Flow Snowboarding: Era Snowboard Giveaway

Flow Snowboarding Tim Humphreys Era Snowboard Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flow Snowboarding is Giving Away An Era Snowboard
SAN CLEMENTE, CA, January 13th, 2015- Flow Snowboarding

Flow Snowboarding is giving away an Era snowboard this month, with the winner being selected on January 31st. In order to enter the contest, please use the application located on Flow Snowboarding’s Facebook page or the links below. The Era snowboard is the board of choice for freestyle riders like Tim Humphreys, Drayden Gardner, Nathan Jacobson and Dru Williams. A true twin, true hybrid rocker for all things fun.

A classic already, the Era is an all-mountain dream board that handles freestyle to pow to groomers. Soft, responsive, agile and just plain fun; the Era is nothing short of perfect. A true twin shape with our I-Rock Hybrid rocker makes pressing a pleasure popping off hits has never been so fun. The sintered base will allow you to hold your speed and the 3-DT sidecut will be your wingman on any run. This is one of Flow’s best boards to date.

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Flow Snowboarding’s Jed Sky Featured in December’s Loon Mountain edit Loon EveryMonth


Rider: Jed Sky Photo: Greg Furey Resort: Waterville Valley Parks

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Jed Sky was featured in Loon Mountain’s December edit for their Loon EveryMonth series. Sky, along side Eugene Stancato, Dennis Filteau and others take to the parks for an all-out freestyle assault filmed December 2014.

Jed Sky also recently took 2nd place and best trick at the TransAm competition at Waterville Valley. Flow Snowboarding team athletes have been winning podium spots this season. Max Zipser placed 3rd in Line of the Year. Up in Tahoe, Flow athletes Drayden Gardner and Caleb Bonneville won 1st and 5th respectively at Boreal Mountain’s Volcom’s Peanut Butter & Rail Jam. Have you been heading to the resorts to check out the freestyle competitions Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Drayden Gardner Wins 1st in Volcom’s Peanut Butter & Rail Jam

Flow Snowboarding team athletes Drayden Gardner and Caleb Bonneville competed in Volcom’s Peanut Butter & Rail Jam that was held in Lake Tahoe at Boreal Mountain over this past weekend. The two Flow Microns landed 1st and 5th place respectively in the 15 and under group.

Over the course of 2015 Volcom’s Peanut Butter And Rail Jam (PBRJ) contest series will travel North America to find the very best in amateur snowboarding talent. The 15 year strong series will qualify the top 5 competitors in each of its four divisions to compete in the $15,000 PBRJ Global Championships at Mammoth Mountain on April 18, 2015. For their efforts, these competitors will ride for tons of prizes, cash, invites to the global event, and the prestige of top honors against their peers. This event encourages community involvement while promoting the incredible talent today’s youth possesses. During the PBRJ event, competitors are judged on the tricks they land, not on their bails, on three separate rail/box features. There are 4 divisions: 15 & Under, 16 – 21, Girls, and Open/AM that are sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.

The Peanut Butter And Rail Jam is one of three contest series that make up Volcom’s venerable ‘Let the Kids Ride Free’ (LTKRF) grassroots movement. Volcom’s LTKRF regional and global events are designed to enable the youth to gain contest experience, have a good time, win free prizes/cash, and showcase their talents at a local, national, and worldwide level.

Flow Snowboarding wants to remind you to congratulate Drayden Gardner and Calbe Bonneville for a great Volcom’s PBRJ. Send you congratulations to these tow via social media. Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social as well. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Top 10 Ski Resort Base Depths For 2015

Photo: Randy Villarba Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA (No where close to the top 10 for snow base depth)

Flow Snowboarding hopes you had a great holiday full of riding and good times with your loved ones. It is 2015! Where did the year go? A new year and there is a lot of snow, new resorts on our top 10 list, which means new resorts to discover this season. Here are the top 10 reported snow base depths for ski resorts in North America (as of 1/6/15).

10. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor starts our top ten and is reporting a 46″-74″ 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 

9. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-75″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.

Wild Mountain
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
(651) 465-6315
www.wildmountain.com

8. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley with 46″-75″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.

Sun Valley
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
(800) 786-8259
www.sunvalley.com 

7. Pomerelle Mountain
At five, Pomerelle Mountain in Idaho is reporting a base depth of 67″-75″ at resort level. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Base Lodge (located at 8,000 feet), is just a 12 mile drive from the community of Albion, Idaho. Catering specifically to families enjoying and learning to snowboard or ski, this southern Idaho resort features 24 expertly groomed slopes, 2 terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet serviced by 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and the 450’ Magic Carpet beginners lift. With an annual snowfall of 500”, it is usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open.

