Archive for September, 2008

Farellones, Chile


My Chilean trip continues as we have left Portillo down to Santiago for a day before heading back up to Farellones, home of the 3 Valleys of La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado ski resorts. We were supposed to be heading to Las Lenas, however they decided to back out on the lift tickets they had promised us two and a half months ago so we had to go to plan B.  Heh, we had no plan B!  Soooo we ended up calling Mark Lassiter again over at to organize a last minute plan B.  We ended up with the 3 valleys with a slough of plans including being in Chile on Sept 18th, the Chilean independence day for some partying with the locals.

We arrived on a foggy and rainy morning that cleared out just in time for sunset. Farellones has some amazing sunsets, any day you can see the sun. The smog in Santiago is pretty gnarly but having a positive byproduct of making sick sunsets, just about every day up in the mountains. Farellones is a pretty small town at the base of El Colorado resort and below La Parva and Valle Nevado resorts.  We’ve had quite the contrast of places we have been in Chile from the luxury of Portillo to more of a true South American experience in Farellones.  We have been staying at a hostel called Refugio Aleman which has some really amazing views back towards Santiago and right into the sick daily sunsets through the smog of Santiago.

We will have a few more days here in Farellones with Anna’s friend Benny from Mammoth since Refugio Aleman is only a ski hostel and is closing for the season today!  We have a sunset jump session planned as well as a few more jibs so the shooting should be pretty fun.  After that we will be at La Parva for a day then the last day hopefully doing another road lap day on the Santa Teressa slope between El Colorado and Valle Nevado for fun without the camera on my back, then going straight to the airport and outbound back to Utah.  Here’s a few photos of Farellones

The road to Portillo, Chile


So Anna and I have arrived in Portillo, Chile along with our new friend Chris Taine from NZ.  For the most part Chilean drivers are kinda crazy.  On our ride up our bus driver didn’t think 120kph was fast enough for a bus so he kept passing cars left and right.  When we got to the mountain road on the way to Portillo, he felt that he (and everyone else) didn’t need to wait for trucks and passed very slowly on blind corners.  Kinda sketchy eh?  Now add in the fact that most vehicles on the highway were semi’s and yah, that was kinda sketchy.  Apparently people in Argentina are more agro than drivers in NYC or Boston.  Ha, looks like it should be an interesting ride…I think we will be picking seats in the middle of the bus!

After having a pretty uneventful bus ride up we ran across a road block of a overturned semi with it’s trailer torn in half.  Yah, what do you think hapened there huh?  Anyhoo after driving up 32 switchbacks we arrived at the Portillo Lodge, a beautiful yellow and blue lodge in a steep valley.  The peaks here are big, steep, and very scenic.  I’m stoked to get out and ski and shoot…..when the spring ice softens up!

Santiago, Chile


The Andes mountain range from the plane just about to land in Santiago, ChileSo I just arrived in the first foreign country outside of North America in 3 years.  I’ve been waiting to go for the past 2 months and I’m super stoked to be out here.  I’m shooting a story for Australian and New Zealand Skiing magazine for next Winter’s editorial schedule with Aussie skier Anna Segal.  Santiago was a lot of fun.  After staying in a hotel pretty well in downtown we cruised around the city on the subway and by foot.  Santiago is a pretty cool city of about 7 million people with a lot of bums and street performers that expect money for taking their photos!  From bums runing around with a horn and drum to a group of cheerleaders that would perform at the stop lights, they all expect money regardless of if they jumped in front of your camera or not!

The tour operator, Mark Lassiter of hooked us up with one of his friends Vince and his friend Chris Taine where we met up for some dinner and drinks after cruising around town.  As it turns out Chris was heading to Portillo and is going to stay with us and ski for a few days too.

More later with a bit of skiing.  We have 7 days in Portillo, Chile coming up, then to Mendoza, Argentina, then off Las Lenas, another day in Santiago before I head home to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Another plane coming in for landing near Atlanta, GABaggage at the airport in Atlanta, GA.  Somewhere, my bags are there, soaking wet, with my soaking wet clothes.  Thanks DeltaSunrise somewhere over the Pacific OceanSunrise still, a half hour later just before the decent into SantiagoAHOY!  Morning tea before landing.Street Performing cheerleaders in Santiago, ChileStreet performing bums in Santiago, ChileA abandoned church in Santiago, ChileAnna's new best friend the evil balloon clown guy.  Homey really wanted some cash for this.Anna Segal in downtown Santiago, Chile

Seattle to SLC


Wind turbines along I-84 in IdahoSo just another jaunt from Seattle, back home to Salt Lake City, Utah.  This time around I had an even later start than normal, had to drive overnight, rolling in at about 11am in SLC.  Hey at least I got to see someone road rage on me with his 10 year old daughter in the car!  Also of course got to see the sunrise and of course snapped a few photos.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Ashley & David’s Wedding


This was a super fun wedding to shoot.  I’ve known Ashley since birth so it made this one super fun knowing a bunch of people there.  The wedding took place at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Mercer Island, Washington where Ashley’s father Terry plays the organ for.  Ashley looked amazing and made it easy to get a lot of good photos.  We went out to one of the small waterfront landing parks on the East side of Mercer Island to get a few waterfront photos as well and finishing the night at the Lake Union Cafe in Seattle, Washington for the reception which was a really cool venue.  So, I’ve gotten a chance to edit through a few of the photos, I’ll post some more later.

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