hi what's up everybody podcast number eight wide open of Chris Brant with my co-host Ross Robinson Ross dude you are weeks away from heading down to South America it is July 23rd 2019 I am hours away so I'm pretty I've been you know the last two days it's like it's like when I was tenth wedding for Christmas like just so amped up and ready to go and then to add insult to injury they got absolutely pummeled with snow this let this last week so dude are you ready oh yeah I know you're I know you're ready because you sound a little nasally some you got some allergies going on like you're allergic to the Sun so I'm excited and you know I've I didn't go down last year so all right I don't what's things been two years since I've been down there so excited to return and man it's just it's a very incredible experience down there and especially when they get the snow like it's been snowing so I'm super pumped to return well before we dive into it just want to say thanks to all the listeners it's been really cool watching the podcast keep evolving and growing subscribers and then you know I think the coolest thing that I've seen is just how long everybody's actually listening to the podcast you know it's our podcasts are about 45 minutes long and people are actually listening to the whole thing and so that means we must not be too boring no it's that is the cool part is like people aren't checking out so we appreciate you guys hanging in there and one of my numbers I'm looking at right now is we're about to eclipse 20,000 downloads so that's pretty that's pretty good I'm excited for that what we have to bring man this winners gonna be really fun with it once everybody's really in the mood so yeah and and you know we'll be able to have a lot more consistency as well I know this summer this is number eight and we started kind of late spring so when Ross will be here and then down on Chile we plan on getting a couple done as well so should be a lot of fun but I guess for so for podcast number eight we wanted to you know with all the excitement of Chile and I've been doing my best to get everybody as jealous as possible and I'm not even down there yet with all the past videos and you know obviously it pumps me up and gets me excited looking back at all the memories but we get a lot of questions of you know how how did you find out about Chile how did how did Chile end up coming up out so we're gonna we're gonna tell some stories about that just go down memory lane here a little bit and I think you know the biggest one is for you to talk about Chris is like the very beginning of even getting the idea of doing it and how could it be possible and you know what was the first first trip like you know yeah well man that that first okay so there's a couple first trips and I'll explain so how Chile came about in the very first place was we were doing Brandt's backcountry adventure up here in Colorado and we ended up getting a group that booked to come ride with us in Colorado from Chile and so I mean I guess much like a lot of people I really didn't think anything about it I didn't like Oh Chile oh that's kind of cool and I didn't really think like their seasons are opposite right so just you know south of the Equator is their winter our summer and vice versa so it's our hottest time in the month now which means it's their coldest time of the year and and it's full log winter down there right now so once I realized that it was pretty apparent like I'm gonna get right uh some guys who love snowmobile and just as much as I do right I mean a lot of these guys it was their first time traveling to the United States they picked their first time coming to the u.s. to come ride snowmobiles with us and that's that was that was pretty cool and so after either the first or second night or whatever of riding we were we were sitting down to a dinner and after dinner kind of just hanging out with the guys and talking to them and they get their laptop out and they start showing us pictures of Chile and they're riding zone and I'm looking at all these pictures and I'm just like so this is in August then it looks like this and you know obviously as a snowmobiler the big lights and start flashing and I'm like whoa whoa I gotta go check this out yeah because well it was the it's the Huntford to ride every month of the year to like how are you supposed to write in August you got to go get it so exactly yeah and that's you know that was the elusive month that I was actually missing I had ridden in September before I had ridden and alive many times but August in the States that is a tough one that's a tricky one and so man just to go check that one off the list sign me up yeah so you went down there on a you know the first trip was a film trip if I'm not mistaken before you kind of scouted it and then you know then BBA planted its roots down there it's kind of a summer home so yeah so that first trip that first trip was really fun so kind of back up a little bit I after meeting the clients seeing their zones seen their operation I was like man I need to we need to go on a recon mission and so I actually reached out to Slednecks and I said guys we got you know what Slednecks was always looking for that next cool riding segments of them that we could incorporate into the film I said hey the we got the we got the mothership right here where we I got a contact so we can go down to South America and go snowmobiling in the middle of summer and and so we started started making plans and getting everything together and what's kind of cool is so it ended up being myself and Brett turcotte a very young Brett Turki that good you know which is pretty pretty cool and so him and I went down there for Slednecks we shot a cool segment and you know it was funny about the time we went