Sometimes the snow is falling hard but you are a train, plane, and automobile distance from where you would rather be. PowderQuest Guide Vicho Fernandez shares with us his experience making that 1000km journey last week to go do what he loves most… Powder Turns.
Thursday, June 27 / The Forecast
It was the end of June and everyone was worried because the ski season still hadn’t really begun yet. The slopes were still rocky and going into the backcountry wasn’t really an alternative. All of a sudden everyone started to talk about this big storm that was supposedly coming, which ended up hitting the central Andes hard with a good amount of snow and a ton of wind. That day I could not stop thinking about being in the mountains-even though I was more than 1000 km away, my head was already at 2000 meters in Farellones…
Friday, June 28 / The trip
The moment finally arrived and it was time to leave. From Puerto Varas, I headed to the local airport in the pouring rain for the flight to Santiago and upon arrival got picked up and drove to Farellones located at around 2000m in altitude and over 1000kms away from home. It was already midnight and we had just arrived in the mountains-all the trees were snow covered and the lights illuminating Farellones gave a mystical feel to this unique place –a feeling I have yet to find anywhere else. The only thing I could think of was getting to sleep so that the next morning would come faster.
Saturday June 29 / The ride
The alarm goes off and I look out the window and can’t believe where I am. After the intense trip, here I was in my favorite place and the conditions were looking good, close to 30cm of new snow and clear skies. Everyone (Chopo Diaz, Cristian Anguita y Jeremias Marinovic) arrived by 8:30am and our smiles spoke for themselves.
The day begins and after a few warm up runs at the resort we head to our long awaited destination. Santa Teresa, well known by many for it’s easy access where you are guaranteed 500meters of consistent vertical drop and deep pow.
Before dropping in, we checked our beacons and do a few tests to see what the snowpack is doing. We choose our lines and agree upon a regroup location in order to have a safe descent- then we go one by one….
Just with that one run, the day was made and that is how we spent the rest of the afternoon-3 Santa Teresa runs until the light snuffed out and we were forced to end the day.