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We’re over Throwbacks, its time to toss it back to this video of Shin destroying some Alaska lines.

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Flow’s Mike Basich tests out the new FollowCopter. The footage is insane!

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Flow Snowboarding Rider Profile Mike Basich
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.”
Flow Snowboarding Rider Profile Mike Basich Snowboarder

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

Connect with Mike:
Twitter: @area241
Instagram: @mikebasich
Facebook: mikeybasich

Connect with Flow:
www.facebook.com/flow
www.instagram.com/flowsnowboardn
www.twitter.com/flowsnowboardn

-Come join us at Flow!

www.flow.com

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CHAIRLIFT CHRONICLES from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.

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FLOW IN AK…

September 3, 2013

FLOW TEAM IN AK from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.

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BIANCOGRAT – Piz Bianco 3995m

WORDS AND PICS BY MAX ZIPSER

As this winter seems to be never-ending, why should we stop riding?

Conditions for high alpine peaks turned to be good later than normal this year, meaning we still found great snow in the past hiking missions. Since I have seen the famous “Biancograt” the first time from Pontresina I wanted to get up there and ride this insane spine all the way down.

Dani and me drove to Pontresina, the starting point of the tour. We hiked up to the Tschierva hut, which was still closed because of the unusual snow level and slept in the “winterraum”. Early in the morning we started hiking – 2 houres we skinned up to Fuorcla Prievlusa where the real climb starts. Soon we noticed that it`s gonna be super hard to make it to the summit in time, as conditions in this mixed terrain were more difficult than expected. I`ve done quite a lot alpine stuff already, but most of the time we didn`t use a rope, as the goal always is to ride down as well.  The idea is that as long as we feel comfortable hiking, it should be possible to ride! Easy, isn`t it?

 

 

Finally Dani and I had to make the desicion to turn round. That`s never easy, but necessary if you wanna stay safe.
A week later conditions seemed to be better, so I gave it another try. This time together with Alex we started in direction to Switzerland. Already knowing the path and what we gonna need considering “climbing hardware” we reached the Tschierva hut and could enjoy an epic sunset up there.

 

2:30 a.m the next day we woke up and skinned again up to the ridge close to where Dani and I had to turn round the last time. The snow in this mixed terrain was much better settled and we climbed fast with some “Tibloc” fixations through the rocks. On the top we had to rappel to finally reach the Biancograt, which leads for another 500 vertical metres to the summit of Piz Bianco (3995m). This hike on that spine is for sure something special and quite exposed all the way. About 1000m + drop to both sides - rocky and steep.

Exhausted but knowing the reason for our hike just starts now, I droped into the sunny side of the spine. All the snow below my edge went down to the glacier and we could hear it like an avalanche passing the serac. Attention was required, but as soon I got used to the riding it turned to be super fun riding that insane spine…

Further down we had to climb up again a few metres in order to reach the north side of the ridge, where we had again to rappel for like 4x40m. Back there we could ride till the hut and finally hiked down to our bicycles.

A great adventure, a wunderfull mountain and positive vibes will stay in my mind!

 

 

MORE ON MAX HERE:  http://maxzipser.blogspot.com/

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SHIN IN WYDAHO…

April 30, 2013

Shin Biyajima in the Jackson Backcountry from Flow Snowboarding on Vimeo.

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

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Chillan, Splitboards, Powder & road sodas from tsantam on Vimeo.

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