BD athlete Drew Stoecklein ripping it in South America——Dispatch #3
Black Diamond ski athlete Drew Stoecklein is spending six weeks skiing in South America, hitting the mountains in search of steep lines, blower pow and a cultural adventure. He will be providing us with weekly updates on his travels, complete with photos from the slopes.
Here is Drew's third dispatch from Chile:
A Guide to Making It Snow
There are many ways to make it snow during a dry spell in South America: meditation, praying to the prized Chilean condor, burning skis and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. My comrade Griffin Post, three French athletes and I discussed our plan of attack on how we were going to make it snow to break the curse of a two-week dry spell in Chile. We decided that the best way to make it snow was the last option: pounding alcohol until we fell on the ground or snow did.
Below is some personal insight (bar by bar) on how to make it snow in La Parva.
(Author’s note: The Make-It-Snow program is not recommended for individuals under 21 or women who are pregnant.)
Saint Tropez— This is a great spot to begin after skiing some bone-shattering coral reef. They serve the best pisco sour in all of the resorts. Warning: these drinks are very potent and I would not have more than one. If you decide to venture past one drink you will develop unbearable heart burn as if someone dropped napalm in your stomach... not to mention you will for sure be too inebriated to drive home.
El Piuquen —This should be your second stop on the Make-It-Snow program. Here you can order a special concoction that I have created to make it snow. I originally tried to name it the Chilean Bar Slam. The reason for this is that every time you get on a chairlift in Chile, some Chilean will pull the bar down so fast it smacks you in the head, almost knocking you off the chair. The locals decided to name it Mr. Stoecklein (pronounced in Chile, Mr. Stoke-Line). This drink has been known to make the locals turn green in the face followed by projectile vomiting. This drink is not for the faint hearted.
L'Ambique Apres Ski @ El Colorado —You can access this establishment by skis or car on your way down to Farellones. This is the main après ski bar in the three resorts. Here you can enjoy 2-for-1 beers while watching ski and snowboard movies. In Chile some of the locals like to put a little bit of Fanta (orange soda) in their beers to create a sweet taste. As an American, I would consider this just as low as ordering a Zima. After 8:00pm you will be cut off from the 2-for-1 beers and it is time to move on.
Montanes— On your ski home, you should definitely stop here. This pub/discothèque/restaurant is where most of the mayhem happens in all three resorts. They have everything from all-you-can-drink private parties, beautiful Chilean girls, happy hour and killer cover bands playing AC/DC, Metallica, and Guns and Roses. If you plan on going here, you had better like smoking—you have no choice when the bar is completely filled with smoke. This establishment will keep you raging until 2:00 in the morning.
Powder —If you have not drank enough pisco to kill a large animal or sterilize yourself by three in the morning, this is the spot to go dance/stumble your face off. Beware: it's full of young kids even late in the night. This disco usually closes around 4:30am-5:00am. If you make it to closing down Powder in the Make-It-Snow program, it's time to look for a local after-party to take it deep until the sun rises or the snow starts falling.
After following the Make-It-Snow program for a solid week, we were blessed with six feet—or what they call down here two meters—of powder! Below are images from some avalanche control that we did with the La Parva ski patrol after the storm settled. Tomorrow I'm skiing for a German skiing magazine, and the next day I'm planning on testing out the powder in Portillo.