7 Questions With Sarka Pancochova

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Sarka Pančochová has been travelling all over the globe this winter. We had the opportunity to catch up with Pancochova this week to see how her winter travels and snowboarding have been going.

How has the start to your winter been and where have you been riding?

I went all over the place. November was little bit early for my knee to start riding. Instead I went to California… surfed and went rock climbing. I spent most of December in Breckenridge, CO getting my feet back. It has been going pretty great so far.

Breck. Nice. Who have you been riding with up there?

Mostly with my roommates Celia Miller and Sandra Hillen. Also Cheryl Maas came to visit and we took some fun runs.

What kind of training and rehab were you doing for your knee in order to get back to competing?

I have been biking, surfing, rock climbing and also going to gym a lot. Mostly balance exercises. It’s going pretty great. I’m slowly coming back to feel like myself on my board again.

You were in Kreischberg, Austria for the FIS World Championships, right?

The course was really slushy and then got super icy. I ended up pulling out. I needed more time to get back and get my tricks together. I wanna be 100% killing it when I compete.

What’s next on the agenda? Where are you planning on travelling to or riding?

X Games, the European Open and US open. I am going to Turkey ride some pow in February. I am also planning on going to Mt. Baker for the Banked Slalom. A lot of powder riding and filming this year. I can’t wait.

Are there any other events or film shoots of note you want to mention?

I am trying to work on my own thing. Film little bit this year and see what happens. I want to include all my friends and have lot of fun.

You have joined Protect Our Winters project. What would you like to say about your work with POW?

I always feel like I need to do more for the environment. The snowboarding I do is not the most clean sport so I try to make up for it everywhere else. Protect Our Winters is great way to get people involved and educate about how they can help.

Have you had a chance to check out the Sarka Pančochová film BOB’s On Tour (CLICK HERE) or her Winter 2013-14 edit (CLICK HERE)? Pancochova is up in Colorado for X Games and the rest of the Flow Snowboardinlg crew is headed to Colorado too for SIA in Denver. If you are going to be at SIA , swing by and say hey. Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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Another One of Those Days For Candide Thovex at Val Blanc France


We snowboarders may be only knuckledraggers to skiiers, but Flow Snowboarding had to tip our cap to the latest film from planker Candide Thovex recently released. One Of Those Days 2 is one of those videos that you have to see if you slide down snow. It was filmed at Thovex’s home of Val Blanc in France. So many elements of this video make it epic.

After watching it (multiple times) we can’t help but wonder what a snowboarding version of this POV adventure would be like. Do any of you have any POV snowboarding clips you would like to share. Engage with us here at Flow Snowboarding on social media. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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TransWorld Snowboarding Flow Darwin Snowboard Review


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Darwin ABT: Never deep or steep enough and it carves like a knife.

This quiver filler was designed in collaboration between Dale Rehberg and Mike Basich is not just a powder hungry bandit, it actually works incredibly well on hard pack as well. The directional shape with its swallowtail and 2 piece ABT was designed around the camber and side-cut to give us “The sickest snowboard ever made”. Lose yourself in the tranquility of the wood veneer top-sheet, zenned out graphics and bamboo sidewalls or take it for a spin to see for yourself. An inspirational board from tip to tail is what we set out to build, and now we have it.

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Max Zipser 3rd Overall For Line of the Year


Max Zipser nominated for Line of the year from M-Line Freeski TV on Vimeo.

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Max Zipser recently placed 3rd place and won 1st place the jury selection for Line of the Year.

“I called the Line La Rampa, as it has had obviously no name yet,” Zipser explained. “It is located in the Ötztaler alps. As I’m out there quite often, I am always looking for something new and untouched. That line came into my eyes and I was immediately on fire to do that descent.”

