In Santiago I met two of the snowboarders from the Dakine team- Louif (Paradis) and J Rob (Jason Robinson) and together we flew down south to a town called Conception. From here we caught a two hour bus ride inland to the bottom of Nevados de Chilean- an active volcano on which a ski resort has been built. Up high the remnant rock from age old lava flows has built playful gullies and rolling terrain. Lower down are mossy forests, perfectly spaced for weaving through at high speed.
I’d been following the weather forecast for a few days leading up to our trip, which was calling for heavy snowfall throughout the week. My expectations were sky high and I couldn’t wait to be immersed in a powdery cloud of smoke. I should have known better than to invest expectations in the weather.
Temperatures changed for the worst. We got one day of heavy wet snow- of which we took full advantage. But the rest of our time on the volcano was spent batting howling winds and pouring rain.
The team had to get creative in order to get shots for the catalogue. For me it was awesome to watch how each skier/snowboarder approached the circumstances and got productive. The bows jibbed a lift tower cable, hiked up gullies to find natural hips to air, set up a mini park out front of our hotel and built little jumps within the resort. I joined in where I could!
The rest of our time in Chilean was spent indoors; shooting pieces for the catalogue, chatting, playing with a soccer ball and watching new ski and snowboard movie footage from each others’ past season.
Although I didn’t get to ski the mountain as much as I would have liked, I was stoked to have the chance to hang-out and learn from a group of really inspiring people. Everyone had their own perspectives on skiing, snowboarding, being creative and their approach to the industry.