Summer Snowboarding: Cure for the Summertime Blues (Europe)


Snow Sliding Across the Pond in Europe

In our last Flow Snowboarding FLOG, we took a look at the Summer Snowboarding options for North America. If you’re a boarder and a baller… why not head across the pond to Europe for some summer sliding? This FLOG we’ll take a look at a few snowboarding options in France, Sweden and Switzerland. Les 2 Alpes, Riksgränsen and Eskimos Sports Freestyle Camp each offer a unique opportunity to keep your snow season continuing through the summer months.

Les 2 Alpes, Wild Summer Camps Isère, France

The French ski resort Les 2 Alpes is situated 44 miles south of Grenoble in Isère. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Europe’s second oldest resort behind Chamonix. Les 2 Alpes has one of the best reputations for being one of the greatest places for summer riding. Ride at elevation 9,186 ft up to 11,811 ft on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers high above the resort. Each summer they host their Wild Summer Camps, with excellent training facilities and many outstanding, specially adapted programs for experts and beginners alike.

For more information on Les 2 Alpes, please visit:
www.2alpes-snowpark.com

Riksgränsen, Sweden

Riksgränsen ski resort rests 186 miles to the north of the Arctic Circle, making it Sweden’s northernmost ski resort. Its latitude gives the resort 24 hours of daylight in the summer, which means that it’s possible to ride under the midnight sun. Thanks to this year’s snowfall, Riksgränsen will be ending this year’s skiing season with skiing under the midnight sun, a midsummer buffet in Restaurant Lapplandia, and an après-ski and night club in bar Grönan and traditional Swedish dancing around the the maypole in your boots. If you can, get to Sweden ASAP. These events kick off June 19-22nd.

For more information on Rikgransen, please visit:
www.riksgransen.se

Eskimos Sports, Freestyle Camps Zermatt, Switzerland

Want to ride Switzerland in July or August? If you have it in your budget, why not hop a jet plane to Zermatt, Switzerland? Eskimos Sports holds their Freestyle Camps over the summer, sliding on park and pipe on the Allalin glacier ski area. Their snow park in Saas-Fee will make you forget that it’s actually summer. All of Eskimos Sports’ coaches are professional riders and solid snowboarding and freestyle teachers. They promise a measurable improvement in ability within a week’s time. Grabbing air with style and endless rails to jib. The riders at Eskimos Sports look to inspire one another in order to push the limit and dial in new tricks.

For more information on Eskimo Sport, please visit:
www.freestylecamps.ch
www.eskimos.ch

While most Americans backpack through Europe and see the tourist sights in the Summer… why not be in the minority walking the planet and pack up your board, boots and bindings and head to the slopes less ridden by us Yankees? If you can’t afford to, don’t worry… neither can I. But a man can dream. One day we will get to Europe to ride.

As we all pine for winter on the top of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere is primed for a great season. We will take a look at a few Southern Hemisphere hot spots in our next Flog. Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Summer Snowboarding: The Cure For The Summertime Blues (North America)

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You have noticed the next set of storms are coming in but the temperatures are a lot warmer than you would prefer. The chairs have stopped spinning quite a bit ago at your local resort and the corn snow has all but melted away. Before you pack your Flow Snowboarding gear into hibernation for the summer, there are still a few places you can still take a road trip to slide down the snow. Flow takes a look at some of the more popular destinations for us snowboarding refugees, still looking to extend their riding season a little bit longer or even dial in a few more tricks into the bag in the off season. Whistler BlackcombMount Hood, and the Woodward Camps are excellent summer snowboarding camp options if you want to stay in North America to snowboard.

Whistler Blackcomb: North of the Border, Up Canada Way

Whistler Blackcomb will be operating their popular Summer Glacier Camps from June 21- June 27th. Whistler Blackcomb’s Summer Glacier has olympic-sized half-pipes, mogul lanes, terrain park features and multiple camps to choose from. www.whistlerblackcomb.com

  • The Camp of Champions summer snowboard/ski camp is home to the world’s largest private terrain park designed and maintained by Arena Snowparks, the leading terrain park design company with parks featured at world class events, including the Olympics, and ski resorts globally.
    www.campofchampions.com

Mt. Hood: Everybody Gets Better Here Mount Hood, Oregon

If Canada is too far to slide down snow for you, Mount Hood is always a popular destination for snow addicted riders. Flow Snowboarding team riders Tim Humphreys and Nathan Jacobson spend a lot of time at Mount Hood during . The Palmer Glacier has been home to Ski & Snowboard camps for over 35 years. Mount Hood offers on-snow training in snowboard freeride and terrain park and racing. Mount Hood’s motto is: “Everybody gets better here.”
www.mthood.com

The Woodward Way: Woodward Camps

Woodward is designed as an action sports training ground. Woodward camps strive to provide the absolute best facilities in the world, which attract campers and the top pros from around the globe each and every summer and winter. There are three Woodward locations across the US that specialize in off season winter training.

  • At Woodward Copper, you can ride Copper Mountain, CO’s summer version of the Central terrain park in the morning, session the Barn in the afternoon and evening. Those in the know are well aware that Coppper Mountain recieved over 350″ of snow this season. They are breaking out the 13′ pipe cutter to create 13′ quarter pipes and halfpipes this summer.
    www.woodwardatcopper.com
  • Woodward Tahoe located in Truckee, CA is a park riders dream. The terrain park, pipe, full jump-line and multiple jibs lines are all lift accessed. Camps start June 15th and are scheduled through August 9th.
    www.woodwardtahoe.com
  • Camp Woodward in Woodward, PA gives the East Coasters a place for off season winter training. This program uses Woodward’s extensive facilities to improve aerial awareness, balance, flexibility, and strength in a unique dryland environment. Camp Woodward has helped train members of the U.S. National Snowboard team and the USASA.
    www.campwoodward.com

Don’t put your gear in storage, there’s snowboarding to do. What summer snowboarding trips are you now planning for? Feel free to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

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