Team Update: Bryce Phillips SA Adventure
We are not quite sure if this falls under a Team Update, a Travel Tips From Real Travelers, or something else we can’t classify yet, but evo founder and K2 Team rider Bryce Phillips just got back from a near month-long trip to Chile and Peru to ski, surf and kiteboard. Needless to say we are pretty jealous of anyone getting pow turns in August, especially if they work in the same office as us. Check out a recap from Bryce’s trip, get some tips for your future trip to South America, and drool over some photos of untracked lines.
South America Recap 2011
I had the good fortune to hit up Chile and Peru in August getting just the right mix of mountains, cities and beaches while racking up kilometers on planes, trains and moto-taxis in between. South America is a great place to get just the right dose of activity and culture and the people have always been awesome so whether it is in 2012 or 10 years from now, make sure to add a trip down south to the checklist.
K2 Backside team “apres”
After a wild time trying to get out on a standby ticket from Seattle, my wife Elise and I ended up catching the tail end of a K2 Backside Team Photo Shoot in La Parva, Chile where our adventures began. Here’s the quick whirlwind recap and photos to match.
SEA > NYC > ATL > Santiago > La Parva > Valparaiso > Mancora, Peru > Lima > Portillo with the Patagonia > Termas De Chillan with Powder Magazine (feature story coming soon – Photos: Adam Clark) > ATL > Seattle
A few tips if you are thinking about heading down….
- If you are looking to go skiing or snowboarding, remember that just being in South America is worth the trip. If you happen to time it when the snow is good, it’s icing on the cake.
- Miles tickets to South America (Chile and Argentina if you are looking to ski/board) can be by far the best value if you have saved them up or can “borrow” some from a friend. Tickets are usually around $1,000 but this year were $1,800 and miles tickets were as low as 40,000 (valued at around $400).
- Mix it up. My favorite trips are a blend of foreign places, activities, new cultures, friends old and new, cities, mountains, the list goes on.
- Go with the flow. Some call it the “A Factor” (Argentina), some just “The Factor” (SA in general) but keep in mind that things don’t work quite like they do in North America. That’s not necessarily bad, just different, and if you go with the right expectations, you will never be disappointed.
“Lobitos” Kiting and Surfing in Northern Peru
Thank you to Kyle at Justfares.com and Mark at southamericaski.com for help with logistics, Gary at Samana Chakra in Mancora for the incredible accommodations and kite-surfing and everyone along the way that made it an amazing trip.
If you are ever looking to head South, never hesitate to reach out for the inside scoop. I’d love to help point you in the right direction.