Summer Snowboarding: Cure for the Summertime Blues (Europe)


Snow Sliding Across the Pond in Europe

In our last Flow Snowboarding FLOG, we took a look at the Summer Snowboarding options for North America. If you’re a boarder and a baller… why not head across the pond to Europe for some summer sliding? This FLOG we’ll take a look at a few snowboarding options in France, Sweden and Switzerland. Les 2 Alpes, Riksgränsen and Eskimos Sports Freestyle Camp each offer a unique opportunity to keep your snow season continuing through the summer months.

Les 2 Alpes, Wild Summer Camps Isère, France

The French ski resort Les 2 Alpes is situated 44 miles south of Grenoble in Isère. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Europe’s second oldest resort behind Chamonix. Les 2 Alpes has one of the best reputations for being one of the greatest places for summer riding. Ride at elevation 9,186 ft up to 11,811 ft on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers high above the resort. Each summer they host their Wild Summer Camps, with excellent training facilities and many outstanding, specially adapted programs for experts and beginners alike.

For more information on Les 2 Alpes, please visit:
www.2alpes-snowpark.com

Riksgränsen, Sweden

Riksgränsen ski resort rests 186 miles to the north of the Arctic Circle, making it Sweden’s northernmost ski resort. Its latitude gives the resort 24 hours of daylight in the summer, which means that it’s possible to ride under the midnight sun. Thanks to this year’s snowfall, Riksgränsen will be ending this year’s skiing season with skiing under the midnight sun, a midsummer buffet in Restaurant Lapplandia, and an après-ski and night club in bar Grönan and traditional Swedish dancing around the the maypole in your boots. If you can, get to Sweden ASAP. These events kick off June 19-22nd.

For more information on Rikgransen, please visit:
www.riksgransen.se

Eskimos Sports, Freestyle Camps Zermatt, Switzerland

Want to ride Switzerland in July or August? If you have it in your budget, why not hop a jet plane to Zermatt, Switzerland? Eskimos Sports holds their Freestyle Camps over the summer, sliding on park and pipe on the Allalin glacier ski area. Their snow park in Saas-Fee will make you forget that it’s actually summer. All of Eskimos Sports’ coaches are professional riders and solid snowboarding and freestyle teachers. They promise a measurable improvement in ability within a week’s time. Grabbing air with style and endless rails to jib. The riders at Eskimos Sports look to inspire one another in order to push the limit and dial in new tricks.

For more information on Eskimo Sport, please visit:
www.freestylecamps.ch
www.eskimos.ch

While most Americans backpack through Europe and see the tourist sights in the Summer… why not be in the minority walking the planet and pack up your board, boots and bindings and head to the slopes less ridden by us Yankees? If you can’t afford to, don’t worry… neither can I. But a man can dream. One day we will get to Europe to ride.

As we all pine for winter on the top of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere is primed for a great season. We will take a look at a few Southern Hemisphere hot spots in our next Flog. Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Definition: Snowboarding – A Feature Film From Matt Devino

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Remember when half pipes looked like this? Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Tim Humphreys hand planting in an old school half pipe

Are you excited for Definition: Snowboarding, the upcoming feature length documentary film from filmmaker Matt Devino?

We here at FlowSnowboarding are backing this flick. You’ll see a few of our friends from Flow like Scotty Lago and Tim Humphreys.

DEFINITION: SNOWBOARDING. This is a documentary film project exploring the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it. They would like to invite the entire industry to be a part of this exploration, and to help show the world just how amazing snowboarding truly is.

“I’m really excited to have the backing of Flow for the project,” said Matt Devino “They have an amazing team and everyone at the company loves snowboarding, which is what this film is really all about. The film is sure to be even better with their support.”

“Matt Devino is reaching out and making a difference,” said Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboards. “Gotta love the passion… it’s all about expression!”

Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015. Here’s the teaser trailer below. So looking forward to this film.

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
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Flow Snowboarding is stoked for this film. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.

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Flow’s Jay Gretzinger Video From British Columbia

Check out Jason Gretzinger’s Video edit from three powder covered areas in British Columbia: Revelstoke, Whistler and Nelson.

