Jeux Sympathiques Recap: Val Thorens, Isola 2000 & Avoriaz

Jeux Sympathiques translated from French means the Sympathetic Games. It encompasses three stages, and three trials. Sponsored by Flow Snowboarding with the support of UGH UGH UGH and Fluofun, the Sympathetic Games was organized during the various stages of the Rock On Snowboard Tour 2014.

Sacha Balicco won the parallel slalom in Val Thorens, Camille Passeron dominated the track at Isola 2000 and Sully Monod tore up the final mini-pipe event in Avoriaz. More importantly, the event included hundreds of participants of all levels: pros, amateurs, guys, girls, locals and tourists. Flow Snowboarding wants to thank everyone for coming out to the events. Here are a few highlights from the Jeux Sympathiques.

Did any of you attend the Jeux Sympathiques? We would love to see your photos and videos. 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.

Backcountry With Mike Basich GoPro & a Drone

Epic is an understatement when you watch the new GoPro commercial from Flow Snow team athlete Mike Basich using a drone. Basich takes selfie filming to the next level. We have been waiting to see the next drone footage from the backcountry, and Basich does not disappoint.

Did you hear that Basich has been filming in Italy for the new Point Break 2 film? Read up on it on our previous blog here: http://bit.ly/flow-tw-bl-basichpb2

We would love to see the kind of stuff our Flow Snowboarding family has shot with their GoPros. Share with us online via social media your photos and videos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Flow Snowboarding Big Mountain Rider Max Zipser

Big Mountain Rider Max Zipser, has been a perennial athlete competing in the Freeride World Tour year after year. Unfortunately, Zipser had to step down from the FWT due to an injury. Zipser is also in the running for the Line of the Year Award. Click here to vote for Max Zipser http://www.lineoftheyear.com/lines/men

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to chat with Zipser about his love of the mountains, his recent filming and what is next now that he has stepped down from the FWT.

Where is home for you?

My hometown is in the heart of the Alps – it´s Innsbruck, Austria

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

The Tyrolean Alps are my playground

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?

I consider myself as a mountain man searching Powder only – so the weapons of my choice are the Maverick 169 snowboard, NX2-GT bindings, Talon Focus boots.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard?

Do you know the sound of a great powboard during a powturn? It is music to my ears! Singing powturns is what I listen to

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding?

I startet skiing first, but changed to snowboard at the age of 12.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you?

Like nearly every kid from Innsbruck I started my first turns at Seegrube when I was 12 years old.

Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding?

The guys ripping at my homespot.

Who are your current sponsors?

FLOW, SALEWA, ALPINA, Komperdell, Pieps, NXTZ

How was the winter in Austria this year?

Further south it was really good, that´s where I went often last season! Living in the heart of the alps is a good thing as, depending on wheather n snow, it takes max 2hours to drive to the place with good conditions and lots of snow

If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts are a must they check out?

The place which currently got the most fresh snow – sick places are Seegrube, Stubai, Tux, Ötztal.

Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season?

I did a lot´s of Splitboarding this season. And as the Southern Alps got more snow than the northern alps, me and my homies went down south to earn our turns. It was pretty cool to get around so many places I have not been yet!

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

After a good day in the mountains we often plan the next line, check how we can get there..

Are you planning on a snowboardtrip this season? Where?

I am planning my next trip to Alaska, Valdez area. Alaska is the place to be, I was there 2 years ago and I am still dreaming about that last trip to AK, and probably something exotic tbc.

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?

I like surfing and therefore it would be Central America

You where a big number in the Freeride World Tour, Why did you quit?

In 2012 I got injured in the FWT event in Fieberbrunn. Due to the results and that I could not compete in the last stops I could not make the cut for 2013. Anyway I had good times and several podiums within 5 years taking part in the FreerideWorldTour and it was good to see the tour growing. The first years of the tour were something special, all new and exciting!

How is filming for Whiteroom Productions? How many cinematourstops are you planning?

Lot of fun all the time! I really like to charge steep lines and when we go out there for filming, everything is planned very well. Easy to work with these guys. This year we have about 40 tour stops all over Europe, but also USA and Canada. The film will be also shown at the Freeride Festival Tour.

Movies: Time For The Whiteroom/2012; For A Few Lines More/2013; Trial and Error/2014

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?

I take a break from snowboarding and focus on studying or working in order to do less during winter.

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?

