Flow Snowboarding 101 – What do you need to go snowboarding?

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What do I need to go snowboarding? What are some tips for planning a snowboarding trip? How to tips on learning how to snowboard? Venturing into the park for the first time? Safety tips for going off trail. If you just started snowboarding or want to get into it, there are a lot of basic questions people have. Such simple questions, but all beginners and people starting out snowboarding are typically afraid to ask. Welcome to Flow Snowboarding School, a series intended to answer your most basic how to questions of snowboarding. Class is in session.

Flow Snowboarding 101: What do you need to go snowboarding?

Flow Snowboarding 101 is designed as an introduction for beginners as a reference source for all the equipment necessary to enjoy your trip sliding on snow. In this section we will be covering what to wear, equipment needed and luggage for your voyage up the mountain.

1. What do I wear snowboarding?

Staying dry and warm when you are on the hill. You need to make sure you have outerwear. A warm combination of a waterproofed jacket and pants are vital. Being wet makes a day snowboarding more annoying. Snow jackets and pants come in varying waterproofing and breathability ratings. Layering up with liners under your outerwear can help increase your comfort and warmth level.

Gloves come in many variations. Like outerwear, they are used to keep your hands dry and warm. Depending on the time of year, there are warmer thicker gloves for fall and winter, as well as lighter and more breathable gloves for the spring and summer months on the mountain.

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You need to be able to see. Sure sunglasses block the sun, but if you fall once… will they survive the impact? There’s a reason why most of us use goggles. We recommend you have two types of lenses; one High Visibility lens that has a good tint to them to block the sun out. These have the fancy iridium and darker colored tint to the lenses. You also want a low visibility lens to help accentuate the terrain in low light and stormy conditions. These low visibility lenses typically come in a yellow or rose tint.

Finding a comfortable beanie and helmet are recommend. Sarka Pancochova demonstrated the importance of a helmet. If you want to roll the dice without a helmet, make sure your beanie is warm and fits well with your goggles. Try to avoid what is known as a gaper gap, make sure your bindings are tight to your beanie, or you will have a funny looking sunburn and wind burn on your forehead

If you need more warmth and comfort you can always add a scarf, facemask or gaiter to keep your head extra warm. These are optional, but will help add to the comfort level. If you have all of the above and are still dealing with battling the cold, we’d recommend hand warmers you can store inside you gloves or even the pockets of your outerwear.

2. Snowboarding Gear

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There are a vast array of shapes and sizes of snowboards. People typically ask if they should buy a starter or beginner snowboard versus a more technical snowboard. Flow Snowboarding offers a few options for those looking to get started. The Viper, Merc or Silhouette are perfect choices for those looking to start linking their toeside and heelside turns. To keep things simple there are two types of boards, rocker and camber. Feel free to browse through our entire line of Flow snowboards.

For more information on the different types of boards, watch the Flow snowboard overview video: HERE

Whether you choose our traditional lace boot in our Vega or step up to the next level with our selection of BOA closure boots, Flow boots are the best fitting boots out of the box. Find the boot that fits you best and for your riding style. New boot technology such as BareFoot Technology, as well as advances in closure systems and insoles & outsoles offers you a perfect fit. Please browse through our entire line of Flow boots.

For more information on boots, watch the Flow boot overview video: HERE

When selecting a bindings, Flow offers a variety of options from beginner bindings, to bindings that vary in response & stiffness depending on the needs of the rider. Our Flite, Five or Haylo bindings are a great option for an entry level binding. Flow’s Fuse, Fuse_GT, Minx or Minx-GT bindings are a great option for riders looking for a responsive feel with flex. Our higher end NX2-GT, NX2 & Isis bindings are our most responsive and stiffest bindings in our line. To find the correct bindings for you, please browse through our entire line of Flow bindings.

For more information on bindings, watch the Flow bindings overview video: HERE

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3. Baggage

Whether you are just hitting the local resort, or heading off into the slack or backcountry, you need to make sure you have a backpack to carry all the essentials. Check out our variety of different Flow backpacks.

Board Bags & Luggage:
A great way to keep all your hard gear and soft goods organized is to grab some snowboard specific luggage to store all the gear you accumulate. When travelling via car or plane, having everything organized and packed is essential. A boardbag is also a great way to protect your snowboard gear, as well as the inside of your car. Check out our variety of different Flow luggage bags.

