Neil McNab is one of the Worlds leading Backcountry Freeride and Splitboard Snowboard guides with over 25 years of experience working in the mountains and is one of the only Professional snowboarders to hold both the (ISIA/ISTD) Ski and Snowboard Teachers and (UIAGM) High Mountain Guides diplomas that qualify him to teach and guide in the high mountains anywhere in the World.
Neil McNab has been professionally involved in the Snowsports industry for over 25 years, firstly achieving his (ISIA) International Ski & Snowboard teachers qualification in 1987, (passing the Euro Speed test in Alpes D Huez in early 88), before going on to win 11 individual British Snowboard Championship titles , a host of finalist placings as a World Cup competitor and starting a successful career as Professional Freeride Snowboarder.
In the mid to late 90's Neil was instrumental in the development of the BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) Snowboard instructors teaching qualification and developed his, now renown, 'McNab Pressure Control teaching System'. (In 2006 Neil released an instructional book and DVD, ‘Go Snowboard’ published by DK books publishing his revolutionary Snowboard technical progression, that has become the benchmark for all other teaching systems to follow).
In 1995, whilst following his passion for riding the Backcountry of the high mountains and travelling the world as a Professional Freeride Snowboarder, Neil set the foundations for what today has become 'McNab Snowboarding' and began running his first specialist Snowboard courses.
In 1997 Neil settled in his spiritual home of Chamonix to pursue his passions for Freeriding, Climbing and Mountaineering. A dedicated and high performance climber, since a very young age (with climbs of F8b on his palmares), Neil quickly earned himself a much coveted place on the ‘French’ High Mountain Guides’ training scheme, becoming one of only a few foreign Nationals to achieve the UIAGM International ‘High Mountain Guide’ qualification through the highly esteemed French system and becoming one of the only 'Professional Snowboarders' World Wide to hold this qualification.
As a UIAGM High Mountain Guide specialising in Snowboarding, Neil has since been at the forefront of the development of Backcountry Snowboard guiding and more recently has been at the cutting edge of developing Splitboarding as an efficient and valuable means of accessing the Backcountry of the High Mountains, rapidly becoming, in the words of Freeride Snowboarding legend 'Jeremy Jones', 'The Worlds Leading Splitboard Guide'.
Through 'McNab Snowboarding', Neil devotes his time to sharing his knowledge, passion and experience as a Professional Snowboarder, Skier and Climber with those that share his enthusiasm for the high peaks and endless descents, and as one of the Worlds leading Backcountry Snowboard Guides, (as well as running his regular courses based in the European Alps) has ridden and guided all over the World with trips to Greenland, Norway, Russia, Chile, Argentina, Kashmir (India), NZ, Australia, USA and Japan.
In 2004 Neil McNab was involved in the daring rescue of a stranded Korean climber left for dead high on Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska. For his part in this event Neil and climbing partner Andy Perkins, received the PMI 'Denali Mountaineer of the Year' award.
In 2008 they were further decorated for bravery with the US Citizens 'Medal of Valor'.
For more info on this event read Neil's account Rescue on Denali in our Library.