Storing Your Snowboarding Gear In the Off-Season

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For most of us the snow has melted at your local mountains and you are well into your offseason routine or Flow Rituals. If you are not planning on hitting any of the summer camps or chasing the snow up in the Pacific Northwest, Southern Hemisphere or Europe than you need to make sure you store your gear properly so it will be nice and ready come the next winter season. Flow Snowboarding wanted to give you a few tips to make sure your gear is nice and ready for when the lifts start to spin again.

5. Store your gear in a snowboard bag

Storing your snowboard, boots and bindings in a bag will certainly prolong the life of your gear and keep it well organized for when the resorts open. Flow does offer a few luggage and bag options to keep all your gear consolidated in a larger size travel bag.

4. Make sure your gear is dry before you bag it up.

It seems like a no-brainer but we have seen the effects of what happens when you throw your board into a boardbag without drying it first. The snow melts, the rails or metal on your bindings sit in a puddle you didn’t even know was there. You become well aware when you see the rusty edges of your board or other water damage to your bindings or boots. Try to make sure all your gear is dry before bagging it up.

3. Try not to store it in a too hot of a location.

We realize that space is an issue and you may not be able to control where you keep your snowboarding gear, but try to avoid storage spots with increasingly high temperatures. This can cause your board to dry out over the hot summer, especially the base.

2. Wax your board before you store it.

Everyone knows to wax their board before going up the hill, but waxing it before placing it in storage is a great way to make sure you base and board don’t dry up when you store it in the offseason. One thing to keep in mind, is waxing it with an early season wax. I personally wax mine with a mix of all temperature and graphite wax. You never know how the snow is going to ride for your first trip up.

1. Don’t store your gear, keep riding…

This is typically our favorite solution to storing snowboard gear, only store it until your next trip. Winter is over for most ski resorts in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are still plenty of spots on the globe. You could chase the snow and winter down to the Southern Hemisphere, go ride the summer camps in the Pacific Northwest or Woodward camps, or even head to the glaciers or indoor sites in Europe. Don’t let mother nature tell you winter is over. If you are willing to travel, it really has no end.

What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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3 Ski Resorts Still Open in North America

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…and then there were only three. Yes, it’s already June but there are 3 ski resorts still open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know where you can still take a lift to make some turns before it is officially summer. Don’t store your snowboarding gear just yet. Why not take one more road trip? Two of these resorts are rallying past their original projected closing date while the last one will remain open for a couple more weeks due to some late May powder storms.

3. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge was 5/25 but their lifts are still spinning in June.

2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 6/7.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/14.

Are you over in Europe? Check out 6 resorts with lifts spinning in the EU HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-6resorts

What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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The Frozen Chase: Self Portraits by Mike Basich

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Flow Snowboarding Global Professional Mike Basich recently pieced together The Frozen Chase, his self portrait book The Frozen Chase bounces between classic action shots, fun loving lifestyle pics and unique points of view. What really makes this book special is the front seat view of a life lived on the snow and Basich’s lo-fi, organic take on photography.

“I started taking portraits for a few reasons,” explains Basich.

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“I wanted my two imaginations to work together. I wanted to capture how I truly wanted to be shot, and to be the rider. I wanted to share what snowboarding was to me. It wasn’t accepted as a cool or legit thing back then.”

Click HERE if you would like to order The Frozen Chase. The book is available via Asymbol.

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What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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Last 5 Ski Resorts Open In North America

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…and then there were only five. There are only 5 ski resorts left open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know which ones they are so you can run to the hills one last time before summer. Here is a list we compiled of what resorts are still open (as of 5/19) and their projected closing dates. Plan ahead. Some of these are closing this weekend.

5. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, CaliforniaMammoth Mountain Ski Area is the highest resort summit elevation in the state of California at a height of 11,053ft. Located in the southwest corner of the volcanic Long Valley Caldera on the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The resort is home to modern facilities and excellent terrain options. The mountain has a variety of expansive bowls, tree skiing, wide open groomers, steep chutes and world-class terrain parks. Projected closing date for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is 5/25.

4. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge is 5/25.