Flow Snowboarding 101 is a basic outline of what is needed to go snowboarding. Do you think we left anything out? Let us know, we are trying to educate. We will be continuing on this series in order to help bring the new generation of snowboarders to the next level.We all started riding somewhere.

Where did you start snowboarding? Do you have any photos? 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. You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

10 Questions Catching Up With Sarka Pancochova

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Celia Miller & Sarka Pancochova

Where in the world are you ladies currently?

We are in Breckenridge, CO. Its snowing outside so we are trying film some sweet snowboarding.

Where are your travels leading you this time Sarka?

I am gonna stay in Breck and film. I have US open after that, then I will go to Czech for the World Cup. I am hoping to do another sweet trip to add to my little documentary.

We saw you are travelling with Celia Miller… any others in the entourage touring with you?

I like riding with Celia. She is a great travel buddy and she is an experienced backcountry rider. I just like people who are stoked on snowboarding and fun to hang out with.

What film crew or photographers are you travelling with?

Usually just friends that are around. It is not a super high budget project, but more of an experiment. It’s just nice to be out of my competition element and see what I can come up with and how creative we can get.

What is this particular film project you are focusing on?

It is gonna be travel story with great snowboarding and inspiring people from all over the world that just love snowboarding. What their story is. I’m a perfect example of a park rat, but I know there is more to snowboarding then just competing. I want to bring this up with this documentary.

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Sarka Pancochova in the park by QParks in Turkey

So you have been asking people all around the world what snowboarding means to them. Any answers you would like to share? 

Yeah. Turkey was pretty exciting. There is this older guy. We was like 45 and he just started snowboarding 6 years ago. Got so hooked on it that he started organizing the first snowpark in Turkey with his buddies. The story was pretty epic. He just wanted to make snowboarding available for Turkish people and show them how much fun it is.

Anything about the trip, not related to snowboarding that you would like to mention?

I ate a lot of kebabs in that week.

Any recommendations for MUST travel to, as far as locations for those looking to travel the world to snowboard?

Last year I went to Norway to Folgefona resort and traveled on motorbikes the west coast. It was pretty awesome trip. (For more on this trip see the BOBs On Tour film)

You are involved in the POW Protect Our Winter’s campaign. In your world travels over the years, have you noticed a difference in seasons? Winters? Snowfall or Snowpack?

I have to say that it is crazy how much winters have changed since i started snowboarding. California doesn’t have any snow and glaciers are disappearing. Global warming is a big issue everywhere around the world. People loose jobs because of it and it needs to be number one topic. We need to try figure out ways how to stop it.

Anything else you would like to mention to the Flow family or those reading this article?

Flow Snowboarding is a real snowboard family. People in the company have been so good to me and I love to represent it. I always get to hit the jumps first, because I’m the first one strapped in to my bindings. In my eyes that’s winning. 

Have any of you been to Europe this winter? We would love to see your photos and edits. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Generations of the Silber Family Snowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding team athletes Freddy and Lydia Silber grew up in a family that has been living and breathing snowboarding since the 1980’s. Their father Jay Silber explains their family’s love of snowboarding was a joy that was passed on from his father after his visit to Winter Park, Colorado from Missouri.

My dad first came out to Winter Park in 1987 to visit his sister, Freddy and Lydia’s great aunt. He saw a few people snowboarding at the resort and realized it was the greatest thing ever. He was an athletic guy and at the time was in his late 40’s. He went into the rental shop at the hotel where his sister was working at and bought a Burton Elite 150 and never skied again. It is still a family heirloom that hangs in Freddy’s room. My aunt overheard the rental shop kids talking and laughing about the old geezer who bought a snowboard from them that morning. She came home from work that night, told my dad about the geezer comment and they had a huge laugh.

My dad had so much fun learning to snowboard and brought me out my senior year in high school on a snowboard trip. He bought me a Kemper Freestyler as an early graduation present (our second family heirloom, hanging in our garage). I was hooked after that trip. I only had thoughts of moving to the mountains as soon as possible. It took me another four years to make the move to Winter Park permanently.

Did you ever ski before snowboarding?

