Continuing on our Flow Destination Blog Series, Flow Snowboarding had the opportunity to ask Flow Amabassador Dru Williams out of Utah, about his top five favorite snowboarding spots. Listed blow are some of his favorite local ranges, his favorite north of the boarder and even a private resort that most people may never get the opportunity to shred.
5. Powder Mountain, Utah
Powder Mountain ski resort located 55 miles from Salt Lake City International Airpot, east of Eden, Utah. The resort is situated between Weber and Cache counties. There is so much to ride at this resort as it boasts the largest resort in the lower 48 by acreage, with just over 7,000 acres of rideable terrain, 144 runs, snowcat accees, slackcountry riding, backcountry tours and two terrain parks.
"I can't even describe to you how good Powder Mountain actually is! Enjoy their top to bottom park with all of their unique and fun features. When it dumps, hop in one of the two powder cats to take you to the best untouched snow Utah has to offer. There are so many fun "secret spots" at Powder Mtn to hike out and ride as well. Your best bet is to hang with a local."
4. Mount Wood
Mount Wood is a private resort, accessible on a need to know basis... as in you need to know Williams to enter his self built backyard park (For more on Mount Wood click HERE). Mount Wood is a mini suburban version of Mike Basich's Area 241. The past few years, Williams and his crew out in Utah have built an awesome mini-shred park and structure in his own backyard in Utah.
"Our unique backyard park is pretty unbeatable. With over 25 features, this 14 foot tall drop in supplies us with some of the best night time shredding on the Wasatch front. This past season we had over two months of continuous coverage in the backyard. This seasoned I managed to pull of 30 days/nights ripping Mt. Wood. Lift tickets must be earned on this holy piece of private property."
3. Brighton Resort Backcountry, Utah
All of Brighton Resort's 1,050 acres and 1,875 vertical feet of terrain is accessible by their five high speed quads, one triple and magic carpet. It is one of the few mountains where friends or families can ride together on the same lift and then peel off onto different levels of trails, albeit beginner, intermediate, or expert, and all meet at the bottom to ride the lift together again. Brighton also offers the most night riding terrain in Utah with 22 runs on over 200 lighted acres.
"Brighton Resort is located only 15 minutes away from my house. I now consider Brighton to be my home mountain. One of the best/longest park runs around containing features for anyone and everyone. The Brighton diggers are always switching up features to keep the park fun and unique. If you catch a snow day at Brighton, it's as easy as hiking 20 minutes for some of the best turns of your life. Ride the lift, repeat."
2. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
In the heart of British Columbia resides Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The impressive 8,171 acres of accessible terrain is serviced by 37 lifts and the longest continuous lift system on the globe, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which connects riders from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountains.
"Beautiful, high elevation views with a ton of snow. I really enjoyed my time at Whistler. Some of the best conditions I had ever ridden with the best sunset views. Their park is massive and is always on point. The park crew does a nice job switching things up daily."
1. Kiroro Backcountry, Japan
Kiroro Japan is a powder paradise. The mountains west of Sapporo are renowned for regular snowfall accumulating prodigious amounts of light and dry powder snow. Kiroro is the hidden gem of the region, only an hour North-East of Niseko. Usually receiving more snow than its sibling resorts, locals come to Kiroro to escape the lift lines and find deep untracked tree-skiing.
"The deepest, lightest, softest snow I have ever ridden. Short hikes on the locations and runs we visited. You can't beat the snow in Japan. Might have been more special to me because it was the first time I had ever ridden out of the US (not counting Canada)."