Chile

September 2006

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I was able to make the beginnings of a Chile web page on the flight home.  In the next couple of days I hope to have a video as well as a better trip description.

Elaine, Rob and I had a great snowboarding trip down to Chile.  We stayed with Grischa and Tina in Santiago, who treated us like royalty in a foreign land.  The highlight of our trip was three days of snowboarding at Valle Nevado.  The spring snowboarding conditions were as fantastic as the four star amenities.

Here is a video from our trip

Here is Rob's blog from the trip

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge

Tina and Grischa

Our gracious hosts in Santiago

Sunrise

View from Grischa and Tina's penthouse apartment

Panorama

View from Santa Lucia

Panorama

Jake and Elaine

On Santa Lucia

Rob and Elaine

Enjoying one of the four decks at Grischa and Tina's

Jake and Rob

Loading the cab with our snowboard gear. (This picture was taken just before the weight of our board bags started to collapse the car roof)

Valle Nevado

Rob

Enjoying the spring snow at Valle Nevado

Elaine

Riding a surface lift

The Tres Puntas surface lift

More than a mile long.

Elaine

Enjoying the spring conditions at Valle Nevado

Elaine

Jake and Elaine

Jake

Enjoying the Andes

Elaine

Enjoying the panorama view of the Andes

Santiago - on a clear day

Barely visible through the smog

El Plomo (5430 m)

Mountain view

Jake

Taking to many photos

Main lodge area

Relaxing pool side after a long day riding

Panorama

Independence day parade crowd

With the sky filled with fighting kites

Kites for sale

Kite fighting field

Kite fighter

Another kite fighter

Massive crowd

Panorama

Military on parade

Independence day

Military on parade

Independence day

Parade watcher

Using an inventive way to see above to crowd

Wind wheel salesman

Jake

Riding the Metro

Elaine

Riding the Metro

Grischa

Showing off his new hat

Tina

Rob

A short video of Elaine snowboarding (9 mb file)

 

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