“The chute ends over a 500 feet cliff and is very narrow and steep with an exit just as much as you need to pass with a snowboard. The tricky thing is to be fast enough in the upper part not to get washed out with the sluff you release and then make the connection to the lower and less exposed part of the line. Being patient is one of the most important things in the mountains and finally I’m super happy that I could ride La Rampa in such good snow conditions but stable enough not to shit my pants while climbing up.”

“To be placed 1st by the Jury of the Line Of The Year Award and coming 3rd overall was a big reward! It was a great event and it`s always cool to get together with people who share the same passion!”

To read the previous interview Flow did with Max Zipser click: HERE

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Top 10 Resort Base Depths For January Week II

Photo: Tim Humphreys looking to the heavens for more snow.

Flow Snowboarding is keeping their finger on the pulse of your ski resort and mountain snow base totals. Going into week 2 of January, here are how the top 10 ski resort snow base totals are measuring up. Surprise surprise, Jackson Hole and Mt. Baker are sitting right outside the top ten. Here are the resorts that are reporting better snow depths as of (1-14-15).

10. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor starts our top ten and is reporting a 45″-74″ base depth at resort level. Mount Bachelor is located in central Oregon, approximately 22 miles (35 km) west of Bend, along the Century Drive Highway. The ski runs are on the northern face of Mount Bachelor, a stratovolcano built atop a volcanic shield in the Cascade Range. It is the largest ski resort (by area) by more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in Oregon, the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S. (behind Vail) and the sixth largest of all ski resorts in the nation. Mount Bachelor offers one of the nation’s longest ski seasons, mid-November through the end of May (weather permitting)

Mount Bachelor
13000 SW Century Drive
Bend, Oregon 97702
800.829.2442
www.mtbachelor.com 

9. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-74″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.

Wild Mountain
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
(651) 465-6315
www.wildmountain.com

8. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley with 48″-75″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.

Sun Valley
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
(800) 786-8259
www.sunvalley.com 

7. Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain
At 56″-76″ Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain is in 7th place. Lost Trail Ski Area is located at 7,000 ft on the border of Montana and Idaho. 5 Double Chair Lifts & 3 Rope Tows. Lost Trail Ski Area opened in 1938. It has a summit elevation of 8,200ft with the lodge based at 7,000ft, the base is at 6,400 making a vertical drop of 1,800 ft, 50+ marked trails on 1800 acres across two mountains.

Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain
S St
Sula, Montana 59871
406.821.3211
www.losttrail.com

6. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain just missed the top five, reporting a 40″-79″ base. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times due to the unpatrolled and ungroomed nature of Silverton. In addition to Silverton Mountain’s 1,819 acres of lift accessed skiing, Silverton also serves as a base area for over 22,000 acres of helicopter accessed skiing.

Silverton Mountain Resort
6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433
970.387.5706
www.silvertonmountain.com

5. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 79″ base depth. Sugar Mountain Resort is located in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and is open for day and night skiing and ridin, along with ice skating and tubing. The resort features 125 acres of skiable terrain. The 21 slopes are serviced by 4 double chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 tow (for the terrain park), 2 magic carpets (for 1 beginner area, 1 – tubing). For the ultra motivated, 15 of the slopes are typically lit for night snowboarding.

Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
828.898.4521
www.skisugar.com

4. Grand Targhee Resort
Fourth place is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 70″ – 80″ at resort level. Grand Targhee is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, typically they stack up more than 500 inches of snow annually. The lack of lift lines creates a wide open snowboarder and skier paradise. Five lifts access a total acreage of 2602 acres with a vertical drop of 2270 feet.

Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414
307.353.2300
800.TAR.GHEE
www.grandtarghee.com

3. Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne gets the 3rd podium spot this week for snow base depths at 92″ at upper resort level. Mont Sainte Anne is a year-round mountain destination located within the Laurentian mountain chain about 40km northeast of Quebec City. The ski resort is known for providing guest with seven lifts, 2050 vertical feet of spectacular scenery, long groomed trails and family friendly activities. The ski area contains a wide mix of terrain that ranges beginner to advanced.

