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).

10. Beech Mountain
Beech Mountain starts our top 10 in tenth with 82″ of snow at resort level. As the highest resort in Eastern America, Beech Mountain Resort is home to some of the finest snowboarding and snow skiing in North Carolina. The resort offers both day and night snow skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating; nine runs on the front side of the mountain and double-sided runs on the mountain’s backside. Snowboarders enjoy the region’s premier terrain parks where features are changed on a regular basis. The Powder Bowl Terrain Park is for intermediate to advanced boarders, while the Meadows Park, which is dedicated to beginning snowboarders.

Beech Mountain
403-A Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
800.468.5506
www.beechmtn.com

9. Hudson Bay Mountain
Hudson Bay Mountain is reporting a resort base depth of 83″ up in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada. Smithers is known the world over for sensational outdoor recreation opportunities. Situated in the mountain-ringed Bulkley Valley, less than two hours by air from Vancouver, Smithers is known for its world class powder. The peak of the resort sits at 5413 feet with 1750 feet lift accessed with a continuous vertical of 3775 feet.

Hudson Bay Mountain
3866 Railway Ave
Smithers, BC, Canada
250.847.2058
www.hudsonbaymountain.com

8. Cataloochee Ski Area
Sitting at #8 with an 85″ snow base depth is 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 

7. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 87″ 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. Mount Bachelor
at # 6 Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is reporting a 88″ base depth of snow 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 

5. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain slid into the top five, reporting a 40″-89″ base. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times due to the unpatrolled and ungroomed nature of Silverton. In addition to Silverton Mountain’s 1,819 acres of lift accessed skiing, Silverton also serves as a base area for over 22,000 acres of helicopter accessed skiing.

Silverton Mountain Resort
6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433
970.387.5706
www.silvertonmountain.com

4. Grand Targhee Resort
At #4 is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 80″ – 92″ 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

3. Blue Hills Ski Area
Leap frogging into the top 3 with a reported base depth of up to 100″ is Blue Hills Ski Area is conveniently located in Canton, MA, making it the closest ski area to the Boston Metro Area. The Ski Area itself has been around since the early 1960’s. The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts owns the ski area, which has been leased by numerous companies in the past. The revitalization began in 2007 when Ski Blue Hills Management, LLC (SBHM) was awarded a 5-year lease of the area. SBHM also operates Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, NJ and is dedicated to bringing back Blue Hills Ski Area by creating an atmosphere where families come together to enjoy winter sports in a fun, safe environment.

Blue Hills Boston
4001 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
781.828.5070
www.bluehillsboston.com

2. Mont Tremblant Resort
Sitting in second place with a 103″ snow base depth Mont Tremblant Resort offers a one-of-a-kind experience both on the mountain and within the pedestrian village located at its base. Located about 80 miles north of Montreal, Mont Tremblant provides visitors with magnificent panoramic views of the Laurentians Mountains. Mont Tremblant Resort covers over 650 skiable acres and includes a great mix of beginner to advanced terrain. The resort receives an abundance of snowfall and is complimented by one of the largest snow-making systems in North America. The resort is home to long perfectly groomed intermediate and beginner trails. Advanced and experts will find excellent mogul trails and some tree glades. The terrain park at Tremblant consists of forty features spread across forty acres with a 10,000 watt sound system.

Mont Tremblant Resort
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs
MontTremblant, Quebec J8E 1T1, CANADA
888.738.1777
www.tremblant.ca

1. Massif du Sud
Reigning supreme for North America is Massif du Sud, reporting a base of 167″ – 173″ 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

Massif du Sud in Quebec is currently the front runner for snow base depths this year. With a change in the weather patterns, the winter engine is restarting and it will be exciting to see where the resorts stand at winter’s end. But it ain’t over yet. Pray for snow, there’s still plenty of time to ride. Have any of you gone north of the border to ride yet? We would love to see photos of you riding your Flow gear, or landscape shots of the mountain and conditions. Share your photos with us on social media by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us. You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Generations of the Silber Family Snowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding team athletes Lydia & Freddy Silber with Sophia Capua

Flow Snowboarding team athletes Freddy and Lydia Silber grew up in a family that has been living and breathing snowboarding since the 1980’s. Their father Jay Silber explains their family’s love of snowboarding was a joy that was passed on from his father after his visit to Winter Park, Colorado from Missouri.

