Area-241 Lake Tahoe, California. September 2012:
Mike Basich has reported a few flakes here and there nothing much but the progress on the chairlift at his 40 acre ranch on Donner Summit is going pretty good. A few glitches here and there but nothing that’s going to stop them. Concrete has been poured, towers have been put in and the job is getting done. Stay tuned about the progress and a chance to be there for opening day…
Flow Tailgate Alaska will return to Thompson Pass next season from March 29 – April 7, 2013 for its sixth straight year and flow Snowboarding is the Main Sponsor!
The event brings together dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow.
Participants access the mountains through helicopter services, snowmobiles, snowcats and by foot, while getting discounts on lodging, local amenities and terrain access. It’s no wonder Flow Tailgate Alaska has grown into one of the most popular wintersports events in the world.This year, due to high demand by professional athletes and media, The Tailgate AK Organization will limit the number of tickets available to the public to 150. According to event founder Mark Sullivan, “Our goal is to ensure deep, untracked powder for every participant. Limiting tickets will ensure fantastic snow conditions for everyone who makes it.”In addition to free snow science classes, an on-hand rescue crew, and a free daily beer garden, this season, each ticket includes a pair of limited-edition goggles built by Dye Snow with Flow Tailgate Alaska branding. “We are excited to work with Dye again to make a really high-end, functional goggle. Even better, every participant will get a pair.” Tickets for the event went on sale September 14th, and they have sold 68 tickets since.
Flow Tailgate Alaska also plays host to the Flow World Freeride Championship – which carries on the tradition of competition in pristine mountains and conditions, that ended in the 1990s. Set for April 1-2, 2013. Look for details soon.
If you choose to stay up on the pass during Tailgate Alaska, you might not get to take a shower until the next time you drive down into town. Here Jordan shows the tech how we took showers in our RV: take three parts cold water and mix one part boiling water into a bug/weed sprayer. Get in the pictured plastic tub in the actual shower of the RV and spray away. Shampoo and rinse…
Most days in AK you leave in the morning and don’t return till around 9:30ish. Here Basich and his boys just returned around 9:40 under the Full Moon with his newest Go-Pro Creation, Look for his newest edit to drop soon.
If you need ice up at basecamp you either drive into town or hop on your sled, go up to the glacier and grab a chunk of Ice. Break off a nugget and add to your Soda, Drink or what ever you need ice in. And yes it’s clean, the ice is over 10,000 years old!
In AK you need to have $120 USD to have a Heli drop you off at one of the millions of peaks around Flows Tailgate Alaska Basecamp or you hop on a Snowmachine take it up about 4000 vertical feet then climb up another 500-1000 more and when I say climb I mean climb! It’s literally a like you are climbing a step ladder up to a narrow scaffolding to grab a bag of money, you want it but you don’t want to die, man my hands are sweating just writing about it! A Bitter Sweet… but once atop the Peak you realize the near death experience was worth it!! Sometimes…
Once at the top hidden dangers exist every place around you, you really need to be on your A-Game. No effin around, Weather could come in, Avalanches could pop, dips could be Crevasses or example as we were walking to our drop in point one of our guys happened to step to the left of the trail and exposed a death hole. “TIAK” = This Is Alaska, that’s the saying around those parts, kinda like the saying “Murphy’s Law” anything that can go wrong will and can.
Coming down the mountain from another long but amazing day to TGAK Basecamp… priceless
Nights are fun in AK and you pretty much stay up late and get hungry so to suppress your late night munchies you get really creative. Here Jason Gretzinger makes himself a Smores Sandwich while Jordan coaches him, just as any kind hearted Merikan would do for his up to da north neighbor from Canada.
MORE TO COME SOON…
While at Flows Tailgate Alaska Sarka took a ride during Flows World Freeride Championships and she was OK.
This was our Vessel for the next Three weeks, a 36 foot RV with two slide outs and yes that’s a trailer behind it filled with wood pallets. Talk about sketchy drive, we had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us with this big rig.
This is what the inside looked like after we picked up our generators, tents, product and supplies. Asking for it…
When passing thru Glenellen on the way to Flows Tailgate Alaska it is a MUST to stop and get fireworks from Jon. Look for his set up behind the gas station, here ABA Heli Guide Badgr shows his stoke for his bag of goodies. God Belss Merika!!
