Storing Your Snowboarding Gear In the Off-Season

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For most of us the snow has melted at your local mountains and you are well into your offseason routine or Flow Rituals. If you are not planning on hitting any of the summer camps or chasing the snow up in the Pacific Northwest, Southern Hemisphere or Europe than you need to make sure you store your gear properly so it will be nice and ready come the next winter season. Flow Snowboarding wanted to give you a few tips to make sure your gear is nice and ready for when the lifts start to spin again.

5. Store your gear in a snowboard bag

Storing your snowboard, boots and bindings in a bag will certainly prolong the life of your gear and keep it well organized for when the resorts open. Flow does offer a few luggage and bag options to keep all your gear consolidated in a larger size travel bag.

4. Make sure your gear is dry before you bag it up.

It seems like a no-brainer but we have seen the effects of what happens when you throw your board into a boardbag without drying it first. The snow melts, the rails or metal on your bindings sit in a puddle you didn’t even know was there. You become well aware when you see the rusty edges of your board or other water damage to your bindings or boots. Try to make sure all your gear is dry before bagging it up.

3. Try not to store it in a too hot of a location.

We realize that space is an issue and you may not be able to control where you keep your snowboarding gear, but try to avoid storage spots with increasingly high temperatures. This can cause your board to dry out over the hot summer, especially the base.

2. Wax your board before you store it.

Everyone knows to wax their board before going up the hill, but waxing it before placing it in storage is a great way to make sure you base and board don’t dry up when you store it in the offseason. One thing to keep in mind, is waxing it with an early season wax. I personally wax mine with a mix of all temperature and graphite wax. You never know how the snow is going to ride for your first trip up.

1. Don’t store your gear, keep riding…

This is typically our favorite solution to storing snowboard gear, only store it until your next trip. Winter is over for most ski resorts in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are still plenty of spots on the globe. You could chase the snow and winter down to the Southern Hemisphere, go ride the summer camps in the Pacific Northwest or Woodward camps, or even head to the glaciers or indoor sites in Europe. Don’t let mother nature tell you winter is over. If you are willing to travel, it really has no end.

What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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3 Ski Resorts Still Open in North America

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…and then there were only three. Yes, it’s already June but there are 3 ski resorts still open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know where you can still take a lift to make some turns before it is officially summer. Don’t store your snowboarding gear just yet. Why not take one more road trip? Two of these resorts are rallying past their original projected closing date while the last one will remain open for a couple more weeks due to some late May powder storms.

3. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge was 5/25 but their lifts are still spinning in June.

2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 6/7.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/14.

Are you over in Europe? Check out 6 resorts with lifts spinning in the EU HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-6resorts

What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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Last 5 Ski Resorts Open In North America

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…and then there were only five. There are only 5 ski resorts left open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know which ones they are so you can run to the hills one last time before summer. Here is a list we compiled of what resorts are still open (as of 5/19) and their projected closing dates. Plan ahead. Some of these are closing this weekend.

5. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, CaliforniaMammoth Mountain Ski Area is the highest resort summit elevation in the state of California at a height of 11,053ft. Located in the southwest corner of the volcanic Long Valley Caldera on the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The resort is home to modern facilities and excellent terrain options. The mountain has a variety of expansive bowls, tree skiing, wide open groomers, steep chutes and world-class terrain parks. Projected closing date for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is 5/25.

4. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge is 5/25.

3. Killington Resort, VermontKillington Resort is located in Southern Vermont within the Green Mountains. Heralded as one of the East’s best mountain resort destinations, Killington is home to an extensive trail system that spans six mountains. Killington’s terrain is extremely diverse, ranging from gentle groomers, learning areas to steep mogul runs and gladed trails, as well as some of the best terrain parks in the northeast. Projected closing date for Killington Resort is 5/31.

2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 6/7.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/21.

Still a few more weeks of resort snowboarding left here in North America. Why not get one more trip up the mountain before you throw your gear into hibernation and storage? If you need some tips for planning a trip, check out our Flow Snowboarding 201 blog: HERE. We here at Flow want to see your spring riding photos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Top 10 Ski Resort Snow Base Depths February Week IV

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It is the last week in February and Flow Snowboarding is keeping you aware of where the snow is still falling in North America. Here are the top 10 ski resort and mountain snow base totals entering week 4 of February. Can any of the US resorts knock Canada off the top spot? Here are the resorts that are reporting their snow depths as of (2-25-15).
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7 Questions with Flow Jed Sky

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“I had been wanting to film street rails all winter. So when Drayden Gardner asked me to go up to Canada, it was a no brainer. Canada is driving distance from me. I’ve always wanted to go and it was a great opportunity to log some clips.” – Jed Sky

How long were you and Drayden out in Canada?

I was in Canada for about a week. Drayden stayed longer. For about two weeks, I think.

