Couloir - Freeriding at Norway's National Mountain l Arctic Lines 01/03/2024

A little change from the powder lines of the last few releases. The latest episode of Arctic Lines features more spring-like riding in a beautiful couloir on Norway's National Mountain, Stetind.

V: Jaako Posti and Mikko-Pekka Karlin

Stetind Couloir - Freeriding at Norway's National Mountain l Arctic Lines Low avy danger and sudden change in the weather led us to the west coast of Narvik to explore the possibility of riding amazing couloirs in Stetind, Norway’...

01/01/2024

Happy New Year from all of us at Spark R&D! We hope your 2024 is filled with smooth skin tracks and deep pow!

P: Pierre Lucianaz
L: Bad Gastein, AT on the 2023 Team Trip

Hidden Dream one l Snowboarding at ¨Sunny Car Center¨ l Arctic Lines 12/22/2023

The latest episode of Arctic Lines is live! We particularly enjoyed the intro where Antti explains how much he enjoys the process of identifying lines and figuring out a way to ride them in good conditions. Sometimes it's easy, other times less so.

Earning your turns isn't just about the hike, it's about geeking out over guidebooks and gathering information too! And don't worry, there are plenty of epic lines in this episode as well.

Hidden Dream one l Snowboarding at ¨Sunny Car Center¨ l Arctic Lines Exploring expands your horizons and finding new locations is one of the most important aspects of freeriding. During the peak season, Antti & Ile Eronen go o...

Powder Souls 12/15/2023

Check out the short edit from Timmy B. Taussig and friends that focuses on the simple joy of riding powder! Fair warning, and to no surprise, it is going to make you want to grab your splitty and go searching for blower snow.

V: Matthew Bruhns

Powder Souls Powder Souls is a short film featuring Timmy Taussig and friends in search of that elusive feeling of nothingness only found in deep powder snow. The vibes ...

Photos from Spark R&D's post 12/13/2023

In the fall of 2022, Team Rider Mike Handford and a small crew set out on a splitboard mission to the disputed region of Kashmir in Northern India. The trip had its challenges, as is sometimes when you're out of your comfort zone, but the group persevered and eventually found good snow and good turns. Check out Mike's trip report on the Spark Blog >> https://www.sparkrandd.com/2023/05/02/mike-handford-splitboarding-in-northern-india/.

Photos: Cam McDermid

Photos from Method Snowboarding Magazine's post 12/07/2023
Holiday Gift Guide - Spark R&D 12/06/2023

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special splitboarder in your life? We got you! Our Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone - from the seasoned expert to those just getting started on the skin track.

Holiday Gift Guide - Spark R&D From big ticket items to stocking stuffers and apparel, our gift guide has something special for the splitboarder in your life.

Photos from Spark R&D's post 11/24/2023

We had a blast at the Earn Your Turns film night in Bozeman! A big thank you to the athletes who submitted films, the Rialto Bozeman for hosting, the sponsors who kicked in for the raffle, and everyone who came out for the event. We watched six awesome films and raised $1,000+ for our local avy center, The Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC)!

P: Charlie McLaughlin

Ride the lightning l Freeriding adventure in Lyngen Alps l Arctic Lines 11/22/2023

Ride the Lightning! In the latest Arctic Lines episode, Antti and crew ride one of the most iconic lines of the series so far – The Flash! They score excellent conditions in this classic line in the Lyngen Alps.

https://youtu.be/mDshT5vRRhg?si=lvcpP94ptcS-Kox5

Ride the lightning l Freeriding adventure in Lyngen Alps l Arctic Lines it's time to attempt The Flash - a line located in one of the most famous mountain playgrounds in the Lyngen Alps. While making an effort to enjoy great snow...

11/13/2023

The Earn Your Turns Movie night is this Wednesday at the Rialto Bozeman. Tickets are only $15 in advance but will go up to $20 the day of the show. We're screening six awesome films and hosting an epic raffle for the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Tickets >> https://EarnyourturnsBozeman2023.eventbrite.com

Venture Snowboards | Jones Snowboards | Ridge Merino | Rocky Talkies | MAP Brewing Co. | Uphill Pursuits | World Boards

Early Season Glacier Adventure - Arctic Lines 11/12/2023

Season 3 of Arctic Lines is finally here! In Episode 1, Antti does some early-season glacier exploring in Northern Norway looking for his first turns of the year. He finds some good snow and some not-as-good snow while explaining his thought processes behind each tour as he goes.

https://youtu.be/t4gVRl9Tzyg?si=hcahSbqGF9OLho_E

Antti Autti
Jaako Posti
Mikko-Pekka Karlin

Early Season Glacier Adventure - Arctic Lines First snow has fallen. Time to get back to the rhythm of the mountains and make some turns while deciding the goals for the upcoming winter of Arctic Lines. ...

