Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chile Part 2

The week I spent in Chile with K2 was a blast. The team rarely gets together to ski so it was even more of a blast to enjoy some turns with friends. It's been a while since I've been back in Argentina. Sorry for the lack of updates. It's hard to sit in front of a computer when there's so much skiing to be had!! I'll let the photos do the talking...

Pep slashing a turn for the catalog shoot on the backside of La Parva.

Pettit being the man as usual.

Pettit playing on the jungle gym rope course acting his age.

Pettit also hits wall rides for the shot with the sunset in the background. Here he is crashing.

Road laps! The best snow we found was on the backside of La Parva. This is the competition venue for the freeski world tour in Chile. Pretty amazing terrain.

Here I am being stoked after the road lap! I still can't believe I'm shredding powder down here after such a long recovery from a double knee surgery. Feeling very lucky.

A few scenic shots. The sunsets never get old down here.

Team K2 from L to R...Seth, Andy, Sean, Pep, and myself.

Our beautiful view from our deck in Farellones.

This is our cozy house in Farellones. It is the oldest building in the town. There was a ton of history on the walls of the house from old skis to condor eggs. Our hosts were amazing (Thanks Rodrigo!!).

Our house from the outside with the sunset reflexion.

And I'll leave you with this shot of a condor flying overhead. Condors can be up to 33 lbs and have a wingspan of up to 10 feet. I love seeing them because sometimes it means there's a storm coming in when they're out hunting for food.

I'll fill you in shortly on life in Argentina as I am back here now enjoying every second with South America Snow Sessions. Get outside and enjoy some fresh air!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Shreddy Times!!!

Good stuff from Mt. Hood this summer. And below...a little Mike Wilson action (never gets old).

Check out the Shreddy Times website for more.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Setting Sun

The sunsets from our place in Farellones are unreal. Double click the image to make it larger. More to come, but I was excited and wanted to share. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chile Con K2

Here's a collection of photos from the past two days here in Chile with K2. Lot's of meat and snow...the story of my summer.

Day one on hill lunch was fondue. I love interactive meals.

We had cheese, meat, apples, potatoes, and the list goes on.

Today we met Frankendog. Notice the stitches on the top of his head.

He was scouting lines on the mountain, dropping chutes, chasing skiers, and stealing Pettit's gloves.

It's low snow and lot's of rocks, but there has been some pretty good turns here and there. I'm scared of rocks (for obvious reasons after one took out my knee). They're aren't alway easy to spot. Here's Seth and Andy hiking for turns.

Pettit laying one down for the catalog.

Andy tail pressing and checking the view.

And here's another of Andy skiing in the wind.

This afternoon we found some great snow off the backside skiing down to the road. The snow was more protected there and was actually amazing in spots. Some cold, light, and fluffy stuff I never really ski in Tahoe. More to come from Chile tomorrow...Adios amigos.

Argentina to Chile

I left Argentina on the first of August for a K2 shoot in Chile. Before leaving, Ryan Dunfee (director of sustainability for South America Snow Sessions), Mark Abma, and myself made some good progress on the greenhouse. I was sad to leave it behind, but am looking forward to the progress when I get back.

Abma stoked on the project!

A bunch of bottles, but no where near the 1,500 we will need to complete the greenhouse.

I had a day in Santiago before the K2 guys showed up and took a long walk around the city. I was in a really nice part of Santiago. I wish I was deeper in the city to check out all of the street art and get a better feel for the culture, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Just cruising through a nice little neighborhood in Providencia.

I made it to Farallones, a small town at the base of La Parva and El Colorado on the 2nd where I met up with the rest of the K2 team. It's been the coldest year on record here since 1912. The snow has kept well despite the lack of it and we've managed to find some good turns.

Check back for some action from Chile with team K2!