(Above) Ingrid Backstrom slaying epic powder days at Nevados De Chillan, Chile. Photo: Adam Clark
What do you do when the snow melts and summer begins? If you are a dedicated skier or snowboarder, the thought of not shredding s-turns for months is a gloomy thought. So I have been exploring the southern hemisphere in search of that endless winter. Dreaming…. sound too good to be true? No longer….
PowderQuest has organized a way for females to ski the epic Andes backcountry while learning a bit about Chilean culture at the same time, in their first ever Women’s Freeride Camp at La Parva Ski Resort in Chile. And guess who you’ll have the pleasure of sharing the slopes with, none other than the all-star skier and badass chica, Ingrid Backstrom!
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with PowderQuest and La Parva for an amazing week of skiing,” pro skier Ingrid Backstrom expressed. “La Parva offers excellent terrain for us to ski, learn and play on – plus gorgeous and true Andean beauty. We are all lookin forward to an amazing week!”
This exclusive women’s only event is offered to advanced intermediate & above skiers with goals of progressing freeride skills, making new friends, becoming more comfortable in the backcountry and soaking up the Chilean culture. Slopeside apartment lodging, priority lift line access and delicious Chilean breakfasts & dinners are all included as part of the package.
Sounds like a sick summer vacation! Now you just have to brush up on your Spanish…. I will give you some pointers, with this Espanol 101 para Snowboardistas lesson. Here are some important words to learn before shredding down south: ”nieve pura” = pow, “saltos” = jumps, “fuera de pista” = backcountry, “tres sesenta” = 360, chicas only…. you get the idea. Would this be the ideal Spanish class or what? Enjoy shredding and a glass of fine wine despues (afterwards). No, there are no age limits for drinking on the continent.
Ingrid and the group will explore the extensive in-bounds and off-piste terrain found at La Parva. Daily camp focuses include skiing steeper lines, reading the mountain to find the best snow, skiing chutes and introduction to small cornice & rock drops. Along for the week will be a fully certified bi-lingual PowderQuest guide that will provide logistical support, avalanche and mountain safety courses, intro to backcountry hiking, route finding, weather analysis and more. Participants will progress their freeride abilities and learn to navigate the backcountry in a safe supportive environment.
“It is a great honor to work with such an amazing skier and woman like Ingrid. Everyone at La Parva is excited to be the home of this first ever camp concept,” stated Rodrigo Medina, from La Parva Ski Resort. “I am confident that every participant will have a memorable and beautiful experience. La Parva will extend all our hospitality to make the group and Ingrid feel like they are at home.”
Morning and evening activites round out the week with yoga classes, private wine tasting, tango classes and more. The final day will be spent exploring Santiago, Chile including a visit to the famous open air market and a tour of the Concha y Toro vineyard & winery. The PowderQuest Women’s Freeride Camp with Ingrid Backstrom in La Parva, Chile runs from August 3rd-10th 2012 and signups are limited to the first 10 women to register. This camp will fill to capacity quickly. Please contact PowderQuest at 1-888-565-7158 or info@PowderQuest.com with any questions or to signup today.
Since 1999, PowderQuest has been the world’s leading provider of Ski & Snowboard adventures to both Chile & Argentina delivering over 1000 life changing experiences. PowderQuest is a US based company with fulltime offices in both the US & Chile offering a wide variety of trips using certified guides through the Andes to ski and snowboard during the months of July through October
About Ingrid Backstrom
Ingrid Backstrom www.ingridbackstrom.com
Ingrid Backstrom grew up in Seattle, skiing with her family. She moved to Squaw Valley to spend just a season, but it took only a few freeskiing contests to realize that she had found her passion. At the 2012 Powder Magazine Awards, for the 7th year, Ingrid won the prestigious Reader Poll award and 5th time, Best Female Performance, in Matchstick Productions, Attack of La Nina and Sherpa Productions, All.I.Can.