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.

Jason “Jay” Gretzinger Within The Meccas of Backcountry

Before winter is in full effect in the Northern Hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding took the opportunity to interview Flow Team Athlete Jason Jay Gretzinger of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. If we waited until the snow was flying, Gretzinger typically unplugs from the matrix, loads up his snowmobile and ventures off into the BC backcountry. If you ever wanted to venture off the resort and see the kind of riding a snowmobile could take you to… cruise along with Jay Gretzinger.

You are originally from Edmonton, Alberta…. How long have you been living in Nelson, BC? Do you ever see yourself living elsewhere?

Yes, the good old flat lands. Edmonton is a rad place if you like to jib, but the backcountry was calling. I first moved to Whistler and spent two years there. I realized it was too crowded and sent it into the sticks. I have been in Nelson for two and a half years now. The only other place I could see myself living would be Revelstoke or Pemberton, BC. The meccas of backcountry terrain.

Describe what like in Nelson, BC in the winters and summers.

Nelson is rad, very easy going small town mentality. The hippies here keep things natural. Probably like some small towns in Colorado, from what I have heard. The winter is awesome here. We get that blower interior powder and when you go out sledding/touring you only run into maybe five people at most in the zone. Not 60+ like in Whistler. This makes for a bit more technical navigating out there because you are usually the one breaking trail and finding your way through the trees. But I love that shit. Summertime is full of festivals, lakes and partying. It’s good.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

The powder highway, I would say. All the mountain ranges between Nelson and Revelstoke are amazing. However, I did buy my first season pass for a resort in the past four years. The spot is Whitewater. Absinthe Films does shooting there every year. Pretty cool spot. Small, but lots of touring access.

Did you ski before you starting riding?

Never. Snowboarding from the start…

Where was the first place you started snowboarding? How old were you?

Edmonton on a hill called Rabbit Hill. Point it and your at the bottom in 30 seconds. Haha… But we sure had a sick park. I am now 27 years old. I know not that old, but this industry makes that feel old sometimes.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

John Jackson was and still is the shit. He rides the mountain like he owns it. Jeremy Jones, but not his street riding more his backcountry stuff. I absolutely loved the Robot Food Videos as well. David Benedeck was the man! Was so disappointed when they stopped making those videos.

What is your current ride setup? Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

The Rush ABT 158 and Black Out ABT 159 for snowboards. The Rush for pow in the trees, pillows and fluffy jumps. The Black Out for high speed chutes, lines and bigger cheese wedge style jumps. The new Hybrid Strap binding has got me hooked. Love the Toe strap, feels like your more sucked into the binding. It helps a lot for technical tree/ pillow riding. Boots… I rock the Talon Focus, a very waterproof and solid boot. Crucial for overnight missions. 

You mentioned you just got a new sled? What did you pick up?

Yes just picked up a 2012 Summit X Skidoo 800 163 track. It has been well overdue, as my old sled has lasted me five years and was holding me back from getting into places I wanted to get into. Can’t wait for the snow now.

Any words of wisdom for anyone looking to get into snowmobiling and trekking into the backcountry?

Take an avy course. I would suggest AST level 2. Weather patterns are getting more drastic making for bad avalanche conditions. I would also suggest going out with someone with experience to show you the ropes. With sledding there are a lot of variables that can go sideways fast. Leaving you stranded sometimes 50+ km out. Not to scare anyone looking to go out, you just have to think about your environment a bit more then if you were riding a resort.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Thompson Pass, Alaska for the Tailgate Alaska event. Made for a good time surrounded by some pretty awesome terrain.

Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?

Well to be honest my summer is a pretty full on with work, so I can ride in the winter. Traveling around home, camping in the bush and exploring the backcountry would be where I love to travel to.

What are some of your other summer activities?

I also skate and longboard when I can.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

A cabin mission off the Duffy Lake area north of Pemberton, BC. We call it the Zen Zone. It is this unreal bowl with big lines, cliffs and Mini Golf sections. That’s all I can tell you. 

