Top 10 Resort Snow Base Depth In December

More storms have hit North America and Flow Snowboarding wants you to know where the powder is collecting. California finally received a good snow storm, but trails the rest of the nation, by far in the early season. This beast of a storm coming in may change that. But for December week two (as of 12/9/14) here is a list of 10 resorts that are currently leading the early season snow levels with their reported resort base depths. Let’s see if your home resort made the top ten.

10. Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area
Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area is currently reporting between a 24″-52″ base depth. Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area is located within Three Rivers Park District Hyland Lake Park Reserve, minutes from the Mall of America, just south of Interstate 494 and Highway 100 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Hyland is known for some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest and its terrain park is full of progressive and innovative features. The 1,000-acre park reserve features extensive winter recreational activities including lighted cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails and a Nordic ski jumping complex. The ski area has a top elevation of 1075 ft. that is served by 8 different lifts day and night. Hyland is recognized nationally for one of the finest snow sports academies, with over 325 instructors and programs for every level of skier or rider.

Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area
8800 Chalet Road
Bloomington, Minnesota 55438
763.694.7800
www.hylandski.com

9. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 16″-54″ 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

8. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor is reporting a 29″-54″ 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 

7. Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is reporting a 32″-56″ base depth. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is located in Snowshoe, West Virginia. The resort has skiable terrain across 244 acres (98.74 ha) and covers a total area of 11,000 acres (4,452 ha) in the Allegheny Mountains, which are a part of the vast Appalachian Mountain Range. It is positioned in the bowl shaped convergence of two mountains, Cheat and Back Allegheny, at the head of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. Snowshoe is home to the second highest point in the state and the peak elevation for Cheat Mountain, at Thorny Flat, which reaches 4,848 feet (1,478 meters) above sea level.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, West Virginia 26209
877.441.4386
www.snowshoemtn.com

6. Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area
Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area is celebrating their 57th season in Harbor Springs, Michigan with a 58″ reported base depth. Nub’s Nob Hill offers 53 ski slopes and trails on 3 separate peaks. It is the only Midwestern ski area to be ranked among North America’s biggest and best ski resorts ever. The resort has a 427ft elevation drop with the base at 911ft with the top at 1338ft, with the longest run at 7/8 of a mile. Totaling 53 runs, including 12 runs on Pintail Peak, 9 experts only, 8 most difficult, 21 more difficult, 15 easiest, and three award winning terrain parks. Lifts access 248 acres of slopes with 9 chairlifts, one rope tow, and a handle tow: Three quads, four triples, two doubles, one rope tow and one handle tow (servicing the terrain park).

Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area
500 Nubs Nob Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.526.2131
www.nubsnob.com

5. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain is reporting a 60″ base as Silverton, Colorado breaks into the top ten ski resorts for powder. 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. Buck Hill
Buck Hill is currently reporting a 24″-60″ base depth. Buck Hill is celebrating their 60th anniversary. Located in the north central United States, in the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, a suburb south of Minneapolis. Buck Hill opened in 1954 and offers ski, snowboard, and tubing trails. Buck Hill faces east, overlooking the adjacent Interstate 35. The ski area is lighted for night skiing, and operates three chairlifts (2 quads, 1 triple) and multiple surface tows. The base area consists of a parking lot and a short strip of lodges. The ski runs use the east face of the physical hill, with the other sides occupied by residential housing, and a municipal water tower sharing the summit. The vertical drop of the ski area is a modest 262 feet (80 m).

Buck Hill
15400 Buck Hill Rd
Burnsville, Minnesota
952.435.7174
www.buckhill.com

3. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-64″ 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

2. Owl’s Head 
Owl’s Head in Mansonville, Quebec is reporting 24″-71″ inches at the resort level. Rising majestically on the western shore of Lake Memphremagog in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the mountain’s beauty dramatically enhances the famous and familiar Saint-Benoît-du-Lac monastery’s backdrop.The mountain stands at 1772ft with over 130 acres of terrain plus glades covering up to 33 acres. Owl’s Head’s 8 chairlifts; 4 quads (3 high-speed detachable), 3 doubles, 1 magic carpet provide an uphill capacity of more than 14,400 skiers and riders per hour.

