Top 10 Ski Resort Snow Base Depths February Week IV

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It is the last week in February and Flow Snowboarding is keeping you aware of where the snow is still falling in North America. Here are the top 10 ski resort and mountain snow base totals entering week 4 of February. Can any of the US resorts knock Canada off the top spot? Here are the resorts that are reporting their snow depths as of (2-25-15).

10. Beech Mountain
Beech Mountain starts our top 10 in tenth with 82″ of snow at resort level. As the highest resort in Eastern America, Beech Mountain Resort is home to some of the finest snowboarding and snow skiing in North Carolina. The resort offers both day and night snow skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating; nine runs on the front side of the mountain and double-sided runs on the mountain’s backside. Snowboarders enjoy the region’s premier terrain parks where features are changed on a regular basis. The Powder Bowl Terrain Park is for intermediate to advanced boarders, while the Meadows Park, which is dedicated to beginning snowboarders.

Beech Mountain
403-A Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
800.468.5506
www.beechmtn.com

9. Hudson Bay Mountain
Hudson Bay Mountain is reporting a resort base depth of 83″ up in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada. Smithers is known the world over for sensational outdoor recreation opportunities. Situated in the mountain-ringed Bulkley Valley, less than two hours by air from Vancouver, Smithers is known for its world class powder. The peak of the resort sits at 5413 feet with 1750 feet lift accessed with a continuous vertical of 3775 feet.

Hudson Bay Mountain
3866 Railway Ave
Smithers, BC, Canada
250.847.2058
www.hudsonbaymountain.com

8. Cataloochee Ski Area
Sitting at #8 with an 85″ snow base depth is Cataloochee Ski Area, located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has eighteen ski slopes and trails. Approximately 44% of the slopes are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. With a top elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m), Cataloochee has a maximum vertical drop of 740 feet (230 m). The slopes are accessed by three chair lifts and two carpet lifts. Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on machine made snow for its slopes.

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828.926.0285
www.cataloochee.com 

7. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 87″ at the upper resort level. Access to the mountain starts at Teton Village, Wyoming, which is 12 miles northwest of the town of Jackson on Highway 390 via Highway 22. Only a 40 minute drive from Jackson Airport with non-stop service from 13 cities. The resort terrain covers two mountains; Apres Vous and Rendezvous with 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet. Base elevation sits at 6,311 feet/1924 meters with the summit elevation reaching 10,450 feet/3185 meters. There is also an open backcountry gate system which accesses over 3000+ acres. Of course there is the iconic 100 passenger aerial tram, one eight pax high speed gondola, three detachable quad chairlifts, four fixed grip quad chairlifts, two double chairlift, one fixed grip triple chairlift and one magic carpet.

Jackson Hole
3395 Cody Lane
Teton Village, Wyoming 83025
888.333.7766
www.jacksonhole.com

6. Mount Bachelor
at # 6 Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is reporting a 88″ base depth of snow 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 

5. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain slid into the top five, reporting a 40″-89″ base. 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. Grand Targhee Resort
At #4 is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 80″ – 92″ at resort level. Grand Targhee is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, typically they stack up more than 500 inches of snow annually. The lack of lift lines creates a wide open snowboarder and skier paradise. Five lifts access a total acreage of 2602 acres with a vertical drop of 2270 feet.

Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414
307.353.2300
800.TAR.GHEE
www.grandtarghee.com

3. Blue Hills Ski Area
Leap frogging into the top 3 with a reported base depth of up to 100″ is Blue Hills Ski Area is conveniently located in Canton, MA, making it the closest ski area to the Boston Metro Area. The Ski Area itself has been around since the early 1960’s. The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts owns the ski area, which has been leased by numerous companies in the past. The revitalization began in 2007 when Ski Blue Hills Management, LLC (SBHM) was awarded a 5-year lease of the area. SBHM also operates Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, NJ and is dedicated to bringing back Blue Hills Ski Area by creating an atmosphere where families come together to enjoy winter sports in a fun, safe environment.

Blue Hills Boston
4001 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
781.828.5070
www.bluehillsboston.com

2. Mont Tremblant Resort
Sitting in second place with a 103″ snow base depth Mont Tremblant Resort offers a one-of-a-kind experience both on the mountain and within the pedestrian village located at its base. Located about 80 miles north of Montreal, Mont Tremblant provides visitors with magnificent panoramic views of the Laurentians Mountains. Mont Tremblant Resort covers over 650 skiable acres and includes a great mix of beginner to advanced terrain. The resort receives an abundance of snowfall and is complimented by one of the largest snow-making systems in North America. The resort is home to long perfectly groomed intermediate and beginner trails. Advanced and experts will find excellent mogul trails and some tree glades. The terrain park at Tremblant consists of forty features spread across forty acres with a 10,000 watt sound system.

