Flow Snowboarding has taken another step to bring a core snowboarding experience to all riders. Following the tradition of Tailgate Alaska, an event that provides easy access to terrain for people that might not ever experience it otherwise, Tailgate B.C. opened its arms to the public during its first year in Revelstoke.
On March 8, powder hungry fiends mobbed through the Canadian borders to the heavenly land of Revelstoke. Many of the riders involved had only dreamt of dropping into these territories. The sense of camaraderie was obvious; the mornings were a frenzy of riders trying to gather gear, straighten out schedules, and get their sleds ready.
It’s no surprise. 6.5 feet of snow greeted the group, choppers were waiting, and there were fresh lines to be had.
Limited to 150 participants–to eliminate overcrowding and ensure fresh powder– the event offered backcountry access via discounted Eagle Pass heliskiing, sleds, and resort lifts. When they weren’t waist deep in pow or scattered among B.C. trees, the group was offered backcountry safety classes, beacon searches, and snowmobile riding/maintenance clinics– essential preparation for big mountain riding. Riders concluded the day’s activities with adult beverages, man games (axe-chucking or too much fun with a hammer), bonfires, and live music.
Flow’s marketing director, Susanne Dachgruber, was more than satisfied with how the first Tailgate B.C. turned out, “I’m really thrilled with our inaugural Flow Tailgate BC event. Our aim is to provide a venue for backcountry enthusiasts that allows them to create their own adventure and give them access to snow safety education, ensuring that they’re safe while enjoying the incredible terrain in Revelstoke. Local support from operations like Eagle Pass Heliskiing and Jeremy Hanke’s Soul Rides was fantastic and helped ensure the success of the event.”
Tailgate Alaska, taking place April 1-12, 2012, is a must-attend event in Thompson Pass, Valdez, Alaska. And while the Alaskan event is highly esteemed in the snowboard world due to it’s history, the Tailgate experience is unlike any other, no matter the location.
Photo courtesy of Sean Hannah