Saturday, July 31, 2010

Greenhouse Video from SASS!

Green House project with Michelle Parker from Snow Sessions on Vimeo.

And so it begins! A video short made by one of the SASS interns about the project.

Building a Greenhouse With SASS!

The past few days we've begun the construction of a greenhouse here at SASS. The hotel we've been staying at has collected bottles for us and we just got a bunch of local businesses on board to help out too. With the lack of a serious recycling program here in Bariloche, this is a perfect way to use something old and make it new. The finished product will look like the photo above.

We had to strip the bottles of the wrapping and cut the bottoms off to make them stackable. Here's Emma Lande, one of the campers, doing her part to help out.

Once they are cut and ready to go, we had to collect a bunch of bamboo which, strangely enough, grows in abundance in our backyard.

Next step is to string the bottles like beads onto the bamboo. In the end we will have used 1,500 plastic bottles to create this greenhouse. Our plan is to leave it at a school and talk to them about the use of the greenhouse and recycling. Can't wait for that day, so I'm heading out to string more bottles right now, but I'll keep you posted on the progress!

Friday, July 30, 2010


The past week or so, I've been taking the SASS Spanish class. Yesterday we got to learn how to make empenadas! I was pretty excited because I eat empenadas on the daily. It was really pretty simple.

The hardest part was folding the dough over. I got too excited once they were finished to take a photo, but you can just imagine this with a nice crispy golden brown color.

I'd say we made close to 80 empenadas total. That's a lot of meat.

Nat getting her arm work out on while stirring it up.

Our Spanish lesson for the day.

While you can put anything in empenadas, we went with the traditional meat, egg, olive, salt, white pepper, paprika, and cummin recipe. Looking forward to making these on my own.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Powder in the forecast...Food in my belly.

The past week with the campers has been awesome. I've heard on multiple occasions, "this is the best day of my life!" So sick here. Love hearing that and being a part of such an amazing experience!!

My campers on top of Laguna, stoked at the end of the hike for some untouched powder!

Randal Stacy getting it in the trees below Laguna. Crazy how fast your surroundings change. One minute your surrounded my granite spires, then you're in the trees slashing pow turns and popping off pillows, and then your at the bottom of the run skiing through bamboo forests. It's wild!

Wild like this cat in front of one of my favorite restaurants in Bariloche by the beach.

The volcano cake was mouth watering. I'm not much for sweets, but I know my mom will love this photo.

If you interested in coming down to South America Snow Sessions there are still spots open for session 3 & 4. I would personally love to see more ladies that rip like Emma Lande. Be sure to check out their website and sign up!! I can guarantee a good time.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More from SASS

The past few days have been absolutely amazing. We've had a few small storms, one day the snow was like that of Utah or Colorado and the next it was more like Tahoe snow. We took the campers on a short hike into Laguna (a frequently visited backcountry zone with SASS) and made some snow spray. They all left the hill exhausted, but with smiles from ear to ear.

The scenery never gets old. From the top of Laguna you can see mountains for miles. I try to remind the campers to look up every once in a while while hiking and take in the views.

This shot is from mid Laguna checking out the Lake. Look at all that fresh snow!

Tage has the best empanadas I've had yet and Brendan might have the best mustachio.

Nat and I switched it up one day. I never realized how hard traversing is on a snowboard, but my feet and calves were killing me.

This shot is totally random, but it's my favorite dessert we've had at the hotel we're staying at. Just like the way it looks.

Anyways, the campers are beat from hiking and skiing 7 hours each day so we're taking tomorrow off to check out the town and get to know our surrounding a bit more. Looking forward to some culture and the opportunity to practice my spanish!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Made it home from another great day on the mountain at Cerro Catedral. It's been sunny for the past three days for coach orientation and weather is expected this weekend just in time for campers to experience their first pow days in Argentina.

We get off the mountain around five P.M., just in time for the sunset. Natalie and I went for an evening stroll to the lake by our house to enjoy the scenery. There's so many amazing places I can't wait to explore that are just around the corner from where we live. Between cliffs, climbing, hiking, and the scenery surrounding us I feel like we've got it all!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cerro Catedral Day 2 on Snow: Laguna

Just finished up with day two on snow here in Argentina. With epic weather so far and a ton of snow, this season is shaping up nicely. Above, Skylar and I are looking up at Laguna, one of the many zones we take the campers.

Laguna in the goggles.

This little fellow hung out for a little while.

Behind Laguna there is a ton of terrain to be had!

One of the many breath taking views from Laguna.

Guides Miles Clark and T Bird digging a pit to check out the snow pack so far this season. Stoked to have them down here!

South America Snow Sessions

The whole SASS (South America Snow Sessions) crew is nearly complete here in Argentina. We've been on snow for two days going over staff/avy/guide training and it's been nothing short of what I remember from two years ago...AWESOME! And there's still space left in session 3 & 4 so get here, you won't regret it!!

I thought I would share our accommodations because it's pretty sweet for a summer camp. We've got puppies which I'm extra excited about since I left little Watson at home.

An endless backyard.

A beautiful hotel complete with ping pong and delicious meals.

And these cool little statues in our yard.

I've been trying to get posts up on a regular basis, but the internet can be pretty hard to upload photos on. This place is so beautiful and I can't wait to share that with you!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reno to Bariloche

We left Tahoe on the morning of the 12th at 3:30 AM. Our crew was solid. Nicki Jean and Brendon crushed it at LAX.

Nat slept 50 of the 58 travel hours.

And Randal, our intern, greeted us and our ridiculous amount of luggage with open arms.

When we made it to Argentina, the first thing we did was eat lomito.

The next thing we did was take a 20 hour bus ride and eat some more. When we finally made it to Bariloche we ate choripan. My stomach was looking forward to this trip just as much as I was.

Nicki Jean and Craig were trying to keep warm in the sun. It's winter here, don't let Craig's shorts and flippy floppies fool you.

Here's Ziggy's father. What a pretty little fellow. I fed him megatubes and he stuck around for a bit.

Then Tikos and I took jumping photos once we made it to Bariloche.

And now it's official. We're here and it's winter time. I don't think I packed enough warm clothes, but I'm sure I'll get by. Can't wait to head up to the mountain. Heard there's tons of snow and that it's going to be an epic winter. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mt. Hood Sunset

My last day in Hood I went for a little hike behind our house in Government Camp and shot some photos. I love sunsets and that's one thing that I can't wait to see in Argentina. Even in the mornings the sunrise is absolutely mind blowing. I'm leaving at 3:15 A.M. tomorrow morning so be ready for some winter photos and lot's of skiing on this blog from now on. It's been a while, I know, but I hope you guys enjoy the filler in between seasons.

If you have any suggestions as to what you want to see on here, please let me know!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Last Days of Summer

These last couple of weeks have been my first and last weeks of summer. I've been outside as much as possible knowing that I leave for winter July 12th. I couldn't be more excited to head to South America, but a part of me is always thinking summer in Tahoe.

While up in Mt. Hood testing skis for K2, Mike Gutt took us down to the Willamete River to go boating. His friend Spencer works at a boat shop and gets to take the shop boat out whenever he wants and was so amazingly nice to take us for a much needed spin in the 90 degree weather.

Here's Heather Featherman (sweet name) with her look of concentration learning how to surf behind the boat.

Gutt was crushing it the whole day.

We even saw these rad formation skiers practicing their routine. I wonder how bad they fall when one person goes down.

Now it's time to pack up for Argentina! Unpack, laundry, make a list, pack it up.