down there was actually we had just missed it it got warm and then it got super cold and so the snow is actually pretty firm so I mean it wasn't the most ideal riding conditions but the experience like I remember on the plane sitting on the plane flying back I was just like I cannot believe I just got to go do that and and it's not like you know I was right over the hood pow it didn't matter I mean the the stuff I saw the just that and I've kind of talked about this with regards to chilly is the sense of exploration that you get down there is something that you know I see why people want to go you know climb Everest or whatever I mean whatever it is I mean that sense of adventure of saying to yourself like I I know there hasn't been a snowmobile here and I'm not so sure if there's ever been a person sitting right here where I am today and that that's what I left there my very first trip of Chile and then all the plane fly at home trying to figure out in my head how can I make this work to get clients down there to experience this same feeling yeah and made it happen so the first first year was I remember the first year I didn't go but I you know I think that was the first show actually worked for you and I remember loading up that first container with just sleds and parts and and everything you know everybody's like what are we gonna need because you're not getting it once it's down there you know if you break something and you don't have it you got to figure it out because mail is quite expensive to get down there yeah so on the surface it's easy to say let's go ride snowmobiles in Chile it's actually really easy to say that and then came the hard part of a lot of the things you mentioned so trying to figure out what so I had to ship ten sleds down there because there was no solo bills down there such 10 sleds all the parts tools I mean everything everything that you take for granted that you have just laying around here in the shop you have to bring everything there is no dealer there is no anything down there so that was that was actually a super overwhelming project was you know putting trying to wrap your head around those types of things like well what would happen in this scenario and if we if this happened then I better bring this and so we ended up bringing a lot of stuff and and so you know after getting my head wrapped around that I'm getting the containers ready then all the logistics of shipping and customs and oh my gosh like the invoices and you have to like inventory every single bolt and part and it was just like oh my gosh what did I get myself into it and literally after the first like prep season I was like I don't know if this was worth it actually and so and to be honest I think that every time as I'm using those early summer months to get ready for Chile every time I'm like this oxide maybe we won't do it next year and then I get down there I'm like well screw that this was a way worth it yeah all of that hard work and in preparation to get it done so the the first year also you had we had a great turnout client wise to I mean booked it booked it big and went down there and overall was a massive success get big enough for us to continue to do it and what year this is going to be what your Sixers yep yep exactly yeah that this will be year six so we went down there we had so what your did we have we must have had their teens 13 or 14 14 no you're right four teams yep 2014 so yeah so it was pretty cool so first year it was myself Ryan Berchtold and same Skinner that was and that was the crew and so we also I also brought Phil why bar from 208 productions down there to help document and film the chaos and the madness and talk about madness it was the definition of so that year we ended up red teens to vans from the airport for the month and you know when you go to enterprise and you go get a nice new van from the airport that's what that's what we do here in the states right happy you show up you have this nice pretty clean vehicle and and chilly you get this clapped out like no tires left manual stick shifts just totally be Vance and we're supposed to have these things for a month and I remember I so we we get our two vans and we're like okay let's let's rally and I get into one and it stunk so bad I'm like hey Skinner get over here I this I think this one's faster you take this one and of course totally lied right and so there and I start to take off of like see you sucker and oh my god that thing reeks so bad but I remember going going up to chilly location for the very first we get lost bigger than crap where often these like total dirt back roads I remember we got to this one place that there was a river going across the road and it feels like well I think we just have to get on the other side I'm like dude we're lost we don't have to cross a river to get to where we're going oh my gosh it was so I mean the adventure of Chile which you know that's what we always talked about with all of our all of our trips is it's always an adventure but it Chile started off purely as an adventure and it's so funny I mean I remember the year I was down there and some guys ended up renting trucks and it was a five hundred dollar charge if you rolled it they had built in roll cages and if you rolled the truck it was five hundred bucks like I was like oh no big deal you just rolled it there's 500 bucks see you later so I mean it operates a little different down there and it's you just gotta embrace it and enjoy it because it's it's quite the adventure yet so you know kind of stick in with that frame so you know the adventure getting to the lodge and we finally finally get up to so again our partners down there our sled chili basically what what their business is down there is they they now have snowmobiles and they have