Revelstoke:

“No where else was really getting snow in BC but Revy had ‘chest’ deep blower.” – Gretzinger

Riders: David Craig, Phillip Mossenger, Wiley Tesseoc and Jason Gretziner.

Whistler, BC

“We stayed in a cabin for 2 nights called The Zen Zone. We had wicked conditions and good snow.” – Gretzinger

Riders: Jay Gretzinger, David Craig (Sled)

Nelson, BC (Gretzinger’s Home)

“Chance Jensen and Charlie Dale were like kids in a candy shop because the terrain of pillows and tree riding isn’t really there in the Alberta Rockies.” -Gretzinger

A special thank you to all the sponsors who made this possible. FlowSnowboarding, 686, Dakine, Spy, Populess Clothing, Fall4Films, Nuulife Cinema and Freeride Boardshop.

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Summer Snowboarding: The Cure For The Summertime Blues (North America)

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You have noticed the next set of storms are coming in but the temperatures are a lot warmer than you would prefer. The chairs have stopped spinning quite a bit ago at your local resort and the corn snow has all but melted away. Before you pack your Flow Snowboarding gear into hibernation for the summer, there are still a few places you can still take a road trip to slide down the snow. Flow takes a look at some of the more popular destinations for us snowboarding refugees, still looking to extend their riding season a little bit longer or even dial in a few more tricks into the bag in the off season. Whistler BlackcombMount Hood, and the Woodward Camps are excellent summer snowboarding camp options if you want to stay in North America to snowboard.

Whistler Blackcomb: North of the Border, Up Canada Way

Whistler Blackcomb will be operating their popular Summer Glacier Camps from June 21- June 27th. Whistler Blackcomb’s Summer Glacier has olympic-sized half-pipes, mogul lanes, terrain park features and multiple camps to choose from. www.whistlerblackcomb.com

  • The Camp of Champions summer snowboard/ski camp is home to the world’s largest private terrain park designed and maintained by Arena Snowparks, the leading terrain park design company with parks featured at world class events, including the Olympics, and ski resorts globally.
    www.campofchampions.com

Mt. Hood: Everybody Gets Better Here Mount Hood, Oregon

If Canada is too far to slide down snow for you, Mount Hood is always a popular destination for snow addicted riders. Flow Snowboarding team riders Tim Humphreys and Nathan Jacobson spend a lot of time at Mount Hood during . The Palmer Glacier has been home to Ski & Snowboard camps for over 35 years. Mount Hood offers on-snow training in snowboard freeride and terrain park and racing. Mount Hood’s motto is: “Everybody gets better here.”
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The Woodward Way: Woodward Camps

Woodward is designed as an action sports training ground. Woodward camps strive to provide the absolute best facilities in the world, which attract campers and the top pros from around the globe each and every summer and winter. There are three Woodward locations across the US that specialize in off season winter training.

  • At Woodward Copper, you can ride Copper Mountain, CO’s summer version of the Central terrain park in the morning, session the Barn in the afternoon and evening. Those in the know are well aware that Coppper Mountain recieved over 350″ of snow this season. They are breaking out the 13′ pipe cutter to create 13′ quarter pipes and halfpipes this summer.
    www.woodwardatcopper.com
  • Woodward Tahoe located in Truckee, CA is a park riders dream. The terrain park, pipe, full jump-line and multiple jibs lines are all lift accessed. Camps start June 15th and are scheduled through August 9th.
    www.woodwardtahoe.com
  • Camp Woodward in Woodward, PA gives the East Coasters a place for off season winter training. This program uses Woodward’s extensive facilities to improve aerial awareness, balance, flexibility, and strength in a unique dryland environment. Camp Woodward has helped train members of the U.S. National Snowboard team and the USASA.
    www.campwoodward.com

Don’t put your gear in storage, there’s snowboarding to do. What summer snowboarding trips are you now planning for? Feel free to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

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Flow Snowboarding: Sarka Pancochova’s Summer Schedule

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We here at Flow sat down with Olympic snowboarder Sarka Pancochova to discuss her lifestyle during the summer months, breaking down what she does to stay fit and refreshed for when the snow starts flying again.

During the summer season, it’s hard to find snow. What are some things that you do to keep yourself fresh and having fun when you can’t snowboard?