Upon arrival it was an empty lot just waiting for RV’s, Snowmachines and Happy People
After a couple days Basecamp started to come together
This was where most our Team Riders stayed, an Alaknak Hunting Tent
Shin shows us the comforts of inside, yes it got cold but only when the fire went out… once a night, so dress warm. I suggest sleeping in your NXTZ Balaclava Look at how bundled up Nathalie Zenklusen and Atsushi Ishikawa are in their cots…
Then it was time to GO SNOWBOARDING! Look for the edit to drop soon!
When night came and the Beer Garden Shut Down we gathered around the Flow Campfire, usually the sun sets at 9:20 pm so it’s long days up in AK
The inside of the Flow tent was THE spot to chill in. In the mornings to grab a cup of FREE Ravens Brew Coffee, warm up, check e-mail, plan the day and meet up with other crews, discuss different zones and snow pack. Pictured here: Kevin Addy, Jason Gretzinger, Brooke, Bridget, Celia Miller, Sarka Pancochova, Kinger and Lago
And below is what we all Live for… Powder
More to come soon…
Flow Tailgate British Columbia Edit
Mike Basich teams with Black Sun productions to launch FREE area-241 iPHONE , iPAD and iPOD TOUCH APP
App Features a Unique Presentation with Innovative Content
San Anselmo, CA – (April 13, 2012) – Mike Basich has partnered with Black Sun Productions to launch a new free iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app for Area-241 that allows users to experience the world of legendary big mountain snowboarder and Do-It-Yourself master Mike Basich at his Area-241 and on the road. With over 20 years of snowboarding experience under his belt Mike has taken every opportunity to explore and reinvent what it means to live “off the grid”. His passion has lead him on a journey of a lifetime. This app brings you all the past and current Area-241 events, as well as photos, videos clips and stories of Mike’s Life.
“I am super stoked to see Area-241 come to life in a Mobile app” said Mike Basich, “I spend the majority of my screen time on my iPhone now-a-days and I am stoked to be able to showcase my latest projects and adventures as well as share my snowboard history and personal archives in this cool app.”
The Area-241 app features a What’s New section that highlights videos and pictures of Mike’s recent trips and events; videos of his numerous D.I.Y projects; a gallery of Mike’s famous Self Portraits, access to 241 Product and in Mike’s Zones you can see videos and pictures of Mike’s favorite resort, backcountry, snowmobile and Heli locations. The app also features video of Mike’s famous 120 feet Heli Drop in Alaska and the full version of “Open Space – the Untold Stories of Mike Basich” the award winning documentary of his career.
“Our goal was to build an app for Area-241 that would reflect Mike’s unique artistic style and vision. We additionally wanted to showcase his talent and the many contributions he has made to the snowboard community over the past 20 years” added Lisa Hudson, President of Black Sun Productions, “we hope you enjoy it”
The Area-241 app was developed by Black Sun Productions and will be updated regularly by Mike. The app is available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
To download the free Area-241 app click on this link
STORY THANKS TO… TWS
The WFC qualifiers were yesterday, under blue bird skies, pleasant temps, solid spectatorship and higher than preferred avy danger to keep it exciting. The Flow team STACKED the line up – 8 or 9 in total.
Stand out moments:
-Max Zipser and Mikey B’s line selection
-Max’s poised and fluid second run
-Scotty Lago’s HUGE method off the biggest cornice. In fact, in his two runs, Scotty landed 3 air and made only 1 run. Impossible? Nope, I swear, he straight lined Bro Bowl
-Nathalie’s runs. Her first was smooth as hell. Her second, umm, it was the same as Basich’s!
-Sarka Pancachova going only 3 feet shorted off Scotty’s same cornice. Then landing, then getting her feet swept out by an avalanche then standing up, then disappearing, then getting back to her feet, then joining the group with a freakin smile. The crowd screamed when she waved her hands that she was ok.
-Celia Miller stepping outside her comfort zone, staying on her feet, and riding with composure
-Jordan Nield had one squeaky run & then one where he did a method and pointed it down the face
-Shin Biyajima from Japan The crowd cheering for Shin – he’s the “new” legend
-Micah dominating, all in the name of Aaron Robinson and always with the most sincere appreciation towards Flow. He threw a back three off a huge cliff and a huge straight air off a 60 footer into 8th place getting him into the finals tomorrow via heli.
Words by Brooke Summers