5 Ways To Stay In Snowboarding Shape

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Flow Snowboarding wants you to stay in shape this off-season so you will be ready for the hill this winter. We can all agree that it is easier to stay in shape in the winter… we can just go snowboarding. We are at our best on our snowboards when we maintain a steady workout, healthy(ish) diet and stay in shape, here are a few ways to stay in shape in the off-season.

1. Cardio:
Go mountain biking, climbing, hiking, kayaking, running, play soccer, stand up paddle, surf… enjoy the outdoors. Strengthen those leg and core muscles. Maintaining your mental and physical stamina will help your ability to breathe and function at high elevation. Keep up with an active lifestyle in the off-season and you primed and ready for the winter.

Urska Pribosic climbing for part of her off-season #FlowRituals

Urska Pribosic climbing for part of her off-season #FlowRituals

2. Yoga:
Yoga is widely used by top athletes of all ages and disciplines. By incorporating yoga into your daily training regimen, you will be more connected to your body and mind. Yoga increases flexibility as well as mental health. Yoga poses and stretches are one of the top ways to prevent injuries. It keeps you loose, strong, and flexible on and off the mountain. (Resist the urge to hit on your yoga class mates until after your sessions.)

Julianne O'Neill practicing yoga for her #FlowRituals

Julianne O’Neill practicing yoga for her #FlowRituals

3. Healthy Diet:
We are not denying the fact that most of us on the hill like to indulge in a beverage or several Apres Ski. But a healthy diet does cancel out the not so healthy choices we make, but we would like to think it can’t be bad for you to eat healthy in between those binges at the lodges and villages. Resist the gut bomb breakfast with a simple Acai bowl. Pack some water and a few power bars or some fruit in your jacket. Hold on getting the mountain chili burger and grab a salad for lunch. It will help replenish that much needed energy on the hill, along with save the cash in your wallet while visiting the resorts.

4. Cross-Training Board Sports:
Surfing, Skateboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Wakeboarding and Snowboarding are each their own separate discipline, but all share core board sport fundamentals. Each of these sports help you increase balance, core strength, reaction time, all the while allowing you to lose yourself in the act of having fun. Even having an Indo Board at home would help with training. There is something about having a board under your feet that makes exercise a little bit more fun to do.

Sarka Pancochova surfing for her #FlowRituals

Sarka Pancochova surfing for her #FlowRituals

5. Go Snowboarding:
Of course the best way to stay in snowboarding shape is to keep snowboarding. Just because your local hill stopped spinning the lifts months ago, open up a map and broaden your horizons. A quick google search and some planning and you could find yourself chasing the winter to the southern hemisphere in the summer. Going after one of the glacial camps here in North America or Europe. For the park rats, maybe you’ll visit the indoor slopes and fridges in Europe. There are even dry slopes that can be found for the hard core jibbers. Your snowboarding season ends only if you let it.

Frits Rijpers lapping the park at Skidome in Holland. Photo: Andy Troy

Frits Rijpers lapping the park at Skidome in Holland. Photo: Andy Troy

Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are any of you chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere or the glaciers and indoor parks abroad? Have you placed your snowboarding gear in storage until winter? What kind of summer toys do you lose yourself in? Bikes, skateboards, surfboards, SUP and wakeboards? Engage with us on social media and let us know what your #FlowRituals are. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Jed Sky Snowboarding North of the Border

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Jed Sky was north of the border, up Canada way to get some laps in up at Whistler Blackcomb. Check out this video of Jed Sky’s Canadian Summer. Filmed and edited by Seb Judge with Little Wing by thee Jimi Hendrix laying down the soundtrack.

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Snowing on Hawaii in July

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Here at Flow Snowboarding, we want to know… July is still considered summer… right? We are asking that because while the whole world was watching Mick Fanning punch a couple great white sharks over the weekend, it was also snowing on the Big Island of Hawaii on the summit of Mauna Kea. The summit of Mauna Kea sits at 13,796 feet. The snowfall wasn’t too substantial, as only 1.5 – 2 inches accumulated per the reports. It was just enough to close the road to the main summit.

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Strong El Niño Building For This Winter

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Flow Snowboarding can’t help but play the winter prediction game in the off-season, you could even call it one of our #FlowRituals. The real question we all want to know is… how much snow are we getting this coming winter? For those of us who have been hitting the ocean this summer, you can tell there is something building out there. This past week, our friends at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had some good news in their ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) Diagnostic Discussion. What they said in their July 9th report was potentially good news for the drought stricken west.