Pomerelle Mountain
961 E Howell Canyon Road
Albion, ID 83311
(208) 673-5599
www.pomerelle.com

6. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain just missed the top five, reporting a 40″-79″ 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

5. Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne gets the silver medal for snow base depths at 80″ at upper resort level. is a year-round mountain destination located within the Laurentian mountain chain about 40km northeast of Quebec City. The ski resort is known for providing guest with seven lifts, 2050 vertical feet of spectacular scenery, long groomed trails and family friendly activities. The ski area contains a wide mix of terrain that ranges beginner to advanced.

Mont Sainte Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré
Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0
Canada
+1.418.827.4561
www.mont-sainte-anne.com

4. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
At a base depth of 61″-84″ of snow up in Idaho, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Bronze. 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

3. Grand Targhee Resort
Sitting at second, Grand Targhee Resort is reporting 75″ – 86″ 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

2. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole gets a silver medal for North America ski resorts snow base, currently reporting a base depth of up to 27″-88″ 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 

1. Massif du Sud
Reporting a base of 98″-103″ the top ski resort for base dept in North America goes to Canada’s Massif du Sud. 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

Quebec vaulted two resorts to the top ten with Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne putting Canada on the map with an exclamation point. There is still plenty of winter left for other resorts to catch up, or even for these resorts to receive even better conditions.

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

Forbes Releases Top 10 Resorts in North America

Flow Snowboarding Tim Humphreys Mammoth Mountain

Flow team athlete Tim Humphreys riding Mammoth Mountain's Unbound Park

Flow Snowboarding wants to take a look at what Forbes recently released as what they considered to be the Top 10 resorts in North America. The resorts you would expect to be on this list made it, with a few pleasant surprises. Did your favorite resort make the list?

10. Mammoth Mountain, California 

9. Grand Targhee, Wyoming

8. Telluride, Colorado

7. Vail, Colorado

6. Revelstoke, Canada

5. Alyeska Resort, Alaska

4. Snowbird, Utah

3. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada 

2. Alta, Utah

1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

Do you agree with Forbes top ten list of ski resorts? The word “ski” being predominant as Alta makes the list yet again. As snowboarders, most of us have only heard about Alta from our planker counterparts or past lives as skiers. Alta sits there in the top three teasing us snowboarders every year. Eventually something has to be done about those snowboarderacists at Alta… right? Do you think that us snowboarders will ever get a chance to ride Alta? Flow Snowboarding wants to know what you think.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us.

You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s January Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Prodaptive Develops The Twinrider For Paraplegic Snowboarding

Early Prodaptive Twinrider models utilized Flow Snowboarding’s binding straps.

Prodaptive, which specializes in tools for adaptive extreme sports recently developed their Twinrider, for paraplegics. It is the world’s first sit-down snowboard rig that allows independent riding, a true board sports sideways stance and full control over snowboard performance in both carving and skidding turns on the hill. Prodaptive’s mission is to facilitate people in exploring and expanding their boundaries in snow sports. Prodaptive started developing adaptive snow sports gear two years ago. They work alongside universities, athletes, coaches and sports organizations in order to develop their technologies. Prodaptive also provides lessons and coaching in adaptive snowboarding.

The Twinrider is a sit down snowboard, beginner model and is easily tweakable to fit and balance many users. It is meant for the adaptive snowboard progression, from the very basics, to riding green and mellow blue runs. The handlebars are well suited for dual riding with an instructor. Early models utilized Flow Snowboarding bindings strap technology. See the video below for how the edge-to-edge weight transfer system works (video featuring an older prototype):

Prodaptive is a startup company, working very hard to bring Twinrider and this innovation to the market. Prodaptive founders love to ride, and are super stoked to have created this technology that allows even more people to join the sport of snowboarding.

“Our DNA is not just creation for- but very much creation by the people,” Prodaptive states on their website. “Twinrider was developed by a team of both able-bodied and people with a disability, sit-snowboarders and sit-skiers, instructors, adaptive coaches and engineering students.”

“We’re not a charity nor are we looking to be, we’re just looking to sell Twinrider rigs and spread the knowledge and skills through clinics and demos while making a sustainable living out of that. Additional profits will off course go to further R&D towards advanced/expert rigs for ParaSBX racing, freeriding and park.”

“Please support our efforts and spread the word. If you know of any adaptive program, snow school, or individual that would be interested in a free demo, a full day lesson/instructor training (at a small cost) or buying the Twinrider rig let them know about us!”


Have you or anyone you know been involved with disabled mountain sports on your local mountains? Many resorts run various programs in order to help keep snow sports accessible to everyone. What do you think of Prodaptive’s Twinrider? Let us know 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 Year End Base Depths

Photo: Randy Villarba Location: Secret Spot in CA

Everyone at Flow Snowboarding hopes you all had a great holiday full of snowboarding and powder hunting. The resorts have been getting pounded with a lot snow lately. Bring it on. Entering the end of the year (as of 12/29/14), here is a list of the top 10 resort base depths. Amazingly Mount Baker is still not in the mix. Let’s see if your resort made the top ten.

