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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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.