Check out Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Sarka Pancochova killing it in her 2013-14 full video edit. Are you stoked for the 2014-15 winter? We at Flow certainly are. Where are you planning on starting your winter season. Winter is here. Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding
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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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.
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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“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?
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.
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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, boots, bindings 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
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.
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
Is all your snowboarding gear still in working shape? Do you need an upgrade on your bindings, boots or snowboard? Maybe a board bag or luggage to transport all your gear? Of course Flow Snowboarding has you covered. Check out our online shop, now offering free shipping for orders over $100.
Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding and share your photos via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and do not forget to tag us at Flow. Who knows… you might win out Photo of the Week contest.
Eager to get day one on-snow in the books, Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Dru Williams was hiking the hills in Utah, homemade jib in hand. Check out this quick video edit here. You can read up more about Dru Williams by reading our last profile piece on him.
Have any of you had a chance to shred the past week’s storms? Have you made the trek up to your local resorts? Flow Snowboarding wants to see you snowboarding photos. Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and do not forget to tag us at Flow. Who knows… you might win out Photo of the Week contest.
Have you had a chance to check out the interview Snowboard Magazine did with Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director Dale Rehberg? Rehberg discusses quiver filling, the new Darwin powder snowboard and Darwin Theory.
“Right now I’m riding a Flow Darwin board,” said Rehberg. “Which is a powder specific, niche board and I love it. It’s kind of a collaboration between myself and Mike Basich and it worked really well today.”
Are you ready for the powder season? Where do you ride on a powder day? We want to see your photos! Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.
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There are multiple resorts open in North America now. We are only waiting on mother nature to rise the stoke factor up a few notches. Have you had a chance to head up to any of the open ski resorts yet? What resorts? We want to see your photos! Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.
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With deep sadness we share the news that our dear friend Chris Brunkhart has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to his liver. For anyone who snowboarded in the mid and late 90s, especially in the Pacific Northwest, Brunkhart’s name is synonymous with the artistic, austere, and evocative approach he brought to snowboard photography. Brunkhart’s powerful images helped inform who we were and how we thought of ourselves as individuals finding our way in the world, and indeed they continue to take our breath away.
A couple years ago Flow Snowboarding was invited to take part in Snowboarder Magazine’s Battle of the Brands. Flow decided to collaborate this event with the one and only legend snowboard film and photographer Chris Brunkhart. Brunkhart filmed this great edit with his trusty old 16 mm camera and captured the essence of riding without the overly-hyper, perfectly tuned HD that we are so accustomed to today.
“Chris is a master of emotion and we were so thankful to have him be part of this project,” said Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director, Dale Rehberg. “Along with Brunkhart, Flow was also blessed with the presence of OG riders Matt Donahue and Wes Makepeace who put together a one off rendition of Highwaymen, that was recorded on the spot. True legends making great things happen in the name of snowboarding.”
Two years later it is up to all of us to help out Chris Brunkhart. Brunkhart was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, that has now spread to his liver. He is in need of financial support to cover the integrative and alternative treatments he is pursuing, in addition to the intense chemotherapy he has already begun. Your support will also help offset the very deep financial drain that Brunkhart, his partner and his mom now face, as they become full time patient and caregivers.
Please stand in solidarity with Chris Brunkhart and his family. Rally your friends and all you know and give a little (or a lot) to a friend in need, to aid in his battle for survival.
In an update on Chris Brunkhart’s condition, the GoFundMe.com/chrisbrunkhart had this to say:
“Chris went in for his third chemo treatment yesterday. He has been feeling great, seeing a few lucky friends, and having fun working on a secret project for the November 14 benefit coming up next Friday at Nemo Design in Portland. If you’re in town on Friday 11/14, please join us at Nemo from 7-11pm for a benefit event in support of Chris. Every cent of every dollar raised will go directly to Chris and help him in his fight.
Up for silent auction will be 50+ pieces of artwork/prints from an amazing roster of artists and photographers (including many of you – thank you!) along with 36 limited edition prints signed and numbered by Chris. We’ll have one-of-a-kind snowboard memorabilia; product packages from Vans, Volcom, Mervin, iNi, DaKine, Nixon, Mizu and more arriving daily; plus full season passes from both Meadows and Timberline and some very special surprises to be announced next week.
And if you’re SoCal based, please save the date for our second benefit event, Thursday November 20th at the Boathouse Collective, from 5pm-11:30. More details to follow shortly!
In the meantime, please keep an eye on the Instagram feed @psfuckcancer and please continue to spread the word using #helpbrunkhart. Chris sees your posts and reads your messages and they are making a difference daily – please keep them coming!”
We are each just one devastating diagnosis away from the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that Chris is now up against. Our collective efforts can truly make a difference and help lift and carry Chris through this scary time. By making a donation you’ll also be added to an email list so you can stay up to date on events and benefits coming up in Portland, San Diego and NYC.
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