Robbie Walker. PHOTO:Mike Yoshida
While anxious riders in North America sweat out summer in anticipation of the upcoming season, campers, coaches and pro athletes are getting face shots of blower powder in the middle of August. There's only one place on earth to experience full winter action with such a talented group of people right now: South America Snow Sessions in Argentina.
SASS storms into Cerro Catedral in Bariloche each and every "summer" and takes over the mountain, bringing some of the best riders and skiers in the world to rip through misty tree lines and big backcountry bowls. Session 2 ended with blizzard conditions on the hill; back-to-back storms brought tons of new snow and set up plenty of terrain for all of Session 3.
The lucky campers aren't the only ones enjoying the fresh pow—our awesome sponsors are taking advantage of being in the SASS family. Last week members of the K2 Snowboard Team paid a visit to grab some catalog photos and get their fill of winter fun. Gretchen Bleiler, Shaun McKay, Robbie Walker and Eero Niemela spent a week riding, shooting and filming all over the mountain. They got some deep turns on the hill and soaked up the local flavor, sampling some of Bariloche's delicious carne and wild nightlife to go along with their daily shred missions.
As soon as the K2 posse departed for Chile, the Dakine team rolled in with Josh Dirksen, Austin Smith and Leanne Pelosi. Timing is everything and they couldn't have planned it any better, as the wicked weather turned wonderful and the snow stacked up to Mt. Baker proportions. They've been exploring the alleys of the Del Bosque forest and the graffiti-filled streets of town getting some sick shots all week long. And it doesn't stop there… boardercross teams from around the world are showing up every day to get some early Olympic training in before the competition season begins.
There's still time to put a little winter in your summer and sign up for the last session of the year, August 29th-Sept 7th. The 18 and up adults only SASS VIP Session is the biggest party of the year and includes free roundtrip domestic airfare from Buenos Aires! $2375 gets you 10 all-inclusive days of lodging, lift tickets, meals, transportation, daily guides into the backcountry, exclusive parties at night, fashion shows and much more. And with the Labor Day Holiday weekend, there's even more time to play. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?
For more info and to sign up go to www.sasnowsessions.com
Check out Coach Andrew Burns' latest you tube video also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6JYMgEiy4Y