FLOW-HOW: 5 Ways to recuperate after a day of Snowboarding

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A day of snowboarding can take a lot out of you, especially if you took a few spills. Flow is here to help you with 5 easy ways that you can recuperate your body and be ready to get back on the mountain the very next day.

#1) Stretch

After a full day of snowboarding, your muscles can feel tight, sore, and de-oxygenated. While most people think that stretching is only good for before activities, it is also just as important to stretch after exercising. Stretching can loosen your muscles as well as put much needed oxygen back into them. A quick 15 minute stretch can make a huge difference in the way that your body will feel the next day.

#2) Eat Pineapple

This is a strange step, but it works. Pineapple works as a natural Ibuprofen and will ease your body of soreness and pain. It contains Bromelain which reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain in the body. Instead of popping a bunch of Advil, eat pineapple instead.

#3) Hydrate

After a day on the mountain, we normally want to have a few beers and that is okay. However, it’s also smart to mix in a few waters. A full day of snowboarding can rob your muscles of necessary water and minerals. Be sure to replenish your body with some good old fashioned H2O!

#4) Eat a Full Dinner

You had a tough day snowboarding, reward yourself with a full meal. Many athletes “Carbo-load” before a race, game, etc. so you should too! These Carbohydrates will give you the necessary energy to get on the mountain the next day and you’ll need all of the energy that you can get.

#5) Jacuzzi or Hot Tub

Probably the best step of the whole process. Going in a jacuzzi or hot tub is awesome. Hot water and jets help relax your muscles and loosen them easing any tension or pain. Plus, it feels amazing after snowboarding.
If you follow these 5 steps then there is no reason you won’t be fully prepared to take on back-to-back days of snowboarding. For more information on everything snowboarding connect with us on social media!

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FLOW-HOW: Tips for a Snowboarding Road Trip


Road Trips are a necessity for any snowboarder. Anything from a day trip to a week long adventure, road trips are a part of the snowboarding experience. Flow is here with a few tips to help your road trip experience go as smooth as possible.

Pick the correct amount of people & the correct people

Ever heard of the expression “Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians?”. Road Tripping with too many people is a perfect example. Every person added to the trip is one more voice and one more opinion. Picking a few good friends that share your opinions is a wise choice for any Road Tripper.

Pack Accordingly

The Big Item here is snow chains. Driving on icy roads means that you need chains. Make sure you buy them before you get to icy conditions, the gas stations know that people need chains and they’ll charge you an arm & a leg for them.

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FLOW-HOW: How-To snowboard down the mountain and make perfect S-Turns

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Now that you have learned How To Conquer The Chairlift, your next step is getting to the bottom of the mountain in one piece. A good S-turn is the basis for good snowboarding and is often overlooked. Being able control your speed and control your board is essential for advancing your snowboarding. These tips may seem elementary, but they can help any snowboarder in the long run.

The Falling Leaf:

A Basic way to get comfortable

The falling leaf method is for beginners. Start on small inclines and work your way slowly to the bigger stuff. This method is simply sliding on your heels with your back facing up-hill. You will slowly ride down the mountain  sliding back and forth across the slope, resembling that of a “falling leaf”. You never want to lean forward in this position, because you will instantly catch your toe edge and stop your momentum. A common mistake of beginners is trying to lean into your turns and put the snowboard on rail. This causes the edge of the board to catch into the snow and cause the rider to fall. A good way to think about learning snowboarding is that you are not turning down the mountain, you are controlled sliding. Use the edges of your board to help direct you in the direction you want to go as well as control your speed.

Toe-Side and Heel-Side Turns:

The next step to getting down the mountain

The switch from heel-side to tow-side can be quite a commitment for beginners. That’s exactly what it takes, Commitment! Toe-side may seem a bit scary at first, but start on small inclines and be confident. Put most of your weight on your front foot and utilize your hips to help swing the back foot around, always keeping your weight on your toes. Imagine that you are pushing or plowing snow with the edge of your board. Always keep your weight leaning into the mountain rather than down the mountain. Pivot off of your front foot and distribute most of your weight to your back foot keeping the edge of your board leaning towards the slope. Start small and build up your confidence! To initiate the heel-side turn you will be going across the slope on your toe edge and you are going to want to put most of your weight onto your front foot. Use your hips to swing the back foot around so you are on your heel edge. You have now just completed the first steps of S-Turns.

