Jeux Sympathiques Recap: Val Thorens, Isola 2000 & Avoriaz

Jeux Sympathiques translated from French means the Sympathetic Games. It encompasses three stages, and three trials. Sponsored by Flow Snowboarding with the support of UGH UGH UGH and Fluofun, the Sympathetic Games was organized during the various stages of the Rock On Snowboard Tour 2014.

Sacha Balicco won the parallel slalom in Val Thorens, Camille Passeron dominated the track at Isola 2000 and Sully Monod tore up the final mini-pipe event in Avoriaz. More importantly, the event included hundreds of participants of all levels: pros, amateurs, guys, girls, locals and tourists. Flow Snowboarding wants to thank everyone for coming out to the events. Here are a few highlights from the Jeux Sympathiques.

Did any of you attend the Jeux Sympathiques? We would love to see your photos and videos. 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.

Top 10 Resorts Snow Base Mid-December

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Flow Snowboarding wants you to know what the resorts are working with as far as snow base depths. The midwest has recently been leading the charge into the winter with their totals. A series of storms are currently hitting North America, so these totals are bound to change over the next couple days. Entering the third week of December (as of 12/17/14), 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. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is currently reporting a base depth of up to 52″ 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

9. Crystal Mountain
At #9 is Crystal Mountain, with a 36″-52″ snow base depth report. Crystal Mountain has plenty of pristine terrain on which to offer an unforgettable Michigan winter experience for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Ski and ride 50 downhill slopes, across 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails. Snowshoe over 80 acres of wooded valleys while capturing breathtaking overlooks around every bend.

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, Michigan 49683
888.976.5106
www.crystalmountain.com

8. Treetops Resort
Treetops Resort in Michigan is reporting a 54″ base at resort level. Treetops Resort’s high elevation, abundant snowfall and scenic beauty provide ideal conditions for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Located in northern Michigan, Treetops Resort offers some of the finest terrain in the Midwest, with 23 expertly groomed ski runs, perfect for the rider or skier of any ability. Family friendly is the name of the game at Treetops with all three lifts converging in one activity filled area.

Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, MI 49735
www.treetops.com

7. Grand Targhee Resort
Grand Targhee Resort is reporting 46″ – 54″ 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

6. Wild Mountain
At # 6 Wild Mountain is reporting a 12″-55″ 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

5. Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area
Nub’s Nob Hill Ski Area is celebrating their 57th season in Harbor Springs, Michigan with a 55″ 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

4. 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

3. 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

2. Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort is currently reporting a 26″-70″ 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

1. Trollhaugen
Still at #1, 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, North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain & Minnesota’s Buck Hill are in the lead as far as 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.

Arthur Pauli: From Ski Jumps to Flow Global Ambassador

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“I did waste six years of my live till I realized, standing sideways is much cooler.” -Arthur Pauli Back in 2007, ski jumper Arthur Pauli won the Team World Cup at Mühlenkopfschanze, Germany. Seven years later, he rides for Flow Snowboarding. We … Continue reading

Backcountry With Mike Basich GoPro & a Drone

Epic is an understatement when you watch the new GoPro commercial from Flow Snow team athlete Mike Basich using a drone. Basich takes selfie filming to the next level. We have been waiting to see the next drone footage from the backcountry, and Basich does not disappoint.

Did you hear that Basich has been filming in Italy for the new Point Break 2 film? Read up on it on our previous blog here: http://bit.ly/flow-tw-bl-basichpb2

We would love to see the kind of stuff our Flow Snowboarding family has shot with their GoPros. Share with us online via social media your photos and videos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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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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Philipp Kundratitz Adding 1080′s To His Trick Bag

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Flow Snowboarding Austrian team athlete Philipp Kundratitz has just added 1080′s times four to his trick bag. Check out this video of Kundratitz killing it at Stubai.

