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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Flow Micron Sophia Capua 2014-2015 Season Edit

Check out 7 year old Flow Snowboarding Micron Sophia Capua’s 2014-2015 season edit. The video was shot at Loveland Ski Resort and Copper Mountain in Colorado. The music is David Guetta & Showtek – Bad ft. Vassy.

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3 Ski Resorts Still Open in North America

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…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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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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Tim Humphreys GoPro edit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Closing Day

Check out this GoPro​ video edit from Flow Snowboarding Global Professional Tim Humphreys​ from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows​ closing day. Humpy kicked into his Hylite Focus boots,  NX2 bindings, Era snowboard and GoPro and whipped up this cool edit of Squaw Alpine’s closer.

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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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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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