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Quad Glass

Our 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 quad glass 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.


XTC Carbon
Our high-performance XTC Carbon Construction brought the splitboard technology to the next level. XTC Carbon Construction is available as an upgrade to all Prior splitboards and saves an average of 500 grams (1lb 5oz) off a Prior splitboard.

Weight reduction continues to be a key to splitboarding 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 fabric. XTC Carbon Construction is available as a premium add on across Prior’s entire Splitboard line for a surcharge of C$200/board.

Be aware that carbon XTC looks black, so if you order a clear topsheet like clear/blue, custom blue, custom green, transtopo or haida's, you won't see the clear wood through it, but you will see the black carbon weave instead. Please call us if you need clarification!!



3 Year Warranty Handcrafted 4000 Sintered Base Rockwell 48 Edges 20cm Approved XTC Carbon Construction Quad. Glass Splitty

3 Year Warranty

Prior Snowboard Manufactory Ltd. warrants all products to be free of defects in material or workmanship for a period of three years from the date of purchase.
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Handcrafted In Whistler, BC

All of our Snowboards, Skis and Splitboards are handcrafted in house at Prior’s custom boardshop in Whistler BC.

Each ride is built with care by skilled snow lovers using the finest quality materials while loud rock and roll is played.

4000 Base Sintering

Super slick 4000 grade sintering means you'll be first to the bottom every time.
As opposed to extruded bases in lower quality boards, sintered bases act more like a sponge sucking up all the wax you can throw at them keeping you ahead of your friends!

Rockwell 48 Steel Edges

We use strong edges.
Whether carving hard or smashing rails, Rockwell 48 won't let you down.

20cm Approved

If it snows 20cm or more overnight we take the morning off to go and smash out some laps.
This means the stoke in the factory is always high and you can rest assured your skis or board is being put together by happy campers with s#!t eating grins.
It's always nice to know the people putting your ride together have actually ridden the same product, possibly even that morning!

XTC Carbon Construction
Our proprietary XTC carbon construction saves you over a pound (0.5kg) to get you to the top before your friends, and take all the freshest lines.
XTC is an optional upgrade available on all splitboards and touring skis.

Splitboards:


Skis:

Quad Glass
Our quadraxial glass/carbon composite 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 pop rods running lengthwise down each half of the splitboard. This is completely different from our solid boards which is why buying one of our splits is worlds apart from cutting a solid board in half. The quadglass material is layered on each side of vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls and bases and nylon topsheets. The fiberglass/carbon configuration of quad glass 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.

Choose Your Graphics

Topsheet

Topsheet Materials

Prior shops the world for the best topsheet materials available. For winter 2012/13 we are offering three different topsheet composites:

 

SG = Sublimated Gloss

  • Lightest topsheet material in our line.
  • Provides vibrant, accurate color reproduction over entire color spectrum.
  • Gloss finish.
  • The graphics are sublimated onto a shiny, white topsheet material via a heat transfer method.

 

BG = Backprinted Gloss

  • Produces a shiny, durable finish.
  • The graphics are screened to the bottom of this clear shiny topsheet material.
  • Non printed areas of the graphics provide windows into the wood core.

 

BM = Backprinted Mat

  • Provides a durable mat finish and hides any scratches keeping boards and skis looking fresh.
  • The graphics are applied to the bottom of a clear mat topsheet material.
  • Non-printed areas of the graphics provide windows into the wood core.
    Topsheets
  • Brother Beaver Clear

  • Da Bears Glass

  • Repeat Clear

  • Repeat Black

  • Chunky Aqua (BG)

  • Chunky Hunter (SG)

  • King Cobra (SG)

  • Revolt (SG)

  • Snow Gypsy (SG)

  • Night Owl (SG)

  • The Diver (SG)

  • Big Bad Wolf (SG)

  • Wild Heart (SG)

  • Transcender (SG)

  • The Voyage (SG)

  • Arrow (SG)

  • Brother Beaver (BG)

  • Chunky White (BG)

  • Chunky Neon (BG)

  • Chunky Purple (BG)

  • Custom Green(BG)

Base
    Bases
  • Chunky Black/Neon

  • Italics White/Black

  • Italics Black/White

  • Chunky Yellow/Black

  • Chunky Black/White

  • Chunky Black/Red

  • Chunky Maple Red/White

  • Chunky Blue/White

  • Chunky Pink/Yellow

  • Brush White

  • Brush Neon

  • Brush Red

Choose Your Length

This size is currently out of stock, build times will vary significantly.
Call for more info:
Whistler and International: 604-935-1923
North America Toll Free: 1-877-93-PRIOR
Email: info@priorsnow.com

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All Prior Boards & Skis are factory tuned by our custom technicians and machines. A Factory Tuned board finish includes:

• Machined 90° edges and 1° bevel that are detuned tip and tail.