All these recent photos of Stubai Zoo have us wondering if any of our Flow family has made the trek to the Austrian riding mecca known as the Stubaier Gletscher. If you have, we would love to see the photos. Don’t forget to tag Flow Snowboarding on social media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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Tim Humphreys in Something But Nothing – Grow Up Productions

Flow Snowboarding invites you to enjoy this killer video from Grow Up Productions filmed and edited by Wojtek Targosz (@wojt3k on Instagram) entitled Something But Nothing. This was compiled over the 2013-14 winter and features Tim Humphreys, Jordan Nield, Aspen Weaver, Ben Wynn, Nial Romanek, Andrew Brewer, Mark Hoyt, BJ Linne, Nils Alrvidsson, Codey Ellison, Nicki Wiess,

All these videos from last winter is getting us excited for the 2014-15 winter, which is getting underway. Have you hit the hill yet? Where? Let us know! Share your snowboarding photos with us by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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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Mike Basich on Filming Point Break 2

Our good friend and Flow Snowboarding team athlete Mike Basich was off in Italy last week filming for the major motion picture Point Break 2. Where the original film focused on adrenaline, highlighting surfing and skydiving… it would seen natural to include backcountry and big mountain riding in the sequel. We were able to track down Basich in Italy for a little Q & A about filming in Italy, along with a few other projects he’s been involved with.

So you are in Italy now? What has the experience filming for the next Point Break film been like? 

I must have watch the first Point Break ten times in the first months of release back then. It is pretty cool to be apart of something from the past into a new era. We are on our second shoot. The first one was a bit hectic, stressful and on the dangerous side of riding. Conditions where sketchy, lots of slides.

Where exactly have you been filming? 

We have been in Italy. Courmeyaur. All heli stuff. Heli-ing for Hollywood is very different than Alaska heli or any ski heli service. Taking a ride in a heli by yourself is pretty common here. A very strange feeling for me.

We have to ask have you had a chance to meet Keanu Reeves with the filming? 

Keanu Reeves isn’t in the new film. It’s a cool crew this time around. I can’t announce who they are but, I have been working with them on this second shoot.

Anything else you would like to say about the current or past shoot, or film coming up?

I haven’t done stunt work like this before. It is for sure different following certain things that needed to be done for the shot. Like riding with multiple people on a sketchy slope…

Now that winter is upon us… What are your travel plans over the next few months? 

On a plane soon as this trip is over to gather together the last to do list for Area-241, and getting the chairlift dialed. Hoping it will be a good season. There is so much to happen still at Area-241 with the Flow crew.


Read and watch more about Area-241: Chairlift Chronicles 

Anything you want to mention about your successful Kickstarter or portrait book?

I just finished up the details of my Self-Portrait book. It’s called The Frozen Chase. Sending over a sneak peak of it. It will be available at www.Area-241.com end of January. It is a 130+ page photo book of my self-portraits over 15 years.

Anywhere else your followers and Flow family could see what you have been up to? 

You can check out my segment in the new Absinthe Films movie Heavy Mental and the film The Little Things, both currently available on iTunes. When you see the film trailer for Point Break 2, look closely… You will probably see our brother Mike Basich, especially if it involves a mountain, snow and a killer snowboard line. Did you get your copy of Basich’s self portrait book? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Top 10 Useful Tools For Planning A Snowboarding Trip

The new chill in the air has you and your crew chomping at the bit to run to the hills. There are now 13 ski resorts open in North America. (Actually more now… Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is now open…) Winter is stealthily upon us and we at Flow Snowboarding could not be more exited.

You have your snowboard, bootsbindings and gear all packed up in your luggage bags and ready for your first voyage up the mountain. Flow Snowboarding wants to share with you 10 useful resources to stay on top of your snowboarding plans and trips this winter.

10. Facebook Snowboard Groups
Login to Facebook and search for the ski and snowboard groups in your area. There you can communicate with those in your area that you share the love of sliding on the snow with. Share your photos, find out about events and promotions, find people looking for carpooling options, find people to go ride with, make new friends that love snowboarding.

9. College & University Ski Clubs
If you are still a student, recent grad or alumni, take a look at your local colleges and universities. In most cases there are ski and snowboard clubs within these institutions of higher learning. Even the educated need a break to be up on a hill, away from the things of man. Find those other like minded souls that are more looking forward to their next trip up the hill, than what the professor is teaching them. Checking with your college and university advisers would be a best way to contact these individual clubs.

