Flow Snowboarding 101 – What do you need to go snowboarding?

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What do I need to go snowboarding? What are some tips for planning a snowboarding trip? How to tips on learning how to snowboard? Venturing into the park for the first time? Safety tips for going off trail. If you just started snowboarding or want to get into it, there are a lot of basic questions people have. Such simple questions, but all beginners and people starting out snowboarding are typically afraid to ask. Welcome to Flow Snowboarding School, a series intended to answer your most basic how to questions of snowboarding. Class is in session.

Flow Snowboarding 101: What do you need to go snowboarding?

Flow Snowboarding 101 is designed as an introduction for beginners as a reference source for all the equipment necessary to enjoy your trip sliding on snow. In this section we will be covering what to wear, equipment needed and luggage for your voyage up the mountain.

1. What do I wear snowboarding?

Outerwear:
Staying dry and warm when you are on the hill. You need to make sure you have outerwear. A warm combination of a waterproofed jacket and pants are vital. Being wet makes a day snowboarding more annoying. Snow jackets and pants come in varying waterproofing and breathability ratings. Layering up with liners under your outerwear can help increase your comfort and warmth level.

Gloves:
Gloves come in many variations. Like outerwear, they are used to keep your hands dry and warm. Depending on the time of year, there are warmer thicker gloves for fall and winter, as well as lighter and more breathable gloves for the spring and summer months on the mountain.

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Goggles:
You need to be able to see. Sure sunglasses block the sun, but if you fall once… will they survive the impact? There’s a reason why most of us use goggles. We recommend you have two types of lenses; one High Visibility lens that has a good tint to them to block the sun out. These have the fancy iridium and darker colored tint to the lenses. You also want a low visibility lens to help accentuate the terrain in low light and stormy conditions. These low visibility lenses typically come in a yellow or rose tint.

Headwear:
Finding a comfortable beanie and helmet are recommend. Sarka Pancochova demonstrated the importance of a helmet. If you want to roll the dice without a helmet, make sure your beanie is warm and fits well with your goggles. Try to avoid what is known as a gaper gap, make sure your bindings are tight to your beanie, or you will have a funny looking sunburn and wind burn on your forehead

Accessories:
If you need more warmth and comfort you can always add a scarf, facemask or gaiter to keep your head extra warm. These are optional, but will help add to the comfort level. If you have all of the above and are still dealing with battling the cold, we’d recommend hand warmers you can store inside you gloves or even the pockets of your outerwear.

2. Snowboarding Gear

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Snowboard:
There are a vast array of shapes and sizes of snowboards. People typically ask if they should buy a starter or beginner snowboard versus a more technical snowboard. Flow Snowboarding offers a few options for those looking to get started. The Viper, Merc or Silhouette are perfect choices for those looking to start linking their toeside and heelside turns. To keep things simple there are two types of boards, rocker and camber. Feel free to browse through our entire line of Flow snowboards.

For more information on the different types of boards, watch the Flow snowboard overview video: HERE

Boots:
Whether you choose our traditional lace boot in our Vega or step up to the next level with our selection of BOA closure boots, Flow boots are the best fitting boots out of the box. Find the boot that fits you best and for your riding style. New boot technology such as BareFoot Technology, as well as advances in closure systems and insoles & outsoles offers you a perfect fit. Please browse through our entire line of Flow boots.

For more information on boots, watch the Flow boot overview video: HERE

Bindings:
When selecting a bindings, Flow offers a variety of options from beginner bindings, to bindings that vary in response & stiffness depending on the needs of the rider. Our Flite, Five or Haylo bindings are a great option for an entry level binding. Flow’s Fuse, Fuse_GT, Minx or Minx-GT bindings are a great option for riders looking for a responsive feel with flex. Our higher end NX2-GT, NX2 & Isis bindings are our most responsive and stiffest bindings in our line. To find the correct bindings for you, please browse through our entire line of Flow bindings.