• Speed polished bases with machined universal wax.

• Filed/sanded topsheet sidewalls.

*More detailed custom tuning is available via our Pro Tune Service.


Your new Prior board comes finished with factory machined 90° edge and 1° bevel, speed polish base finish and machine wax. For extra performance we recommend having your new Prior snowboard hand-tuned to your specifications by the pros at the Prior factory. A Pro Tune includes the following:

Hand edge tuning
The side edge is hand filed to 90 degrees and the base beveled at 1 degree. The board edges are then hand finished with a diamond stone. If you would like your edges pro-tuned to other specifications please add this to the comments box on your order.
Note: All Prior boards (except alpine models) are detuned approx. 3cm along the effective edge on the tip and tail.

Custom hot wax
For maximum wax saturation we iron on your desired temperature of wax thoroughly and let it set. Once it is dry, your board is scraped, brush structured and buffed for maximum glide and moisture release.

Wax options include:

    • Warm (+5°C to -6°C)
    • Universal (-7°C to -11°C)
    • Cold (-11°C and below)

Get the partial kit and skins if you are using splitboard specific bindings such as the Voile Light Rail, the Spark R&D Blaze or Spark R&D Burner.
Buying the kit and skins together saves you $50!
The skins are the Alpinist skins from G3 Printed with the Prior logo

If you are using the new Spark R&D Tesla system such as the Magneto or the After Burner, you will only need the puck kit.
Buying the kit and skins together saves you $50!
The skins are the Alpinist skins from G3 Printed with the Prior logo

If you are planning on using your traditional snowboard bindings with the disc and 4 screws you will need the universal kit.
Buying the kit and skins together saves you $50!
The skins are the Alpinist skins from G3 Printed with the Prior logo


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Swallowtail Split

Prior Swallowtail Splitboard from Prior Snowboards on Vimeo.

Board comes with tip/tail clips and Chinese hooks. All other splitboard hardware is available on our accessories page.

!!The tailclip of the G3 splitboard skins do not work for this splitboard. You will need to order the separate twin G3 tailclips.

Prior’s Swallowtail Split is the king of big mountain directional powder boards. The behaviour and performance of this board is the result of years of research and development and can be attributed to the nose shape/profile that allows for effortless floatation. The swallowtail breaks down resistance and allows for a more natural stance without the dreaded back leg burn. In a class of its own, it has set the standard by which all big mountain powder boards strive to attain. With limited taper and a long effective edge, the Swallowtail Split is surprising edge to edge and efficient in variable snow conditions; the tails also flex independently to increase mobility and provide a smooth transition to finish the turn. 

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: Nose rocker provides floatation and predictability in powder of all kinds. It also allows the board to initiate sooner. Traditional camber in the tail provides additional power driving off the back foot.

Rider Type: Self propelled backcountry adventurers and powder hounds that ride directionally and want the added benefits of the swallowtail design.

Best For: Soft open bowl and gladed powder of all descriptions. Also rides well in hardpack, crud and variable snowpack. 

Note: Weight includes tip/tail clips and chinese hooks.

Available in traditional Quadglass Construction or Prior's new XTC Carbon Construction.

XTC Carbon Construction

Our high-performance XTC Carbon Construction brings splitboard technology to the next level. XTC Carbon Construction is available as an upgrade on all splitboards and saves an average of 500grams (1lb 3oz) off each board. Weight reduction continues to be key to backcountry access 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 XTC 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, 4001 sintered bases and nylon topsheets as in their traditional construction but replaces the fiberglass weave with Prior’s newly developed XTC carbon material.