My home resort leads me to be out in the mountains! I like climbing, biking being out!
Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support? Go and get your FLOW setup and be the first on the slope, when the others still try to close their bindings!

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Philipp Kundratitz Adding 1080′s To His Trick Bag

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Flow Snowboarding Austrian team athlete Philipp Kundratitz has just added 1080′s times four to his trick bag. Check out this video of Kundratitz killing it at Stubai.

All these recent photos of Stubai Zoo have us wondering if any of our Flow family has made the trek to the Austrian riding mecca known as the Stubaier Gletscher. If you have, we would love to see the photos. Don’t forget to tag Flow Snowboarding on social media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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Win $500 to Flow This Black Friday Weekend

This Black Friday weekend you can win $500 to Flow.com by spending $100 on our website. For every $100 you spend on our website from November 26th – December 1st, your name will be placed into the raffle. The Black Friday weekend winner will be drawn on Monday, December 3rd.

Our 2014-15 bindings, boards and boots are flying off the shelves, so act fast. We are also offering free shipping for all orders of $100 or more, so it certainly is a win win situation when shopping at Flow.com

Everyone here at Flow Snowboarding wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Hope you are taking the time away from work to spend time eating well, with your loved ones, watching sports or better yet… getting up to the hill. Where resorts are you planning on hitting this weekend? Let us know on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Mike Basich on Filming Point Break 2

Our good friend and Flow Snowboarding team athlete Mike Basich was off in Italy last week filming for the major motion picture Point Break 2. Where the original film focused on adrenaline, highlighting surfing and skydiving… it would seen natural to include backcountry and big mountain riding in the sequel. We were able to track down Basich in Italy for a little Q & A about filming in Italy, along with a few other projects he’s been involved with.

So you are in Italy now? What has the experience filming for the next Point Break film been like? 

I must have watch the first Point Break ten times in the first months of release back then. It is pretty cool to be apart of something from the past into a new era. We are on our second shoot. The first one was a bit hectic, stressful and on the dangerous side of riding. Conditions where sketchy, lots of slides.

Where exactly have you been filming? 

We have been in Italy. Courmeyaur. All heli stuff. Heli-ing for Hollywood is very different than Alaska heli or any ski heli service. Taking a ride in a heli by yourself is pretty common here. A very strange feeling for me.

We have to ask have you had a chance to meet Keanu Reeves with the filming? 

Keanu Reeves isn’t in the new film. It’s a cool crew this time around. I can’t announce who they are but, I have been working with them on this second shoot.

Anything else you would like to say about the current or past shoot, or film coming up?

I haven’t done stunt work like this before. It is for sure different following certain things that needed to be done for the shot. Like riding with multiple people on a sketchy slope…

Now that winter is upon us… What are your travel plans over the next few months? 

On a plane soon as this trip is over to gather together the last to do list for Area-241, and getting the chairlift dialed. Hoping it will be a good season. There is so much to happen still at Area-241 with the Flow crew.


Read and watch more about Area-241: Chairlift Chronicles 

Anything you want to mention about your successful Kickstarter or portrait book?

I just finished up the details of my Self-Portrait book. It’s called The Frozen Chase. Sending over a sneak peak of it. It will be available at www.Area-241.com end of January. It is a 130+ page photo book of my self-portraits over 15 years.

Anywhere else your followers and Flow family could see what you have been up to? 

You can check out my segment in the new Absinthe Films movie Heavy Mental and the film The Little Things, both currently available on iTunes. When you see the film trailer for Point Break 2, look closely… You will probably see our brother Mike Basich, especially if it involves a mountain, snow and a killer snowboard line. Did you get your copy of Basich’s self portrait book? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Liz Kristoferitsch On Living In The Mountains

“Living in the mountains is an outstanding enrichment to my life. I am thankful for the possibility to be out there and to be a part of it. In addition to taking part in international freeride competitions, I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and love for winter sports by guiding and coaching” – Liz Kristoferitsch

Flow Snowboarding had the chance to connect with Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Liz Kristoferitsch and discovered where the foundation for her love of the mountains came from. You don’t really have to look too far beyond where she grew up. Kristoferitsch grew up with a big family in Graz, Styria in Austria. Freeriding and mountaineering are the two main passions of life for Miss Kristoferitsch.

What was life growing up in Austria like?

“I truly love these intense moments filled with nature, freedom, emotions and the elements. There is a feeling about this place with its long term friendships that is hard to compare. I really enjoy my current life in the Dalaas village at Arlberg, and I also feel comfortable in Innsbruck where I have lived for almost ten years.”

