A Snowy August in Chile
A few weeks ago, Sarah, one of our Twitter followers, posted a great photo of her ski trip to Chile. We asked if she had any more and if she'd like to share her story with us. She did, and here it is:
More times than not, my summer vacation plans got blank stares and questions like: There's snow in Chile? It might not be a dream vacation for everyone, but for me, skiing in Chile was the perfect way to spend my August.
Before I could take off on my two-week adventure, I was on the hunt for the perfect mid-layer. The last thing I wanted was for my gear to disappoint me. I didn't want to be cold while backcountry skiing in the Andes or shredding the volcanoes in Termas de Chillan and Pucon. I found the Atom LT Hoody and it was the perfect fit, weight, and design for wearing under my ski jacket, or on its own while enjoying pisco sours après ski. I loved that there was no stitching along the sides, allowing for a perfect fit under a ski jacket, providing comfort and allowing easy movement. I also loved that it had a hood light enough to wear under my helmet for those early-morning sunrises on the ski hill.
I travelled to Santiago with my dad and we immediately hopped in a truck with three new friends, heading for Termas de Chillan. I was on another continent, with new friends, trying to understand a new language, and I felt completely comfortable. It was just like being at home, piling into a car with friends, and chasing snow in the Rocky Mountains.
After a few days of hiking and skiing, we left Pucon and hit the coast, visiting Vina de Mar. Having grown up on Vancouver Island, the Pacific Ocean has a special place in my heart. I enjoyed amazing seafood in Con Con, walked the beach, and watched a beautiful sunset. All, in my Atom Hoody!
I ended my trip in Farellones, a beautiful, quiet mountain town at the base of three ski hills just outside of Santiago. The fresh snow I dreamed of finally fell and we shredded La Parva for four days – skiing deep, fresh pow. All smiles, lots of cheering, and a few falls ended an epic trip I'll never forget.
The Atom LT Hoody won me over, and when I came home from Chile, I bought the Alpha FL Jacket [http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Womens/Alpha-FL-Jacket-W] for hiking in the mountains during “shoulder season”. My next trip? Jasper National Park.
Sarah lives in Calgary and loves skiing and photography. You can check out some more of her Chile photos in an album on our Facebook page [http://www.facebook.com/arcteryx], or follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks Sarah!
And if you have your own story of adventures in Arc'teryx gear that you'd like to share, by all means, send it our away along with some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.