Eddie Bauer snowboard guide Chris Coulter spends his summers tracking snow in the Southern Hemisphere. Basing out of the SASS Global Travel headquarters in Bariloche, Argentina ‘the condor’ spends his time guiding and coaching in Cerro Catedral, the country’s original destination ski area. While the rest of us are relaxing in flip flops or looping the mountain bike track, Coulter slays the lines deep in the heart of the Patagonian storms and splitboards deep into the backcountry surrounding Bariloche’s famous Frey Hut. As the Santa Rosa season slowed, he emerged to send us a gallery of images from the backcountry shredding and adventure travel chaos that is Argentina. These are his selects and his captions from deep immersion in the Southern Hemisphere. —LYA Editor
Caption: Zebra Couloir. This is a classic couloir sought after by locals and tourists alike. Standing on top of La Laguna looking back to the Van Titer Valley and Frey Hut this is one of the couloirs that beckons to be ridden!
Images and Captions by Chris Coulter
Captions. Top L to R: 1. Skinning to the Mini AK bowl to ride Timmy Chutes. 2. We call this the puttputt bowl of mini AK it’s just above the Timmy Chutes. On this particular day I was riding it with Michelle Parker who took this photo. The snow was blower and we were heading out further to the Zebra face we did the eel chute, this bowl and Zebra #4—great day in the mountains with a great lady. This kind of day is why is so important to be here for a large portion of the season and ready to get the goods when it on! 3. Getting ready to drop into the Van Titter at right side of the mini AK bowl. 4. This is the Eel Chute that I have been riding for a few seasons down here now. I love it because it has a 30ft straightline to a high speed right hand turn. I love taking my higher level clients to this one, it always get the heart pumping even for the most hardcore riders!
Bottom L to R. 1. A few of the Zebra couloirs. 2. Ak bowl to Timmy Chutes great run! Spines, convexities chutes, a little bit of everything! 3. Michelle Parker dropping into a Zebra Couloir. 4. Skinning out of the Van Titter Valley after riding a Zebra Couloir, with Michelle Parker. Its more work to get out of this valley than getting on top of the lines so it feels deep with lots of consequence, not a place for injuries or mistakes. After sinning out you have a rock scramble on the upper ridge Frey trail back into the Cerro Catedral resort.
Top L to R: 1. It’s pretty surreal working in the Patagonia mountains year after year. I get to relive some of the view and runs with my amazing clients who become close friends through our adventures in these mountains. Stellar crew standing on top of a run we call Staff Party. 2.. Riding the Del Bosque chair lift with coach/guide Tony Pavlantos making plans for our groups for runs in Laguna. We get lots of beautiful inversions with low cloud layers like the background of this shot. Tony has been rocking the Neoteric pants and helping test gloves. 3. Heading up the six man chair from the base to the upper mountain. The bamboo is beautiful cover with snow. You can get quit bamboozled exploring this mountain you first few seasons. 4. Riding the lower mountain trees (bosque) is amazing a Cerro Catedral all the bamboo and trees are beautiful.
Middle L to R: 1. Waiting for the bus to town, really like the distressed wood at the bus stop up at Cerro Catedral. I like using the busses here over taxies for saving money and getting exposed to more locals and culture. 2. This is a normal seen at the kiosk where we get pizza after riding on some days. Motorized skateboard, dogs soaking up the sun, Argentina. 3. The opportunity does not come up very often to get down into town because we are working every day of the week. Sometimes the mountain closes because of high winds, going to town on down days provides some great cultural experiences. 4. The Mother Earth (Pachamama) mural close to the artisan market in down town Bariloche
Bottom L to R: 1. Greetings foreigner to Bariloche. 2. In front of my friend and sponsor Gilbert Cerveza brewery we offer a brewery tour for our clients weekly it a great time to get off the hill and get some culture. 3. Tomas, the beer brewer, at his family brewery. Giving us the lowdown on how he brews his different types of beer. 4. The road side mall at Panorama Point, 24 kilometers outside of Bariloche heading to Gilbert Brewery.
Bottom: Drop In Bro. Valle Van Titer.
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