snow bikes but they have snowmobiles and they there's a resort just up from our facility that people travel to and a lot lots of people from Chile but also lots of people doing the same thing we do of seeking out winter in the summer so a lot of people from North America coming down anyway they take these people from the resort take them out to the backcountry to ski and snowboard so that's that's kind of what sled Chili's gig is down there and so we get to the facility you know we basically have two days to get all the parts inventory our makeshift shop kind of put together sleds ready all this stuff right so we bust but I mean we were working like 16-hour days because we wanted to go ride prior prior to the clients getting there and so we were all excited and we got our stuff done and we're going for our first first ride and I I'm just we're all so jacked and Hampton and I remember so we're going we're filming some stuff with Phil and I'm and we're like hey let's let's drop down into this ravine and go see what's over there we drop down there and sure enough I mean look like we're dropping down these waterfalls and it's super sketchy getting down this thing we get down and it's like literally a couple thousand vertical feet and we go so far down like it's not much snow in the valley floor and it's kind of fun it's crazy how chilly is like that it's you could be down on the valley floor right now six inches of snow then you just do one little hill climb in you're up in 6 feet of snow so it's kind of crazy the the snow level on the lines how it works there but anyway we get down to the bottom and freakin we break a driveshaft pole those 14s kind of had we're notorious for breaking driveshaft bolts and so we're we just cut done like side heeling down waterfalls right and we're down to the bottom of the broken drive shaft on this like welcome to Chile and so so we made the plan I'm like all right Ryan and saying you guys you know what do you need to do pull the skid hold the driveshaft I'm gonna run back I got a I had a spare driveshaft we had one in our parts bin so Phil and I climb waterfall round one we get we get through it and we run all the way back to the lodge grab a driveshaft come back in swap the driveshaft now it's getting about dark and we're having to go up this waterfall in the dark I end up blowing bell on the way so I'm stuck halfway up the waterfall with a blown belt and just I mean it's like it were just laughing I mean hey what can you do right everywhere just laughing like it's it's just I mean that's what snowmobiling is it's you never know what's gonna happen and and so I mean between the rental car the van the the first ride I mean Chile was like alright this is how it's gonna be we're we're gonna roll with the punches here yep and you know we've talked about being prepared before but it's there's the preparedness kind of gets heightened because you know a there's no parts and B nobody's coming to get you either like your buddy he's not showing up so you better be prepared to get yourself out of it and but man that's that's like you said part of the adventure down there and I go ahead well I I thought one thing that was kind of funny is it one of the the Chile videos I posted from this this past week it was it was a it was the one it was a sketchy line kind of load snow conditions because we were in some lower elevations but I pulled this line over some rocks and everything worked out and I was like man that was a cool line and you know someone did the typical and I love this I love this phrase well if I had 10 sleds I'd try that too you know I love that I love when people say that it's like well actually it's chilly you know the players mechanics aren't just flying around in their helicopter waiting for me to screw up to fix me or or I don't just go get another brand a stovall you know and that's not how it works it awful and you know it's funny you're just talking about how the snow can change your the elevation change is like it kind of reminds me of we you know we're looking at a map the one yeah I'm there when we discover it or went to the zone we call powder bound and we rode like a quarter mile of sand before we got to the next mountain range and then we're up in like five feet of fresh just unreal snow nobody had ridden it ever and it was like you just don't see that here because I don't know if it's elevation change or what it is but you know we're literally riding dirt and then we're slang pow all in the same day so it was I remember that day very vividly it was super fun but just it differentiates so much down there yeah I I was going to get to that of asking you what one of your memories was and I had a feeling it was going to be powder bound I mean that was I mean to this day it was probably one of the funnest our sessions you know we you and I just got to go and Bob some deep ridiculous steep snow and on a perfect Bluebird day and and in South America and the Andes in August I mean I mean how how can it get any better but you know to your point I mean it's it's funny how it's just different and so Chile is is a it's very dynamic the northern part of Chile like in Santiago they have these huge peaks like all above treeline 16 to 18 thousand foot Peaks like big stuff and then so our stuff our location down south where we're actually really low elevation our lodge is at 4,000 our primary riding spots around that 6000 to 65 some of the volcanoes surrounding us around that 10,000 so we have we have a big variance in elevation there and you know one of the one of the things that was so key for us to be able to operate down there was I had seen footage and and pictures and video from the northern part of Chile and it looked beautiful on a bluebird day but was unraidable on a gray day you know you