Julianne O’Neill Wintering In New Zealand

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Julianne O’Neill at Millford Sound, New Zealand Photo by Kevin O’Neill

 

Flow Snowboarding ambassador Julianne O’Neill and her husband Kevin decided to chase the winter south of the equator and spend our summer (their winter) down in New Zealand. We took the time to check in with O’Neill to see how the New Zealand came together, the FIS competitions she has been competing in, as well as her plans for the rest of the season, before returning home.

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Tomas Santa Maria Splitboarding in Chile

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Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Tomas Santa Maria down in Chile to see how his start to the winter has been. Even though there was a lot of anticipation for the winter with the existing El Niño, (similar to California this winter) a lot of the Chilean resorts are experiencing pretty dry conditions and have yet to run full operations. Lack of snow at the local resorts didn’t stop Santa Maria from searching for the snow.

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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.

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Flow Micron Sophia Capua 2014-2015 Season Edit

Check out 7 year old Flow Snowboarding Micron Sophia Capua’s 2014-2015 season edit. The video was shot at Loveland Ski Resort and Copper Mountain in Colorado. The music is David Guetta & Showtek – Bad ft. Vassy.

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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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Julianne O’Neill 2014-2015 Season Edit

Here is Flow Snowboarding Ambassador Julianne O’Neill in her winter 2014-2015 video edit from California & Colorado. The edit is a compilation of O’Neill park riding at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort, Mammoth Mountain Seven Springs Resort & Sierra at Tahoe. The video was edited to the music The Wolves by Ben Howard.

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For more on Julianne O’Neill, please check out the interview we did with here earlier in the year HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-joneill

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Flow Micron Sophia Capua Family Story

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The past few years Colorado’s Sophia Capua has been proving to the Flow Snowboarding family that it is never too early to get your little Flow Micron to kick into their snowboards. Now that this winter’s competitions are settling down, Flow had a chance to catch up with Sophia’s mother Pam Capua, to take a glimpse at the Capua Clan.

Where is home for the Capua Clan?

Aurora, CO

Are you guys originally from the Colorado area?

I am from California and my husband Trapper is from Hawaii. Sophia was born in England and Trapper Jr. (TJ) was born in Japan.

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Lydia Silber Takes 1st in USASA Halfpipe, Rail Jam & Slopestyle

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Flow Snowboarding team athlete Lydia Silber has been slaying it in Colorado taking three National titles in 2 days, winning gold in Halfpipe, Rail Jam & Slopestyle at the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain.

“It was such an amazing week,” said Lydia Silber. “When you want to reach a goal, a dream… anything… you must go work your butt off because it most surely will not get handed to you.”

“Every day before practice I thought of how cool it would be to get on top of that podium three times.” Lydia continued. “That encouraged me to go out that day and learn new tricks, have fun, and get to work. Also, that fact of knowing that 30 or so girls are coming from all around the U.S. to compete, really gets me motivated to work hard. I couldn’t have done it without the help from each wonderful individual at the Flow Snowboarding family. Everyone working at Flow made a huge impact on how I looked at my snowboarding!”

“It’s amazing,” said her father Jay Silber. “She won the halfpipe and rail jam on Monday. This was a 12 hour day of riding that didn’t end until 9 pm. Then won Slopestyle on Tuesday (after only getting 5 hours sleep) in the Breakers Girl Division at Nationals. She said at the beginning of the season that she was going to try to win all 3 this year. She worked her butt off 5 days a week this season and made it happen. We are very proud of her and the effort she put in to reach her goals.”

Lydia’s brother Freddy Silber also had a strong showing at the USASA event at Copper Mountain.

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“Freddy had a great season too,” Jay Silber added. “He had 4 top 3 finishes out of his 5 competitions and then he placed 16th out of 70+ riders in slopestyle this week at Nationals.”

Have you had a chance to read our interview with Jay Silber, Lydia and Freddy’s father yet? It is a great story about how snowboarding has now spanned three generations in the Silber family. We have all been become part of the snowboarding tribe for various reasons. We here at Flow Snowboarding want to hear your story? Engage with us on Social Media. Post the 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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