Yes. My dad’s youngest sister was a ski instructor here in Winter Park in the mid 70’s at a ski area called Ski Idlewild. It has since closed, but was the quintessential old school ski area from the 1950’s. Two slow motion 2 seater chairlifts and one modest lodge. She taught me to ski there when I was 4 and then I progressed and moved up to skiing at Winter Park. Apparently I was straight lining every run and scaring the shit out of my dad. So maybe I never really learned to ski.

How old were you when you started snowboarding?

I taught myself to snowboard at 16 years old in Missouri at an area called Snow Creek. It was 1987 and I had only seen pictures of people snowboarding in ads run in my favorite BMX magazine at the time. I had never seen anyone actually doing it. It just looked so freaking cool from the pictures. Snow Creek is a jenky place, but they have 2 lifts. Coincidentally one is an old one from Winter Park. I learned on a borrowed snowboard. It was a piece of crap. No edges at all, made out of plastic. I was wearing moon boots and jeans. A total gaper without a clue. I think I sprained both ankles that day because of the moon boots. But I had the best day of my life and began to think about moving to the mountains.

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Jay Silber getting some fresh tracks at Winter Park Resort, CO

What year did you move to Colorado?

In 1993 the soon to be Mrs. Silber and I moved here from Kansas City, MO. Snowboarding and mountain biking were the main reasons for the move. Living in a laid back environment was another reason.

How old was Freddy when he started snowboarding?

Both kids learned to ski first, because they were in daycare at the time. The daycare would teach the kids to ski once they were 2 years old and potty trained. They were both 2-1/2 years old when they learned to ski. Freddy switched to boarding when he was 4. It was difficult, because he was too young for snowboard school lessons so I spent an entire season with him between my knees. It took 5 months of riding every weekend before he made his first turn on his own, but we were having the time of our lives together.

Those were days I would take again in a second… good times.

He had the smallest board at the time, which was still too big. His boots were also too big, so we stuffed them with newspapers to make them fit better. Kids bindings at the time for someone so small, were almost non-existent. We found the smallest ones at the shop and the shop guys let me cut them up and re-build the straps so they fit him.

Honestly, the first bindings that we found to work great for a kid were the Flow Snowboarding bindings. Once we got the Flows, snowboarding became really fun. That was how he came to be on the Flow team, because he loved the bindings. When it came time to send in a “sponsor me video,” Flow was the first company on his list.

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Freddy Silber floating his Canvas ABT snowboard over the powder.

How old was Lydia when she first kicked into her snowboard?

Lydia was six when she learned to snowboard. I was bummed she wanted to quit skiing because she was so good at it. But she was carving on her board within 45 minutes of strapping in, so we didn’t suffer any kind of a set back with her. Now everyone in the family was sliding sideways. It was good.

How long did you have Freddy & Lydia in ski school lessons?

I realized after that first year with Freddy hanging onto my knees that we needed some professional help teaching the kids how to really ride, so it was good to move them into a program. They did each spend about four seasons in the Winter Park Ski and Ride School before we moved them onto the Winter Park Snowboard Team, where they continue to train. They loved it and it is where they both really got the foundation of skill that they are using these days. They learned to ride switch in Ride School. A lot of switch. A lot of riding trees and all mountain. It has paid off huge for both of them in their competitions. It was during these years at Winter Park Ride School that Freddy began to gain attention locally. At the suggestion of one of the local shop guys, Freddy began to compete and do pretty well. Those four seasons entailed 3 days a week of instruction.

How did you know Freddy and Lydia had what it took to take their riding to the next level?

Some parents set out with a goal to create super kid athletes. That never occurred to me when they started skiing and riding. It was just going to be fun and then it all mushroomed to some degree. I knew they were taking it to the next level when they both were competing at the regional USASA level and doing well; placing in the top five. Freddy was the one who heard about the USASA competitions from his skier friend Birk Irving, who is now on the US Junior Olympic Team. I was clueless to it all, I just wanted to snowboard with my kids when it all began.

How did you guys get involved with Flow Snowboarding?

Freddy was 9 years old and had been snowboarding for about five years, only competing for the past couple. He had been pestering me for the previous two years to make a “sponsor me video” and send it in to some companies to see if they would sponsor him. I pretty much ignored or blew that off for as long as I could. I was thinking, who in the world is going to sponsor a kid? I had a hunch that it was possible and maybe I wasn’t ready for that.

Freddy was ready and he let me know. He came into the house one late summer day and asked me for the hundredth time if I had made his sponsor me video yet. I said, “No.”

He looked at me and said in the most sincere tone… “Dad, You’re holding me back!”

I made that video the next day. I can truthfully say, it was Freddy who started it all. My wife and I have just been along for the ride to support our kids as best we can.

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Lydia Silber with a method

Any advice to parents out there that are looking to elevate their child’s riding abilities?

Be patient. Enjoy the process. Some years will be far from great. Injuries will happen. Patience and unconditional support, regardless of contest results are the main things. People get too focused on what place their kid comes in. That’s not fair for the kid, judging is subjective and can easily dismantle a kid’s confidence. I would also suggest finding a quality coached program near where they live. I would say it is next to impossible to compete beyond the local level without some type of professional coaching these days.

Which resorts are your home resorts?

Winter Park is homebase, where we ride the most. Then Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Steamboat.

What are your plans for the Silber family this winter? Do you have any ski trips coming up?

No ski trips planned other than traveling around Colorado for the kids’ competitions. I hope to take the kids down south to Silverton, CO someday for some serious riding outside of the park. Freddy loves big mountain free riding more than anything. He would eat it up down there. Both kids absolutely love riding powder. So anytime we can get some, it’s like being on vacation even though we are home. Nationals is coming up too, so we will be there in April. Luckily it’s at Copper Mountain, so we don’t have to travel far.

Anything you would like to say to the Flow customers or those reading this blog?

To the customers I would say congratulations for supporting a company that is totally dedicated to snowboarders. Flow is a unique brand and a unique blend of people making it happen. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re lucky enough that it’s for you, then you’re quite lucky. I know my kids have certainly been lucky and they work hard to represent the brand in the best way. Thanks to everyone at Flow, past and present, for their support of Freddy and Lydia.

There have been a few generations that have handed down snowboarding since its inception. Who was the first person to influence you to kick into a snowboard and slide down the snow? 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 2014-15 Boots Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding boots overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow boot line.

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what model Flow boots you are rocking. Talon Focus? Hylite Focus? DeeLite or Vega boots? Post your photos of you riding your Flow gear. Engage with us on Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Snowboard Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding snowboard overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow snowboard line.

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what model Flow snowboard you are rocking. Era? Darwin? Maverick? BlackOut? Jewel? Micron Stomper? Post your photos of you riding your Flow gear. Engage with us on Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Binding Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding binding overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow binding line.

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7 Questions with Flow Jed Sky

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Jed Sky – Photo: River Richer

“I had been wanting to film street rails all winter. So when Drayden Gardner asked me to go up to Canada, it was a no brainer. Canada is driving distance from me. I’ve always wanted to go and it was a great opportunity to log some clips.” – Jed Sky

How long were you and Drayden out in Canada?

I was in Canada for about a week. Drayden stayed longer. For about two weeks, I think.

Where did you guys go?

We stayed in Trois Riviere, in English it’s Three Rivers. It is about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. We hit spots in all three cities, as well as some other locations in Quebec.

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What spots did you hit up?

We hit everything from down rails, to close outs, to wall rides. It was so sick!

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Who were you out there filming with?

Drayden and I stayed with Tim Bouvette, who lives in Three Rivers. He snowboards and films really well and was down to shoot everyday. If it wasn’t for him, this trip wouldn’t have been possible. There was also Simon Martel, another Three River local who shreds, along with another three or four French-Canadian snowboarders.

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Drayden Gardner – Photo Credits: Simon Martel

Best day riding out there?

That’s so tough! It’s a close one. One of my favorite days was hitting a close out Montreal because it was a sick spot that everybody got clips on. My other favorite day could’ve been in Quebec City; we hit a rail and got good clips, then went to dinner at an awesome fast food place. After all the hard work of getting the clip that day, it was so rewarding to relax, eat greasy and warm food in a beautiful city.

Where are you headed now?

Right now I’m in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the third stop of the Revolution Tour.

Any events, filming coming up you’d like to mention?

I actually don’t have any events or trips planned until the spring! Just going to be cruising in New Hampshire trying to get as many clips as I can with my friends!

You can also read about the Canada trip through Drayden Gardner’s eyes and watch the video clip from their trip, 7 Questions with Drayden Gardner on Canada: HERE

Have any of you headed north of the border to do any snowboarding? We would love to see your photos and videos. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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What is the SIA Snowshow?

For most of us in the ski and snowboard industry, especially here at Flow Snowboarding, we are well familiar with what SIA and the yearly SIA SnowShow is in Denver, CO. We also realize that there are a lot of snowboarders and skiers that may have no clue what SIA or the Denver SnowShow is. Flow Snowboarding wants to give you a glimpse into all the hard work we at Flow, along with all the other brands within our industry do in order to make SIA the most anticipated trade show in North America.

Essentially the SIA SnowShow is the grand reveal of next winter’s snowboards, boots, bindings, hard goods and soft goods. Flow Snowboarding received some awesome feedback and input from everybody who stopped by the Flow booth over the last week. A handful of our team athletes came down from the hill to help assist at the trade show booth as well. Mike Basich, Sophia Capua, Dru Williams, Cees Wille & Jordan Zdanek were all on hand.

SIA SnowShow is a trade show at the Denver Convention Center by day, allowing various brands, industry, retailers and shops glimpses of next winter’s line. The evening is stacked with multiple events throughout the city by night; events like the TransWorld Snowboarding Riders Poll and individual industry parties thrown by various brands. So many events all week, you have to pick and choose which ones you are going to.

If after working all day and talking about snowboarding in Downtown Denver gave you an itch to ride, the wiser team athletes in the industry have discovered Ruby Hill Park just 15 minutes south of the city center. It’s a public park that is well lit with a hillside, covered with man made snow and park features. The park is typically open until 9 and is maintained by Winter Park Resort. This year for SIA, there was a rail jam and even a concert featuring Air Dubai.

The final two days of the trade show (2/2 – 2/3) move up to the “On Snow Demos.” This year the demo is at up at Copper Mountain Resort. If you are industry, we would love to see you up here. If you are not industry, just riding around Copper you will see every brands’ skis & snowboards on the hill. A perfect way to start your wishlist for next year.

Have you lads and ladies seen the new Flow Snowboarding line for next year? Are any of you up here at Copper Mountain for the “On Snow Demo?” If you are in the industry, we would love to see you up here. Please share with us your photos and video of you and your friends riding the new Flow Snowboarding 2015-16 gear. Share with us on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media, tag us and please use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

Top 10 Europe Resort Snow Bases

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Lately, Flow Snowboarding has been covering the resort base depths for North America. Last week, somebody on social media was asking about the European resort base depths. We listened. Here are the Top 10 European resort snow base depths for January (as of 1-20-15). Looks like the most of the snow is concentrated in the Alps. Let’s see if your resort made it into the top 10.

10. Kaunertaler Gletscher – Kaunertal, Austria: “95

9. Hintertuxer Gletscher - Zillertal Area, Austria: “96

8. Pitztaler Gletscher - Pitztal, Italy: “94

7. Zugspitze - Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Zugspitzgebiet, Germany: “100 zugspitze.de/de/winter

6. Sölden – Ötztal, Austria: “104

5. Mölltaler Gletscher – Mölltal, Austria: “106

4. Kitzsteinhorn / Kaprun - Zell am See – Kaprun, Austria: “106

3. Val Senales / Schnalstal – Südtirol, Italy: “114

2. Engelberg Titlis - Switzerland: “136

1. Pontedilegno Tonale – Adamello Ski - Adamello Ski, Italy “157

After a slow start to the winter Italy, Switzerland and Austria have lined up to have the deepest resort snow base depths for Europe for January Week 3. Have any of you or our Flow Snowboarding family been out to the Alps this winter? Share your photos and stories by connecting with us on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us.

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TransWorld Snowboarding Flow Darwin Snowboard Review

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Darwin ABT: Never deep or steep enough and it carves like a knife.

This quiver filler was designed in collaboration between Dale Rehberg and Mike Basich is not just a powder hungry bandit, it actually works incredibly well on hard pack as well. The directional shape with its swallowtail and 2 piece ABT was designed around the camber and side-cut to give us “The sickest snowboard ever made”. Lose yourself in the tranquility of the wood veneer top-sheet, zenned out graphics and bamboo sidewalls or take it for a spin to see for yourself. An inspirational board from tip to tail is what we set out to build, and now we have it.

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