Intermission: A Short Break Between Ski Seasons

I used to consider the end of the season in Chile, the end of the ski year.  It seemed to make sense; skiing starts in November, and goes as late as possible – in my case that just happened to be until October sometime.  Now, I see it differently.  My season in Chile is the …

Local Knowledge: Chileans Know When the Snow’s Coming!

Chile is a dramatic place.  The country averages 100-miles wide from west to east; the ocean is never far away.  The eastern boundary is delineated by the Andes mountains, reaching over 20,000-feet into the sky.  The drama of the landscape is matched only by the weather, which can be absolutely wicked at times.  Guiding in …

Last Call at Mount Sneffels

There’s always time for “one last…” Right?  That last beer, that last kiss, that last run of the season.  The temptation is irresistible.  It seems like such a great idea at the time.  With May closing out and the meager snow we had this season dwindling fast, I was definitely feeling the pressure to get …

How to Manage a Low Snow Year

It’s been low tide for a long time in northern Chile.  My friends have started to send condolences.  “Two dry seasons in a row.  Bummer.”  “It must be tough to be down there when the skiing’s not good.”  For the record, even when it’s “tough” down here, it’s not as if a prison sentence has …

Classic Chilean Volcanoes

Every September I guide a trip I call “Classic Chilean Volcanoes.”  We put together a small group of people, and spend a week skiing some of the most iconic peaks in the Araucaria region of Chile – Volcanoes Lonquimay, Villarrica, and the twin-headed Mocho-Choshuenco.  One of the reasons I consider these mountains to be so …

Exploring the Cordillera of Chile

The wind slams our tent so hard that the walls reverberate as if we are inside of a drum.  It’s our first night on this expedition and while we’re still hopeful, doubt is still knocking at the door – or as it would be, slamming against the wall of our tent. At some point in the …

The Soul Shred

I got out for a great “soul shred” today.  What the hell is a soul shred you ask.  Good question.  When pro skiers lose the light needed for shooting, or for whatever reason there’s no inspiration to work, sometimes you just go out to shred – because it’s good for your soul.  Today I finished …

Crushing It Outside Portillo, Chile

The first trip of my season in Chile is all wrapped up.  I am out of the mountains, preparing for the upcoming trips, and it’s raining in the valley.  Snow in the mountains!  Finally.  We really do need it.  But even in some of the driest conditions I have ever seen, we did manage a …

Pacha Mama: Exploring a Snow-Less Chile

Pacha Mama is a deity of Andean cultures.  Her role is essentially that of Mother Nature.  While she is normally revered as good and just, I think she may be upset with us.  Another dry season here in the central cordillera of Chile has us scratching our heads, and conjuring schemes to bribe Pachamama into …

Return to Winter

No need to wait for winter to return!  You can be sliding on snow in five easy steps.           

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