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Snowboarding can often be misunderstood. People often view it as a leisure activity instead of a sport. In some cases, that is true. However, snowboarding can be both physically and mentally taxing on the body. Flow is here with Tips to stay in peak snowboarding condition!
1) Running / Cardio
You may think that snowboarding is simply riding down a hill, but you’ll soon find out that it is actually a great workout in itself. Your whole body is constantly working as you’re having fun. Your legs, calves, and ankles are being strengthened as well as your core. Through running and other cardio exercises, you can increase your endurance and have enough energy to get in extra runs. While others are running out of stamina, you’ll have more runs to yourself. Cardio also helps you from getting tired in the thin mountain air.
We know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t yoga meant for good looking girls in tight pants?” No….Well, yes but it is also good for snowboarders. Yoga is widely used by top athletes and incorporated into their daily training regimens. Yoga increases flexibility as well as mental health. Yoga is also one of the top ways to prevent injuries. It keeps you loose, strong, and flexible on the mountain.
3) Eat Healthy
We’re not judging, We here at Flow are also guilty of drinking beer & eating cheeseburgers but it will eventually catch up to you. We’re just saying, it can’t hurt to mix in a salad or Acai Bowl (If you don’t know what an Acai Bowl is look HERE, they’re incredible).
4) Cross-Training Board Sports
Surfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding are all different but they do all share core board sport fundamentals. They all help you increase balance, core strength, reaction time, and are all really fun to do. You can’t be on the mountain everyday, so it is important to get your boarding fix somewhere else. Even Indo Boards help with training. Keep any type of board under your feet and it will help.
Nothing can recreate snowboarding, so the #1 thing that you can do to help your snowboarding is to snowboard. Snowboarding is an intense workout in itself. The items listed above are simply to help you better prepare for the mountain and to not feel rusty. Incorporate all of these items into your weekly routine, and we guarantee you’ll feel a difference.
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Road Trips are a necessity for any snowboarder. Anything from a day trip to a week long adventure, road trips are a part of the snowboarding experience. Flow is here with a few tips to help your road trip experience go as smooth as possible.
Pick the correct amount of people & the correct people
Ever heard of the expression “Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians?”. Road Tripping with too many people is a perfect example. Every person added to the trip is one more voice and one more opinion. Picking a few good friends that share your opinions is a wise choice for any Road Tripper.
The Big Item here is snow chains. Driving on icy roads means that you need chains. Make sure you buy them before you get to icy conditions, the gas stations know that people need chains and they’ll charge you an arm & a leg for them.
Photo: Egan Gleason
Finding the correct stance on your board is one of the most important factors in snowboarding. A good stance on your board helps with balance, control, and comfort. Flow is here to help you with the necessary steps to finding your correct stance.
Things that you will need:
- Your Snowboard (without the bindings mounted on)
- Your Bindings
- A Tape Measure
- Masking Tape
Find your Stance: Goofy vs. Regular
If you have ever done any type of board sport (i.e. surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding) then you’re in luck! You snowboard the same way, either goofy footed or regular. Goofy footed is with your left foot on the tail side of your board, while regular is with your right foot on the tail side.
You want your strong / dominant foot in the back. Imagine that you are going to kick a soccer ball really hard, Which foot would you use? Chances are, the foot you kick with is you dominant & back foot.
Find the Correct Binding Angle & Width:
Lay your snowboard on a soft carpeted floor. Stand on the board as if you were preparing to ride down the hill. You want an athletic stance where you feel balanced and in control. If your feet are too close together, then you will have little to no balance. If your stance is too wide, then you will be uncomfortable. Find a happy medium. Everyone’s stance is unique, so it is important to find your own stance that works for you.
Once you have found a comfortable width in your stance, take the tape measure and note how far your feet are apart from each other. The next step is finding the correct binding angle. When you snowboard, it is very unlikely to have a completely parallel stance. Most boarders have some sort of duck stance (Duck Stance is a stance with your toes pointed slightly outward). The angle is different for everyone. A common angle is between 10 & 15 degrees on your front foot with zero to 5 degrees on your back foot. Stand on the board with your feet angled to your desire and use the masking tape to mark the angle that your feet are pointing. Each Flow Binding comes with a disc that has marked degrees where you can adjust to your liking. Find your desired angles and prepare to set the bindings up.
Putting it all together:
Use the masking tape that is already marked on your board to match the correct angle with your binding and disc. Put the disc in your Flow Binding with the correct degrees that you have chosen. Then use the tape measure to map out how far you want your stance to be apart. Set the bindings in a correct location then mount them to your board.
-To Learn how to adjust your bindings, Watch Flow’s How-to videos HERE
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Flow’s Original Speed Entry Binding Prototype
Every so often, a technology or product can be introduced that challenges the norm and alters any preconceived notions. The 1996 global launch of the Flow Speed Entry binding challenged the way that the snowboard industry looked at binding construction. Innovation has been a key factor to Flow’s success within the snowboarding world. The Speed Entry binding was the first step to propelling Flow into becoming the snowboard company that it is today.