My dad first came out to Winter Park in 1987 to visit his sister, Freddy and Lydia’s great aunt. He saw a few people snowboarding at the resort and realized it was the greatest thing ever. He was an athletic guy and at the time was in his late 40’s. He went into the rental shop at the hotel where his sister was working at and bought a Burton Elite 150 and never skied again. It is still a family heirloom that hangs in Freddy’s room. My aunt overheard the rental shop kids talking and laughing about the old geezer who bought a snowboard from them that morning. She came home from work that night, told my dad about the geezer comment and they had a huge laugh.

My dad had so much fun learning to snowboard and brought me out my senior year in high school on a snowboard trip. He bought me a Kemper Freestyler as an early graduation present (our second family heirloom, hanging in our garage). I was hooked after that trip. I only had thoughts of moving to the mountains as soon as possible. It took me another four years to make the move to Winter Park permanently.

Did you ever ski before snowboarding?

Yes. My dad’s youngest sister was a ski instructor here in Winter Park in the mid 70’s at a ski area called Ski Idlewild. It has since closed, but was the quintessential old school ski area from the 1950’s. Two slow motion 2 seater chairlifts and one modest lodge. She taught me to ski there when I was 4 and then I progressed and moved up to skiing at Winter Park. Apparently I was straight lining every run and scaring the shit out of my dad. So maybe I never really learned to ski.

How old were you when you started snowboarding?

I taught myself to snowboard at 16 years old in Missouri at an area called Snow Creek. It was 1987 and I had only seen pictures of people snowboarding in ads run in my favorite BMX magazine at the time. I had never seen anyone actually doing it. It just looked so freaking cool from the pictures. Snow Creek is a jenky place, but they have 2 lifts. Coincidentally one is an old one from Winter Park. I learned on a borrowed snowboard. It was a piece of crap. No edges at all, made out of plastic. I was wearing moon boots and jeans. A total gaper without a clue. I think I sprained both ankles that day because of the moon boots. But I had the best day of my life and began to think about moving to the mountains.

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Jay Silber getting some fresh tracks at Winter Park Resort, CO

What year did you move to Colorado?

In 1993 the soon to be Mrs. Silber and I moved here from Kansas City, MO. Snowboarding and mountain biking were the main reasons for the move. Living in a laid back environment was another reason.

How old was Freddy when he started snowboarding?

Both kids learned to ski first, because they were in daycare at the time. The daycare would teach the kids to ski once they were 2 years old and potty trained. They were both 2-1/2 years old when they learned to ski. Freddy switched to boarding when he was 4. It was difficult, because he was too young for snowboard school lessons so I spent an entire season with him between my knees. It took 5 months of riding every weekend before he made his first turn on his own, but we were having the time of our lives together.

Those were days I would take again in a second… good times.

He had the smallest board at the time, which was still too big. His boots were also too big, so we stuffed them with newspapers to make them fit better. Kids bindings at the time for someone so small, were almost non-existent. We found the smallest ones at the shop and the shop guys let me cut them up and re-build the straps so they fit him.

Honestly, the first bindings that we found to work great for a kid were the Flow Snowboarding bindings. Once we got the Flows, snowboarding became really fun. That was how he came to be on the Flow team, because he loved the bindings. When it came time to send in a “sponsor me video,” Flow was the first company on his list.

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Freddy Silber floating his Canvas ABT snowboard over the powder.

How old was Lydia when she first kicked into her snowboard?