8. Ride Share Programs
Most major cities with a solid number of snowboarders (or even skiers) like Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City or Seattle to name a few have ride share programs. Cities like Denver even have those massive lots just outside en route to the resorts, making it easier for people to coordinate a carpool up to the mountains. Carpooling not only frees up the traffic, but is also a great way to save money and meet new friends who share the stoke for snow.

7. Find My Friends
The Find My Friends application helps you locate your friends and identifies their exact location on the app’s navigational map. It is the perfect way to track where on the hill your friends ended up. If your party is late for a rendezvous or Apres-ski, you can see what run they are currently on. Find My Friends uses state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide the most accurate, up-to-date locations in real-time.
For more information on Find My Friend, please visit:
For iPhone: www.apple.com/apps/find-my-friends/
For Android:  play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.friendlocator&hl=en

6. The Weather Channel
It goes without saying, you need to know what the weather is. The most user friendly site for weather tracking is The Weather Channel’s website. It is a useful tool as they are very up to date with their weather forecasts, maps, videos, photos and news. How much snow (or sun) will there be? What is the next storm bringing? Plug in your city or zip code and find what is in store for the resort you plan on riding.
For more information on The Weather Channel, please visit www.weather.com

5. NOAA
What better way to track the snow than with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? NOAA is a solid go to resource for tracking weather and snowfall. Plug in your region, and you will get detailed short range and long term weather predictions. This site is as in depth as you want to drill into it. You can read the experts predictions of forecasts, watch infrared and satellite images, even animated sequences to track storm strength and trajectories. There are also quick links to road conditions.
For more information on NOAA, please visit: www.NOAA.gov

4. Your Local Department of Transportation
Depending on the state you are in, you might know it as CalTrans, CDOT, ODOT, WSDOT, WYDOT… They are your state’s Department of Transportation. Make sure you are familiar with these sites, especially if you plan on loading up the vehicle with your gear and road tripping it. There’s nothing worse then driving into a polar vortex and not being prepared. Road and highway closures are common in winter, even for the entire season. Knowing the roads ahead of you for your trip will also help you determine if you need a 4X4 or AWD, or if your good driving up your gas efficient 2WD whip. Make sure you are dialed into your local Department of Transportation.

3. Liftopia
Liftopia’s aim is for everyone to enjoy more of their time on the hills and in the mountains — from curious beginners to life-long athletes. They are the largest online marketplace for ski lift tickets. Their website allows you to scour the internet for some of the best lift ticket deals, via city, state, region and country. Their discounts on lift tickets range anywhere between 20% to over 50% off retail prices. If you are planning ahead for your ski trips, make sure you bookmark this page.
For more information on Liftopia, please visit www.liftopia.com 

2. There Is An App For That
Power in the palm of you hands. We live in a very digital age. Whether it is checking in with the resorts, storm tracking, finding lift deals or even discounted accommodations… search your Android or iPhone application store. You will find an app for that. Liftopia, NOAA and OnTheSnow (mentioned in the next tool) even have their own applications. Most major ski resorts also have their own personalized applications that offer promotions, GPS tracking to track your runs and distance ridden. Take a quick search in your Application Store on you smart phone. Find the apps that work best for you.

1. On The Snow
We mentioned 13 resorts are open as of today, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is set to open tomorrow on November 13th, with more resorts set to open this weekend. How do you keep track of all these resorts? One great resource is On The Snow as they stay up to date with snow reports, resort break downs, weather and even links to the live webcams at the resorts. They are also a great resource covering gear, news and travel. They also have an active and solid community on their forums. For mobile devices, they also have one of the most in depth resort and snow tracking application
For more information, please visit: www.OnTheSnow.com
For iphone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-snow-report/id300412347?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skireport&hl=en

Is all your snowboarding gear still in working shape? Do you need an upgrade on your bindingsboots or snowboard? Maybe a board bag or luggage to transport all your gear? Of course Flow Snowboarding has you covered. Check out our online shop, now offering free shipping for orders over $100.

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