The Solar Eclipse is Coming: How To Snowboard During it

Where to Snowboard During the Solar Eclipse 2017

If there’s one thing that’s true about some snowboarders, we’re procrastinat-adventurers. You know, the people that wait until the absolute last minute to figure out plans, then organize things in a fury, and jet off for a grand adventure. But we makes things happen, no matter what it takes.

If you fall into this category and are toying with the idea of witnessing the approaching solar eclipse, there’s still time. Sure, you’ve had your whole life to plan for this approaching astronomical experience, and it’s only a few days away, but if you really want it, you can definitely see it, and can actually snowboard during it.

By now, you probably know that the National Eclipse will occur on August 21. On a narrow 70-mile wide sliver of the United States the moon’s path will intersect with the sun, and daylight as we know it will be momentarily blotted out. It’s an extremely rare event, and only happens when these orbs line up perfectly.

The eclipse will start off the coast of Oregon then barrel its way across the States, before shooting out the shores of South Carolina. There’s plenty of places where you can witness it but the path of totality (zones that will be momentarily dark) are likely to be mega crowded. We suggest getting out into the mountains and getting up high to see this spectacle.

Check out what it’s like to snowboard during an eclipse. 

Currently, there are only a few places in the United States that have enough snow to snowboard on during this eclipse— Mt. Jefferson in Oregon, and the Tetons near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jackson is going to be a shitshow, and trekking to get on snow would be an incredible feat. So if you’re really trying to do it, we think Mt. Jefferson is a better idea. Easier access, and potentially less people.

Jefferson lies in the path of totality, and still has quite a few continuous patches of snow you could snowboard on.

Current snowpack on Mt. Jefferson. 8/16/17  IG photo: @skimum

If you’re keen for an adventure, dust off your snowboard, break out a topo-map, and start route planning ASAP. Load up your car/truck/van/adventurmobile with more water, food, gas, and supplies than you think you need, and get going. Your best bet is to camp close to your desired trail-head at Jefferson on Saturday and Sunday and scout the zones. You’ll want to hike up to your perfect perch super early Monday morning, and be in position early for the main event at 10:18 a.m.

Sure it’s a lot of work for only a few fleeting moments of this pre-ordained celestial phenomena, but we bet it’s worth it.

Let us know where you’re going to see this eclipse in the comments!

Solar Eclipse 2017 – Path of Totality By State

Oregon

Montana

Idaho

Wyoming 

Nebraska

Iowa

Kansas

Missouri 

Kentucky

Tennessee

Georgia 

North Carolina

South Carolina 

Check out more about the eclipse here.

*Note we’re snowboarders, not scientists. 

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What Is It Like To Snowboard During A Total Solar Eclipse?

With all of the news about the upcoming total solar eclipse, we were reminded of this video from 2015 where Stian Aaland took his splitboard to Svalbard for the phenomenon. We are stoked to see more videos pop up from the total eclipse happening on the 21st, but until then, we have Aaland to fall back on.

The original post, along with the prediction for the 2017 date and projected path of totality, are below. Looks like NASA really knows what they are talking about…


A Once in a Lifetime Astronomical Shred Experience

Stian Aaland, an adventurer and amateur filmmaker, planned to be in the right place at the right time, and snowboarded during last week’s total solar eclipse. He set out on his splitboard on a glacier in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and positioned himself in the right place to capture the incredible spectacle.

Total solar eclipses are astronomical phenomenas that occur when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow on the earth, momentarily blocking the sun rays for a period of darkness. To experience this extraordinary event, you must be in a location where the moon’s shadow is cast.

“I’m on a lonely mountain top, I have my splitboard, and I’m going to try to snowboard during a total solar eclipse– It’ll be a once in lifetime experience,” said Aaland as he geared up for the astounding event.

Aaland’s excitement for what he witnessed increased exponentially as his surroundings become darker and darker, until the entire sun became blocked out, and only a vivid ring indicating the sun’s circumference was visible.

“This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen!” Exclaimed the excited Norwegian, making the the double rainbow guy seem like even more of a kook.

Aaland was alone in the backcountry of Svalbard, and had a rifle in his backpack as a precaution to mitigate polar bear attacks, as they are are known to roam the area.

Update:

The next total solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017, and will be visible in the United States. It’s the first time in 26 years that a total solar eclipse will be viewable in the States, and can be seen in several cities spanning across the US. There will be several locations that will still have snow, so you can potentially snowboard during the eclipse. Stay tuned for more stories about incredible space spectacle and where you can snowboard!

Where you need to be on Aug 21st to experience the full eclipse.

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How To Watch The Solar Eclipse – Transworld D.I.Y. Eclipse Viewer

While we have been trying to find an angle on the upcoming solar eclipse, our staff has been researching opportunities and mountains to bring optimum viewing options to our audience come August 21. While it is a little hard to come by as most of the snow pack has dwindled from the summer heat, it is easy to come by different ways to actually watch the retina burning spectacle since there has been a shortage of sun-safe options. Our office is nowhere near the path of totality, but we have been pretty stoked on the upcoming phenomenon, causing us to build our own eclipse box just in case we drive up to Oregon to check it out.

We are not scientists but we can pretty much guarantee you won’t burn your eyes out if you build this box and look away from the sun. It is the same principles of a pinhole camera/viewer. The light comes through the tiny opening and reflects onto a screen on the other side.


Step 1. Get a box, scissors, a pin, a piece of paper, and some foil (or TransWorld stickers).

The essentials, TransWorld approved.
You can use TransWorld stickers or not, but we prefer TransWorld stickers.

Step 2. Stick the paper inside the box to act as a screen for viewing the eclipse.

A piece of paper for proper viewing.

Step 3. On the opposite side of the box, cut a hole the size of a quarter.

Quarter sized hole for the whole eclipse.

Step one, cut a hole in the box…


Step 4.
Cover the hole with tin foil, or a sticker if you are stuck in an office with no foil.

Once again, we heard TransWorld stickers work the best.

Step 5. Make a pin-sized hole in the covering around the quarter hole.

It is no J.P. Prewitt (google the name), but it gets the job done.

Hence the term pinhole camera.

Step 6. Stick you head in the box, aim the pinhole at the sun, and enjoy.

An eclipse was not going on during the time of demonstration, so give us some slack.