10. Whitefish Mountain Resort
Montana’s Whitefish Mountain Resort barely edged out Mount Baker into the top ten by reporting a base depth of 45″-67″ at resort level. Mountain Big Mountain towers above the resort town of Whitefish with views to the gorgeous Glacier National Park, Flathead Valley, and even the Canadian Rockies. The resort has over 3,000 acres and a vertical drop of 2,500 feet. There’s plenty of snow every winter, and high-speed quads move you around the aptly named mountain. Great tree skiing, too, and a friendly local vibe makes Big Mountain a great Montana destination..

Whitefish Mountain Resort
3808 Big Mountain Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937
(877) 754-3474
skiwhitefish.com

9. Pomerelle Mountain
Pomerelle Mountain in Idaho is reporting a base depth of 64″-71″ at resort level. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Base Lodge (located at 8,000 feet), is just a 12 mile drive from the community of Albion, Idaho. Catering specifically to families enjoying and learning to snowboard or ski, this southern Idaho resort features 24 expertly groomed slopes, 2 terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet serviced by 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and the 450’ Magic Carpet beginners lift. With an annual snowfall of 500”, it is usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open.

Pomerelle Mountain
961 E Howell Canyon Road
Albion, ID 83311
(208) 673-5599
www.pomerelle.com

8. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 21″-71″ 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

7. Trollhaugen
Trollhaugen in Dresser, Wisconsin is reporting 12″-72″ at the upper resort. Trollhaugen offers NASTAR (National Standard Race) events throughout the season. Trollhaugen was opened in 1950. It is one of the longest running snow sports resorts in the midwest. It began with one tow rope and three slopes. By 1956 Trollhaugen provided skiers with five tow ropes and six slopes. It also had a chalet to provide some hospitality. Trollhaugen also offers night riding, on 260 vertical feet, 90 skiable acres, with the longest run measuring 2500 feet. Terrain is accessed by 10 lifts; 7 tow ropes, 2 quad lifts and 1 dual lift.

Trollhaugen
2232 100th Ave
Dresser, Wisconsin
715.755.2955
http://www.trollhaugen.com 

6. Brundage Mountain Resort
Brundage Mountain Resort is reporting 50″-76″ at resort level. Brundage Mountain Resort is an alpine ski area in the western United States, located in west central Idaho in the Payette National Forest. Brundage first opened in November 1961 and is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of McCall, a twenty minute drive in average winter conditions The summit elevation of Brundage is 7,640 feet (2,330 m) above sea level, with an overall vertical drop of 1,800 feet (550 m). Five chairlifts serve the 1,500 acres (6.1 km) of primarily west-facing terrain, overlooking New Meadows, Adams County, and past the Snake River into eastern Oregon. Brundage also offers backcountry powder skiing on 19,000 acres (77 km) of terrain north of the lift-served ski area, serviced by snow cats.

Brundage Mountain Resort
3890 Goose Lake Road
McCall, Idaho 83638
(208) 634-4151
www.brundage.com 

5. Snowbird Ski Resort
Utah’s Snowbird Ski Resort is reporting a consistent base depth of 77″ at resort Snowbird Ski Resort is nestled in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forrest approximately one mile down the road form Alta Ski Resort. Snowbird is a powder lover’s dream with over five hundred inches falling annually. The resort boasts the longest ski season in Utah. Described by riders and skiers as an intermediate to advanced mountain, Snowbird contains a variety of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain. The resort contains steep bowls and chutes, tree glades, long groomed trails and night skiing. The resort is serviced by an aerial tram that grants access to an abundance of challenging diverse terrain.

Snowbird Ski Resort
9385 S. Snowbird Center Dr.
Snowbird, UT 84092-9000
(801) 933-2222
www.snowbird.com

4. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor is reporting a 50″-78″ 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. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain is reporting a 40″-79″ base as Silverton, Colorado breaks into the top ten ski resorts for powder. 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

2. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley sits at #2 with 46″-83″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres..

Sun Valley
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
(800) 786-8259
www.sunvalley.com 

1. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
Leading the pack at a base depth of 60″-84″ of snow up in Idaho, 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

Idaho’s Kelly Canyon Ski Resort has leapfrogged everyone in North America to lead the pack in resort base depth totals so far this winter. Idaho is looking pretty good for the powder hounds as #2 was Sun Valley, with Colorado’s Silverton Mountain rounding off the top 3. 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

Classic GoPro Mountain Yeti TV Commercial Featuring Flow’s Mike Basich

This one still makes us at Flow Snowboarding smile. Here is an old video from the archives of Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Mike Basich as the Mountain Yeti in last year’s GoPro television commercial. This was shot in the mystical land of Alaska and edited to Mariposa Venenosa by the musicians Coo Coo Birds.

