How to Ride in the Trees


Winter has finally hit the Alps so it’s time to get out there and ride!

Riding powder in the trees can be one of the most fun aspects of the backcountry, but there are a number of factors that are important to be aware of when venturing into the woods.

In this episode of How To XV, Xavier De Le Rue shares his tips for snowboarding in the trees and shows you how it can help develop fast reactions and improve your technique for bigger your adventures.


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One of the epic tree lines featured in the video is in Nozawa Onsen, Japan - discover it with our interactive map below.

N.B. This is technically out of bounds, so be careful and you ride at your own risk.


Add adventures to your own blog or website

It’s easy to embed your own adventures and routes onto your website with FATMAP, just like the Japan line shown above.

Embedding FATMAP is exactly like any Youtube or Vimeo embed. Create or grab the snippet, drop it into your website and hit save. Simple.

For example, the snippet for embedded adventure above looks like this:

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The best part? Embedding an adventure will be free forever!


To find the best backcountry tree lines you’ll need to get away from the crowds and this will probably involve some hiking.

In this extra HOW TO XV video, learn the best way to set up a brand new splitboard, including mounting your bindings, perfecting your angles to suit your stance and pimping your board with stickers.


Questions for Xav?

Throughout the series, we’ll be taking your questions on every ‘How To: XV’ episode. Send us your thoughts, comments and questions by leaving a comment below or by emailing us.

We’ll get back to you with answers from the man himself.

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See you out there,

Jon and Team FATMAP

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