My season is usually so hectic that as soon as the summer hits I need to get some sun and go to the beach for while. So I started surfing a lot and also Rock Climbing. I like spending my time outside when the weather is nice. Also I try to do yoga in the morning, everyday. It keeps me going after all the activities during the day. When it’s not nice, I go to CrossFit for my leg workout.

Do you have any training programs or exercises that you do to keep your body fit for snowboarding?

I do a lot of compensation exercises with bosu ball and gym balls and lot of balance exercises to keep me knees strong. I don’t have any scheduled program but I try to do something everyday to keep myself as fit as possible during the off season.

You have been practicing Yoga for a while now. How does Yoga help your snowboarding and your fitness?

Yoga is lot of balancing and also it’s kind of a moving meditation. So it helps me to empty my mind when I need it most… during the contest. By practicing my mind I can perform better. On a higher level.

What are things that you do to keep your mind fresh and excited about snowboarding during the off season?

As I said yoga mostly, and also I visualize my new tricks so I can feel better when I decide to try them on snow. Because I know how to do them in my head.

Do you do any surfing? If so, what are your favorite spots/locations to go?

I went to only few places and I liked Puerto Rico a lot and Nicaragua was pretty awesome.

Is there anything else that you do during the off season?

I drink a lot of beer and wine and enjoy myself. Haha…

What do you do to stay active and fit during summer? Connect with Sarka Pancochova and the rest of us at Flow Snowboarding on social media to find out what we riders do to stay active, fit and happy during the summer.


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Flow Snowboarding: Throwback to Shin Biyahima in Wydaho

Here is a great throwback to Flow International Team Rider from Japan, Shin Biyajima as he made a stop in “Wydaho” (the boarder of Wyoming & Idaho) to check out the backcountry scene & Ryan Van Lanen filmed a few shots.

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Digital Marketing Assistant needed to work with FLOW Snowboards in Southern California

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May 8, 2014 //  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – HIRING: Writer/Social Media Manager needed with some knowledge of the Snowboard industry. A Digital Marketing Agency that works with Flow Snowboards is looking for an online marketing assistant, with an emphasis in writing and community building. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing daily editorial, daily social media posts, newsletters, and public relations. Story-telling is a key part of the job, together with the ability to combine words and imagery into a compelling narrative. Continue reading

Flow Snowboarding: Top 5 Snowboarding Movies

It is impossible to be on the mountain 24/7. That is why there is Snowboarding Movies to keep us from going crazy in between sessions. Snowboard movies can serve a magnitude of purposes. They can pump us up before a session, entertain us during downtime, make us wish it was Winter during Summer, as well as many other things. Flow has compiled our own list of the Top 5 Must Watch Snowboarding Movies. They’re in no particular order, just our Top 5.  Continue reading

Flow Snowboarding Rider Profile: Mike Basich

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Mike Basich is as rugged as they come. He is a modern day mountain man. He can update his Instagram while in remote Alaskan Backcountry. All he needs is the bare essentials; his Flow Snowboarding gear, an avalanche kit, and a GoPro. While most of us are dreaming of these adventures, Mike Basich is living it.

BackCountry Exploration

Favorite thing about Backcountry

“Quiet, No tracks, and nobody telling you where to go!”

How has GoPro changed the way you share your snowboarding?

“GoPro has saved my back, I used to haul around a 40 lb backpack, now my pack doesn’t even know there is a camera in it. That’s for sure one of the best parts. Quality with it has been great too in such a small package. I ride with the camera more, I used to set up things a lot on a tripod.”

Snowboard Projects

What can we expect from Mike Basic This year and your Storm Chasers Project?

“For sure working more and more this year to chase the storms. I’ve been building a new rig on a trailer that I am excited to head to Alaska with this spring.”

What other things can we expect?

“Working on getting more creative with filming, been racing as well with what’s left of winter, such a late start. I’m excited to get some deep days in.”
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10 Words With Mike Basich

Backcountry – Please
GoPro – Get-R-Done
Alaska – Springing for Spring
Snowboarding – Sideways
Pow – Dreamy
Flow Snowboarding – Homies
Area 241 – quietrush
Yeti – Playin
Dog – Partner in Crime
Life – Loving it

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