FREEMO | Ep. 02 - THE NORTHMAN 11/10/2023

FREEMO is Rafael Pease's 3-part series about Freeride Mountaineering in Alaska and Chile. In Episode 2 - The Northman - Krister Kopala joins Rafa in AK for two weeks of big-mountain splitboarding and glacier camping. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk2l9HDfLAg

Rafael Pease Krister Røhme Kopala

Connections Movement

FREEMO | Ep. 02 - THE NORTHMAN On the second episode of - Krister Kopala joins from northern Norway on his first winter expedition and first time to Alaska. Krister and Rafa spend ...

FREEMO | Ep. 01 - Silver Lining 11/02/2023

Episode 1 of FREEMO is now live! In the first installment of this 3-part series, Nat Murphy heads up to AK to split and explore with Rafa. The first mission doesn't turn out as planned but a big storm arrives just in time for the two to score good turns and ride a few big lines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYUTSlLWZYU

FREEMO | Ep. 01 - Silver Lining FREEMO | Ep. 01 - SILVER LINING - on the first episode of , the crew struggles with historic avalanches, 70mph winds, dry spells and 7ft snow storms....

10/31/2023

The Earn Your Turns Splitboard Film Night is back! Join us at the Rialto Bozeman on November 15th to screen 6 excellent splitboard movies ranging from 5 to 35 minutes in length. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of. Don't wait, we sold out last year! Beyond the films, we'll have an epic raffle for the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Tickets >> https://EarnyourturnsBozeman2023.eventbrite.com

Raffle prizes from: Spark R&D | Venture Snowboards | Jones Snowboards | Rocky Talkies | Ridge Merino | MAP Brewing Co. | World Boards | Uphill Pursuits

Big thanks to the Rialto Bozeman for the discounted rate and for helping make this night happen!

FREEMO | season 1 - teaser 10/26/2023

We're excited for Rafael Pease's upcoming 3-part web series, FREEMO. Each episode features a different rider splitboarding and exploring in Alaska with Rafa. Episode 1 drops next week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YPBoLuMlxI

Connections Movement

FREEMO | season 1 - teaser Season 1 teaser for FREEMO - an episodic short documentary series about freeride mountaineering, where a new guest will join Rafael Pease for a 2 week expedi...

Payachatas - Interview with Antonia Galmez - Spark R&D 10/20/2023

Payachatas is a feature-length splitboard film that follows four women on their ascent and descent of Parinacota, a 20,000+ foot (6,000+ meter) volcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia. In the latest Spark blog, Anto Galmez gives some insight into how the movie came to fruition, who joined her on this project, the challenges of a high-altitude mission, and ultimately the rewards that come from pushing yourself in the pursuit of big goals.

Read >> https://www.sparkrandd.com/.../payachatas-splitboarding.../

This film will be screening at the Bozeman Earn Your Turns film night at the Rialto Bozeman on November 15th.


Payachatas - Interview with Antonia Galmez - Spark R&D Parinacota is a striking strato-volcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia that towers over the Andean Altiplano (high plains). It caught the eye of Antonia Galmez in a photograph and she began hatching a plan to summit and ride the remote and majestic mountain.

Photos from Spark R&D's post 10/18/2023

Both the Arc ST Pro and Surge ST Pro were recognized by BLISTER's gear reviewers as 'Best Of' choices for the 23/24 season! Blister is notoriously tough on gear, so we always appreciate a nod from their team.

Check out the 23/24 Buyer's Guide to get their detailed thoughts on our split bindings, as well as, a host of splitboards and other accessories >> https://blisterreview.com/shop/2023-2024-blister-winter-buyers-guide-digital-only

Arc ST Pro >> https://www.sparkrandd.com/gear/arc-st-pro/
Surge ST Pro >> https://www.sparkrandd.com/gear/surge-st-pro/

Photos: Ming P**n | Justin Kious

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Based out of Bozeman, MT Spark R&D is rider owned and operated, dedicated to pushing innovation in splitboarding since 2006. With a view of the Bridger Mountains from our shop, we design and build splitboard bindings and accessories with backcountry performance coming first.

Almost all of our products are manufactured and/or assembled in our shop in Bozeman, Montana USA. From machining to anodizing, laser engraving to assembly– everything is done by a skilled team of workers who are also passionate splitboarders. In-house design and manufacturing capabilities allow our products to quickly evolve and provide us the flexibility to cater to niche customers within the splitboarding market. Spark R&D continues to step it up; seeking perfection based on customer needs and rider feedback, keeping pace with the rapidly expanding splitboarding community.

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