ABOUT MCNAB SNOWBOARDING
‘McNab Snowboarding’ is now into its 25th year of operation!
The Backcountry Freeride Snowboard Guiding specialists.
McNab Snowboarding is an independent company made up of family and friends, specialising in High Mountain Backcountry Freeride Snowboard and Splitboard ‘Coaching and Guiding’ for the Snowboard addicted individual traveler.
Established in 1995 by Neil McNab, one of the Worlds leading Backcountry Snowboard Guides (UIAGM qualified), ‘McNab Snowboarding’ was one of the first companies to run ‘Specialist Backcountry Snowboard Courses’.
“The McNab Snowboarding Backcountry & Splitboarding courses have developed through 30 years of me following my passion for Climbing, Riding, Instructing, Coaching and Guiding.
When I started McNab Snowboarding, way back in 1995, there was no manual to follow, there were no other programs to copy and so I followed my instincts, my passion, built on my experiences and simply learned along the way. My Freeride, Slackcountry and Backcountry Programs haven’t come about overnight. they have come about through my passion for riding, my love for the High Mountains and my 30 years of experience living, climbing and riding with in them.
My passion for riding still increases year by year, even day by day and I am constantly learning, developing and updating my program to bring you the very best that I can offer.
It has been a long, fantastic, voyage of discovery, yet after 20+ years it still feels like I am standing at the start of the journey.
Come and join the journey…”
Today ‘McNab Snowboarding’ runs a dedicated program of Freeride technical clinics, Backcountry Freeride and Backcountry Splitboard courses both in Chamonix and around the World. All our Guides are first and foremost Snowboarders themselves and holders of the much coveted Internationally recognized UIAGM High Mountain Guides qualification.
‘The ‘Fine Art’ of riding mountains since 1995′
An avid Snowboarder herself, Ruth is the backbone of the operation, and your first port of call for bookings and further information.
Ruth has been involved in the business since its conception way back in 1995. She understands every aspect of every course and has probably ridden on most of them.
Ruth has an uncanny ability to be able to place you on the correct course for your experience, skill level and interests, so don’t hesitate to direct your queries and questions to her.
“Neil McNab is the Worlds leading Backcountry snowboard & Splitboard guide” Jeremy Jones 2014
With over 30 years of experience working in the High Mountains, Neil McNab is one of the only Professional snowboarders to hold both the (ISIA/ISTD) Ski and Snowboard Teachers and (UIAGM) High Mountain Guides diplomas that qualify him to teach and guide in the high mountains anywhere in the World.
Neil McNab has been professionally involved in the Snowsports industry for over 30 years, firstly achieving his (ISIA) International Ski & Snowboard teachers qualification in 1987, (passing the Euro Speed test in Alpes D Huez in early 88), before going on to win 11 individual British Snowboard Championship titles (plus 4 Overall British Championship titles), as well as a host of finalist placings as a World Cup competitor.
Neil was elected as UK Snowboard Team captain and UK Snowboarding Ambassador for the Nagano Olympics in 98 after starting a successful career as Professional Freeride Snowboarder in 1996 which he continues to pursue today.
In the mid to late 90’s Neil was instrumental in the development of the BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) Snowboard instructors teaching qualification and developed his, now renown, ‘McNab Pressure Control teaching System’. (In 2006 Neil released an instructional book and DVD, ‘Go Snowboard’ published by DK books publishing his revolutionary Snowboard technical progression, that has become the benchmark for all other teaching systems to follow).
In 1995, whilst following his passion for riding the Backcountry of the high mountains and traveling the world as a Professional Freeride Snowboarder, Neil set the foundations for what today has become ‘McNab Snowboarding’ and began running his first specialist Snowboard courses.
In 1997 Neil settled in his spiritual home of Chamonix to pursue his passions for Freeriding, Climbing and Mountaineering. A dedicated and high performance climber, since a very young age (with climbs of F8b on his palmares), Neil quickly earned himself a much coveted place on the ‘French’ High Mountain Guides’ training scheme, becoming one of only a few foreign Nationals to achieve the UIAGM International ‘High Mountain Guide’ qualification through the highly esteemed French system and becoming one of the only ‘Professional Snowboarders’ World Wide to hold this qualification.
As a UIAGM High Mountain Guide specializing in Snowboarding, Neil has since been at the forefront of the development of Backcountry Snowboard guiding and more recently has been at the cutting edge of developing Splitboarding as an efficient and valuable means of accessing the Backcountry of the High Mountains, rapidly becoming, in the words of Freeride Snowboarding legend ‘Jeremy Jones’, ‘The Worlds Leading Splitboard Guide’.
Through ‘McNab Snowboarding’, Neil devotes his time to sharing his knowledge, passion and experience as a Professional Snowboarder, Skier and Climber with those that share his enthusiasm for the high peaks and endless descents, and as one of the Worlds leading Backcountry Snowboard Guides has ridden and guided all over the World, leading trips to Greenland, Krgyzstan, Norway, Russia, Chile, Argentina, Kashmir (India), NZ, Australia, USA and Japan.
Also a devoted Surfer, in 2017 Neil moved from Chamonix, with his family, to Biarritz on the West Coast of France to pursue this passion on a more regular (daily) basis. Not only did this move enable Neil to bring this Surf inspired passion with him to the mountains, but it also brought the incredible wild landscapes of the local Pyrenees to the course calendar.
In 2004 Neil McNab was involved in the daring rescue of a stranded Korean climber left for dead high on Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska. For his part in this event Neil and climbing partner Andy Perkins, received the PMI ‘Denali Mountaineer of the Year’ award.
In 2008 they were further decorated for bravery with the US Citizens ‘Medal of Valor’.
Neil McNab is a Snowboarding Ambassador for mcnabsnowboards, Spark R&D, TheSnowboardasylum and Patagonia.
Lars was one of the early experimental pioneers of Extreme Snowboarding on the steep North faces of the Chamonix massif, which he has called home for the last 20+ years.
Known for his easy going personality and calming demeanor, especially when surrounded by the often extreme environment of the High Mountains, Lars has over 20 years of experience as a Freeride Snowboarder in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. A fully qualified UIAGM High Mountain Guide, Lars is proficient in four languages; English, French, German and of course his mother tongue Dutch.
Lars has been Freeriding with Neil and Guiding at McNab Snowboarding for many years and we are proud to have Lars as an established member of the McNab Snowboarding family.