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

Since I´ve been living at Arlberg for so many years, it is the place that I know best. I love to ride here.

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?

My freeride setup consists of Flow’s Hylite Focus boots, NX2-AT bindings and Rad Air Tanker 162 Board. I rarely switch and stick to my favorite set up.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard?

Sometimes I enjoy the sounds of the snow, sometimes I do listen to music. I kind of like to have one ear plug playing music. When it´s music it is either rock, punk, or very relaxing tones. 

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding? 

It is a family tradition- as a child at the age of three you are put on skis. In 1992 I was allowed to make my own choice and bought a snowboard, a decision that influenced my life a whole lot.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you? 

At the age of 14 at Niederalpl, a small ski area in Styria. My friends and I all had boards but no clue about how to ride. It was quite a task but at the end of the day I had managed riding the t-bar and doing some turns. That made me really proud. For the next week every single muscle ached, it was so worth it.

How was the winter in Austria this past winter? 

Last season there was little amount of snowfall throughout the whole winter. Knowing where to go in the area was necessary to get some good turns. Still, I had some very good days in Austria riding powder. Only two hours south the amount of snow was tripled, so it was a good idea to go there some days.

For somebody planning their first snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts should they definitely check out?

Arlberg, Austria and Maloja, Switzerland

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Hot springs are fantastic.

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?

I love quiet places near the sea. I’ve discovered Asia has such a great beach life.

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?

My winter starts in November and lasts until May of June. In between I take a break for relaxing and summer activities like mountain biking and hiking. Some days I go up the mountain for blackberries and I can take time to visit my family, which is hardly possible during the winter season.

You are a seasoned veteran to competing in freeride contests. Do you still nervous during contests?

I used to be very nervous, could hardly eat a bite before my run. During the years I have developed routines on contest days that help me to concentrate better and be less nervous. Anyway, with the first turn any nervousness is gone and I enjoy the ride.

The competition podium are a familiar home for you. How much does placing in competitions matter to you?

Standing on the podium is always special and a great honor for me. Every year the field becomes stronger. The challenges continue to get bigger in freeriding. Standing on the podium after a competition feels good. That experience is worth a lot in the world of freeride competitions.

You took a trip to Mongolia last year. Tell us a little about your trip. 

In May 2013, I was part of an expedition to the Tavan Bogd mountain range in Mongolia. Hiking and skiing in this remote area where Mongolia boarders China and Russia turned out to be an amazing experience. Read more about Kristoferitsch’s Mongolia Trip: lizkristoferitsch.com/freeskiingmongolia/story.html

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?

For a change I love skiing as well as mountain biking and hiking. When I am home I enjoy cooking, reading a good book and a glass of good wine.

Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?

Thank you for your amazing spirit!

Have you ridden in Austria yet? The Alps are home to some of the world’s greatest snowboarders and skiers. Where in the Alps have you been or like to go? Flow wants to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Top 10 Useful Tools For Planning A Snowboarding Trip

The new chill in the air has you and your crew chomping at the bit to run to the hills. There are now 13 ski resorts open in North America. (Actually more now… Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is now open…) Winter is stealthily upon us and we at Flow Snowboarding could not be more exited.

You have your snowboard, bootsbindings and gear all packed up in your luggage bags and ready for your first voyage up the mountain. Flow Snowboarding wants to share with you 10 useful resources to stay on top of your snowboarding plans and trips this winter.

10. Facebook Snowboard Groups
Login to Facebook and search for the ski and snowboard groups in your area. There you can communicate with those in your area that you share the love of sliding on the snow with. Share your photos, find out about events and promotions, find people looking for carpooling options, find people to go ride with, make new friends that love snowboarding.

9. College & University Ski Clubs
If you are still a student, recent grad or alumni, take a look at your local colleges and universities. In most cases there are ski and snowboard clubs within these institutions of higher learning. Even the educated need a break to be up on a hill, away from the things of man. Find those other like minded souls that are more looking forward to their next trip up the hill, than what the professor is teaching them. Checking with your college and university advisers would be a best way to contact these individual clubs.

8. Ride Share Programs
Most major cities with a solid number of snowboarders (or even skiers) like Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City or Seattle to name a few have ride share programs. Cities like Denver even have those massive lots just outside en route to the resorts, making it easier for people to coordinate a carpool up to the mountains. Carpooling not only frees up the traffic, but is also a great way to save money and meet new friends who share the stoke for snow.