3. Killington Resort, VermontKillington Resort is located in Southern Vermont within the Green Mountains. Heralded as one of the East’s best mountain resort destinations, Killington is home to an extensive trail system that spans six mountains. Killington’s terrain is extremely diverse, ranging from gentle groomers, learning areas to steep mogul runs and gladed trails, as well as some of the best terrain parks in the northeast. Projected closing date for Killington Resort is 5/31.

2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 6/7.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/21.

Still a few more weeks of resort snowboarding left here in North America. Why not get one more trip up the mountain before you throw your gear into hibernation and storage? If you need some tips for planning a trip, check out our Flow Snowboarding 201 blog: HERE. We here at Flow want to see your spring riding photos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Rituals: What Are Your Off-Season Rituals?

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what your Flow Rituals are.

During the winter all of us run to the hills to go snowboarding. But just because winter is winding down in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean your active lifestyle goes into hibernation. Active people crave active lifestyles. For some of us we chase the snow. We hit up the summer camps in the Pacific Northwest. Some of us find work or study in the southern hemisphere or Europe’s glacial resorts.

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Closing Time: 10 Resorts Still Open in North America

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There are only 10 resorts left open in North America and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know which ones they are so you can squeeze in another trip or two up the hill. Here is a list we compiled of what resorts are still open and their projected closing dates. Run to the hills lads and ladies!

10. Lake Louise, Canada : Mont Saint-Sauveur, located in the heart of the Laurentian region of Quebec plays an important role in the history of the ski industry in Quebec. In full winter the ski area comprises 142 acres of skiable terrain with a 700 foot vertical drop. The area has 8 beginner trails, 9 intermediate, 16 difficult and 5 extremely difficult. The resort also offers guests luxury hotels like the Manoir Saint-Sauveur and Hotel & Spa Mont Gabriel. Projected closing date for Lake Louise is 5/10.

9. Mont Saint-Sauveur, Canada : Mont Saint-Sauveur, located in the heart of the Laurentian region of Quebec plays an important role in the history of the ski industry in Quebec. In full winter the ski area comprises 142 acres of skiable terrain with a 700 foot vertical drop. The area has 8 beginner trails, 9 intermediate, 16 difficult and 5 extremely difficult. The resort also offers guests luxury hotels like the Manoir Saint-Sauveur and Hotel & Spa Mont Gabriel. Projected closing date for Sunshine Village is 5/10.

8. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, CaliforniaMammoth Mountain Ski Area is the highest resort summit elevation in the state of California at a height of 11,053ft. Located in the southwest corner of the volcanic Long Valley Caldera on the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The resort is home to modern facilities and excellent terrain options. The mountain has a variety of expansive bowls, tree skiing, wide open groomers, steep chutes and world-class terrain parks. Projected closing date for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is 5/10.

7. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada : Within British Columbia’s glacial climate and scenic beauty resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain when winter is in full swing is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects skiers and riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains. Projected closing date for Whistler / Blackcomb is 5/12.

6. Sunshine Village, Canada : Situated high along the Continental Divide in Banff National Park, Sunshine Village is home to breathtaking views and one of Canada’s longest ski seasons. Sunshine Village is Canada’s highest elevated resort and is located in the heart of Banff National Park. In full winter the ski area encompasses more than 3,300 skiable acres and terrain ranges from long groomed runs to steep expert trails. Projected closing date for Sunshine Village is 5/17.

5. Snowbird Ski Resort, UtahSnowbird Ski Resort is nestled in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the heart of the Wasatch-Cache National Forrest approximately one mile down the road form Alta Ski Resort. Utah’s famous ultra-light dry powder piles up high on Snowbird’s terrain that is diverse, steep, and lots of fun. The resort boasts the longest ski season in Utah. Projected closing date for Snowbird Ski Resort is 5/17.

4. Mount Bachelor, OregonMt. Bachelor is situated within the Deschutes National Forest in the scenic Cascade Range of central Oregon. Only 22 miles outside of Bend, Oregon along the Century Divide Highway, Mt. Bachelor is a great mountain resort destination that includes a modern lift infrastructure and updated amenities. Projected closing date for Mount Bachelor is 5/24.

3. Timberline Lodge, OregonOffering the longest ski season in America, Timberline Lodge is located near the top of Mt. Hood volcano. Most years, the ski season will begin around early to mid-November continuing through Labor Day, with a short closure snow permitting. In full season, Timberline Lodge boasts the Pacific Northwest’s longest vertical drop at 3,690 feet from the top of Palmer Express to the bottom of Still Creek Basin. Projected closing date for Timberline Lodge is 5/25.

