I recently went on a trip to Japan and sampled snowboarding for the first time. Fell in love with it. Amazing.
Now I've got a notion to live in a van for 3 months over christmas, and sample snow around europe or canada, or possibly japan.
My question is what kind of knowledge do I need to get on (safely) in backcountry powder? I love getting away from the crowds and queues, but I know literally nothing about snow. From what I've gleaned an avalanche course is essential. What other things do you guys think are imperative to know before stepping out.
In reply to Andrewmorts: Welcome to the dark side. I've been snowboarding for a while and it has defined my life for the last decade.
Wherever you end up, make as many snowboarding buddies as you can who know the locale. You will be reliant on their expertise for routes, conditions, company and safety. Fortunately, we're a friendly bunch in general and especially so when we recognise one of our own.
I'm comfortable mountaineering solo. But snowboarding? Not so sure. Too many things to go wrong a long way from the safety of the tracked piste. Unless you have a private helicopter.
Better still, make some friends who have a helicopter.