Lydia was six when she learned to snowboard. I was bummed she wanted to quit skiing because she was so good at it. But she was carving on her board within 45 minutes of strapping in, so we didn’t suffer any kind of a set back with her. Now everyone in the family was sliding sideways. It was good.

How long did you have Freddy & Lydia in ski school lessons?

I realized after that first year with Freddy hanging onto my knees that we needed some professional help teaching the kids how to really ride, so it was good to move them into a program. They did each spend about four seasons in the Winter Park Ski and Ride School before we moved them onto the Winter Park Snowboard Team, where they continue to train. They loved it and it is where they both really got the foundation of skill that they are using these days. They learned to ride switch in Ride School. A lot of switch. A lot of riding trees and all mountain. It has paid off huge for both of them in their competitions. It was during these years at Winter Park Ride School that Freddy began to gain attention locally. At the suggestion of one of the local shop guys, Freddy began to compete and do pretty well. Those four seasons entailed 3 days a week of instruction.

How did you know Freddy and Lydia had what it took to take their riding to the next level?

Some parents set out with a goal to create super kid athletes. That never occurred to me when they started skiing and riding. It was just going to be fun and then it all mushroomed to some degree. I knew they were taking it to the next level when they both were competing at the regional USASA level and doing well; placing in the top five. Freddy was the one who heard about the USASA competitions from his skier friend Birk Irving, who is now on the US Junior Olympic Team. I was clueless to it all, I just wanted to snowboard with my kids when it all began.

How did you guys get involved with Flow Snowboarding?

Freddy was 9 years old and had been snowboarding for about five years, only competing for the past couple. He had been pestering me for the previous two years to make a “sponsor me video” and send it in to some companies to see if they would sponsor him. I pretty much ignored or blew that off for as long as I could. I was thinking, who in the world is going to sponsor a kid? I had a hunch that it was possible and maybe I wasn’t ready for that.

Freddy was ready and he let me know. He came into the house one late summer day and asked me for the hundredth time if I had made his sponsor me video yet. I said, “No.”

He looked at me and said in the most sincere tone… “Dad, You’re holding me back!”

I made that video the next day. I can truthfully say, it was Freddy who started it all. My wife and I have just been along for the ride to support our kids as best we can.

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Lydia Silber with a method

Any advice to parents out there that are looking to elevate their child’s riding abilities?

Be patient. Enjoy the process. Some years will be far from great. Injuries will happen. Patience and unconditional support, regardless of contest results are the main things. People get too focused on what place their kid comes in. That’s not fair for the kid, judging is subjective and can easily dismantle a kid’s confidence. I would also suggest finding a quality coached program near where they live. I would say it is next to impossible to compete beyond the local level without some type of professional coaching these days.

Which resorts are your home resorts?

Winter Park is homebase, where we ride the most. Then Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Steamboat.

What are your plans for the Silber family this winter? Do you have any ski trips coming up?

No ski trips planned other than traveling around Colorado for the kids’ competitions. I hope to take the kids down south to Silverton, CO someday for some serious riding outside of the park. Freddy loves big mountain free riding more than anything. He would eat it up down there. Both kids absolutely love riding powder. So anytime we can get some, it’s like being on vacation even though we are home. Nationals is coming up too, so we will be there in April. Luckily it’s at Copper Mountain, so we don’t have to travel far.

Anything you would like to say to the Flow customers or those reading this blog?

To the customers I would say congratulations for supporting a company that is totally dedicated to snowboarders. Flow is a unique brand and a unique blend of people making it happen. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re lucky enough that it’s for you, then you’re quite lucky. I know my kids have certainly been lucky and they work hard to represent the brand in the best way. Thanks to everyone at Flow, past and present, for their support of Freddy and Lydia.

There have been a few generations that have handed down snowboarding since its inception. Who was the first person to influence you to kick into a snowboard and slide down the snow? 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 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.