2. Killington Resort, VermontKillington Resort is located in Southern Vermont within the Green Mountains. Heralded as one of the East’s best mountain resort destinations, Killington is home to an extensive trail system that spans six mountains. Killington’s terrain is extremely diverse, ranging from gentle groomers, learning areas to steep mogul runs and gladed trails, as well as some of the best terrain parks in the northeast. Projected closing date for Killington Resort is 5/31.

1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Known as the Legend, Arapahoe Basin is nestled high along Loveland Pass about 68 miles outside of Denver, Colorado. Having been in operation since 1946, the Legend offers some of the highest skier and rider accessible terrain in North America where half of the mountain sits above the timberline with skiing and snowboarding through late spring and early summer. Projected closing date for Arapahoe Basin is 6/21.

Still a few more weeks of resort snowboarding left here in North America. Why not get one more trip up the mountain before you throw your gear into hibernation and storage? If you need some tips for planning a trip, check out our Flow Snowboarding 201 blog: HERE. We here at Flow want to see your spring riding photos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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25 Mountain Resorts Still Open For Spring Snowboarding in the US

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Spring is here but there are plenty of resorts with lifts still spinning, Flow Snowboarding wants to keep you posted as to what resorts still have plenty of terrain open. Here are 25 resorts (as of 4/10/15) with you can still kick into your snowboard and take a lift up to feed your need to ride. You better hurry, quite a few of these are having their last call this weekend.

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Lydia Silber Takes 1st in USASA Halfpipe, Rail Jam & Slopestyle

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Flow Snowboarding team athlete Lydia Silber has been slaying it in Colorado taking three National titles in 2 days, winning gold in Halfpipe, Rail Jam & Slopestyle at the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain.

“It was such an amazing week,” said Lydia Silber. “When you want to reach a goal, a dream… anything… you must go work your butt off because it most surely will not get handed to you.”

“Every day before practice I thought of how cool it would be to get on top of that podium three times.” Lydia continued. “That encouraged me to go out that day and learn new tricks, have fun, and get to work. Also, that fact of knowing that 30 or so girls are coming from all around the U.S. to compete, really gets me motivated to work hard. I couldn’t have done it without the help from each wonderful individual at the Flow Snowboarding family. Everyone working at Flow made a huge impact on how I looked at my snowboarding!”

“It’s amazing,” said her father Jay Silber. “She won the halfpipe and rail jam on Monday. This was a 12 hour day of riding that didn’t end until 9 pm. Then won Slopestyle on Tuesday (after only getting 5 hours sleep) in the Breakers Girl Division at Nationals. She said at the beginning of the season that she was going to try to win all 3 this year. She worked her butt off 5 days a week this season and made it happen. We are very proud of her and the effort she put in to reach her goals.”

Lydia’s brother Freddy Silber also had a strong showing at the USASA event at Copper Mountain.

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“Freddy had a great season too,” Jay Silber added. “He had 4 top 3 finishes out of his 5 competitions and then he placed 16th out of 70+ riders in slopestyle this week at Nationals.”

Have you had a chance to read our interview with Jay Silber, Lydia and Freddy’s father yet? It is a great story about how snowboarding has now spanned three generations in the Silber family. We have all been become part of the snowboarding tribe for various reasons. We here at Flow Snowboarding want to hear your story? Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding Athlete Sarka Pancochova Shark Tales Trailer From Austria

Flow Snowboarding Athlete Sarka Pancochova was travelling through Austria in search of some backcountry and of course… a little fun. Pancochova has been finding her Flow travelling the world this season shooting for her upcoming film Shark Tales, which is expected to be released this fall.

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Flow Snowboarding’s Mike Basich on Discovery Channel’s Visit To Area 241

Flow Snowboarding’s Mike Basich had the Discovery Channel out to visit Area 241 for their segment entitled Seeker Stories. In this video they tour his self-built 225 square foot home in the middle of his 40 acre snow covered property near Truckee, CA that we have all grown to know as Area 241. Basich shows how being close to nature drives his most creative decisions.

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