Owl’s Head
40 Chemin du Mont Owls Head
Mansonville, Quebec J0E 1X0, Canada
+1.450.292.3342
owlshead.com

1. Trollhaugen
Trollhaugen in Dresser, Wisconsin is leading the pack in base depth, reporting 72″ at the upper resort. Trollhaugen offers NASTAR (National Standard Race) events throughout the season. Trollhaugen was opened in 1950. It is one of the longest running snow sports resorts in the midwest. It began with one tow rope and three slopes. By 1956 Trollhaugen provided skiers with five tow ropes and six slopes. It also had a chalet to provide some hospitality. Trollhaugen also offers night riding, on 260 vertical feet, 90 skiable acres, with the longest run measuring 2500 feet. Terrain is accessed by 10 lifts; 7 tow ropes, 2 quad lifts and 1 dual lift.

Trollhaugen
2232 100th Ave
Dresser, Wisconsin
715.755.2955
http://www.trollhaugen.com

Wisconsin’s Trollhaugen, Quebec’s Owl’s Head and Minnesota’s Wild Mountain are the top early season bases being reported. If any of you are at these resorts in the top ten, we would love to see the real thing. Please 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.

Drayden Gardner Summer of Skateboarding

Since the snow is finally arriving in the Northern hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding wanted highlight another skateboarding video edit of Drayden Gardner crushing it before we completely transition to the winter videos.

Let these youngsters be inspiration to you and your own little groms to #FindYourFlow. Whether it be surf, skate, wake or snow… we all find our flow riding. We would love to see what our Flow family has been up to these summer months. Share your photos with us. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Kickstarter for Definition: Snowboarding a Film by Matt Devino

Definition: Snowboarding is a feature length documentary about what snowboarding means to those who live it. Filmmaker Matt Devino is currently running a Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. This documentary film project explores the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it.

The film has been a passion project of Devino’s for the past year, working on it without any funding of any kind. The goal of Definition: Snowboarding is to show the public just how amazing Snowboarding is, hopefully inspiring people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorating people who already ride to get out there and ride their boards.

Devino has been interviewing some of Snowboarding’s biggest names for the film, filming snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and now it’s time to raise funds to complete the film. Devino need funds for things such as travel to locations to film exciting new Snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and paying for camera crew and editor time. This round of funding is looking exclusively for production funds so Devino can get out there and film some amazing footage for the film this winter. Definition: Snowboarding will be an in-depth look into all of the genres of snowboarding through the eyes of those who live it.

“We plan to create a film with the support of core snowboarding that will welcome the general public into our lives,” said Devino, “…and to share the complete picture of riding rather that just the homogenized competitive X Games style of riding most people associate with snowboarding. Ultimately, we want to inspire new people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorate current riders to get out there and enjoy their boards more often and continue to live the dream.”

Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015.

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
www.definitionsnowboarding.com
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For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
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www.facebook.com/mattdevino1

Flow Snowboarding is excited about how this film is coming together. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.

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Drayden Gardner’s 2014 Video Edit

Check out this 2014 video edit of Flow Snowboarding Micron Drayden Gardner. This edit was filmed primarily at Mammoth Mountain and Bear Mountain Ski Areas, with a little bit of European indoor jibbing. The groovy soundtrack is by Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf.

How about this kid, huh? Where was your riding progression as a young teenager? Drayden along with the rest of Flow Snowboarding’s Microns ARE the next generation of riders. Get used to seeing their names… they are podium bound. Who is your favorite Flow Micron coming up through the ranks? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Let these youngsters be inspiration to you and your own little groms to #FindYourFlow.

Europe’s Indoor Snowboard Parks


Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Drayden Gardner took a flight across the pond to hit the UK’s SnowDome in Tamworth, Stafford. If you are planning a backpacking trip through Europe this summer, you might want to pack your goggles and spring gloves… there’s riding to be done. Europe’s indoor snowboard parks keep riders shredding 365 days a year. The SnowDome for of over 19 years has been referred to many in the UK as the spiritual home of the UK freestyle scene. Their freestyle parks are definitely on point, with a few beginning features for those looking to progress to the next level.

For more information on SnowDome, please visit:
www.snowdome.co.uk

The largest indoor park in the UK is located in Milton Keynes at Snozone. Snozone has park nights every Thursday and Friday night and hosts freestyle events such as Parkstrife which has extra enhanced features for riders as they pump in great music. Snozone’s Who’s Afraid of the Park event focuses on beginners to freestyle, allowing them to learn from qualified instructors and sponsored riders.

For more information on Snozone, please visit:
www.snozoneuk.com

Flow Snowboarding supporter Johnny de Jong lives in the Netherlands, and is an avid snowboarder at Holland’s SkiDome. Our next video blog in a couple days will feature a video edit from SkiDome.