For more information on bindings, watch the Flow bindings overview video: HERE

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3. Baggage

Backpack:
Whether you are just hitting the local resort, or heading off into the slack or backcountry, you need to make sure you have a backpack to carry all the essentials. Check out our variety of different Flow backpacks.

Board Bags & Luggage:
A great way to keep all your hard gear and soft goods organized is to grab some snowboard specific luggage to store all the gear you accumulate. When travelling via car or plane, having everything organized and packed is essential. A boardbag is also a great way to protect your snowboard gear, as well as the inside of your car. Check out our variety of different Flow luggage bags.

Flow Snowboarding 101 is a basic outline of what is needed to go snowboarding. Do you think we left anything out? Let us know, we are trying to educate. We will be continuing on this series in order to help bring the new generation of snowboarders to the next level.We all started riding somewhere.

Where did you start snowboarding? Do you have any photos? 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

Top 10 Ski Resort Snow Base Depths February Week IV

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It is the last week in February and Flow Snowboarding is keeping you aware of where the snow is still falling in North America. Here are the top 10 ski resort and mountain snow base totals entering week 4 of February. Can any of the US resorts knock Canada off the top spot? Here are the resorts that are reporting their snow depths as of (2-25-15).

10. Beech Mountain
Beech Mountain starts our top 10 in tenth with 82″ of snow at resort level. As the highest resort in Eastern America, Beech Mountain Resort is home to some of the finest snowboarding and snow skiing in North Carolina. The resort offers both day and night snow skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating; nine runs on the front side of the mountain and double-sided runs on the mountain’s backside. Snowboarders enjoy the region’s premier terrain parks where features are changed on a regular basis. The Powder Bowl Terrain Park is for intermediate to advanced boarders, while the Meadows Park, which is dedicated to beginning snowboarders.

Beech Mountain
403-A Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
800.468.5506
www.beechmtn.com

9. Hudson Bay Mountain
Hudson Bay Mountain is reporting a resort base depth of 83″ up in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada. Smithers is known the world over for sensational outdoor recreation opportunities. Situated in the mountain-ringed Bulkley Valley, less than two hours by air from Vancouver, Smithers is known for its world class powder. The peak of the resort sits at 5413 feet with 1750 feet lift accessed with a continuous vertical of 3775 feet.

Hudson Bay Mountain
3866 Railway Ave
Smithers, BC, Canada
250.847.2058
www.hudsonbaymountain.com

8. Cataloochee Ski Area
Sitting at #8 with an 85″ snow base depth is Cataloochee Ski Area, located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has eighteen ski slopes and trails. Approximately 44% of the slopes are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. With a top elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m), Cataloochee has a maximum vertical drop of 740 feet (230 m). The slopes are accessed by three chair lifts and two carpet lifts. Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on machine made snow for its slopes.

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828.926.0285
www.cataloochee.com 

7. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 87″ 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

6. Mount Bachelor
at # 6 Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is reporting a 88″ base depth of snow 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 

5. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain slid into the top five, reporting a 40″-89″ 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

4. Grand Targhee Resort
At #4 is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 80″ – 92″ 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. Blue Hills Ski Area
Leap frogging into the top 3 with a reported base depth of up to 100″ is Blue Hills Ski Area is conveniently located in Canton, MA, making it the closest ski area to the Boston Metro Area. The Ski Area itself has been around since the early 1960’s. The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts owns the ski area, which has been leased by numerous companies in the past. The revitalization began in 2007 when Ski Blue Hills Management, LLC (SBHM) was awarded a 5-year lease of the area. SBHM also operates Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, NJ and is dedicated to bringing back Blue Hills Ski Area by creating an atmosphere where families come together to enjoy winter sports in a fun, safe environment.