Since its very beginnings, Flow has had the mindset of providing the highest quality product for snowboarders, created by snowboarders. Strapping in and out of bindings can be time consuming and a hassle. Flow aims to better this process. The Speed Entry binding started as an idea and launched into a complete product line. The new technology immediately caught on within the snowboard world and it changed the way that snowboarders get in and out of their bindings.
Flow has always depended on their team of riders for insight and feedback since the start of the company. That ideal still rings true within the Flow company today. There have been many different models of Flow’s Speed Entry binding, and the belief to constantly innovate remains consistent. Flow recently introduced New Active Strap Technology (N.A.S.T.Y) to enhance the ease of use, and is implementing this new feature on more and more models throughout the product-line. This technology is proof of our mindset to never be content. Every year Flow reflects on its products and tries to better them.
Read more about Flow’s New Active Strap Technology Here
The invention of the Speed Entry binding has helped put Flow on the map. However, Flow is not simply limited to bindings. We have taken that same dedication to quality and innovation and dispersed it across our range of snowboards and boots. The continuous progression of snowboarding and allowing people to have a better and more fun day on the hill is Flow’s primary goal.
More of Flow’s Bindings Here
The constant urge to innovate and make snowboarding better has been imbedded within Flow’s DNA since its origination in 1996. Our mission is simple, to make snowboarding better and more fun. Get out on the mountain and enjoy!
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The snow season is upon us and getting to the mountain is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. Snowboarding is all about having fun and sharing experiences. Flow has broken down the top 10 family resorts in North America.
Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, B.C.
Simply saying the word “Whistler” is fun, How could this mountain not be a blast? Whistler has a huge reputation as a premier family destination and it lives up to it every year. Whistler offers amazing on-mountain dining with spectacular views that the whole family can enjoy. An abundance of recreational activities and laid-back family environment puts Whistler Blackcomb on our list.
Whistler Blackcomb: www.whistlerblackcomb.com
North Star, Tahoe, CA
North Star is an amazing family experience. Located in Lake Tahoe, North Star provides an array of slopes from the most novice snowboarder all the way to advanced runs and parks. This resort provides upscale shopping, dining, and lodging all within the vicinity of the mountain. Beautiful views and a fun, family vibe await you at North Star!
North Star: www.northstarcalifornia.com
Vail, Vail, CO
Vail Mountain is a destination that you and your family have to visit. Vail offers 5,289 acres of diverse terrain to fit each snowboarder’s preference. Vail is suitable for all ages offering a “Kid’s Adventure Zone” as well as a terrain park. Vail is a perfect getaway for the family.
Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat offers western hospitality at its best. Their wholesome, family vibe is second to none. Steamboat is a great location to get away from the daily grind and simply relax with the family. Steamboat is a place that you and your family will never forget.
Lutsen Mountain, MN
Located near Lake Superior, Lutsen Mountain provides a perfect place for the adventurous family to explore beautiful trails and experience the Great Lakes. It seems there is a postcard picture everywhere that you look in Lutsen. Lutsen Mountain is a perfect family vacation destination.
Lutsen Mountain: www.lutsen.com
Brighton Resort, Brighton, UT
Brighton is just plain fun. Along with great slopes, there is always something going on around the mountain. From snow sculpting contest to night skiing, Brighton makes sure that you and your family are entertained. This mellow paced resort is perfect to relax with the family.
Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, UT
Park City has been a staple in North American snow resorts for 50 years! That must mean they’re doing something right. This prestigious resort provides an array of activities for the whole family. Park City should be on every family’s list of places to go.
Park City Mountain Resort: www.parkcitymountain.com
Smuggler’s Notch, VT
Smuggler’s Notch is a staple in family vacation destinations. Their entire emphasis as a resort is family fun. Smuggler’s provides a perfect backdrop for family time as well as children programs to provide a break for parents. Smuggler’s Notch is one of the best resorts in the east.
Smuggler’s Notch: www.smuggs.com
Stratton Mountain, VT
Stratton is an awesome place with some serious snowboarding roots! With amazing restaurants, spas, and events, it is hard to find time to go snowboarding. Nevertheless, Stratton still offers world-class trails and parks that the whole family can enjoy.
Stratton Mountain: www.stratton.com
Jackson Hole, Teton Village, WY
Jackson Hole is a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. Children, parents, and grandparents love the beautiful scenery and family friendly activities. Jackson Hole employs a large pool of skilled skiers and snowboarders that can teach you and your family the fundamentals of going down the mountain. A perfect mix of outdoor activities and family fun attractions, Jackson Hole is a favorite of Flow.
Jackson Hole: www.jacksonhole.com
These are just a few of the great resorts in North America that you and your family can experience. Snowboarding with your family is a great way to spend quality time and create lifelong memories. Get out there and have fun!
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Packing for your day on the mountain can be extremely stressful. Forgetting essential items on the mountain is a common pitfall of snowboarders both skilled and novice. Not having an item as simple as snowboard socks can ruin a perfect day on the mountain. This week’s “Flow-How” will assist you in remembering to pack the essentials and help take the hassle out of this burdensome experience.