“I live seven miles from an indoor track,” explained de Jong. “So it is easy for me to go snowboarding. SkiDome is the very first indoor court of Netherlands. There are a few indoor tracks… a fun park with various rails, ‘jumps’ and of course the big air bag to catch you. The SkiDome is my home ground, but it’s not the biggest one. Check out SnowWorld and look for Landgraaf. That is a nice one.”

For more information on SkiDome, please visit:
www.skidome.nl

For more information on SnowWorld, please visit:
www.snowworld.com

Show us you pics! Have you ever ridden any of the indoor snowboard parks in Europe? We want to see your pics. Feel free to tag #FlowSnowboarding when you post your photos. Continue to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

Flow Snowboarding: Drayden Gardner heads to Project Gold Camp in Mammoth, CA

drayden gardner flow snowboarding project gold mammoth california snowboard camp

Photo: Jared Meyer 
Probably one of the most elite youth snowboarding programs in the world, Project Gold provides America’s best snowboarders with the opportunity to come together and train with the world’s best coaches. Project Gold is lead by U.S. Snowboarding’s Spencer Tablyn and is aimed to nurture and train the future talents of the winter sports. Project Gold targets America’s top youth athletes from age 13-18 with the events of boardercross, alpine snowboarding, and halfpipe.  Continue reading

FLOW SNOWBOARDING SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH LIST: 5 Snowboarders to Watch in 2014

Social Media is an amazing phenomenon. We have access to our favorite athletes, companies, and famous personalities at the touch of a button. It is connecting people all over the world and sharing locations that most people would have never known existed. Snowboarders are the ideal people to follow on social media. They travel to amazing locations, meet incredible people, and do awesome things! Flow has compiled their list of 5 snowboarders to keep an eye out for in 2014.

Scotty Lago

Scotty Lago 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Every cloud has a silver lining. Flow and the rest of the snowboarding world is bummed that we do not get to cheer on our favorite American at Sochi this year. However, everything happens for a reason and we believe that 2014 will be a great year for Scotty. Without the pressure of the Olympics, Scotty will now be able to travel and ride amazing backcountry locations. What does that mean for his social media followers? Amazing photos, videos, and content that we can spend hours watching, re-posting, and drooling over. Expect big things from Mr. Lago in 2014.

Connect with Scotty
Twitter: twitter.com/scottylago
Facebook: facebook.com/lago
Instagram: @scottylago

Tim Humphreys

Tim Humphreys 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Tim is one of the most up to date snowboarders in the world. With GoPro being one of his sponsors, Tim constantly has a camera on him at all time. He loves editing and posting clips from his sessions and we, as social media followers, get to reap the benefits. Tim’s light-hearted approach to snowboarding and life is a breath of fresh air for social media followers. Tim is also very engaging with his followers on social media. Ask him a question, he’ll respond.

Connect with Tim
Twitter: twitter.com/timjumphreys
Facebook: facebook.com/prohero
Instagram: @timhumphreys

Sarka Pancochova

Sarka Pancochova 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Sarka is currently in Sochi and when she is not competing, she is riding Russia’s pristine backcountry. Sarka is a very relaxed and happy girl, but when she puts on a contest jersey it is all business. Sarka is definitely a snowboarder to watch in 2014. Follow Sarka to see how she is doing in Sochi and with her travels in general.

-Check out Sarka’s Flow Rider Profile HERE

Connect with Sarka
Twitter: twitter.com/sarkasnow
Facebook: facebook.com/sarkapancochova
Instagram: @sarkasnow

Mike Basich

Mike Basich 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
The term “Off the Grid” doesn’t even begin to describe Mike. This guy is as rugged as they come. He lives and breathes backcountry adventure and has traveled to the most remote places in the world. Mike doesn’t need much to survive. Give him a Flow setup, some food, and a GoPro and he delivers social media gold. Mike’s latest venture is his “Stoked Storm Ready” project where he built a house on a flatbed trailer. He is currently traveling all over North America chasing storms and snow. Mike is definitely worth following on social media.

Connect with Mike
Facebook: facebook.com/mikeybasich
Twitter: twitter.com/area241
Instagram: @mikebasich

Drayden Gardner

Drayden Gardner 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Drayden is an up and comer in the Snowboarding world. At just 14 years old, he is already making a name for himself. This young world traveler found himself on the podium in both slope style and pipe this year at the Burton European Open. Drayden is constantly documenting his travels on social media and is definitely worth following.

-Check out Drayden’s Flow Rider Profile HERE

Connect with Drayden
Facebook: facebook.com/drayden
Instagram: @draydengardner

 

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