Meet the Team

What Is A UIAGM Splitboard Guide?

A snowboard instructor (ISTD) can teach to pro level and can guide off piste on slopes of up to 45 degrees. A high mountain (UIAGM) splitboard guide is qualified to take you into more technical backcountry and glaciated terrain necessitating the use of ropes. They can also take you to ride slope aspects of 45 degrees and above.

Rider Social UIAGM Guides Are Also Instructors.

The Rider Social currently has 3 UIAGM splitboard guides on its roster. They also all hold the ISTD qualification. This is a rare thing and it means that they are also qualified to teach splitboard & snowboard technique at altitude or on backcountry expeditions.

We Are Splitboard Savvy

All of our guides are splitboarders too. The benefit is that the routes they choose & the skin tracks they make on the ascents will always be suitable for splitboarders.


Backcountry snowboarding is by its nature prone to danger. Every day on every trip we constantly assess the snow pack, terrain, group ability and weather conditions.

We aren’t afraid to shut down on a route if its not the safest it can be.

Aside from your lead UIAGM guide you will also have a crew support member trained in mountain specific first aid accompanying the group who can lend advice, binding spares and a general helping hand if needed.

We only take small groups on most trips (4 max) meaning we can move quickly and safely in the mountains.

Paul Verdier

High Mountain Guide UIAGM

Paulo is a French alpinist, UIAGM high mountain guide and snowboard / splitboard / ski instructor. Born in the famous spa town of Evian just down the road from us here in Chatel Paulo grew up on skis and rock-climbing in the Chablais region.

Jean-Yves Fredriksen

UIAGM Splitboard Guide

‘BLUTCH’UIAGM Splitboard Guide / Snowboard / Splitboard & Ski Instructor Jean-Yves is a French alpiniste, mountaineer and paraglider . Going by the nickname of Blutch he is famous for his first ascents, paragliding expeditions and his knowledge of the Alps and worldwide splitboarding destinations. Originally … Read More

Rory Burton

BASI 4 Snowboard & Splitboard Instructor

BASI 4 ISTD Snowboard, Splitboard & Ski Instructor Rory is a fully qualified level 4 ISTD snowboard instructor and has lived and taught snowboarding in Chatel for over 20 years.  His first season teaching was in Austria on a pair … Read More

Paul Shirley

Crew Support

‘Shirls’ Crew Support & Back Marker Originally from the Midlands Paul started skiing in 1983 in communist Bulgaria on a school trip. The final years of that decade saw him living and working in the Balearic’s before returning to the … Read More

Jeremy Gordon

Crew Support

‘JEM’ Crew Support & Back Marker Jem’s love of riding in the backcountry saw him naturally make the transition into splitboarding. Since 2009  he has been chasing and ticking off big splitboard accessed lines in the Chablais and Grand Massif … Read More