Mont Sainte Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré
Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0
Canada
+1.418.827.4561
www.mont-sainte-anne.com

2. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
At a base depth of 96″ of snow up in Idaho, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Silver medal for resort bases. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a family friendly atmosphere for winter enthusiasts of all ages. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a 30 minute drive northeast from Idaho Falls. Founded in 1957, the resort has been described by accomplished snowboarders and skiers as the perfect place to learn to snowboard and ski. With 640 skiable acres, 52 runs, 4 double chairs and 1 surface lift, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offers terrain suited for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is well known for its night skiing, with most of the hill lit for a unique winter experience.

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
5488 Kelly Canyon Road
Ririe, Idaho 83443
(208) 538-6251
www.skikelly.com

1. Massif du Sud
Still reigning at #1 Massif du Sud is reports a base of 115″ at resort level. Massif du Sud is a ski mountain about 90 km southeast of Quebec City, Canada. It is part of the park of the same name, the Parc du Massif du Sud. The Massif du Sud is located between the village of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland and the village of Saint-Philémon in Bellechasse, Québec, Canada. Often confounded with Le Massif, the Massif du Sud is renowned for its natural snow and its glades. Although it is the highest ski mountain in the Quebec City region, it doesn’t boast the biggest vertical because of its base already at 515 meters.

Massif du Sud
1989 Route du Massif-du-Sud
St-Philémon, QC G0R 4A0
Canada
877.869.3676
massifdusud.net

The snow totals in Quebec, Canada are off the chart. Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne are sandwiching Kelly Canyon Ski Area for the top 3 resort base depths for week 2 in January. There is still plenty of winter left, it will be interesting to see how the resort totals continue to stack up.

If any of you have any photos of you rocking your Flow gear, or even shots of the mountain and conditions, please share your photos with us on social media by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us. You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Cees Wille On Going To California

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Cees Wille was raised in "the fridges" of Holland. Photo by Jascha vd Wijden

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Cees Wille of Holland packed up all of his snowboarding gear and headed west… really far west. All the way out to California. Wille has been here in the states since December. He traveled down to San Diego and bought a used beater Chevy Blazer to get around and up the hill. After growing up riding in the indoor slopes, the real mountains have him jazzed. Wille is receiving a great lesson in American life and culture with his travels to Bear Mountain and navigating around the concrete jungles. Flow had a chance to sit down with Wille covering what brought him all the way to California.

How did you get into snowboarding living in the Netherlands?

I live right next to the coast of Holland in a small farmer town called Monster. When I was younger I had a balance problem so every week I had physio for that. Then my mom thought snowboarding would be a fun and good balance practice. 

What is the “fridge scene” or indoor slopes like out in Europe? 

There are not that many in Europe… but there are like 7 in Holland, some in Germany, UK, Belgium and couple in Scandinavia, one in Lithuania. But I think best would probably be Snowworld in Zoetermeer (Sweet Lake). I’m shaping the park there in the summer.

What triggered your visit to the US these past few months?

I visited the states in 2009 filming for Jimmy Films road tripping around California and I liked it so much. And now my school Johan Cruyff College in Amsterdam gave me the opportunity to go up here so I took this chance. I bought a season pass at Bear Mountain and I will see where I end up. Going with the Flow.

Where have you been riding so far, where else are you planning on riding while you are here?

I have been riding Bear Mountain and Snow Summit so far. But I have some European friends in Minnesota, so I’m thinking of going up there. Really want to get some street shots.

Flow Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst introduced you to the Flow team. Could you briefly go over your trip out to meet Bas Elhorst? 

I was filming a street part for like 2 years for this Benelux movie production called Private-Intel. The owners Joeri vd Vliet and David Doom introduced me to the Alberg local Dutchie, Bas Elhorst. I went to Austria… but I didn’t bring a jacket with me, because I don’t like jackets. But that didn’t really work out. I was watching Bas doing his gnarly backcountry stuff during the day and at night we still charged out to do street riding.

