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.

Flow Snowboarding Big Mountain Rider Max Zipser

Big Mountain Rider Max Zipser, has been a perennial athlete competing in the Freeride World Tour year after year. Unfortunately, Zipser had to step down from the FWT due to an injury. Zipser is also in the running for the Line of the Year Award. Click here to vote for Max Zipser http://www.lineoftheyear.com/lines/men

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to chat with Zipser about his love of the mountains, his recent filming and what is next now that he has stepped down from the FWT.

Where is home for you?

My hometown is in the heart of the Alps – it´s Innsbruck, Austria

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

The Tyrolean Alps are my playground

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?

I consider myself as a mountain man searching Powder only – so the weapons of my choice are the Maverick 169 snowboard, NX2-GT bindings, Talon Focus boots.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard?

Do you know the sound of a great powboard during a powturn? It is music to my ears! Singing powturns is what I listen to

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding?

I startet skiing first, but changed to snowboard at the age of 12.

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

Like nearly every kid from Innsbruck I started my first turns at Seegrube when I was 12 years old.

Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding?

The guys ripping at my homespot.

Who are your current sponsors?

FLOW, SALEWA, ALPINA, Komperdell, Pieps, NXTZ

How was the winter in Austria this year?

Further south it was really good, that´s where I went often last season! Living in the heart of the alps is a good thing as, depending on wheather n snow, it takes max 2hours to drive to the place with good conditions and lots of snow

If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts are a must they check out?

The place which currently got the most fresh snow – sick places are Seegrube, Stubai, Tux, Ötztal.

Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season?

I did a lot´s of Splitboarding this season. And as the Southern Alps got more snow than the northern alps, me and my homies went down south to earn our turns. It was pretty cool to get around so many places I have not been yet!

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

After a good day in the mountains we often plan the next line, check how we can get there..

Are you planning on a snowboardtrip this season? Where?

I am planning my next trip to Alaska, Valdez area. Alaska is the place to be, I was there 2 years ago and I am still dreaming about that last trip to AK, and probably something exotic tbc.

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?

I like surfing and therefore it would be Central America

You where a big number in the Freeride World Tour, Why did you quit?

In 2012 I got injured in the FWT event in Fieberbrunn. Due to the results and that I could not compete in the last stops I could not make the cut for 2013. Anyway I had good times and several podiums within 5 years taking part in the FreerideWorldTour and it was good to see the tour growing. The first years of the tour were something special, all new and exciting!

How is filming for Whiteroom Productions? How many cinematourstops are you planning?

Lot of fun all the time! I really like to charge steep lines and when we go out there for filming, everything is planned very well. Easy to work with these guys. This year we have about 40 tour stops all over Europe, but also USA and Canada. The film will be also shown at the Freeride Festival Tour.

Movies: Time For The Whiteroom/2012; For A Few Lines More/2013; Trial and Error/2014

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?

I take a break from snowboarding and focus on studying or working in order to do less during winter.

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?

My home resort leads me to be out in the mountains! I like climbing, biking being out!
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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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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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MAX ZIPSER IS STILL SHREDDING POW…

BIANCOGRAT – Piz Bianco 3995m

WORDS AND PICS BY MAX ZIPSER

As this winter seems to be never-ending, why should we stop riding?

Conditions for high alpine peaks turned to be good later than normal this year, meaning we still found great snow in the past hiking missions. Since I have seen the famous “Biancograt” the first time from Pontresina I wanted to get up there and ride this insane spine all the way down.

Dani and me drove to Pontresina, the starting point of the tour. We hiked up to the Tschierva hut, which was still closed because of the unusual snow level and slept in the “winterraum”. Early in the morning we started hiking – 2 houres we skinned up to Fuorcla Prievlusa where the real climb starts. Soon we noticed that it`s gonna be super hard to make it to the summit in time, as conditions in this mixed terrain were more difficult than expected. I`ve done quite a lot alpine stuff already, but most of the time we didn`t use a rope, as the goal always is to ride down as well.  The idea is that as long as we feel comfortable hiking, it should be possible to ride! Easy, isn`t it?

 

 

Finally Dani and I had to make the desicion to turn round. That`s never easy, but necessary if you wanna stay safe.
A week later conditions seemed to be better, so I gave it another try. This time together with Alex we started in direction to Switzerland. Already knowing the path and what we gonna need considering “climbing hardware” we reached the Tschierva hut and could enjoy an epic sunset up there.

 

2:30 a.m the next day we woke up and skinned again up to the ridge close to where Dani and I had to turn round the last time. The snow in this mixed terrain was much better settled and we climbed fast with some “Tibloc” fixations through the rocks. On the top we had to rappel to finally reach the Biancograt, which leads for another 500 vertical metres to the summit of Piz Bianco (3995m). This hike on that spine is for sure something special and quite exposed all the way. About 1000m + drop to both sides - rocky and steep.

Exhausted but knowing the reason for our hike just starts now, I droped into the sunny side of the spine. All the snow below my edge went down to the glacier and we could hear it like an avalanche passing the serac. Attention was required, but as soon I got used to the riding it turned to be super fun riding that insane spine…

Further down we had to climb up again a few metres in order to reach the north side of the ridge, where we had again to rappel for like 4x40m. Back there we could ride till the hut and finally hiked down to our bicycles.

A great adventure, a wunderfull mountain and positive vibes will stay in my mind!

 

 

MORE ON MAX HERE:  http://maxzipser.blogspot.com/

UPDATE WITH MAX ZIPSER…

STEEP & NARROW:  BY MAX

Coming back from Alaska, conditions turned to be really good again here in Austria. As most of the ski resorts closed already, decision was easy: let`s go and hike some nice stuff!! Together with Alex Hoffmann I could realize some very interesting couloirs – steep and one was super narrow. Felt little bit like a canyoning excursion… but no rappelling! Little turns, some mandatory drops, good snow!!
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“4er Loch” couloir
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going fast…

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“jAMm” couloir
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YES, we did it!!!

FIGL SESSION – so much fun!!!!!!!

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