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Top 10 #FlowRituals Photos

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Summer has begun for the Northern Hemisphere, so Flow Snowboarding wanted to highlight the Top 10 #FlowRituals photos that have been shared by our Flow family. Use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow and you could be highlighted next month.

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Storing Your Snowboarding Gear In the Off-Season

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For most of us the snow has melted at your local mountains and you are well into your offseason routine or Flow Rituals. If you are not planning on hitting any of the summer camps or chasing the snow up in the Pacific Northwest, Southern Hemisphere or Europe than you need to make sure you store your gear properly so it will be nice and ready come the next winter season. Flow Snowboarding wanted to give you a few tips to make sure your gear is nice and ready for when the lifts start to spin again.

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3 Ski Resorts Still Open in North America

Tim Humphreys with a GoPro selfie above the clouds on Mt. Hood

Tim Humphreys with a GoPro selfie above the clouds on Mt. Hood

…and then there were only three. Yes, it’s already June but there are 3 ski resorts still open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know where you can still take a lift to make some turns before it is officially summer. Don’t store your snowboarding gear just yet. Why not take one more road trip? Two of these resorts are rallying past their original projected closing date while the last one will remain open for a couple more weeks due to some late May powder storms.

3. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge was 5/25 but their lifts are still spinning in June.

2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 6/7.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/14.

Are you over in Europe? Check out 6 resorts with lifts spinning in the EU HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-6resorts

What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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The Frozen Chase: Self Portraits by Mike Basich

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Flow Snowboarding Global Professional Mike Basich recently pieced together The Frozen Chase, his self portrait book The Frozen Chase bounces between classic action shots, fun loving lifestyle pics and unique points of view. What really makes this book special is the front seat view of a life lived on the snow and Basich’s lo-fi, organic take on photography.

“I started taking portraits for a few reasons,” explains Basich.

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“I wanted my two imaginations to work together. I wanted to capture how I truly wanted to be shot, and to be the rider. I wanted to share what snowboarding was to me. It wasn’t accepted as a cool or legit thing back then.”

Click HERE if you would like to order The Frozen Chase. The book is available via Asymbol.

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What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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Gina van der Werf: Founder of Prodaptive

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The Netherlands based company Prodaptive has invented a way for adaptive riders and paraplegics a chance to go snowboarding. Flow Snowboarding recently had a chance to catch up with Gina van der Werf, founder of Prodaptive to check in and see how the research & development on their initial designs have progressed over the year. Their original Twinrider models had incorporated Flow Snowboarding bindings and we were glad we can be a part of the process to help paraplegics access the slopes.

“The idea to develop an adaptive snowboard originated in Whistler, Canada back in 2010,” said Gina van der Werf, founder of Prodaptive.

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Last 5 Ski Resorts Open In North America

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…and then there were only five. There are only 5 ski resorts left open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know which ones they are so you can run to the hills one last time before summer. Here is a list we compiled of what resorts are still open (as of 5/19) and their projected closing dates. Plan ahead. Some of these are closing this weekend.

5. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, CaliforniaMammoth Mountain Ski Area is the highest resort summit elevation in the state of California at a height of 11,053ft. Located in the southwest corner of the volcanic Long Valley Caldera on the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The resort is home to modern facilities and excellent terrain options. The mountain has a variety of expansive bowls, tree skiing, wide open groomers, steep chutes and world-class terrain parks. Projected closing date for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is 5/25.

4. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge is 5/25.

3. Killington Resort, VermontKillington Resort is located in Southern Vermont within the Green Mountains. Heralded as one of the East’s best mountain resort destinations, Killington is home to an extensive trail system that spans six mountains. Killington’s terrain is extremely diverse, ranging from gentle groomers, learning areas to steep mogul runs and gladed trails, as well as some of the best terrain parks in the northeast. Projected closing date for Killington Resort is 5/31.

2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 6/7.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/21.

Still a few more weeks of resort snowboarding left here in North America. Why not get one more trip up the mountain before you throw your gear into hibernation and storage? If you need some tips for planning a trip, check out our Flow Snowboarding 201 blog: HERE. We here at Flow want to see your spring riding photos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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