Blue Hills Boston
4001 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
781.828.5070
www.bluehillsboston.com

2. Mont Tremblant Resort
Sitting in second place with a 103″ snow base depth Mont Tremblant Resort offers a one-of-a-kind experience both on the mountain and within the pedestrian village located at its base. Located about 80 miles north of Montreal, Mont Tremblant provides visitors with magnificent panoramic views of the Laurentians Mountains. Mont Tremblant Resort covers over 650 skiable acres and includes a great mix of beginner to advanced terrain. The resort receives an abundance of snowfall and is complimented by one of the largest snow-making systems in North America. The resort is home to long perfectly groomed intermediate and beginner trails. Advanced and experts will find excellent mogul trails and some tree glades. The terrain park at Tremblant consists of forty features spread across forty acres with a 10,000 watt sound system.

Mont Tremblant Resort
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs
MontTremblant, Quebec J8E 1T1, CANADA
888.738.1777
www.tremblant.ca

1. Massif du Sud
Reigning supreme for North America is Massif du Sud, reporting a base of 167″ – 173″ of snow 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

Massif du Sud in Quebec is currently the front runner for snow base depths this year. With a change in the weather patterns, the winter engine is restarting and it will be exciting to see where the resorts stand at winter’s end. But it ain’t over yet. Pray for snow, there’s still plenty of time to ride. Have any of you gone north of the border to ride yet? We would love to see photos of you riding your Flow gear, or landscape shots of the mountain and conditions. 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

7 Questions With Drayden Gardner On Canada

“I met Tim Bouvette when he came to ride Bear Mountain. He lives up there in Three Rivers, Canada. He invited me to come up and invite any friends that I wanted to bring to film. I called Jed Sky because he kills it in street too and he’s a lot of fun to ride with. Tim has put a lot into his two year movie project and it was such an honor to be invited to be in it. He is an amazing filmer and rider.” -Drayden Gardner

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How long were you guys out in Canada?

I was there for two full weeks. Jed was there for about a week.

Where did Bouvette, Sky and you  go?

We started in Montreal and moved around Canada to Quebec, Quebec City, Ottawa and Three Rivers. We stayed in hotels and packed into a little tiny car with all our gear. It was so much fun.

What spots did you hit up?

We hit some pretty famous spots and some secret spots too. You may have seen a few spots in past movies like Deja Vu or Video Grass. Pretty much anything we could find though.

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Who were you out there filming with?

It was me, Tim, Jed, and Simon mostly and sometimes a couple other of Tim’s friends.

Best day riding out there?

I would have to say my best day was the day we hit the red wall ride. It was so sick!

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Where are you guys headed now?

I just finished Rev Tour on Mammoth Mountain and now I’m actually heading back to Canada. I just booked a last minute trip for another two weeks of filming with Tim. Part Deux! Haha…

Any events, filming coming up you’d like to mention?

This next two week trip to Canada and then I’m in the Park Fab Vegas Rail Jam on March 6th & 7th. After that I do the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom, JLA Banked Slalom, Volcom PBRJ Finals and I think I’m gonna hit up Austria and Australia this summer.

You can also read about the Canada trip through Jed Sky’s eyes, 7 Questions with Jed Sky on Canada: HERE

Have any of you headed north of the border to do any snowboarding? We would love to see your photos and videos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Boots Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding boots overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow boot line.

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what model Flow boots you are rocking. Talon Focus? Hylite Focus? DeeLite or Vega boots? Post your photos of you riding your Flow gear. Engage with us on Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Snowboard Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding snowboard overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow snowboard line.

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what model Flow snowboard you are rocking. Era? Darwin? Maverick? BlackOut? Jewel? Micron Stomper? Post your photos of you riding your Flow gear. Engage with us on Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Binding Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding binding overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow binding line.

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7 Questions with Flow Jed Sky

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“I had been wanting to film street rails all winter. So when Drayden Gardner asked me to go up to Canada, it was a no brainer. Canada is driving distance from me. I’ve always wanted to go and it was a great opportunity to log some clips.” – Jed Sky

How long were you and Drayden out in Canada?