What is your current setup?

My setup is a Flow Chill snowboard. It’s a pretty chill all-round board. Not to stiff and not to weak. The bindings are choice, I really like the NX2′s. They are pretty stiff but it gives you direct response. I ride the Chill so I can do everything with it. I also ride the Fuse-FB bindings indoors. But for street missions I prefer the NX2′s.

Do you listen to music when you ride? If so, what is typically on your playlist?

Most of the time I ride with music but nothing typical. I listen to every kind there is. From Celine Dion to Lady Hawke to A$AP to Gigi D’agostino… Hahaha.

What have been some of your favorite places to travel to for snowboarding?

Definitely Helsinki. I’ve been there a lot of times for hitting street rails. This one season we drove up like 3 times. It’s a 26 hour drive to get there. It’s super beautiful with old towns and stuff. It’s always a sure bet for snow.

What are some of your favorite places to travel to not related to snowboarding?

I actually spend all my money on snowboard trips.

What are some of your other passions and hobbies when you are not snowboarding?

I really like old cars! I used to have this 1971 Citroën 2cv. I named it “Lelijke Eend’ (Ugly Duck) but it was so sick to drive! I drove all the way down to Spain with it. Now I got this Chevy G20 I bought pretty cheap. I have been fixing stuff on it to go on urban rail trips with the Postland Theory homie’s to Italy, France, Swiss, Austria, Scandinavia etc. Whereever the snow is.

You were featured in the film Connect the Dots… could you talk a little about your experience filming for this movie?

Feels so good man! It started up as a Dutch movie a couple of years ago but now it get’s more and more international with really super sick riders! As other dutchies Kas, Bob, Jesse and Roel and German Davo S. and B. Urban, UK’s finest thrill Smith and Ollie D, Finish Toni Kerkela, Norwegian Young Neezy and the Real Lenn J, Swissy Jeron Lehner, Austrian Domdom. I really like this crew! Big up to Tim.

Do you have any events or film shoots coming up that we should be looking out for?

I want to fully focus on filming street from middle of February till the end of winter to get a decent part with the Postland Theory guys, so follow those guy’s and see what we are up to. Last season I got injured at the beginning of the season, so I couldn’t start riding until end of February.

Any advice to younger riders looking to get sponsored?

Not really… just go out there! Enjoy! Make friends. Appreciate the things you can do.

Anything else you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding family?

Go with the Flow.

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Flow Snowboarding: Era Snowboard Giveaway

Flow Snowboarding Tim Humphreys Era Snowboard Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flow Snowboarding is Giving Away An Era Snowboard
SAN CLEMENTE, CA, January 13th, 2015- Flow Snowboarding

Flow Snowboarding is giving away an Era snowboard this month, with the winner being selected on January 31st. In order to enter the contest, please use the application located on Flow Snowboarding’s Facebook page or the links below. The Era snowboard is the board of choice for freestyle riders like Tim Humphreys, Drayden Gardner, Nathan Jacobson and Dru Williams. A true twin, true hybrid rocker for all things fun.

A classic already, the Era is an all-mountain dream board that handles freestyle to pow to groomers. Soft, responsive, agile and just plain fun; the Era is nothing short of perfect. A true twin shape with our I-Rock Hybrid rocker makes pressing a pleasure popping off hits has never been so fun. The sintered base will allow you to hold your speed and the 3-DT sidecut will be your wingman on any run. This is one of Flow’s best boards to date.

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Flow Snowboarding Yannick Imboden In Olympiks By Rad Movie Production


Olympiks from Rad Movie Production on Vimeo.

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Yannick Imboden from Switzerland is in the latest Rad Movie Production full movie Olympiks. Imboden, along with Markus Stoffel, Yannick Imboden, Roberto Zumstein, Valentin Zimmermann, William Arnold, Jonas Zbinden, Matthias Schwestermann, Tim Basler, and Ariana Bellwald round up the cast of talented riders. Olympiks was cut by Janis Perren. Yannick Imboden’s part starts at minute 23:48

The movie is an all mountain movie. It shows full-action freeriding, backcountry kickers and jibbing sequences. Most of the material was filmed in the South of Switzerland. Rad Movie Production is a grass roots film production company.