7. Find My Friends
The Find My Friends application helps you locate your friends and identifies their exact location on the app’s navigational map. It is the perfect way to track where on the hill your friends ended up. If your party is late for a rendezvous or Apres-ski, you can see what run they are currently on. Find My Friends uses state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide the most accurate, up-to-date locations in real-time.
For more information on Find My Friend, please visit:
For iPhone: www.apple.com/apps/find-my-friends/
For Android:  play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.friendlocator&hl=en

6. The Weather Channel
It goes without saying, you need to know what the weather is. The most user friendly site for weather tracking is The Weather Channel’s website. It is a useful tool as they are very up to date with their weather forecasts, maps, videos, photos and news. How much snow (or sun) will there be? What is the next storm bringing? Plug in your city or zip code and find what is in store for the resort you plan on riding.
For more information on The Weather Channel, please visit www.weather.com

5. NOAA
What better way to track the snow than with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? NOAA is a solid go to resource for tracking weather and snowfall. Plug in your region, and you will get detailed short range and long term weather predictions. This site is as in depth as you want to drill into it. You can read the experts predictions of forecasts, watch infrared and satellite images, even animated sequences to track storm strength and trajectories. There are also quick links to road conditions.
For more information on NOAA, please visit: www.NOAA.gov

4. Your Local Department of Transportation
Depending on the state you are in, you might know it as CalTrans, CDOT, ODOT, WSDOT, WYDOT… They are your state’s Department of Transportation. Make sure you are familiar with these sites, especially if you plan on loading up the vehicle with your gear and road tripping it. There’s nothing worse then driving into a polar vortex and not being prepared. Road and highway closures are common in winter, even for the entire season. Knowing the roads ahead of you for your trip will also help you determine if you need a 4X4 or AWD, or if your good driving up your gas efficient 2WD whip. Make sure you are dialed into your local Department of Transportation.

3. Liftopia
Liftopia’s aim is for everyone to enjoy more of their time on the hills and in the mountains — from curious beginners to life-long athletes. They are the largest online marketplace for ski lift tickets. Their website allows you to scour the internet for some of the best lift ticket deals, via city, state, region and country. Their discounts on lift tickets range anywhere between 20% to over 50% off retail prices. If you are planning ahead for your ski trips, make sure you bookmark this page.
For more information on Liftopia, please visit www.liftopia.com 

2. There Is An App For That
Power in the palm of you hands. We live in a very digital age. Whether it is checking in with the resorts, storm tracking, finding lift deals or even discounted accommodations… search your Android or iPhone application store. You will find an app for that. Liftopia, NOAA and OnTheSnow (mentioned in the next tool) even have their own applications. Most major ski resorts also have their own personalized applications that offer promotions, GPS tracking to track your runs and distance ridden. Take a quick search in your Application Store on you smart phone. Find the apps that work best for you.

1. On The Snow
We mentioned 13 resorts are open as of today, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is set to open tomorrow on November 13th, with more resorts set to open this weekend. How do you keep track of all these resorts? One great resource is On The Snow as they stay up to date with snow reports, resort break downs, weather and even links to the live webcams at the resorts. They are also a great resource covering gear, news and travel. They also have an active and solid community on their forums. For mobile devices, they also have one of the most in depth resort and snow tracking application
For more information, please visit: www.OnTheSnow.com
For iphone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-snow-report/id300412347?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skireport&hl=en

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Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville 2014 Video Edit

Check out this video edit of 11 year old Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville. It was filmed at Northstar at Tahoe last season. Caleb’s no fear approach to life encompasses everything he does. From his snowboarding to motocross and skateboarding… this kid is quickly growing up to be a force to be reckoned with.

Flow Snowboarding works closely with their Micron Team to help develop the next generation of snowboarders. Do you think you or your little one has what it takes to join the Flow Snowboarding Micron Team? Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Drayden Gardner Summer of Skateboarding

Since the snow is finally arriving in the Northern hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding wanted highlight another skateboarding video edit of Drayden Gardner crushing it before we completely transition to the winter videos.

Let these youngsters be inspiration to you and your own little groms to #FindYourFlow. Whether it be surf, skate, wake or snow… we all find our flow riding. We would love to see what our Flow family has been up to these summer months. Share your photos with us. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.