I’m back home from the most excellent trip to Chile. I went down there for about 10 days with the K2 posse to get some hot action on the slopes and it was a blast and a half. The lifts were awesome, the food was awesome, and the Chile dogs were awesome. So here’s some photos of all the above…Tim
Check out our French rider Julien Rochette!
So we’ve had a huge wildfire in the mountains of my town in La Crescenta, CA. This is by far the biggest fire I’ve seen here ever. Luckly the fire hasn’t gotten to any houses yet, but a lot of people were asked to evacuate. As of now the fire is only 5% contained. And with 100 degree temps forcasted for the rest of the week, I’m really not sure when the fires going to be under control.
I got some pretty good pictures from my backyard.
We bestow our trust in the testers chosen by Transworld to conduct the test and do all that shredding so we have a little more insight on what boards. The results are in and K2 has six boards to be graced with those pretty Good Wood stickers. Look for the Good Wood Stamp of approval on the VaVaVoom Rocker, EcoPOP, Darkstar, WWW Rocker, Parkstar, and the Slayblade.
Follow the rest of story here on the Transworld Snow website.
Argentina, much like the old west, is a land synonymous with cattle, banditos, and a different pace of life. Despite the many similarities, there is one difference so great that it brought the K2 team together to one spot, the Andes.
While shred-summers in North America are spent watching Luminous Llama for the 153rd time and counting days towards your Hood trip, there are a group of kids in South America destroying epic terrain with storms that seem relentless. If you can imagine dropping a line between rocky spires leading into a moss covered forest that funnels through snow-covered bamboo pillow lines, you’re on the right track.
Over the last few weeks, the K2 team has been taking every opportunity to tap into the terrain around Bariloche, home base to South American Snowboard Sessions, and the location of our current team photo shoot. So far we’ve been lucky enough to shred with rad locals while slashing river beds, jibbing trees, and experiencing the culture. The internet access has been spotty, but stay posted for general mayhem and more behind the scenes with the K2 team in Argentina.
Ola! I did an online interview with Boardworld Australia. Check ‘er out here!
Termas de Chillan, Chile – Love at first site—it’s a rarity. But when I met La Rosa, I knew it was true.
La RosaDon’t go thinking I just met my bride-to-be. No, La Rosa is a van and a guy named Sebastien owns her. She is big, red, has duallies on the back, and a grained-wood interior. She has a sink, dual benches, storage, and, with a little effort, you can fit a dozen shreds and gear in her to go riding at Termas de Chillan. A worthy object of affection indeed.
TermasTermas de Chillan lies a five hour train ride and two hour bus ride south of the Chilean capitol of Santiago and is where I spent the last three days with the K2 Snowboards crew. Despite warm weather, rain, snow, sleet, and limited sleep, we managed to find a lot of fun features to ride amongst the expansive, rolling volcano upon which the resort is built. From the dragon’s tail, a gnarled, curve tree to natural quarterpipes and gully slashers, Termas delivered in less than epic conditions. It was three fun days of riding on sketchy, curved pomas and dilapidated doubles with trees trying to hook your board off and nights gambling in the casino at the resort amongst the Chilean bourgeoisie.
Aaron RobinsonBut three days isn’t long and we are now back in Farellones for three more days of sun-drenched riding at the triple resorts of La Parva, Valle Nevado and El Colorado, where road runs beckon and a reasonable park keeps the jib-friendly occupied. But it feels like something is missing—riding the resort shuttles just seems to lack a bit of character after our time in Chillan.
K2 TeamViva La Rosa—and here’s to more good riding in the southern hemisphere.
Photo 1: Chris Beresford
Photo 2: La Rosa
Photo 3: Hiking to the hot springs
Photo 4: Aaron Robinson
Photo 5: The crew
So I have been home for a couple of days but just wanted to drop some photos from the end of the Trip. Argentina and SASS was a great time. We got some Pow Pow and had lots of fun. There are more K2 Dudes currently in Chile and I am sure they are boarding it up, and will be posting some blogs about their adventures soon.