Backcountry Skiing Accessories
Soft Boot Bindings
Alpine Snowboard Accessories
Backcountry Skiing Accessories
Soft Boot Bindings
Alpine Snowboard Accessories
Board comes with tip/tail clips and Chinese hooks. All other splitboard hardware is available on our accessories page.
We began making splitboards for women starting in 2002 as we developed smaller sizes for the Backcountry Splitboard. Key features included a narrower waist, additional sidecut and a slightly softer flex pattern to accommodate women’s physiques. During winter 2010/11 we went one step further and gave this style its own name and correctly identified it as the world’s first female specific splitboard.
The 2012/13 Brandywine Splitboard is entrenched as a staple in the Prior splitboard lineup and won the Backcountry Magazine award for outstanding splitboard performance in 2011/12 and is unchanged going in to this season. It’s designed to provide a smooth, fast ride in the complete gamut of winter conditions and allows women to access and rip up the backcountry like never before.
It’s the ideal board for female directional freeriders who are looking for confident variable snow performance. From big mountain shredders to progressing backcountry explorers this is a great option.
XTC Carbon Construction is available as an upgrade to all Prior splitboards and saves an average of 500 grams (1lb 1oz) off a Prior splitboard pressed with our standard quadraxial fiberglass.
Profile: Hybrid Rocker Provides floatation and predictability in powder and silky smooth transitions from edge-to-edge with excellent edge control. 2-4 mm of traditional camber underfoot provides energy from turn-to-turn.
Rider Type: Self propelled female backcountry freeriders, guides and explorers who want to shred untracked powder.
Best For: All-mountain backcountry riding, speed, trees, powder, crud, trails and airs
Note: Weight includes tip/tail clips and chinese hooks.
Available in traditional Quadglass Construction or Prior's new XTC Carbon Construction.
XTC Carbon Construction
Prior’s new, high-performance XTC Carbon Construction for winter 2011/12 brings splitboard technology to the next level. XTC Carbon Construction is available as an upgrade to all Prior splitboards and saves an average of 600 grams (1lb 5oz) off a Prior splitboard. Weight reduction continues to be a key to backcountry riding as less weight means more vertical with less physical exertion. Ensuring that there is no decrease in performance with weight savings is often thought of as the Holy Grail for backcountry gear manufacturers and Prior’s XTC Carbon Construction takes a big leap towards that spiritual cup. In layman’s terms XTC Carbon Construction uses the same vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls and bases and nylon topsheets as in their traditional construction but replaces the fibreglass weave with Prior’s newly developed XTC carbon material.
Prior Snowboards' quadraxial glass/carbon composite (quad glass) is a stitched fabric with fibers running in four directions (+30, -30, 0 and +90 degrees). It also contains two 6cm-wide, 10-count carbon strips running lengthwise 4cm from the center of the board. The quadglass material is layered on each side of a vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls and bases and nylon topsheets. The fiberglass/carbon configuration of quadglass creates a responsive, long lasting ride with excellent torsional stability. The additional directional weave creates enhanced torsional stiffness in comparison to the triaxial fibreglass construction.
Cat Mitchell Roy
Cat Mitchell Roy originally came to Whistler on a road trip from Qubec. She fell in love with the area and a visit that was supposed to last two weeks is now going on four years. The mountains feed the soul and inspire Cat to be creative. Before moving to Whistler, she obtained a bachelor's degree at Bishop's University with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Fine Arts. Whistler is an ideal place for these two passions.
Cat has had a love for the arts since she was a toddler. Art has become her form of meditation and escape. With much of her recent work containing fine lines, detail and pattern, she gets lost in a piece for hours at a time. Her preferred mediums are painting and ink drawing, with surrealist, art nouveau and comic book art influences.
Check out CMR ART on facebook to see more of her artwork.
Kris Kupskay (KUPS) decided to make Whistler home just over a year ago to pursue a life closer to the mountains. He looks to inspire his audience using colour and charm. Bringing styles of street art and realism into his work, having FUN is the first objective.