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Well there is still so much to explore just in my back door. As I said from Nelson to Revelstoke holds world class terrain for backcountry. Theres a lot out there and I’ve only scratched the surface. If you’ve heard of the Campo’s brothers and have seen some of there footage. Well that’s the kind of riding Im talking about. Outside of the interior of BC I would like to check out more around Pemeberton and north up the coast to Bella Coola. If you’ve seen Sherpa’s Cinema’s “ Into The Mind” you’ll know the terrain Im talking about.

What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?

To push my limits on big mountain riding. I feel that Big mountain riding is the be all end all of snowboarding. You play your cards wrong out there and you may not come out of it alive. I now sounds crazy but for an adrenaline junkie that’s what you strive for. I want to do it for myself. My own accomplishment. Even if no one is there taking pictures or filming I still want to step it up cause I think it’s the shit!

Do you ride with music or an mp3 player? If yes, what are you normally listening to?

Not usually, it’s not the best habit in the backcountry because you want to always be aware of whats going on around you. I jam to a variety of tunes but on the resort I would jam to electronic instrumental type of music of various types.

You were involved in a film with Nuulife Cinema that was up this week for the Whistler Blackcomb Coldfront weekly battle… Tell us a bit more about working with Nuulife Cinema on this last film? Where can people catch the film?

I was! Well most of the footage in that video came from throughout the season. I’ve been filming with the Nuulife boys for 5 or 6 years now. They’re an awesome crew to work with. They are in it for the love of it. John Swystun and David Craig go balls out all season just working for the shot on a shoe string budget. I;ve been working lately more with David Craig as he is the one with the sled and the sledneck skills. If you can oicture a redneck sledneck that would be David Craig. He’ll be the one breaking the trail then getting stuck and loosing his mind. Always entertaining.

Filming with Nuulife last season was awesome. We did a cabin missions into the Zen Zone that I referred to earlier and got some great shots and had a good ol redneck time. They also came out to my zone out in Nelson and I got to show them some of my favorite spot. Also did some exploring out in Revelstoke. That was a tough time because we had no guide and were using google earth to figure out where to go. Wiley Tesseo and Gord Emery were also on the crew and are amazing backcountry shredders.

WILDLIFE – full movie from NuuLife Cinema on Vimeo.

Here’s a link to Nuulife Cinema’s movie from last season called “Wildlife.” Their video from this year hasn’t come out yet but should be dropping anytime now. I’ll keep you posted!

Are you working again this winter with the Nuulife Cinema crew?

Yes I’ll probably be working with those boys from as long as I board. Those guys are my bros.

How did you start working with Flow Snowboarding?

My man Ricky Hunt also known as Ricky Styles hooked me up with my first Flow set up. At the time I rode for Freeride Boardshop out of Penticton, BC and he was the Flow rep. Rob Burnett owner of the shop said I should try the gear out and the rep was looking for a guy to get on the program. So I tried the gear out and was hooked from the first day.

Within the season of riding the gear I won 3 local contests. And I know the gear was a big part of that. Flow bindings for a rail jam format kill it because you are in and out so fast, you can lap the competition.

Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?

Do it for yourself first. Don’t compromise what you love about the sport because someone else says you should do it. Now that doesn’t mean be a rebel and get your hate on, still take advice… but do what you love to do. Things will come to you when you are in your element.

That’s when you’ll ride the best and progress your skills. Good habits like eating well, exercise, and working hard will always get you ahead of the game. Also something I’ve learned through many injuries, is heal right. Give yourself the time and follow through with proper physio so you don’t develop chronic injuries that will definitely affect your future riding abilities. Longevity is key.

Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?

So far just Nuulife Cinemas project. Protect Our Winters is a great organization I got to be a part of a few years ago with a shot from Tailgate Alaska in the calendar.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I think what’s really important right now in the whole world of snowboarding is sticking to the roots. Follow the companies, videos and friends that do it for what’s real not just to impress the rest of the scene. The industry is going through tough times and the ones who are going to shine are the ones who are in it for the right reasons. I know Flow is one of those companies.

