Hi everyone ! This is my first Instructable, I hope it's of any use. Please be aware that english is not my main language, so feel free to correct me in the comments.

Since I am the only snowboarder in my family, it was quite annoying to go ski touring with my brother and my dad. I had to use snowshoes and carry my board all the way up, which was, frankly, a bit of a pain. Then I started researching if there are no better options for me and in the end, I found what I was looking for - Splitboards ! These are snowboards that you can split (thanks Captain Obvious) into halves and use like skis to walk up, where you join the halves again and use it like a normal snowboard. I still had an old board which I didn't use anymore standing around in the cellar, so I thought, I could convert it in a Splitboard by myself.

In the following steps I show you how I did it and what experiences I made. Please note that I took the pictures with my mobile phone, therefore they are not always of the best quality. Regarding the duration of this project, it took a while since I didn't work on it continuously and also had to go the army for 5 1/2 months (it's mandatory in my country), where I couldn't work on it. If you really work on it often, say every evening after work, I'd say you'll be done in no more than 2 weeks. I am not responsible if you damage your board !

Step 1: Buying a Splitboard-Kit

So, let's get it started. The first thing I did was to buy a DIY-kit to convert my board. I know there are others around, but I decided to go with the kit from Voile.


Also, I purchased some epoxy and some fiberglass woven tape for the sides. This was an experiment, because I have never used epoxy before.
<p>Hi Arzed1!</p><p>What a nice article. It looks very informative! But I had a few questions about some translations or extra product information: </p><p>1. About the words: epoxy, fiberglasstape, hardener</p><p>2. what is the right consistancy? Would you describe it more as thick or thin?</p><p>3. At step 5 you show some pictures of how you'd sunk the holes but did you fill the holes with epoxy again? Or maybe could you send me some pictures of the bottom of your board?</p><p>I'd like to build one myself (if I've got money) and yours looks pretty awesome! </p><p>greetzzz</p>
<p>Hello Michielv10 !</p><p>Glad that you like it ! I'll try my best to help you:</p><p>1. Epoxy is a two-component resin glue (hope that makes any sense), so basically it's a glue that only starts to react once the two components are mixed (in this case, epoxy and hardener together = superstrong glue). Fiberglass is a kind of fabric made of plastic (more specifically glass fibers, which the name sort of gives away). Together with epoxy, it is a strong lightweight material. In this case tough, because the edges are quite static, I think you could also use carbon fibre, tough I have not used it myself yet.</p><p>2. The epoxy consistency is rather thin, something between water and white glue I guess... I reckon it depends on the brand you are using, but you can always make it thicker with microballoons or with saw dust ! That's actually what I did in this instructable.</p><p>3. Yes exactly, I filled the holes with epoxy after I sunk the parts into the holes, sorry for not mentioning that !</p><p>If you need any other information, just drop me a message again :-)</p><p>Regards !</p>
<p>Great writeup! Seems like quite a bit of work, but the outcome looks awesome.</p><p> I might just give this a try one day when it's time to teach my kiddo, and I don't want to buy a pair of skis.</p>
<p>Thanks ! It sure is a lot of work, but I think it pays off: you don't need to throw away an old board, but you can upcycle it into something new/better !</p>
<p>Helpful instructable. I like your use of the wooden straight-edge guide or &quot;pile&quot; as you call it. I had some trouble getting good stability clamping it to the board - so I just sawed free-hand on a table jig saw. Turned out ok - I wasn't too worried about the cut edges as they are only going to see very slow action going up hill! I ended up having to attach the binding plates with tee-nuts through the board. You really only have one chance to get your binding angles right - so make sure you are certain about the location.</p>
<p>Wow looks wonderfull ! It was all a bit &quot;trial and error&quot; for me as well, glad that you thought my struggles were helpful to you !</p>
<p>This is a wonderful instructable - all the way through and at every step you have been honest about the good parts and any mistakes, really liked your attitude, by putting in pitfalls you are setting other folks up to take care and time.</p><p>You carried on to the end of the project - and did a bloomin great job too of the finish.</p><p>Loved this build and it it now my new fave.</p>
<p>Thanks for the kind words ! I have to admit, it sometimes was a real struggle, so I thought when I share the experiences I made, others will have a better time building their own !</p>
That is cool!!!
<p>Thanks !</p>
It looks like you not only did a good job on the splitting, but on making an old board new again, congratulations! <br> <br>If you get a chance, could you add a couple of pictures showing how the board looks &quot;Split&quot; with the boots mounted for going uphill, and another with the board together, with the boot mounted for boarding downhill? I found a few pictures online, but I think it would be a nice addition to this instructable to show the two &quot;Modes&quot; of use. <br> <br>I hope they work well for you. You did a great job and a great instructable!
<p>Thanks a lot for the kind words. Here are the pictures, I'll put them into the Instructable together with instructions when I update it next time !</p>
Thank you for the pictures. Seeing the close up of the bindings in &quot;Ski&quot; position helps me understand how you can use them for going uphill.
Nice job! You definitely put a lot of work in and it paid off. Love the design you painted on it. And you couldn't tell at all that English isn't your main language! :)
<p>Thank you very much ! I put in a lot of effort, both in my board and my english ! </p>
Very cool. Good job
<p>Thanks !</p>
Also you can save $900. split boards are too expensive
<p>Yes, indeed !</p>
Your English is great and so was the instructable!
Thank you very much, I work hard on it to improve it and make myself clear ! Glad you liked the instructable !
That is AWESOME! <br> <br>I know it is not intended to be used that way, but when split into a pair of &quot;skis&quot;, Can you do actual downhill skiing? It looks like they would work really well for cross country, but I do not know how much handling ability you would lose by having the one flat edge. <br> <br>Also, Let us know how well it stays together? The latching system seems... weak. But combined with the boot bindings, is probably pretty strong for normal use. My main worry would be that the first time I landed wrong after a jump, I would end up with a broken board.
Hi Ironsmiter <br> <br>Thank you ! <br> <br>I don't know that much about skiing, but maybe you could use it as sort of Telemark Skis (free heel skiing)... The heel lifts when walking, just like with cross-country skis. I will ask my brother if he thinks that will work ! <br> <br>Now, I only were able to test it &quot;dry&quot; on the floor, but so far it held together well ! As you said, the boot rail holds it down. Also, the latching at the tip and the tail hold it together very tight. However, these latches in the middle of the board (they look like an L) don't hold together, I think I could have even left them out. The only thing they might be usefull for is so the board doesn't go &quot;sideways&quot;, if you understand what I mean. <br> <br>Yes, that is my main worry too ! So I'll propably try to stick to the powder first before going after the big jumps with it. But I'll write a review when I've tested it.

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