Have any of you had a chance to ride in Switzerland? Flow Snowboarding wants to see you photos. Connect with us via Social Media and share your photos and you could win Photo of the Month and win some Flow Snowboarding prizes. Please use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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Tim Humphreys Versus United Airlines On Twitter

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Tim Humphreys was having a travel hiccup using United Airlines yesterday and decided to contact them on the phone. Most of us have all been there. On the phone for an unknown length of time, trying to get your travel arrangements squared away. The music comes on… you sway to it, even though you hate the melody. Something has to be done about bad hold music. Humphreys was over the music, for sure. He felt United needed a lesson on automated phone etiquette.

After being on hold a while (it happens…) and having to deal with the selection of on hold music, Humphreys decided to have a little fun with United Airlines on Twitter. You can follow Tim Humphreys on his twitter at @TimJumphreys

Humphreys started the conversation with:

@TimJumphreys@United your phone hold music makes me want to stab my ears with steak knives. The crackling, the extra high pitch, the volume changing…

@United@TimJumphreys We don’t like the sound of this. Is there something we can assist you with today? Thanks. ^EY

@TimJumphreys@United new hold music that doesn’t hurt to listen to would be pretty awesome!

After Humphreys last tweet to United, it took another 45 minutes or so on hold to speak with someone. While he was waiting, a few fans decided to weigh in on his situation. United finally responded on Twitter to Humphrey’s heckle close to 10 hours later.

Travelling can be a trying experience at times. Have you read the blog on planning a snowboarding trip? You can read it: HERE 

Flow Snowboarding would like to say that the choice of hold music on the phone in no way reflects the service that United, American, Jet Blue, Frontier, Southwest, Alaskan, Star Tours, Virgin, Easy Jet, Malaysian Airlines… (or any airline) provides when getting us to the mountains we love to ride. Without them, we would be driving a lot more.

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Top 10 Ski Resort Base Depths For 2015

Photo: Randy Villarba Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA (No where close to the top 10 for snow base depth)

Flow Snowboarding hopes you had a great holiday full of riding and good times with your loved ones. It is 2015! Where did the year go? A new year and there is a lot of snow, new resorts on our top 10 list, which means new resorts to discover this season. Here are the top 10 reported snow base depths for ski resorts in North America (as of 1/6/15).

10. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor starts our top ten and is reporting a 46″-74″ base depth at resort level. Mount Bachelor is located in central Oregon, approximately 22 miles (35 km) west of Bend, along the Century Drive Highway. The ski runs are on the northern face of Mount Bachelor, a stratovolcano built atop a volcanic shield in the Cascade Range. It is the largest ski resort (by area) by more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in Oregon, the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S. (behind Vail) and the sixth largest of all ski resorts in the nation. Mount Bachelor offers one of the nation’s longest ski seasons, mid-November through the end of May (weather permitting)

Mount Bachelor
13000 SW Century Drive
Bend, Oregon 97702
800.829.2442
www.mtbachelor.com 

9. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-75″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.

Wild Mountain
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
(651) 465-6315
www.wildmountain.com

8. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley with 46″-75″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.

Sun Valley
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
(800) 786-8259
www.sunvalley.com 

7. Pomerelle Mountain
At five, Pomerelle Mountain in Idaho is reporting a base depth of 67″-75″ at resort level. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Base Lodge (located at 8,000 feet), is just a 12 mile drive from the community of Albion, Idaho. Catering specifically to families enjoying and learning to snowboard or ski, this southern Idaho resort features 24 expertly groomed slopes, 2 terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet serviced by 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and the 450’ Magic Carpet beginners lift. With an annual snowfall of 500”, it is usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open.