We would love to see the kind of stuff our Flow Snowboarding family has been shooting 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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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.

Top 10 Resorts Snow Base Mid-December

Photo: Randy Villarba Location: Secret Spot in CA

Flow Snowboarding wants you to know what the resorts are working with as far as snow base depths. The midwest has recently been leading the charge into the winter with their totals. A series of storms are currently hitting North America, so these totals are bound to change over the next couple days. Entering the third week of December (as of 12/17/14), here is a list of 10 resorts that are currently leading the early season snow levels with their reported resort base depths. Let’s see if your home resort made the top ten.

10. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 52″ 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

9. Crystal Mountain
At #9 is Crystal Mountain, with a 36″-52″ snow base depth report. Crystal Mountain has plenty of pristine terrain on which to offer an unforgettable Michigan winter experience for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Ski and ride 50 downhill slopes, across 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails. Snowshoe over 80 acres of wooded valleys while capturing breathtaking overlooks around every bend.

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, Michigan 49683
888.976.5106
www.crystalmountain.com

8. Treetops Resort
Treetops Resort in Michigan is reporting a 54″ base at resort level. Treetops Resort’s high elevation, abundant snowfall and scenic beauty provide ideal conditions for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Located in northern Michigan, Treetops Resort offers some of the finest terrain in the Midwest, with 23 expertly groomed ski runs, perfect for the rider or skier of any ability. Family friendly is the name of the game at Treetops with all three lifts converging in one activity filled area.

Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, MI 49735
www.treetops.com

7. Grand Targhee Resort
Grand Targhee Resort is reporting 46″ – 54″ 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

6. Wild Mountain
At # 6 Wild Mountain is reporting a 12″-55″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.

Wild Mountain
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
(651) 465-6315
www.wildmountain.com

5. Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area
Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area is celebrating their 57th season in Harbor Springs, Michigan with a 55″ reported base depth. Nub’s Nob Hill offers 53 ski slopes and trails on 3 separate peaks. It is the only Midwestern ski area to be ranked among North America’s biggest and best ski resorts ever. The resort has a 427ft elevation drop with the base at 911ft with the top at 1338ft, with the longest run at 7/8 of a mile. Totaling 53 runs, including 12 runs on Pintail Peak, 9 experts only, 8 most difficult, 21 more difficult, 15 easiest, and three award winning terrain parks. Lifts access 248 acres of slopes with 9 chairlifts, one rope tow, and a handle tow: Three quads, four triples, two doubles, one rope tow and one handle tow (servicing the terrain park).

Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area
500 Nubs Nob Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.526.2131
www.nubsnob.com

4. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain is reporting a 60″ base as Silverton, Colorado breaks into the top ten ski resorts for powder. 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

3. Buck Hill
Buck Hill is currently reporting a 24″-60″ base depth. Buck Hill is celebrating their 60th anniversary. Located in the north central United States, in the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, a suburb south of Minneapolis. Buck Hill opened in 1954 and offers ski, snowboard, and tubing trails. Buck Hill faces east, overlooking the adjacent Interstate 35. The ski area is lighted for night skiing, and operates three chairlifts (2 quads, 1 triple) and multiple surface tows. The base area consists of a parking lot and a short strip of lodges. The ski runs use the east face of the physical hill, with the other sides occupied by residential housing, and a municipal water tower sharing the summit. The vertical drop of the ski area is a modest 262 feet (80 m).

Buck Hill
15400 Buck Hill Rd
Burnsville, Minnesota
952.435.7174
www.buckhill.com

2. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 26″-70″ 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

1. Trollhaugen
Still at #1, Trollhaugen in Dresser, Wisconsin is leading the pack in base depth, reporting 72″ at the upper resort. Trollhaugen offers NASTAR (National Standard Race) events throughout the season. Trollhaugen was opened in 1950. It is one of the longest running snow sports resorts in the midwest. It began with one tow rope and three slopes. By 1956 Trollhaugen provided skiers with five tow ropes and six slopes. It also had a chalet to provide some hospitality. Trollhaugen also offers night riding, on 260 vertical feet, 90 skiable acres, with the longest run measuring 2500 feet. Terrain is accessed by 10 lifts; 7 tow ropes, 2 quad lifts and 1 dual lift.

Trollhaugen
2232 100th Ave
Dresser, Wisconsin
715.755.2955
http://www.trollhaugen.com

Wisconsin’s Trollhaugen, North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain & Minnesota’s Buck Hill are in the lead as far as the top early season bases being reported. If any of you are at these resorts in the top ten, we would love to see the real thing. 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.