Nature is energy and shows up in his work. Mediums of choice include Spray Paint and Acrylic (with airbrush and oils close behind). Shows, demo’s, and commissions are all in Kris’s interest. His main focus is to paint destination murals. This will consist of getting on a plane and going from country to country painting pieces while enjoying a new environment, soaking up the sun, and culture.
Take a look at his site thehiddenagendaprojects.com
Justin grew up skateboarding, snowboarding and attending art/photography classes in Ontario until he made the move to Whistler in 1998. He alternated between snowboarding in Whistelr and surfing in Hawaii and in his spare time he experimented with Acrylic paint and charcoal.
He slowly started designing tattoos for friends and his tattoo apprenticeship began in 2003. After one year of learning under the guidance of Robin Dutcher, he began his tattoo career in 2004. He worked with Robin and Dave Petko at Black Ohm until October 2007 and on January 1st, 2008 he opened a private tattoo shop named Ormiston Inkworks Ltd. (Now Called Electric Uprising)
To this date he continues to work out of his private tattoo studio and art gallery here in Whistler. Justin's creativity and unique style have become renowned in the area. To find out more and to view his works, go to electricuprising.com
Like most of us here in Whistler, Leah is an Ontario transplant. She left the East in search of something more, something new and different. She was quickly captivated by the lifestyle and the beautiful mountain backdrop the northwest has to offer. The western way usually leads to one form of self expression or another. While some are happy to paint on these snowy mountain peaks with their skis or boards, Leah also has chosen digital art, acrylics and water colours as her creative mediums.
With an advanced diploma in Graphic Design, Leah’s days are filled with creativity. After developing her painting skills as a hobby and graphic design as a career and passion, she looks to be ready to make her mark as one of Whistler’s up and coming young artists.
Find more of her work here: facebook.com/SALTart.design
Vanessa Stark’s (Nes’) work is heavily influenced by mountain life. It is a colorful harmony of bold lines and whimsical movement brought together in perfect balance.
Her intuitive painting style has developed into a unique signature style. As in nature, there is never a perfectly straight line or completely still moment. There is a story in every piece. Vanessa moved to Whistler at a very young age to pursue her love of riding mountains.
She now lives in Pemberton where she continues to ride boards and bikes with the new addition of chasing around a 1 year old toddler.
Hit up vanessastarkart.com for a closer look at her work.
Olga was born in Ufa Russia (Bashkortostan), just west of the Ural Mountains, about two decades before the fall of communism. She moved to Western Canada in 2005. Surrounded by the inspirational landscapes of BC, Olga began her journey into artistic expression.
Olga is an untrained artist who had been sketching and painting recreationally her whole young life. Her work attempts to present it as a given that there is no greater source of positive inspiration than nature; be it lonely, majestic, playful or powerful. Season 2012/13 represents the third year that Olga has worked with Prior.
For a deeper look into her work visit her website oladesign.net.
Olivier moved from Montreal to Whistler in 1992 after getting a degree in fine art. Since then he has been pursuing the dual life of professional snowboarder and artist. In recent years Olivier has been focusing on larger canvases, doing live painting events and also painting large-scale murals in Montreal with the Mu organization. In his personal work, he is inspired by the dramatic West Coasts scenery and active lifestyle he leads.
Olivier enjoys exploring different subject matters and painting techniques with every new piece. He has been part of numerous galleries and group shows including his first solo exhibit in 2009 at Le Centre in Vancouver and, in 2011, and a major group show with the En Masse collective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Currently, he spends his time between Montreal and Whistler working as a snowboard coach, freelance artist/graphic designer, muralist and set painter on major circus, theatre and motion picture productions.
Oli's Screaming Trees graphic represents his the third topsheet he has contributed to the Prior line.