Quadglass Construction

Our 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 down the center of each board half. The quadglass material is layered on each side of a vertically laminated maple and aspen woodcores combined with UHMW sidewalls, 4001 sintered 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 fiberglass construction.

quadglass

 

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 five 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.

 

Olivier Roy

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.

olivierroy.ca

 

Clarence Mills

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. 

 

Helen Wojcik

Hi.

My name is Helen.

Among many things, I like to paint.

For many years now I have wanted my art on a ski or snowboard top sheet. Needless to say I am very excited. I just wanted to create something beautiful, and something I Love.

Just because.

I hope you appreciate what is in front of you, as it is my work at its finest.

Heart you

HK


 

Vanessa Stark 

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.

 

Raff Vaz

Originally from the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, Raffaella Vaz has snowboarded her way around the World finally arriving in the stunning Whistler and Pemberton area. Inspired by BC’s Coast Mountains nature and formally trained in fine arts, Raffaella uses her bachelor degree in animation to beautifully characterize the essence of the region in her art. Raffaella Vaz embraces the joy of working with locally sourced raw materials like cedar wood, birch bark, stone, paper and canvas.

Framed in nature. Drawn from Imagination , comprised of Love VAZ ART

 

Raphael Suter

Raphael studied graphic arts in Niagara until 2006 and has since been in whistler, living the dream and painting paintings in his spare time.

 

Baz One

Baz is a painter living and working in Whistler, B.C. since 2011, originally hailing from Ireland, where he picked up drawing at a young age. Baz used anything he could get his hands on, sometimes leading to bad consequences, though ultimately, developing his style. Using aerosol and paint markers as the main ingredients of his palette, these days his work consists of mostly various mixed media, in all shapes and sizes. Focusing primarily on obscure subject matter and the use of bright complimentary colours and bold dark outlines. Growing up surrounded by the bold imagery in mediums such as graphic design, illustration and local graffiti is where Baz sources his inspiration. Living in such a great place as Whistler for the last couple years, Baz has got the chance to exhibit his work in events such as: State of the Art and Artwalk . He has also been involved in various group exhibitions with the Whistler Arts Council and produced numerous Pique newspaper magazine covers with hopefully many more projects to come.

You can see Baz’s work displayed in Showcase Snowboards, in Whistler village or check out his facebook and instagram.

 

Helen Judge

My name is Helen Judge, but most people just call me Melon.. A nickname thats stuck since primary school. I love doing weird and mostly low brow art the most, like creatures, cyclops, crazy bright colors or patterns. Ive gotten really into that graphic style and mostly influenced by Jim Phillips. Im inspired by any art that you don’t usually see thats different and weird (and not your generic ‘bubblebee with flower’ type artwork).

 

Custom Shapes

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:

Description C$ surcharge
Custom flex (softer or stiffer)     $70*
Narrowing waist $150*
Widening waist $150*
Custom templates (including taper changes)       $300*

 *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.

Lead Times
4-8 weeks upon confirmed order.

Extra Notes
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

 

Custom Graphics

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.

Topsheets      Qty  Description C$ surcharge
  Single One off custom topsheets $300
  2-5 units Custom topsheets $275
  6-10 units     Custom topsheets $230
  11+ units Custom topsheets Call/email
 
Bases Qty Description C$ surcharge
  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


If you would like one of our diecut base designs in a different colour, the cost will be much less!

Topsheet Artwork

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 therefore clear windows are not an option for one off customs). 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 PDF or AI format.

* For bit mapped based art (ie. Photoshop or similar) we require TIFF, PSD or PDFformats. The File size must be 300 DPI in rectangular shape that measures 6cm longer than desired board length x 34cm wide. Note that files will likely be in excess of 100MB and can be sent by Dropbox etc or droped off at the factory.

 

Base Artwork

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 a low res jpeg file to us for review and approval.

 

For any custom topsheet or shaping project you will need to contact our sales staff for guidance and accurate quotes. Please email will (will@priorsnow.com) or call 604 935 1923 to chat about your custom artwork or other custom options.

Prior ships everywhere!

All shipping is through Fed Ex and calculated at customer checkout based on weight and destination for delivery.

We also provide a shipping and tax estimate calculator in our online shopping cart with estimates and options based on the weight of your order and destination of delivery.