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Dispatches: Laura Austin – K2 In Chile Part 2

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Dispatches: Laura Austin – K2 In Chile Part 2

Words & Photos: Laura Austin

The second half of my trip to Chile with the K2 Snowboarding crew continued with some more snowboarding, photo shoots, a taste of the Chilean culture, and of course more Pisco. A few new members of the team showed up to shoot for the K2 catalog including Matt Belzile, Leanne Pelosi, Travis Parker, Tim Eddy, and Mason Aguirre. It was awesome to be able to stand to the side and shoot some photos of a few of the riders sessioning a rock jump at sunset. It is always a reality check when you see how much work goes into getting one shot or a four second video clip.

After another night of amazing food and too many drinks containing the Chilean alcohol of choice, Pisco, we headed down to the city of Santiago before everyone had to hop on a plane and head back to the states. We ate some crazy food and did what any typical tourist would do, walk around the city, cameras in hand, staring at everything wide-eyed. My advice to you is to get off your couch, jump on a plane, and see all the crazy stuff there is to see out there... you can even do a little snowboarding along the way.

Huge thanks to K2 crew (Hunter Waldron, Meghan Grabow, and John OConner) for bringing me along on the trip and our awesome guides at La Parva, Rodrigo and Mike.

In case you missed it you can check out Chile: Part 1 here.

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Dispatches: Laura Austin 1.0 – K2 In Chile Part 1

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Dispatches: Laura Austin 1.0 – K2 In Chile Part 1

Words & Photos: Laura Austin

How could you say no to a trip to Chile? Well I guess if you hated endless powder, ridiculous scenery, and awesome people then you might turn down this adventure. But I happen to love all these things, so when I was offered to fly down to South America with K2, I couldn't say no.

K2 brought some of their key retailers and 2 "media people" down to Chile to hang out in La Parva for 4 days while doing catalog shoots with the team, and well.... enjoy what La Parva had to offer. It dumped the day before we got there and since the resort is all above treeline that meant that one gift from the snow gods provided four days of endless powder. From the language barrier, to the people, the views, the dance parties, the snowboarding, and of course the Pisco Sours... it was definitely a trip of a lifetime.

Check back soon for the second Dispatch from this trip.

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