Mont Tremblant Resort
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs
MontTremblant, Quebec J8E 1T1, CANADA
888.738.1777
www.tremblant.ca

1. Massif du Sud
Reigning supreme for North America is Massif du Sud, reporting a base of 167″ – 173″ of snow at resort level. Massif du Sud is a ski mountain about 90 km southeast of Quebec City, Canada. It is part of the park of the same name, the Parc du Massif du Sud. The Massif du Sud is located between the village of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland and the village of Saint-Philémon in Bellechasse, Québec, Canada. Often confounded with Le Massif, the Massif du Sud is renowned for its natural snow and its glades. Although it is the highest ski mountain in the Quebec City region, it doesn’t boast the biggest vertical because of its base already at 515 meters.

Massif du Sud
1989 Route du Massif-du-Sud
St-Philémon, QC G0R 4A0
Canada
877.869.3676
massifdusud.net

Massif du Sud in Quebec is currently the front runner for snow base depths this year. With a change in the weather patterns, the winter engine is restarting and it will be exciting to see where the resorts stand at winter’s end. But it ain’t over yet. Pray for snow, there’s still plenty of time to ride. Have any of you gone north of the border to ride yet? We would love to see photos of you riding your Flow gear, or landscape shots of the mountain and conditions. 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. 

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Generations of the Silber Family Snowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding team athletes Lydia & Freddy Silber with Sophia Capua

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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7 Questions With Drayden Gardner On Canada

“I met Tim Bouvette when he came to ride Bear Mountain. He lives up there in Three Rivers, Canada. He invited me to come up and invite any friends that I wanted to bring to film. I called Jed Sky because he kills it in street too and he’s a lot of fun to ride with. Tim has put a lot into his two year movie project and it was such an honor to be invited to be in it. He is an amazing filmer and rider.” -Drayden Gardner

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How long were you guys out in Canada?

I was there for two full weeks. Jed was there for about a week.

Where did Bouvette, Sky and you  go?

We started in Montreal and moved around Canada to Quebec, Quebec City, Ottawa and Three Rivers. We stayed in hotels and packed into a little tiny car with all our gear. It was so much fun.

What spots did you hit up?

We hit some pretty famous spots and some secret spots too. You may have seen a few spots in past movies like Deja Vu or Video Grass. Pretty much anything we could find though.

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Who were you out there filming with?

It was me, Tim, Jed, and Simon mostly and sometimes a couple other of Tim’s friends.

Best day riding out there?

I would have to say my best day was the day we hit the red wall ride. It was so sick!

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Where are you guys headed now?

I just finished Rev Tour on Mammoth Mountain and now I’m actually heading back to Canada. I just booked a last minute trip for another two weeks of filming with Tim. Part Deux! Haha…

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

This next two week trip to Canada and then I’m in the Park Fab Vegas Rail Jam on March 6th & 7th. After that I do the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom, JLA Banked Slalom, Volcom PBRJ Finals and I think I’m gonna hit up Austria and Australia this summer.

You can also read about the Canada trip through Jed Sky’s eyes, 7 Questions with Jed Sky on Canada: HERE

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Top 10 Ski Resort Snow Base Depth February Week II

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It is the second week in February and Flow Snowboarding wants you to know where to head if you looking for snow in North America. Here are the top 10 ski resort and mountain snow base totals entering week 2 of February. Will the US or Canada be on top this week? Here are the resorts that are reporting their snow depths as of (2-10-15).

10. Cataloochee Ski Area 
Starting the top 10 we gave 85″ of snow base depth at Cataloochee Ski Area, located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The area has eighteen ski slopes and trails. Approximately 44% of the slopes are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced. With a top elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m), Cataloochee has a maximum vertical drop of 740 feet (230 m). The slopes are accessed by three chair lifts and two carpet lifts. Typical of North Carolina ski areas, Cataloochee relies primarily on machine made snow for its slopes.

Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828.926.0285
www.cataloochee.com 

9. Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain is sitting at 88″ resort base depth. As the Great Northern Catskills’ premier winter destination, Hunter Mountain maintains renowned terrain, award-winning learning facilities and luxury mountainside accommodations.  With high-efficiency snowmaking on 100% of its trails, an entire dedicated learning area perfect for beginners and families alike, the expert terrain of Hunter West and Empire Terrain park, Hunter has something for everyone.  Hunter Mountain, has got skiers and snowboarders covered

Hunter Mountain
64 Klein Avenue
Hunter, NY 12442
518.263.4223
www.huntermtn.com

8. Grand Targhee Resort
At #8 is Grand Targhee Resort, reporting 81″ – 88″ at resort level. Grand Targhee is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, typically they stack up more than 500 inches of snow annually. The lack of lift lines creates a wide open snowboarder and skier paradise. Five lifts access a total acreage of 2602 acres with a vertical drop of 2270 feet.

Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414
307.353.2300
800.TAR.GHEE
www.grandtarghee.com

7. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 90″ at the upper resort level. Access to the mountain starts at Teton Village, Wyoming, which is 12 miles northwest of the town of Jackson on Highway 390 via Highway 22. Only a 40 minute drive from Jackson Airport with non-stop service from 13 cities. The resort terrain covers two mountains; Apres Vous and Rendezvous with 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet. Base elevation sits at 6,311 feet/1924 meters with the summit elevation reaching 10,450 feet/3185 meters. There is also an open backcountry gate system which accesses over 3000+ acres. Of course there is the iconic 100 passenger aerial tram, one eight pax high speed gondola, three detachable quad chairlifts, four fixed grip quad chairlifts, two double chairlift, one fixed grip triple chairlift and one magic carpet.

Jackson Hole
3395 Cody Lane
Teton Village, Wyoming 83025
888.333.7766
www.jacksonhole.com

6. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke Mountain resort is at six, reporting a 93″ base. At Revelstoke Mountain Resort, you can find runs that other people have to take helicopters to ski: It has the greatest vertical drop in North America,at 5,620 feet and their longest run is a mild-blowing 9.5 miles, dropping from the top of Mount Mackenzie to an ever-growing base village. Revelstoke Mountain Resort provides 3,121 acres of skiable terrain spread out over gladed terrain, high alpine bowls, fall line skiing and great groomed terrain.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort
2950 Camozzi Road
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1, Canada
+1 250-814-0087
www.revelstokemountainresort.com

5. Whitewater Ski Resort
Sitting at #5, Whitewater Ski Area has reported a snow base depth of “93. Located just outside Nelson BC, on BC’s famous Powder Highway, Whitewater Ski Resort is renowned for receiving over 12 meters / 40 feet of light, dry, powder snow every season. With its legendary deep powder and endless terrain, Whitewater Ski Resort is attracting attention from across Canada and around the world from those searching for an epic BC winter ski vacation. Over 623 metres / 2044 feet of steeps, deeps, chutes, bowls, and glades are all there, beneath the ski resort’s majestic Ymir Peak.

Whitewater Ski Resort
#1 Whitewater Ski Hill Road
Nelson, British Columbia V1L 5P7, Canada
+1.250.354.4944
www.skiwhitewater.com

4. Mount Bachelor
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor is approaching the top 3 resorts, reporting a 98″ 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 

3. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort sounds off at #3 with a 100″ 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

2. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
Reporting a base depth as high as 102″ of snow, Idaho’s Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Silver medal for resort bases this week. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a family friendly atmosphere for winter enthusiasts of all ages. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a 30 minute drive northeast from Idaho Falls. Founded in 1957, the resort has been described by accomplished snowboarders and skiers as the perfect place to learn to snowboard and ski. With 640 skiable acres, 52 runs, 4 double chairs and 1 surface lift, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offers terrain suited for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is well known for its night skiing, with most of the hill lit for a unique winter experience.

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
5488 Kelly Canyon Road
Ririe, Idaho 83443
(208) 538-6251
www.skikelly.com

1. Massif du Sud
At the top of the list is Massif du Sud is reports a base of 161″ – 167″ of snow at resort level. Massif du Sud is a ski mountain about 90 km southeast of Quebec City, Canada. It is part of the park of the same name, the Parc du Massif du Sud. The Massif du Sud is located between the village of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland and the village of Saint-Philémon in Bellechasse, Québec, Canada. Often confounded with Le Massif, the Massif du Sud is renowned for its natural snow and its glades. Although it is the highest ski mountain in the Quebec City region, it doesn’t boast the biggest vertical because of its base already at 515 meters.

Massif du Sud
1989 Route du Massif-du-Sud
St-Philémon, QC G0R 4A0
Canada
877.869.3676
massifdusud.net

The snow totals in Quebec, Canada are off the chart. Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne are sandwiching Kelly Canyon Ski Area for the top 3 resort base depths for week 2 in January. There is still plenty of winter left, it will be interesting to see how the resort totals continue to stack up.