Where did you guys go?

We stayed in Trois Riviere, in English it’s Three Rivers. It is about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. We hit spots in all three cities, as well as some other locations in Quebec.

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What spots did you hit up?

We hit everything from down rails, to close outs, to wall rides. It was so sick!

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Who were you out there filming with?

Drayden and I stayed with Tim Bouvette, who lives in Three Rivers. He snowboards and films really well and was down to shoot everyday. If it wasn’t for him, this trip wouldn’t have been possible. There was also Simon Martel, another Three River local who shreds, along with another three or four French-Canadian snowboarders.

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Best day riding out there?

That’s so tough! It’s a close one. One of my favorite days was hitting a close out Montreal because it was a sick spot that everybody got clips on. My other favorite day could’ve been in Quebec City; we hit a rail and got good clips, then went to dinner at an awesome fast food place. After all the hard work of getting the clip that day, it was so rewarding to relax, eat greasy and warm food in a beautiful city.

Where are you headed now?

Right now I’m in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the third stop of the Revolution Tour.

Any events, filming coming up you’d like to mention?

I actually don’t have any events or trips planned until the spring! Just going to be cruising in New Hampshire trying to get as many clips as I can with my friends!

You can also read about the Canada trip through Drayden Gardner’s eyes and watch the video clip from their trip, 7 Questions with Drayden Gardner on Canada: HERE

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Top 10 Ski Resort Snow Base Depth February Week II

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It is the second week in February and Flow Snowboarding wants you to know where to head if you looking for snow in North America. Here are the top 10 ski resort and mountain snow base totals entering week 2 of February. Will the US or Canada be on top this week? Here are the resorts that are reporting their snow depths as of (2-10-15).

10. Cataloochee Ski Area 
Starting the top 10 we gave 85″ of snow base depth at Cataloochee Ski Area, located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has eighteen ski slopes and trails. Approximately 44% of the slopes are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. With a top elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m), Cataloochee has a maximum vertical drop of 740 feet (230 m). The slopes are accessed by three chair lifts and two carpet lifts. Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on machine made snow for its slopes.

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828.926.0285
www.cataloochee.com 

9. Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain is sitting at 88″ resort base depth. As the Great Northern Catskills’ premier winter destination, Hunter Mountain maintains renowned terrain, award-winning learning facilities and luxury mountainside accommodations.  With high-efficiency snowmaking on 100% of its trails, an entire dedicated learning area perfect for beginners and families alike, the expert terrain of Hunter West and Empire Terrain park, Hunter has something for everyone.  Hunter Mountain, has got skiers and snowboarders covered

Hunter Mountain
64 Klein Avenue
Hunter, NY 12442
518.263.4223
www.huntermtn.com

8. Grand Targhee Resort
At #8 is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 81″ – 88″ 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

7. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 90″ 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

6. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke Mountain resort is at six, reporting a 93″ base. At Revelstoke Mountain Resort, you can find runs that other people have to take helicopters to ski: It has the greatest vertical drop in North America,at 5,620 feet and their longest run is a mild-blowing 9.5 miles, dropping from the top of Mount Mackenzie to an ever-growing base village. Revelstoke Mountain Resort provides 3,121 acres of skiable terrain spread out over gladed terrain, high alpine bowls, fall line skiing and great groomed terrain.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort
2950 Camozzi Road
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1, Canada
+1 250-814-0087
www.revelstokemountainresort.com

5. Whitewater Ski Resort
Sitting at #5, Whitewater Ski Area has reported a snow base depth of “93. Located just outside Nelson BC, on BC’s famous Powder Highway, Whitewater Ski Resort is renowned for receiving over 12 meters / 40 feet of light, dry, powder snow every season. With its legendary deep powder and endless terrain, Whitewater Ski Resort is attracting attention from across Canada and around the world from those searching for an epic BC winter ski vacation. Over 623 metres / 2044 feet of steeps, deeps, chutes, bowls, and glades are all there, beneath the ski resort’s majestic Ymir Peak.

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#1 Whitewater Ski Hill Road
Nelson, British Columbia V1L 5P7, Canada
+1.250.354.4944
www.skiwhitewater.com

4. Mount Bachelor
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is approaching the top 3 resorts, reporting a 98″ 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. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort sounds off at #3 with a 100″ 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

2. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
Reporting a base depth as high as 102″ of snow, Idaho’s Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Silver medal for resort bases this week. 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

1. Massif du Sud
At the top of the list is Massif du Sud is reports a base of 161″ – 167″ of snow at resort level. 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

The snow totals in Quebec, Canada are off the chart. Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne are sandwiching Kelly Canyon Ski Area for the top 3 resort base depths for week 2 in January. There is still plenty of winter left, it will be interesting to see how the resort totals continue to stack up.

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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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