Sherbert Sunsets, Pow & Pisco Sours in Chile
Travel diary by Billabong Womens Art Director & Snow Lover, Danielle Petach
Upon arrival of our grueling flight from the North, we watched a sherbert sun set over Santiago, piled in and headed east towards the Chilean Andes.
We should have known the road to Farellones would have been death defying, when our rental pick-up came equipped with an aftermarket roll cage and reflectors running the full length of the truck. 60 hairpin (180 degree) turns up the road from Santiago to our destination Valle Nevado resort. Slippery and sideways on the highways when the snow fell.
From the side country at Valle Nevado to the parks at El Colorado to our heli time above the longest exposed mountain range in the world, we had a once in a lifetime southern-hemi shred trip to check off the bucket list.
We headed up to Valle Nevada on the windiest, most dangerous looking road ever driven.
The first day was more of an exploration day due to the clouds and tough visibility.
Jamie Anderson, Clint Allan, and I still had some great turns.
Then came the snow gods and blessed us with 2 feet of fresh that night.
I think we helped it along by drinking all night, singing karaoke and dancing to the wee hours of the morning.
Jorgo, our guide showed us the amazing terrain that takes us miles down the road from the resort where we coordinated a truck pick up.
DCP came along for the heli ride and guided us to some insane lines and features.
This was the best day by far.
We left our 5 star hotel to experience the more rustic side of Chile.
We moved to a quaint cabin about 20 minutes away in a small village called Farellones.
With very little hot water, a few plug in heaters, and single pain windows… we were a little shocked at the change in sleeping venues.
All this creates a better atmosphere and story at the end of the day. It was the most fun experience of Chile.
'Till next time!