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.

5. Store your gear in a snowboard bag

Storing your snowboard, boots and bindings in a bag will certainly prolong the life of your gear and keep it well organized for when the resorts open. Flow does offer a few luggage and bag options to keep all your gear consolidated in a larger size travel bag.

4. Make sure your gear is dry before you bag it up.

It seems like a no-brainer but we have seen the effects of what happens when you throw your board into a boardbag without drying it first. The snow melts, the rails or metal on your bindings sit in a puddle you didn’t even know was there. You become well aware when you see the rusty edges of your board or other water damage to your bindings or boots. Try to make sure all your gear is dry before bagging it up.

3. Try not to store it in a too hot of a location.

We realize that space is an issue and you may not be able to control where you keep your snowboarding gear, but try to avoid storage spots with increasingly high temperatures. This can cause your board to dry out over the hot summer, especially the base.

2. Wax your board before you store it.

Everyone knows to wax their board before going up the hill, but waxing it before placing it in storage is a great way to make sure you base and board don’t dry up when you store it in the offseason. One thing to keep in mind, is waxing it with an early season wax. I personally wax mine with a mix of all temperature and graphite wax. You never know how the snow is going to ride for your first trip up.

1. Don’t store your gear, keep riding…

This is typically our favorite solution to storing snowboard gear, only store it until your next trip. Winter is over for most ski resorts in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are still plenty of spots on the globe. You could chase the snow and winter down to the Southern Hemisphere, go ride the summer camps in the Pacific Northwest or Woodward camps, or even head to the glaciers or indoor sites in Europe. Don’t let mother nature tell you winter is over. If you are willing to travel, it really has no end.

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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Cees Wille in Off the Cuff: Dachstein From Postland Theory

Check out Flow Snowboarding global ambassador Cees Wille in the latest edit Off the Cuff: Dachstein from our friends at Postland Theory. Wille has a smooth park edit from their trip to Austria to ride Dachstein. Kas Lemmens, Alex Tank, Jochen Greven and Jesse Augustinus make out the rest of the Postland Theory crew on this video.

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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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Flow Rituals: Mario Wanger In The Offseason

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Now that the snow is melting and most of the lifts have stopped spinning in the northern hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Mario Wanger to see what his #FlowRituals are now that summer is under way.

How was your winter season this year?

My winter 2014-15 was pretty good! The amount of snow could have been better though…

Any highlights or favorite trips or moments from this winter you want to talk about?

I went to Japan for the first time this season, over New Years. That was so insane. I have never seen so much snow and I never ridden such a fluffy pow before.

Where have you been riding the past few months as the season wound down?

I’ve been riding Sölden, Penken Park and Hintertux the last few days of the season. Riding in slushy parks is so much fun!

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Are the European glaciers holding up well for snow and summer snowboarding?

Yeah, it’s pretty good over here. You can actually ride till mid June, then they close till August or September. I guess in Switzerland, they are open the whole summer!

What are your plans for this summer? Are you chasing the snow or taking break?

I have to do a lot of work as a carpenter and maybe a little vacation. I gotta say, after a hard season of filming… I need a break anyway.

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What kind of activities do you do in the summer to stay fit and active? 

I’m a striker on a soccer team, a lot of workouts in the gym, skateboarding and climbing mountains.

Do you have any kind of diet you stick to in order to stay fit?

(*smiling) Haha… no I don’t have any diet, I eat everything and anytime i want to.

Do you have a workout that you maintain in the summer months to stay fit and active?

Yup. Doing hard exercises in the sport med gym with the trainers.

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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? Engage with us on social media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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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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6 Ski Resorts Left Open in Europe

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Don’t put your snowboarding gear away Europe, there are still 6 mountain resorts with lifts spinning and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know which ones they are. A couple of them have a closing date projected at July or not at all. Here is a list we compiled of what resorts are still open (as of 5/20) and their projected closing dates. Plan ahead. Some of these are closing this weekend.

6. Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun, Austria : Located at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn, the ski area Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun is one of Europe’s most famous. A real tourist magnet is the glacier ski area on an altitude of 9514 feet. One must-see sight is the time-honoured castle of Kaprun. Projected closing date for Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun is 5/25.

5. Breuil-Cervinia, Italy: Breuil-Cervinia is an alpine resort in the Valle d’Aosta region of northwest Italy. Breuil-Cervinia lies at 6,581 ft above sea level, at the foot of the Matterhorn, in a valley surrounded by high, glaciated mountains and the sheer rock face of the Jumeaux. It shares a ski area with Zermatt in Switzerland, connected through the Plateau Rosa glacier. Some of the runs are very long, the longest stretches 22 km from the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland down to Valtournenche in Italy. Currently only open weekends, the projected closing date for Breuil-Cervinia is 5/31.

4. Kaunertaler Gletscher, AustriaThe Kaunertaler Gletscher operates two ski regions: The Kaunertal glacier and Bergbahnen Fendels. Kaunertaler Gletscher is situated at the end of beautiful rough Kauner valley. Kaunertaler Gletscher is still receiving snow and has a reported base at 6.5 feet. The projected closing date for the Kaunertaler Gletscher at 6/7.

3. Zermatt, Switzerland: Zermatt is a car-free ski resort at the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. This attractive blend of Alpine village and sophisticated holiday destination boasts a varied offering, including a modern lift system, comfortable hotels, practical holiday apartments and friendly hosts. The skiing area stretches from 1,620 to 3,882m. Projected closing date for Zermatt is 5/31.

2. Hintertuxer Gletscher, AustriaThe Hintertuxer Gletscher common name for the glaciers of the Gefrorene-Wand-Kees and the nearby Riepenkees at the top of the Tuxertal both in a side valley of the Zillertal in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Both glaciers are accessed by gondola and chair lifts and is one of only two ski resorts in the world that typically offers 365 days of snowboarding. The peak of the resort hits 10,660 feet. As of now there is no projected closing date for the Hintertuxer Gletscher.

1. Stubaier Gletscher, Austria: The Stubaier Glacier is the name for a glacier ski area in Tyrol, Austria. The Stubaier Gletscher is Austria’s highest glacier ski resort. The resort itself is located at the center of the Stubaier Alps, north-east of the Stubaier Wildspitze. The snow is typically abundant at that high elevation year round that snowboarding and skiing is usually possible well into the summer. Projected closing date for Stubaier Gletscher is 7/3.

There are still 5 Ski Resorts still open with lifts spinning in North America. Click HERE to see the last 5 resorts open for the season in North America.

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? Engage with us on social media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Rituals: What Are Your Off-Season Rituals?

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what your Flow Rituals are.

During the winter all of us run to the hills to go snowboarding. But just because winter is winding down in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean your active lifestyle goes into hibernation. Active people crave active lifestyles. For some of us we chase the snow. We hit up the summer camps in the Pacific Northwest. Some of us find work or study in the southern hemisphere or Europe’s glacial resorts.

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GoPro Athlete Camp at LAAX Switzerland with Tim Humphreys

You have to see the latest edit from Flow Snowboarding Global Professional Tim Humphreys. It was filmed at the GoPro Athlete camp in Switzerland at LAAX Snowpark.

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Mario Wanger in TFA 2015 Teaser Edit

Flow Snowboarding global ambassador Mario Wanger is featured in this TFA mid-season trailer. At this moment, the film project is still currently unnamed and is expected to drop later this year through the help of Moreboards, Blue Tomato and other sponsors. This edit was pieced together by Julian Pintarelli & Daniel Diedrich with the help of Patrick Steiner photography.

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Philipp Kundratitz in The X: Sölden and QParks Trailer

Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Philipp Kundratitz was just filming with Sölden and QParks. Sölden and QParks are now known across the world as a great place to catch some big features at the end of every winter and their new feature The X does not disappoint. The park armada was tired of the same old massive kickers, so this year their aim was to find something more playful for the riders. The X is one big step up jump and two hips, but to an experienced rider, it was a playground for finding different combos, new approaches and transitions.

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