Are any of you gals and guys slednecks as well as snowboarders? What powdery goodness have your snowmobiles taken you? Flow Snowboarding would love to see your shots from the backcountry. 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
www.facebook.com/definitionsnowboarding

For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
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www.twitter.com/matt_devo
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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Sitting Down With Celia Miller

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to sit down with Celia Miller over her busy summer. We talked about her path as a professional snowboarder; from her East Coast roots as a child, to her life now living in Colorado. We also had a chance to ask Miller about her travels last winter and her European road trip this summer with her good friend Sarka Pancochova.

Where did you originally grow up?

I was born in Maryland and grew up in West Virginia before moving to Connecticut in high school.

Where do you currently live?

I live in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Did you grow up skiing first or have you always been snowboarding?

I went skiing once when I was like 10 but other than that I started with snowboarding at my local resort in Connecticut.

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

Right now I am on the Flow Jewel and Minx bindings. I love how versatile the Jewel is for riding park or riding pow if it dumps. And the Minx bindings are so simple and comfortable. Everyone is always jealous of my bindings. And I like the Deelite Coiler Boot. It is light weight and comfortable.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Breckenridge always feels like home. I love Colorado and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

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

I love surfing.. well I guess its a love/hate relationship. Its such a challenge for me and it takes me back to learning to snowboard. I want to just jump in the water and master it but it is not easy. I also have been taking up rock climbing but i have some fears there that definitely limit me so its humbling for sure.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

I had a couple great powder days at Vail last year. I wasn’t filming or shooting so it was just one of those personal days that kept me smiling for a while.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I would really like to spend some time in Wyoming and Montana this year. I have been talking with Sarka about some southern hemisphere trips as well.

Via Instagram we saw you went on a European trip this summer, travelling with Sarka and Courtney. Where did you all travel through and how was that trip?

The three of us wanted to go on a trip that was a real Euro vacation. Since Sarka was nursing a knee injury it was easier for us to fly there. She showed us around her country and we drove to Austria and Croatia and basically just worked on our tans. Austria is one of my favorite places in the world and never fails to impress me. And Croatia was so pretty with such clear water.

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

I went to Nicaragua this spring for a month to surf. It was super low key there but there are amazing breaks. I got totally absorbed in the beach life and can’t wait to go back.

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

I flew to Argentina for a 4 day promo in the city of  Buenos Aries where we hit a scaffolding jump in a park. That was an interesting trip.

What are your favorite Apres Ski activities?

Coffee… Nothing better then sitting at a cafe drinking a cappuccino after a day of shredding.

Any advice you would like to give to all the aspiring younger snowboarders out there?

Just have fun! If your not enjoying it then your not doing it right.

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

Flow rules. If you ride the gear then you know why its so good! I’m stoked to be part of the family and ride gear that makes snowboarding what it should be. Awesome!

Looks like Celia Miller and Sarka Pancochova might be planning one more trip to the southern hemisphere before winter switches poles again. Are any of you  planning on heading to South America, Australia or New Zealand before their winter (our summer) ends? Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know. Share your photos and message us.

Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013 Edit

To get you through these summer months, lets have a throwback to Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013. Watch Flow’s Mike Basich, Tim Humphreys, Shin Biyajima, and Jason Gretzinger they make the Mission up to the 49th State for Flow Tailgate Alaska. This video was filmed & edited by Wojtek Targosz of Grow Up Productions.

FLOW TAILGATE ALASKA 2013 EDIT from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.

Flow Tailgate AK is a World Freeride Festival that takes place deep in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. It consists of Snow Science Classes, Man Games, Parties, Snowmobiling, Heli Boarding, Backcountry Lines for days and not to mention THE best Powder and Mountains in the world.

Have any of you had the dream fulfilled of riding in Alaska? We’d love to hear about it, or better yet… post your pictures. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

SPEED RIDING UP AT FLOWS TAILGATE ALASKA…

I tell you what… if I ever ski again, it will only be speed riding with my boy Pryce.

Notice at 3:15 he flies over Jason Gretzinger, as Jas is about to hit his massive near death gap…