I have yet to mention how great our guides were. One of our guides, Travis, is a Big Sky resident that Ken and I had skied/boarded with in Chile two years ago.
Our other guide was none other than Claire, a sponsored rider for PMGear (http://www.pmgear.com
), as well as FlyLow (http://www.flylowgear.com
), who resides in SLC. Claire also runs SheJumps! (http://www.shejumps.org
Claire and Travis were fun to party with, and were also totally cool letting us do our own thing occasionally apart from the rest of the group.
Here, Claire sends it with a nice grab.
Claire on the Lhasa Pows enjoying the freshies.
Can’t go much further without another nice product placement for our local Tahoe shapers, Praxis Skis (http://www.praxisskis.com
). The Praxis Backcountrys served me well as a single-quiver on this trip as I didn’t want to bring the Protests or any of my Dynafit rigs as the touring was quick on the Dukes.
Nick airing into yet another backcountry, untracked bowl. This one, with no tracks in it, was literally only like a 15 minute skin from the lift two days after a storm… Nuts! Photo: Ken
Nick enjoying the deepness to follow (with the only other tracks from our group) – this zone and its proximity would have been tracked out at Squaw or Kirkwood in about 10 minutes after lift service – much less 2 days! Photo: Ken
Claire marking up yet another untracked, deep zone.
Ken chilling on yet another hike, with volcanoes Chillan Nuevo and Chillan Viejo in the distance.
The following day we headed out for a longer tour to a separate valley system. Jon taking in the view during a quick rest stop. “Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handy.
Nick skinning out, getting pumped for untracked. The winds were howling this day, keeping the temps pretty low. Hence, touring in hardshells (virtually unheard of here in the Sierra by yours truly). Photo: Jon
Ken approaching the ridgeline, with Chillan Viejo in the immediate vicinity. The coverage and the Andes go on forever (well, until at least the Northern resorts where the coverage part ends…).
Travis and Jon booting up the ridgeline.
Celebration, if not premature, nearing the summit.
No Sierra Trip Report would be complete without the standard “TR Point”. Photo: Ken
At the top of the zone, Jon, Ken and Travis scope out the various lines.
Ken and Jon dropping in on the ridge line windbuff, heading down to a pretty cool zone.
Travis, Jon and Ken dropped in on the face below, while Claire and I stayed up high to film and shoot. At the end, Claire and I dropped fall line from our vantage point for a much longer and steeper run – FOR THE WIN.
Travis shredding the face below.
Claire coming down in the cool light into our zone, with my tracks S-cutting through the rocks to her left.
This drainage went for several thousand feet of heli-sized, sustained untracked powder… It was unreal skiing. I had been reading of the warm weather and thin conditions up North, but I must say, Chillan (and even further South to Pucon) absolutely had the goods. Once again, muchas gracias to Dave at CasaTours for shifting the destination.
Jon with the wind-lip slash in yet another untracked area of the same drainage.
Travis demonstrating with perfection what it means to get deep, untracked lines in the backcountry of the Southern Hemisphere.
Due to photog duties, Nick has to “suffer” towards the end several tracks…. Fortunately, there was plenty of canvas to find my own areas ;) Photos: Claire
And no Chillan TR would be complete without the Lhasa Shot Ski from the SNOWPub in Chillan…. Way to may of these were taken during the week – at least we earned free hats! L to R, Claire, Jon, Travis, Nick and Ken
Una Mas Tiempo – Chilling in Nevada (Nevados de Chillan, Chile)