S-Turns:

Putting it all together: Magic Happens

S-Turns are exactly how is sounds, making an “S” shape down the mountain. S-Turns are compiling heel-side and toe-side turns. Use the techniques learned from heel-side and toe-side turns and alternate between the both going down the slope. S-Turns can either be long and drawn out lines, or quick and short cuts. You are the decider of that depending on your skill and the terrain. Using your hips, back foot, and weight you can alternate and switch between heel-side and toe-side. Once you can master this, snowboarding becomes a whole lot more fun. You will be able to have complete control of your board and be able to try more advanced maneuvers.

Stay within your abilities and be confident. Most all snowboard mountains offer snowboarding classes and lessons. If you are seeking additional information, these lessons are a great way to start. Check out Flow’s Top 10 North American Family Resorts to see some great mountains that offer these services.

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FLOW-HOW: How-To Conquer the Chairlift

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The chairlift can be an intimidating obstacle. A giant metal bench swinging on a bar coming right at you doesn’t exactly seem that inviting. However, underneath that cold exterior, the chairlift is our friend. It eliminates the grueling task of hiking up the mountain for every run. This Flow-How will help you become a chairlift master and turn the lift into a friend instead of foe.

Get Comfortable:

#1 On Your Board

Don’t rush into a situation that you are not ready for. Practice on flat snow simply pushing around. Your front foot is the only foot that should be strapped in while your back foot pushes and glides you along. Build up your confidence on flat ground and get comfortable with your board. If you are unsure of something, ask a fellow boarder (snowboarders are pretty nice people).

Tip: When pushing, keep your back foot behind the heel-side of you board instead of pushing from the toe-side. This will keep you from tripping over yourself.

#2 With the Idea of the Chairlift

Confidence is key with almost everything in snowboarding. Don’t try, do. Trying is doing something with the intent to fail. That being said if you don’t feel ready for the chairlift, then wait. Hit the bunny slope a few more times and build your confidence. When you’re ready to finally try the lift, don’t be scared. Be aggressive and confident, everyone has to start somewhere.

#3 With Others Around You

Depending on the lift, you could be riding with just one other person or three other people. As you get closer to the lift entry, people will start to line up in rows of 2 to 4 people (Note: The chairlift operator will make this clear to you as you approach the lift). Stay close to the people in your group, yet give them their space. Sometimes you will bump them as you push forward to sit on the lift. This is normal, stuff happens.

Entering the Chairlift:

#4 Position Yourself to Succeed

As you approach closer to the lift entrance, observe what others are doing. Note where they are going and where they are getting on the chairlift. The best way of learning for most is observation. Monkey see, monkey do. When it is your turn to hop on the lift, push yourself forward following the chair of the group in front you you. There will be a line painted in the snow (usually red or blue), stop here and look behind you. Your chair should be approaching you. At first it may seem like it is coming extremely fast towards you, but it slows down as it reaches your location. Be patient, let the chair come to you. Keep your board pointed forward and as the bench nears, gently sit down and lean back (Note: Make sure your whole butt is on the seat, don’t just sit on the edge).

Riding the Chairlift:

#5 Pull the Safety Bar Down and Relax

Once you’ve made it safely on the lift, pull down the safety bar and enjoy the ride. The ride up is a perfect time to catch your breath and enjoy the beautiful views around you. Also, you can view the runs below you and map out which run you want to ride. In order to relieve strain on your legs, put your un-strapped foot underneath your board. This will distribute the weight of the snowboard equally and keep your legs rested and fresh.

Tip: The chairlift can take a while to get to the top. This is a perfect time for a snack and/or beverage to relax and recharge.

Exiting the Chairlift:

#6 Take Your Time and Be Confident

As your chair approaches the top of the lift, raise the safety bar and prepare to exit. Prepare to exit the lift by facing the nose of your board towards the ramp. The chairlift will do most of the work for you, do not try to exit too early. As your board touches the ramp, gently stand up and glide yourself down the ramp. Have your back foot wedged against the inside of your back binding in order to give yourself stability and control. Make sure that you completely ride down the exit ramp before attempting to turn to either side. The exit ramp can be very icy and a rider is more prone to slipping out on icy surfaces. Once you are safely down the ramp, push yourself to either side of the lift to a bench. Step in your bindings and enjoy your run!

Like anything, perfecting the chairlift takes time and practice. Stay within your abilities and only attempt the chairlift when you feel comfortable enough. Get out on the mountain and have some fun!

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FLOW-HOW: 10 Things You Need To Start Snowboarding

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Packing for your day on the mountain can be extremely stressful. Forgetting essential items on the mountain is a common pitfall of snowboarders both skilled and novice. Not having an item as simple as snowboard socks can ruin a perfect day on the mountain. This week’s “Flow-How” will assist you in remembering to pack the essentials and help take the hassle out of this burdensome experience.

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