If any of you have any photos of you rocking your Flow gear, or even shots of the mountain and conditions, 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. You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Flow Snowboarding Micron Sophia Capua January Video Edit

How old were you when you started riding? Flow Snowboarding Micron team athlete Sophia Capua is only 6 years old and is gaining confidence on her board every day. Here is her January edit. It has a little bit of everything for the little ones to stoke their fire to ride; urban jibbing, powder riding, competition riding… Sophia is proving it is never to early to “Find Your Flow.”

Have you had a chance to watch Sophia Capua’s season opener edit?
CLICK HERE

Also check out this December recap above of Sophia edited by the Capua Clan on Vimeo.

We want to see your photos and videos of your little Flow Snowboarding Microns on the hill. 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

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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Special Olympic Athlete Daina Shilts Partnered Up With Hannah Teter At X-Games Dual Slalom

Flow Snowboarding and Wisconsin’s Special Olympic Athlete Daina Shilts started snowboarding seven years ago and this week she is one of ten Special Olympians participating in the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.

“I wanted something a little more challenging and a little more fun,” Daina said in an interview with WSAW-TV, the local Wisconsin CBS affiliate.

“I just wanna be really active. I don’t like sitting around and doing nothing. It really bothers me.”

“I absolutely love it,” Daina said of snowboarding. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Daina will be competing in the Dual Slalom, partnered with Hannah Teter in the first ever unified sports Special Olympics today. Competing is nothing new to Daina. She was also in South Korea competing in 2013, bringing home a gold and two silver medals.

“I met Hannah in South Korea and I am looking forward to seeing her again,” said Daina. “She has always been a big role model to me and I am pumped to be riding with her.”

“Working with The Special Olympics has been an absolute blast,” said Tyler Daigler of Flow Snowboarding.

“Daina is a top notch athlete and helping her be more competitive with highly advanced Flow gear has been a privilege. All of us at Flow are rooting for her today.”

Daina and the Shilts family went up a couple days early to Aspen to do some freeriding, well before the the X-Games got started.

“The whole trip has been really fantastic,” Daina said. “I am having an absolute blast. I have been riding Aspen Snowmass a lot, doing laps from the top to the bottom. So much fun.”

“I want to thank everybody at Flow. I love Flow snowboards I’ve been a Flow boarder ever since I started riding. I once tried another board and it wasn’t the same. Amazing snowboards, boots and bindings. Every time I am out on the hill, I keep receiving complements on my gear.”

Are any of you up at Aspen, Colorado for X-Games? We would love to see your photos of the event. Or even conditions on the hill up there. Share your photos with us. Engage with us here at Flow Snowboarding on social media. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

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Top 10 Europe Resort Snow Bases

Austiran Alps, Photo by Mario Wanger

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
www.kaunertaler-gletscher.at/en

9. Hintertuxer Gletscher - Zillertal Area, Austria: “96
www.hintertuxergletscher.at/en/home.html

8. Pitztaler Gletscher - Pitztal, Italy: “94
www.pitztaler-gletscher.at/en

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

6. Sölden – Ötztal, Austria: “104
www.soelden.com

5. Mölltaler Gletscher – Mölltal, Austria: “106
www.gletscher.co.at

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

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

2. Engelberg Titlis - Switzerland: “136
www.engelberg.ch

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

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.

You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Max Zipser 3rd Overall For Line of the Year


Max Zipser nominated for Line of the year from M-Line Freeski TV on Vimeo.

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Max Zipser recently placed 3rd place and won 1st place the jury selection for Line of the Year.

“I called the Line La Rampa, as it has had obviously no name yet,” Zipser explained. “It is located in the Ötztaler alps. As I’m out there quite often, I am always looking for something new and untouched. That line came into my eyes and I was immediately on fire to do that descent.”

“The chute ends over a 500 feet cliff and is very narrow and steep with an exit just as much as you need to pass with a snowboard. The tricky thing is to be fast enough in the upper part not to get washed out with the sluff you release and then make the connection to the lower and less exposed part of the line. Being patient is one of the most important things in the mountains and finally I’m super happy that I could ride La Rampa in such good snow conditions but stable enough not to shit my pants while climbing up.”

“To be placed 1st by the Jury of the Line Of The Year Award and coming 3rd overall was a big reward! It was a great event and it`s always cool to get together with people who share the same passion!”

To read the previous interview Flow did with Max Zipser click: HERE

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