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Andy Mahre couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent K2 in Chile. His teammates Pep Fujas, Sean Pettit, and photographer Alex O’Brien all agree, and they are excited to share this experience together. Mahre says that “we don’t have any set features or courses in which we have to work. We are able to collaborate with our friends to produce the best imagery that we can, in the style and fashion that we see fit. Then, after it’s all said and done, everyone gets the chance to share their experience amongst everyone involved, and then the rest of the world.”
Salt Lake City local Julian Carr is heading to La Parva with Rachael Burks, Parker Cook, and Ben Wheeler. With ultimate freedom to gather whatever content they want, photographer Chris Bezamat and filmer John Roderick will travel all over Santiago and La Parva to get the best shots. “I’m most excited for the format of this contest,” says Carr. “There’s just a four-day window to get the best photos and footage possible. It’s not a whole season to get that epic shot – it’s four days, no matter the conditions.”
Leo Ahrens is currently surfing in Chile, so he’s already in a South American mood. He responded to our questions all in Spanish: here’s our translation. Although Ahrens hasn’t skied at La Parva, he’s excited to see what the Chilean mountains have to offer, and share this experience with his friends and teammates. The Dubsatch team consists of fellow Utah rippers Carston Oliver, Zach Halverson, and photographer Steve Lloyd. “My team isn’t solely focused on winning the contest. If we can inspire one kid to save up his money for a plane ticket to South America or anywhere in the world to ski, I’ll be happy.”
KLINT athlete Tanner Rainville is excited to compete alongside teammates Will Hibbs, Brian Kisch, and Christopher Lisle in La Parva, Chile for the Eye of the Condor contest. Photographer Ben Grunow will chase them around all week, compiling photo and video footage. They are hoping to win, but more importantly, to enjoy the experience. Rainville has never been to La Parva before, and he says can’t wait to get down there and have a blast skiing powder with everyone involved in the contest. “The fact that it’s in Chile makes it very unique, also being a photo and video contest with just days to make it happen is awesome; can’t beat that.”