For a more detailed look into Oli's work please view his website olivierroy.ca
A Haida native from Skidegate in the Queen Charlotte Islands, Clarence Mills is an established Haida artist known throughout the world. His works sell in museums, galleries and native art shops throughout Europe and North America. He creates glass totems, engraved silver and gold jewelry, cedar and glass bowls, doors and limited edition prints, but Mills’ claim to fame rests in his prowess as a carver.
He was a featured artist at Expo 86 in Vancouver and Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia where he carved a six meter totem pole that graced the entrance outside the Canadian Pavilion. In 1997, he was commissioned to carve a 4 meter high cedar totem for a native exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Mills has been given a gift from his ancestors. He endows his creations with a powerful energy, smooth flowing style and images that speak through his symbolic Haida figures. He strives for one achievement – to begin a process for many people who have never understood their connection to the spirits of the land and all its creatures.
The Haida Eagle Topsheet is the most popular graphic ever used in the Prior line and this current version of it is the 4th year that it has been in the line in various forms.
As a graphic designer Sarita chooses to focus on the more artistic side of things by incorporating print making and illustration within her digital work whenever possible. Using her hands, the tools of the craft and her whimsical imagination, she conveys different ideas to the outside world, giving her a great sense of purpose and enjoyment.
Graduating with a Degree in Graphic Design from Vancouver Island University, professionally Sarita has concentrated her talents in the freelance graphic design field for the last four years. She finds herself working for companies based in the outdoor realm, doing anything from logo work to snowboard and ski graphics.
Her time away from the drawing table is spent reaping inspiration form the great outdoors. If you can't find her ensconced in her home studio blasting dub step and indie, you will find her way up on a coastal mountain path or on some sort of board in search of that unequivocal perfect ride.
Winter 2012/13 marks Sarita's first season contributing to the Prior line. For more info on Sarita's work please check out her website saritamielke.com
Freelance illustrator and designer from the UK working in the realms of vector illustration, photo montage/manipulation and mixed media. His work is influenced by contemporary graffiti and lowbrow art along with many things from the natural world.
Mat defines his work as mixed media since he uses a great variety of techniques to bring the final image together. These include sketches both in graphite and ink, watercolour studies, photographic elements, digital painting and vector artwork.
Subject matter covers nature quite heavily, whilst adding surreal, off-beat and fluid elements. He enjoys using vibrant colour palettes but also works in softer tones as well.
Mat has always wanted to be an 'artist' of some description ever since he discovered he was fairly good at drawing at a young age. After attending The University of Huddersfield studying Creative Imaging he's now very focussed on making a living from doing what he loves and enjoys! Mat was featured in Digital Arts Magazine as one of the 'Best young UK Illustrators 2009’
With a relatively young career in the creative industries, Mat’s aim is to keep on working with new people on highly creative projects whilst having fun along the way.
The Prior shop has been making custom "one off" snowboards since 1990. The layout and design of our factory has been built with this in mind. We can make a board to pretty much any shape and flex pattern you want. The following chart outlines prices for common revisions to existing templates:
|Custom flex (softer or stiffer)||$70*|
*These prices are estimates, and are variable depending on the shape and your specific request. 1cm widening or above needs a custom template.
Complete Custom Shapes
If your dream board requires more than the revisions listed above please email us with your ideas. Some discussion will be required to determine the best performance results. Ultimately the price will be determined by the complexity of the project.
4-8 weeks upon confirmed order.
Above surcharges are in addition to price of board.