Whitewater Ski Resort
#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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Top 10 Resort Base Depths For January Week II

Photo: Tim Humphreys looking to the heavens for more snow.

Flow Snowboarding is keeping their finger on the pulse of your ski resort and mountain snow base totals. Going into week 2 of January, here are how the top 10 ski resort snow base totals are measuring up. Surprise surprise, Jackson Hole and Mt. Baker are sitting right outside the top ten. Here are the resorts that are reporting better snow depths as of (1-14-15).

10. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor starts our top ten and is reporting a 45″-74″ 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 

9. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-74″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.

Wild Mountain
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
(651) 465-6315
www.wildmountain.com

8. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley with 48″-75″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.

Sun Valley
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
(800) 786-8259
www.sunvalley.com 

7. Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain
At 56″-76″ Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain is in 7th place. Lost Trail Ski Area is located at 7,000 ft on the border of Montana and Idaho. 5 Double Chair Lifts & 3 Rope Tows. Lost Trail Ski Area opened in 1938. It has a summit elevation of 8,200ft with the lodge based at 7,000ft, the base is at 6,400 making a vertical drop of 1,800 ft, 50+ marked trails on 1800 acres across two mountains.

Lost Trail Ski Area – Powder Mountain
S St
Sula, Montana 59871
406.821.3211
www.losttrail.com

6. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain just missed the top five, reporting a 40″-79″ base. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times due to the unpatrolled and ungroomed nature of Silverton. In addition to Silverton Mountain’s 1,819 acres of lift accessed skiing, Silverton also serves as a base area for over 22,000 acres of helicopter accessed skiing.

Silverton Mountain Resort
6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433
970.387.5706
www.silvertonmountain.com

5. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 79″ 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

4. Grand Targhee Resort
Fourth place is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 70″ – 80″ 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

3. Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne gets the 3rd podium spot this week for snow base depths at 92″ at upper resort level. Mont Sainte Anne is a year-round mountain destination located within the Laurentian mountain chain about 40km northeast of Quebec City. The ski resort is known for providing guest with seven lifts, 2050 vertical feet of spectacular scenery, long groomed trails and family friendly activities. The ski area contains a wide mix of terrain that ranges beginner to advanced.

Mont Sainte Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré
Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0
Canada
+1.418.827.4561
www.mont-sainte-anne.com

2. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
At a base depth of 96″ of snow up in Idaho, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Silver medal for resort bases. 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
Still reigning at #1 Massif du Sud is reports a base of 115″ 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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Forbes Releases Top 10 Resorts in North America

Flow Snowboarding Tim Humphreys Mammoth Mountain

Flow team athlete Tim Humphreys riding Mammoth Mountain's Unbound Park

Flow Snowboarding wants to take a look at what Forbes recently released as what they considered to be the Top 10 resorts in North America. The resorts you would expect to be on this list made it, with a few pleasant surprises. Did your favorite resort make the list?

10. Mammoth Mountain, California 

9. Grand Targhee, Wyoming

8. Telluride, Colorado

7. Vail, Colorado

6. Revelstoke, Canada

5. Alyeska Resort, Alaska

4. Snowbird, Utah

3. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada 

2. Alta, Utah

1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

Do you agree with Forbes top ten list of ski resorts? The word “ski” being predominant as Alta makes the list yet again. As snowboarders, most of us have only heard about Alta from our planker counterparts or past lives as skiers. Alta sits there in the top three teasing us snowboarders every year. Eventually something has to be done about those snowboarderacists at Alta… right? Do you think that us snowboarders will ever get a chance to ride Alta? Flow Snowboarding wants to know what you think.

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You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s January Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Julianne O’Neill: Born in CA, Living the Dream in CO

Many of you knew her as Julianne Brackett, but now she is Mrs. O’Neill (Sorry gentlemen… haha). She was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California but now resides with her husband in Frisco, Colorado in the middle of Summit County. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Julianne O’Neill and talk about her roots riding in California, to her new life with Kevin in Colorado.

