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Reggie Crist Rolls In South America Style at Valle Nevado
Posted on September 9, 2015

I am Reggie Crist. I will be your spirit guide. Welcome to HELI.

When Reggie Crist rolls, he rolls in style. Staying true to a big-line worldview that includes heli time, endless global powder and occasionally a rooftop landing on a towering skyscraper to access a five-star luxury hotel was part of his program in South America this season. As our second gallery from the deep ski season in South America, Reggie provided us his vantage point and overview on guiding more than a few stable, deep and spectacular heli lines in the vast Andean terrain around Valle Nevado, Chile that holds runs up to six-thousand-feet in vertical, adrenaline-inducing drop. It’s an impressive summer ski vacation tale that even involves a heli-guiding cameo by Lynsey Dyer and a heli drop stopover at the W Hotel in Santiago. —LYA Editor

Client time, Chad Herin digs deep in the Valle Nevado heli terrain during the August storm cycle.

Words and Intro by Reggie Crist, Photos courtesy of Stellar Media

Transitioning from flip-flops to ski boots overnight is always shocking, but chasing winter to South America has been part of my annual migration for the past 30 years. As a member of the US Ski Team (1987-97), I would spend the entire month of August bouncing around between the resorts of Portillo, Valle Nevado, La Parva and Las Lenas. Each season I gained new appreciation for this amazing part of the world, a unique region where the Pacific Ocean gives way to fertile valleys producing the finest fruits and vegetables (and wines) before abruptly slamming into the 20,000-foot-plus peaks of the Andes.

The Valle Nevado village., jumping off point for heli camp.

This season we were blessed with a massive snowstorm than dumped over 6 feet of snow prior to our arrival creating ideal snow quality and long-term stability. As owner/operator of StellarAdventureMedia.com, my primary focus was to heli-ski guide clients basing at both Valle Nevado resort as well as downtown Santiago. With the help of tail guides, Lynsey Dyer and Danny Jendral, we systematically blew the minds of the clients both on and off the slopes. Here are a few images from the trip.

Top: I am Reggie Crist. I will be your spirit guide. Welcome to HELI. Above: Client time, Chad Herin digs deep in the Valle Nevado heli terrain during the August storm cycle. Also Above: The Valle Nevado village., jumping off point for heli camp.

Stellar Heli drop anyone? 13,000 feet in the Andes? Yes, please. Reggie guides the ship on in.

 

Top: Stellar Heli drop anyone? 13,000 feet in the Andes? Yes, please. Reggie guides the ship on in. 

L to R: 1. Reggie Crist rocking and rolling. 2. Alpine lines. All time days. 3. Curtis Gardner running out a late season line in the Valle Nevado backcountry.

Dyer ripping her way to a Chilean heli guiding gig after securing a last minute ticket south.

 

Top: Dyer ripping her way to a Chilean heli guiding gig after securing a last minute ticket south. 

L to R: 1. Mid-August snow report from a week of storm then stability at Valle Nevado. 2. So many lines, so little time. 3. Rob ripping the high Andean pow. 

 

The yellow bird in flight.

 

Top: The yellow bird in flight.

L to R: 1. Danny Jendral opening it up in the stable, steep slopes of this season’s Andes. 2. High dive. 3. A 3-Astar day in the Andes.

Heavy reading in a library of lines.

 

Top: Heavy reading in a library of lines.

L to R: 1. Danny Jendral guiding strong at 14K feet in the Andes. 2. Orevallas. 3. Helis chasing helis chasing helis in the Andes at Reggie Crist’s Valle Nevado fantasy camp.

Coming in hot, $750 bucks a pop for the heli valet at the Titanium Santiago. 14K foot peak to 7 course gourmet meal in 25 minutes—as the heli crow flies.

 

Top: Coming in hot, $750 bucks a pop for the heli valet at the Titanium Santiago. 14K foot peak to seven-course gourmet meal in 25 minutes—as the heli crow flies.

L to R: 1. The A team rocking out on the roof of the Titanium on their way to the W. 2. Reggie Crist and celebrity guide Lynsey Dyer guiding their clients into a rootop landing at the Titanium Santiago. 3. Miss Lynsey Dyer living the life at the W Santiago.

The Stellar bird over Santiago.

 

Top: The Stellar bird over Santiago.

L to R: 1. Spiritual gangsters. 2. Valle Nevado heli guides landing safely in style. 3. Eye contact at apres.

The bird flying above Titanium La Portada in Santiago, the second tallest building in Chile, upon its exit to the Andes.

Above: The bird flying above Titanium La Portada in Santiago, the second tallest building in Chile, upon its exit to the Andes.

Check out the First Ascent series Reggie packed and tested during South America season at eddiebauer.com.

Author: - Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
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  1. Rod Nash

    Rod Nash here. Thanks for this Reg. Lots of lines in the library indeed! And talk about wilderness juxtaposed to 5-star civilization. I can only offer 600 miles of British Columbia coastal cruising (wolves, griz, orcas etc.) Your old teacher and pal Dean Paschall is just now finishing 2600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail–Mexico to Canada. Big hugs to you. Be safe. ElProfessor Rod

  2. Reggie Crist

    Rod Nash- good to hear from you my friend. You are a true inspiration and thanks for planting the seed of adventure in my soul back at UC Santa Barbara in the late 90’s. You are a true pioneer! I will never forget attending your environmental studies class of 500+ students as a freshman and you would regularly hane the entire hall applauding w standing ovation at the end of your lectures. Simply amazing!
    Hope our paths cross soon!

  3. tomthepowderpig

    wow, i’m stoked, looks pretty fkn awesome…lol

    may do this instead of japan this next year… the city looks inviting, lux is not my style…ha ha….


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