Prices may change depending upon degree of difficulty.
length restrictions = 205cm
width restrictions = tip/tail 34cm, waist 28.5cm
Prior has been offering custom graphics since 1990 and provides a complete custom topsheet and base graphic service. This is ideal for riders who want a one-of-a-kind look on their Prior board, and for companies who desire special corporate gifts and/or promotions.
|Single||One off custom topsheets||$300|
|2-5 units||Custom topsheets||$275|
|6-10 units||Custom topsheets||$230|
|11+ units||Custom topsheets||Call/email|
|Single||One off custom diecut base||$300|
|2-5 units||Custom diecut base||$275|
|6-10 units||Custom diecut base||$230|
|11+ units||Custom diecut base||Call/email|
Topsheet design and colour options are almost unlimited. We can print topsheets of photo color quality. All topsheets are sublimated onto a white, gloss nylon topsheet for a professional look and finish. (sorry we cannot sublimate onto a clear topsheet material). Above prices based on receipt of art in digital file format in either of the following formats:
* For art that is done in vector based (ie. Illustrator or similar) program we require artwork in both eps and JPEG formats.
* For bit mapped based art (ie. Photoshop or similar) we require TIFF and JPEG formats. The File size must be 200 DPI in rectangular shape that measures 3cm longer than desired board length x 34cm wide. Note that TIFF file size will likely be greater than 100 MB and TIFF file must be sent on CD or DVD.
Prior offers diecut custom bases in one to three colors. As base colors are actually cut with a knife there are some design limitations. We ask that you first email jpeg file to us for review and approval. Once finalized we require final file version in EPS format.
For any custom topsheet or shaping project you will need to contact our sales staff for guidance and accurate quotes. Please email will (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 604 935 1923 to chat about your custom artwork or email@example.com to discuss all other custom options.
|Prior ships everywhere!||
|1 snowboard or pair of skis||Anywhere in Canada||FedEx Ground||1 - 5||$35||$28|
|Continental USA||FedEx Ground||3 - 5||$60||$48|
|Alaska or Hawaii||FedEx||2 - 3||$100||$80|
|Outside North America (Northern hemisphere)||FedEx||2 - 5||$135||$108|
|Outside North America (Southern hemisphere)
||2 - 5
(naked or with kit & skins)
|Anywhere in Canada||FedEx Ground||1 - 5||$40||$32|
|Continental USA||FedEx Ground||3 - 5||$65||$52|
|Alaska or Hawaii||FedEx||2 - 3||$110||$88|
|Outside North America (Northern hemisphere)
||FedEx||2 - 5||$150||$120|
|Outside North America (Southern hemisphere)
||2 - 5
|1 set bindings||Anywhere in Canada||FedEx Ground||1 - 5||$20||$16|
|Continental USA||FedEx Ground||3 - 5||$30||$24|
|Alaska or Hawaii||FedEx||2 - 3||$55||$44|
|Outside North America (Northern hemisphere)||FedEx||3 - 5||$100||$80|
|Outside North America (Southern hemisphere)||FedEx
||3 - 5
|1 clothing item
|Anywhere in Canada||Post||1 - 5||$15||$12|
|Continental USA||Post||5 - 10||$16||$12.80|
|FedEx Ground||3 - 5||$25||$20|
|Alaska or Hawaii||Post||7 - 14||$16||$12.80|
|FedEx||2 - 3||$55||$44|
|Outside North America||Post||20.-.40||$20||$16|
|FedEx||3 - 5||$70||$56|
• Online orders receive 20% off shipping!
• FREE shipping on all clothing or accessory items with the order of a snowboard or skis.
• All binding orders placed with snowboard, splitboard or ski orders are shipped at half price.
• Additional snowboards or skis on multiple ski or board orders are shipped at half price.
• For multiple accessory only orders each additional accessory is shipped at half price.
• Shipping time is approximation only; exact time in transit may vary.
• FedEx overnight shipping from Monday to Friday. Some locations may not apply. Saturday deliveries available to major centers only.
• Coming to Whistler? You can choose to pick up your order at the Prior Factory and no shipping costs will apply. The option to 'Pick Up' will appear during the online order process. Note for Non-Canadian residents, standard HST (12% tax) will be applied to Pick Up orders.
Once all information is included in online order form exact shipping costs will appear.
If you have additional shipping questions, or would like to make special shipping arrangements, please email us via our Contact Us page.
*** Special rates may apply to certain remote areas.