I was in Canada for about a week. Drayden stayed longer. For about two weeks, I think.

Where did you guys go?

We stayed in Trois Riviere, in English it’s Three Rivers. It is about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. We hit spots in all three cities, as well as some other locations in Quebec.

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What spots did you hit up?

We hit everything from down rails, to close outs, to wall rides. It was so sick!

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Who were you out there filming with?

Drayden and I stayed with Tim Bouvette, who lives in Three Rivers. He snowboards and films really well and was down to shoot everyday. If it wasn’t for him, this trip wouldn’t have been possible. There was also Simon Martel, another Three River local who shreds, along with another three or four French-Canadian snowboarders.

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Drayden Gardner – Photo Credits: Simon Martel

Best day riding out there?

That’s so tough! It’s a close one. One of my favorite days was hitting a close out Montreal because it was a sick spot that everybody got clips on. My other favorite day could’ve been in Quebec City; we hit a rail and got good clips, then went to dinner at an awesome fast food place. After all the hard work of getting the clip that day, it was so rewarding to relax, eat greasy and warm food in a beautiful city.

Where are you headed now?

Right now I’m in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the third stop of the Revolution Tour.

Any events, filming coming up you’d like to mention?

I actually don’t have any events or trips planned until the spring! Just going to be cruising in New Hampshire trying to get as many clips as I can with my friends!

You can also read about the Canada trip through Drayden Gardner’s eyes and watch the video clip from their trip, 7 Questions with Drayden Gardner on Canada: HERE

Have any of you headed north of the border to do any snowboarding? We would love to see your photos and videos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow February Snowboard Giveaway: Win A Darwin ABT Snowboard

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Flow Snowboarding is Giving Away A Darwin ABT Snowboard
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Continuing with their monthly snowboard giveaway, Flow Snowboarding is giving away a Darwin ABT snowboard this month. The winner will be selected on February 28th. In order to enter the contest, please use the link found in the header in the blog section of Flow.com or the application located on Flow Snowboarding’s Facebook page. The Darwin ABT snowboard is the quiver filling powder board of choice for Mike Basich, Shin Biyajima and all the Flow team athletes looking to float the powder.

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Never deep or steep enough and it carves like a knife. This quiver filler was designed in collaboration between Dale Rehberg and Basich, 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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Top 10 Ski Resort Snow Base Depth February Week II

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It is the second week in February and Flow Snowboarding wants you to know where to head if you looking for snow in North America. Here are the top 10 ski resort and mountain snow base totals entering week 2 of February. Will the US or Canada be on top this week? Here are the resorts that are reporting their snow depths as of (2-10-15).

10. Cataloochee Ski Area 
Starting the top 10 we gave 85″ of snow base depth at Cataloochee Ski Area, located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has eighteen ski slopes and trails. Approximately 44% of the slopes are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. With a top elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m), Cataloochee has a maximum vertical drop of 740 feet (230 m). The slopes are accessed by three chair lifts and two carpet lifts. Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on machine made snow for its slopes.

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828.926.0285
www.cataloochee.com 

9. Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain is sitting at 88″ resort base depth. As the Great Northern Catskills’ premier winter destination, Hunter Mountain maintains renowned terrain, award-winning learning facilities and luxury mountainside accommodations.  With high-efficiency snowmaking on 100% of its trails, an entire dedicated learning area perfect for beginners and families alike, the expert terrain of Hunter West and Empire Terrain park, Hunter has something for everyone.  Hunter Mountain, has got skiers and snowboarders covered

Hunter Mountain
64 Klein Avenue
Hunter, NY 12442
518.263.4223
www.huntermtn.com

8. Grand Targhee Resort
At #8 is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 81″ – 88″ 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

7. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 90″ 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

6. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke Mountain resort is at six, reporting a 93″ base. At Revelstoke Mountain Resort, you can find runs that other people have to take helicopters to ski: It has the greatest vertical drop in North America,at 5,620 feet and their longest run is a mild-blowing 9.5 miles, dropping from the top of Mount Mackenzie to an ever-growing base village. Revelstoke Mountain Resort provides 3,121 acres of skiable terrain spread out over gladed terrain, high alpine bowls, fall line skiing and great groomed terrain.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort
2950 Camozzi Road
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1, Canada
+1 250-814-0087
www.revelstokemountainresort.com

5. Whitewater Ski Resort
Sitting at #5, Whitewater Ski Area has reported a snow base depth of “93. Located just outside Nelson BC, on BC’s famous Powder Highway, Whitewater Ski Resort is renowned for receiving over 12 meters / 40 feet of light, dry, powder snow every season. With its legendary deep powder and endless terrain, Whitewater Ski Resort is attracting attention from across Canada and around the world from those searching for an epic BC winter ski vacation. Over 623 metres / 2044 feet of steeps, deeps, chutes, bowls, and glades are all there, beneath the ski resort’s majestic Ymir Peak.

Whitewater Ski Resort
#1 Whitewater Ski Hill Road
Nelson, British Columbia V1L 5P7, Canada
+1.250.354.4944
www.skiwhitewater.com

4. Mount Bachelor
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is approaching the top 3 resorts, reporting a 98″ 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 

3. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort sounds off at #3 with a 100″ 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

2. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
Reporting a base depth as high as 102″ of snow, Idaho’s Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Silver medal for resort bases this week. 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
At the top of the list is Massif du Sud is reports a base of 161″ – 167″ of snow 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

What is the SIA Snowshow?

For most of us in the ski and snowboard industry, especially here at Flow Snowboarding, we are well familiar with what SIA and the yearly SIA SnowShow is in Denver, CO. We also realize that there are a lot of snowboarders and skiers that may have no clue what SIA or the Denver SnowShow is. Flow Snowboarding wants to give you a glimpse into all the hard work we at Flow, along with all the other brands within our industry do in order to make SIA the most anticipated trade show in North America.

Essentially the SIA SnowShow is the grand reveal of next winter’s snowboards, boots, bindings, hard goods and soft goods. Flow Snowboarding received some awesome feedback and input from everybody who stopped by the Flow booth over the last week. A handful of our team athletes came down from the hill to help assist at the trade show booth as well. Mike Basich, Sophia Capua, Dru Williams, Cees Wille & Jordan Zdanek were all on hand.

SIA SnowShow is a trade show at the Denver Convention Center by day, allowing various brands, industry, retailers and shops glimpses of next winter’s line. The evening is stacked with multiple events throughout the city by night; events like the TransWorld Snowboarding Riders Poll and individual industry parties thrown by various brands. So many events all week, you have to pick and choose which ones you are going to.

If after working all day and talking about snowboarding in Downtown Denver gave you an itch to ride, the wiser team athletes in the industry have discovered Ruby Hill Park just 15 minutes south of the city center. It’s a public park that is well lit with a hillside, covered with man made snow and park features. The park is typically open until 9 and is maintained by Winter Park Resort. This year for SIA, there was a rail jam and even a concert featuring Air Dubai.

The final two days of the trade show (2/2 – 2/3) move up to the “On Snow Demos.” This year the demo is at up at Copper Mountain Resort. If you are industry, we would love to see you up here. If you are not industry, just riding around Copper you will see every brands’ skis & snowboards on the hill. A perfect way to start your wishlist for next year.

Have you lads and ladies seen the new Flow Snowboarding line for next year? Are any of you up here at Copper Mountain for the “On Snow Demo?” If you are in the industry, we would love to see you up here. Please share with us your photos and video of you and your friends riding the new Flow Snowboarding 2015-16 gear. Share with us on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media, tag us and please use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow