7 Questions With Sarka Pancochova

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Sarka Pančochová has been travelling all over the globe this winter. We had the opportunity to catch up with Pancochova this week to see how her winter travels and snowboarding have been going.

How has the start to your winter been and where have you been riding?

I went all over the place. November was little bit early for my knee to start riding. Instead I went to California… surfed and went rock climbing. I spent most of December in Breckenridge, CO getting my feet back. It has been going pretty great so far.

Breck. Nice. Who have you been riding with up there?

Mostly with my roommates Celia Miller and Sandra Hillen. Also Cheryl Maas came to visit and we took some fun runs.

What kind of training and rehab were you doing for your knee in order to get back to competing?

I have been biking, surfing, rock climbing and also going to gym a lot. Mostly balance exercises. It’s going pretty great. I’m slowly coming back to feel like myself on my board again.

You were in Kreischberg, Austria for the FIS World Championships, right?

The course was really slushy and then got super icy. I ended up pulling out. I needed more time to get back and get my tricks together. I wanna be 100% killing it when I compete.

What’s next on the agenda? Where are you planning on travelling to or riding?

X Games, the European Open and US open. I am going to Turkey ride some pow in February. I am also planning on going to Mt. Baker for the Banked Slalom. A lot of powder riding and filming this year. I can’t wait.

Are there any other events or film shoots of note you want to mention?

I am trying to work on my own thing. Film little bit this year and see what happens. I want to include all my friends and have lot of fun.

You have joined Protect Our Winters project. What would you like to say about your work with POW?

I always feel like I need to do more for the environment. The snowboarding I do is not the most clean sport so I try to make up for it everywhere else. Protect Our Winters is great way to get people involved and educate about how they can help.

Have you had a chance to check out the Sarka Pančochová film BOB’s On Tour (CLICK HERE) or her Winter 2013-14 edit (CLICK HERE)? Pancochova is up in Colorado for X Games and the rest of the Flow Snowboardinlg crew is headed to Colorado too for SIA in Denver. If you are going to be at SIA , swing by and say hey. Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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Prodaptive Develops The Twinrider For Paraplegic Snowboarding

Early Prodaptive Twinrider models utilized Flow Snowboarding’s binding straps.

Prodaptive, which specializes in tools for adaptive extreme sports recently developed their Twinrider, for paraplegics. It is the world’s first sit-down snowboard rig that allows independent riding, a true board sports sideways stance and full control over snowboard performance in both carving and skidding turns on the hill. Prodaptive’s mission is to facilitate people in exploring and expanding their boundaries in snow sports. Prodaptive started developing adaptive snow sports gear two years ago. They work alongside universities, athletes, coaches and sports organizations in order to develop their technologies. Prodaptive also provides lessons and coaching in adaptive snowboarding.

The Twinrider is a sit down snowboard, beginner model and is easily tweakable to fit and balance many users. It is meant for the adaptive snowboard progression, from the very basics, to riding green and mellow blue runs. The handlebars are well suited for dual riding with an instructor. Early models utilized Flow Snowboarding bindings strap technology. See the video below for how the edge-to-edge weight transfer system works (video featuring an older prototype):

Prodaptive is a startup company, working very hard to bring Twinrider and this innovation to the market. Prodaptive founders love to ride, and are super stoked to have created this technology that allows even more people to join the sport of snowboarding.

“Our DNA is not just creation for- but very much creation by the people,” Prodaptive states on their website. “Twinrider was developed by a team of both able-bodied and people with a disability, sit-snowboarders and sit-skiers, instructors, adaptive coaches and engineering students.”

“We’re not a charity nor are we looking to be, we’re just looking to sell Twinrider rigs and spread the knowledge and skills through clinics and demos while making a sustainable living out of that. Additional profits will off course go to further R&D towards advanced/expert rigs for ParaSBX racing, freeriding and park.”

“Please support our efforts and spread the word. If you know of any adaptive program, snow school, or individual that would be interested in a free demo, a full day lesson/instructor training (at a small cost) or buying the Twinrider rig let them know about us!”


Have you or anyone you know been involved with disabled mountain sports on your local mountains? Many resorts run various programs in order to help keep snow sports accessible to everyone. What do you think of Prodaptive’s Twinrider? Let us know 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

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.

Sarka Pancochova, Aimee Fuller & Cheryl Maas in BOB’s On Tour

BOB’s on Tour 2014 – A Norwegian motorbike and snowboard adventure from TheObscuraProject on Vimeo.

Over the summer Flow Snowboarding Team athlete Sarka Pančochová, alongside fellow professional snowboarders Aimee Fuller and Cheryl Maas, went on a fantastic voyage through Norway to the mountains of Folegfonna on motorbikes. This trip was a combination two common threads these ladies were passionate about… biking and snowboarding.

The open roads of Norway were in front of them. Come along and ride on a great summer adventure with Sarka, Aimee and Cheryl through the eyes of filmer Loic Wirth and photographer Vernon Deck.

Sarka Pančochová was just here visiting with us at Flow headquarters in San Clemente, CA. With all the winter storms finally hitting California, she is back off to the mountains. Where are you planning on riding next? Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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Flow Snowboarding’s Sarka Pacochova 2013-14 Full Video Edit

Check out Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Sarka Pancochova killing it in her 2013-14 full video edit. Are you stoked for the 2014-15 winter? We at Flow certainly are. Where are you planning on starting your winter season. Winter is here. Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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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:
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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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Sarka Pancochova at the Snowboard Zezula Signing

Flow Snowboarding’s Sarka Pancochova dropped into Snowboard Zezula for a signing as well as a meet and greet with her fans. Check out this video showing a few highlights from the event.

The first chairlifts are spinning in Colorado and now according to NOAA, the first major winter storm of the 2014-15 season is about to slam into the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding is ready for winter. Are you? Where are you planning on riding for your first tracks of the 2014-15 season? Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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One Day With Sarka Pancochova

ONE DAY WITH SARKA PANCOCHOVA from Freeride.cz on Vimeo.
Camera & edit: Mike Straka

Thanks to: Snowboard Zezula, Flow Snowboarding, Südtirol.

We spent a great day with Czech pro snowboarder Sarka Pancochova (Red Bull, Volcom, Flow) in a perfectly prepared snowpark in Seiser Alm resort in Südtirol, Nothern Italy.

Aspens are changing to their fall colors, the snow storms in the US have started and now the frequency of new video edits are increasing. All of us at Flow Snowboarding are stoked that the winter cycle is right around the corner. If you had one day to ride somewhere on this planet, where would it be? We want to know. Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

 

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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.

Sarka Pancochova in Volcom Snow’s 2014-15 Outerwear

Check out Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Sarka Pancochova sporting Volcom’s 2014/15 Outerwear Collection. Are you ready for winter? All of us at Flow Snowboarding are. Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

 

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