Pomerelle Mountain
961 E Howell Canyon Road
Albion, ID 83311
(208) 673-5599
www.pomerelle.com

6. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain just missed the top five, reporting a 40″-79″ base. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times due to the unpatrolled and ungroomed nature of Silverton. In addition to Silverton Mountain’s 1,819 acres of lift accessed skiing, Silverton also serves as a base area for over 22,000 acres of helicopter accessed skiing.

Silverton Mountain Resort
6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433
970.387.5706
www.silvertonmountain.com

5. Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne gets the silver medal for snow base depths at 80″ at upper resort level. is a year-round mountain destination located within the Laurentian mountain chain about 40km northeast of Quebec City. The ski resort is known for providing guest with seven lifts, 2050 vertical feet of spectacular scenery, long groomed trails and family friendly activities. The ski area contains a wide mix of terrain that ranges beginner to advanced.

Mont Sainte Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré
Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0
Canada
+1.418.827.4561
www.mont-sainte-anne.com

4. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
At a base depth of 61″-84″ of snow up in Idaho, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Bronze. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a family friendly atmosphere for winter enthusiasts of all ages. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a 30 minute drive northeast from Idaho Falls. Founded in 1957, the resort has been described by accomplished snowboarders and skiers as the perfect place to learn to snowboard and ski. With 640 skiable acres, 52 runs, 4 double chairs and 1 surface lift, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offers terrain suited for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is well known for its night skiing, with most of the hill lit for a unique winter experience.

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
5488 Kelly Canyon Road
Ririe, Idaho 83443
(208) 538-6251
www.skikelly.com

3. Grand Targhee Resort
Sitting at second, Grand Targhee Resort is reporting 75″ – 86″ at resort level. Grand Targhee is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, typically they stack up more than 500 inches of snow annually. The lack of lift lines creates a wide open snowboarder and skier paradise. Five lifts access a total acreage of 2602 acres with a vertical drop of 2270 feet.

Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414
307.353.2300
800.TAR.GHEE
www.grandtarghee.com

2. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole gets a silver medal for North America ski resorts snow base, currently reporting a base depth of up to 27″-88″ at the upper resort level. Access to the mountain starts at Teton Village, Wyoming, which is 12 miles northwest of the town of Jackson on Highway 390 via Highway 22. Only a 40 minute drive from Jackson Airport with non-stop service from 13 cities. The resort terrain covers two mountains; Apres Vous and Rendezvous with 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet. Base elevation sits at 6,311 feet/1924 meters with the summit elevation reaching 10,450 feet/3185 meters. There is also an open backcountry gate system which accesses over 3000+ acres. Of course there is the iconic 100 passenger aerial tram, one eight pax high speed gondola, three detachable quad chairlifts, four fixed grip quad chairlifts, two double chairlift, one fixed grip triple chairlift and one magic carpet.

Jackson Hole
3395 Cody Lane
Teton Village, Wyoming 83025
888.333.7766
www.jacksonhole.com 

1. Massif du Sud
Reporting a base of 98″-103″ the top ski resort for base dept in North America goes to Canada’s Massif du Sud. Massif du Sud is a ski mountain about 90 km southeast of Quebec City, Canada. It is part of the park of the same name, the Parc du Massif du Sud. The Massif du Sud is located between the village of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland and the village of Saint-Philémon in Bellechasse, Québec, Canada. Often confounded with Le Massif, the Massif du Sud is renowned for its natural snow and its glades. Although it is the highest ski mountain in the Quebec City region, it doesn’t boast the biggest vertical because of its base already at 515 meters.

Massif du Sud
1989 Route du Massif-du-Sud
St-Philémon, QC G0R 4A0
Canada
877.869.3676
massifdusud.net

Quebec vaulted two resorts to the top ten with Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne putting Canada on the map with an exclamation point. There is still plenty of winter left for other resorts to catch up, or even for these resorts to receive even better conditions.

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