What was your first introduction to the mountains? 

My family and I have always been interested in board sports, so snowboarding was automatically more attractive then skiing. I started snowboarding when I was 9 years old. My Dad and older brother convinced me to go snowboarding with them. I thought it was a ridiculous idea and a waste of my time when I first went out, but then I ended up not wanting to go home.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

The first place I went snowboarding was Sierra-At-Tahoe.  That mountain turned into my home away from home. Sierra-At-Tahoe will always be my home mountain. That resort is like family. No matter where I am, I always have to make time to visit.

What’s your current board, boots and bindings preference?

The Flow 146 Jewel is what I prefer to ride. It is a playful board with just the right amount of pop. I like snug boots that are a little stiffer than most. I ride so much that most boots break down faster than I’d like if they are too soft. I only ride with Flow bindings. All of them are great so you can’t go wrong. Each one is comfortable and snug. However, I usually choose to ride with the ISIS binding.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Well, after a successful snowboard season I married my best friend, Kevin O’Neill. That is hands down my favorite memory.

Congratulations! Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Thanks! Married life has been a dream! Kev and I snuck away to the hot springs at Strawberry Park in Steamboat. It was perfect.

Any plans for little groms of your own down the road?

You have no idea how many people have asked me that question. Being that my parents popped us kids out right away and that I’m from a large family myself, most people ask if we’re having kiddos right away too. It makes me smile.  I think 4 or 5 would be the perfect number, but only God knows if Kev and I will have kiddos of our own. I sure hope so! I truly look forward to that season of my life! How great will that be!

Other than snowboarding, what other kind of sports or hobbies do you participate in?

I have been slacklining a lot lately. It is great balance training and I love the creativity it offers. I like to skate and stand up paddleboard as well.

You were recently at the Race the Lake of the Sky SUP event in Tahoe, and took 1st. What was that event like?

Race the Lake is by far my favorite Stand Up Paddleboard event. Everyone is able to participate in something. You are either racing, being a cheerleader from the beach or volunteering to help the event run smoothly. Every morning begins with the National Anthem sung by Sammi Bender. There is great camaraderie along with the excitement of winning the races you are in. Everyone is out on the water at some point, whether you are 60 or just a little guy, you are having fun. There are super competitive people, people who are in it for the fun of it, amateurs, and elite athletes. There is a beach filled with lots of smiles and happy people working hard at what they do. At the end of the day the sky catches fire with an amazing sunset. I try my best to go to the event every year. I wouldn’t want to miss out!

Anything else you’ve been up to this summer?

I have been up to many other things, but my favorite is just being with my husband and going on adventures with him. Kev is a photographer, so he always ends up taking me to the most beautiful places. I love it.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

Honestly, I am looking forward to riding Park Lane at Breck most. The jumps are perfect. The only down side is that you get spoiled on such well made features.

Where was the furthest you’ve ever traveled in order to snowboard?

The furthest I have traveled for snowboarding was to the Czech Republic. I went with a team from ASC (Auburn Ski Club) for an FIS event. I was able to get my top 24 for the Olympic Qualifying events, so I was pretty content with having gone.

Where was your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?

My favorite place to travel unrelated to snowboarding is… THE BEACH. I couldn’t live without water.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

I prefer listening to innocent girly music when I ride. If I ride with what I normally listen to (Pop or Country), I end up becoming too into the music and then I forget what I’m doing. I know that sounds funny, but its true.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow support or customers?

I mostly just want to say “thank you” to all of you who support Flow and my riding. It means a lot! Everyone, find your flow and stick with it!  XOXO!

From South Lake Tahoe, California to the peaks of Summit County, Colorado, O’Neill is living the dream. With all the slacklining, SUPing and skating, O’Neill is keeping her shape on point for the upcoming winter season. What are you all doing to strengthen your balance and core over the summer? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.