|Over the last several years–as many of my friends know–I
have developed a problematic drug habit. During the hot, summer months
of the year, I will go into serious withdrawal. I will experience
night sweats (hey... in the summer, it doesn't get cool at night anymore),
and my mind will shut down at the thought of another week of temperatures in
the 90s. I will escape the heat of the valley by heading high into the
mountains whenever possible. Now, I have traveled over 5,000 miles to
get my fix! The drug in question is a white, crystalline substance,
consisting of two parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. The drug is
Skiing Farellones, Chile (John Hussey's (my winter roommate) other winter residence) 9/8 - 9/22
This is the first time I've been south of Durango, Colorado!
After arriving in Santiago on Thursday, John and I hit the el Jumbo grocery store (almost twice the size of a Wal-Mart Supercenter) and then headed up the road (only one and a half lanes wide in many places) to Farellones. We were going to hit the slopes for a couple runs that afternoon, but the afternoon low level clouds started to roll in, so we headed to KL—the local après ski hangout at the base of el Colorado.
The weather on Friday was moderate to heavy snow (zero visibility on the mountain) so we headed over to el Montañes (a block away from John's place, with half the US Snowboard Team there) to hear the local Nachos Band play some rock and roll.
Saturday 9/10: After two days of waiting... 2½ feet new
snow, and still snowing! We were up at the lifts at 8:30 with only two
people ahead of us.
Sunday: 1½ feet more new snow!
Monday: Valle Nevado
Wednesday: el Colorado - John's Master's race training day