Izzy is supported by Cardiff Snowcraft, Picture Organic Clothing, and Sans Meal Bar and works as a guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Alpine Ascents and Timberline Mountain Guides
Q & A with Izzy Lazarus:
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: New York, NY USA
Q: What was childhood like?
A: I grew up in New . As a kid, my life revolved around ice hockey. In high school, I learned how to longboard and that quickly became the focus of my attention. Weaving through city streets, pushing my board across miles of pavement, and hanging with a really rad group of people. It was addictive for me. When I started snowboarding at age 19, I really wanted to bring my skate style to snow. It has taken about ten years of riding to feel like thats finally the case! Now, I love everything from sessioning a single turn to riding off summits.
Q: What do you remember about your first day Splitboarding?
A: My memory of my first day splitboarding was just trying to skin up this 10’ icy knoll. I think I spent twenty minutes sliding up and down the thing before I finally just took the boards off and walked up it. It is a funny memory at this point. The reward for all that frustration was the silent powder turns we found on the other side of the mountain.
Q: Tell me about a day in the mountains or a trip that you’re proud of.
A: I am really proud of all the times I turned around from a mountain objective. There is too much at risk to have ego about finishing a climb, reaching a summit, or riding a line and I have learned the most from the adventures that weren’t “successful”. The biggest success is getting home to the people you love and making decisions that let you ride another day. I used to get angry about turning around, like it meant I was less or something but now I am pretty stoked when that call is made.
Q: What drew you to the phantom set up?
A: I began splitboarding because I wanted to climb mountains and snowboard down them. I was drawn to more technical lines that requires crampons and ice axe or were quite remote. The phantom set up came into my life and fit right in. It has been such a significant part of my progression into the mountains and allowed me to reach and ride some wild places.
Q: What is your stance and how has it progressed since making the switch?
A: I usually ride with a 20" stance width, + 15 / - 6
Q: Any tips and tricks with the Phantom set up?
A: I like to put some bright colored nail polish on my right binding. It helps prevent me from accidentally putting it on the wrong side of my board.
Q: What do you appreciate the most about the mountains?
A: The mountains were not always a part of my life. It has been a wild 10 years of learning, adapting and respecting these places that have shaped, created and taken lives. As much as I love a bluebird day that is objectively beautiful, I love storms. There is something so powerful about being in the mountains, seeing lightning crash, hearing thunder echo against towering walls of stone, watching the snow bury the world as we know it. It is raw and unlike anything humans could ever create.
Q: What does life balance look like to you?
A: Ah balance, that elusive feeling that we all seem to desire! Scales don’t stay balanced, they tip back and forth. That is something I have tried to remember. Sometimes I work too much, so I try to balance that out with days off. If I can remember the last time I had a day to do nothing at all, that is usually a good sign. It is important for me to spend time in the mountains for myself, but it is more important that I am getting quality time with my partner, our dogs and close friends. My other marker for balance is food. I love baking and can tell that life is moving a little too fast when I haven’t been baking.
Q: Tell us about a mentor you've had in your life
Q: Favorite song?
A: That is so hard to choose! I always have music playing, usually on shuffle. The song that is getting me fired up right now is “the toys go winding down” by Primus.
Q: What’s something you’d like to tell someone just getting into Splitboarding?
A: Start slow, start small. There is a lot to take in.
Photo 1 : David Katz
Photos 2 & 4 : Izzy Lidsy
Photo 3: Rebecca Yaguda
Photo 5: OutWest JH