I mean what when a storm would come in or avalanches or anything because the access points were we're few and far between and then once you get up and above in you know Canada guys can speak to this I mean once you get up into that upper above treeline stuff and storms roll in I mean it's it can get flat-out scary and one of the things that we have the advantage in our place is that we're lower elevation so we have we have trees and we have drainages and we have all of these things we have a lot of rideable zones when the weather comes in I think it kind of compares to the west cut you know West Coast riding California Oregon Washington like that it can be feel similar to that terrain wise because it is we're right on the coast you know when we fly in and out of tamuca that's our final airport if you look to the left you can see the Pacific Ocean if you look to the right you can kind of see the mountains that were riding so it's not not that far off the coast there and yeah it makes for that kind of coastal style of snow and terrain variants and all that stuff but maybe Chris talked about how so the first year was insane you know chaotic successful and you know how is how have things started to change both you know sled Chile they have put in a lot of work down there now and how how everything has kind of evolved over the last couple years of us being down there yeah that's it's been pretty neat to see how it's evolved and to be honest how it almost went away so our first year we were completely booked there was a lot of people super pumped on being able to check something like that off their bucket list and and so that was really exciting and and then next year we we had clients but it was a drop-in client and then the following year another drop their clients and so I'm thinking to myself I'm like man is the you know we keep investing more so let Julie keeps investing Barbara we're getting less people and so it's it's interesting to see how Chile for us is completely turned around what there was there were some economic times going on at during the downfall their money was was tighter for people which that's something that it's hard to it's hard to prepare for that but what what we did is we we started changing the business model a little bit you know our price point that we needed to be efficient down in Chile ended up being at that time just a little high for what was going on with the economy and so we ended up doing a promo thousand bucks off capitalized on that prime booking time right when we were getting back from Chile but more importantly besides the money we ended up and we did this as a company halt we ended up changing our approach to Brandt's backcountry adventure and Ross you've been a hundred percent a part of this as well is you know the early years of our business was very simple people come here we kicked the living crap out of them help show them an awesome time give us some good food and and then go on to the next and that was that was fun and people I believe people had fun and some people enjoyed that side of things but the you know our big approach now is we we want people to learn understand and know how to ride in the mountains and so we've kind of we've we 100% shifted the approach and you know probably the coolest thing that we get to hear on a day-in and day-out basis is when these guys come and ride with us is when they leave they said you know I've seen all the videos I've seen everything I knew the riding was gonna be cool the the shop the the lodge all this I knew all that was gonna be cool I just didn't expect to learn as much as I did and that statement right there you know after I heard that the first time I was like oh yeah that makes a lot of sense and it'd be just the same as like if you or I if we went to go ride with let's use Graham Jarvis right yeah Ross you're getting into single track stuff right and we go there and he just makes us look silly yeah what do we have a good time yes do we learn a couple things of course but if we had a day with him where he could actually teach us and show us and and be able to take that skill set with us forever then dude we are I'm signed up next year already that was awesome I'm way better of a dirt biker now than I ever have been I've coming back yep yep yeah and it pays dividends you know because the next time that they do return or you know you go rich you go ride with a gram again it would be you're gonna be that much better of a rider so then you're working on the next thing and you're in gnarlier terrain and it just it's something that everybody can build on from a client standpoint and then also for our standpoint as well so applying that to Chile has helped quite a bit as well you're what you're kind of getting at or am i right yeah exactly yeah and and so and and then I think what's really fun about Chile too is with that consistency of snow it's it's so good to teach it like awesome to teach it you're not getting stuck to every 12 feet the sleds are very predictable in that type of snow and forgiving and so that's it it's really amazing to see the type of progression we can see from the riders in those three short days yeah yep that's and Chile is a great place to teach because of well and also it's August so like you're rusty because you haven't been riding but it gives you like another few days of just kind of oh yeah this is what it's like to ride to snowmobile again so and it has that terrain that that that it has a lot of train that you know if you just learning to get on edge like it lends well to that and it's forgiving and and everything so and that's something that is few and far between here in Colorado that we we definitely have our zones that are in the open that we can with less consequences but Chile has a lot of that and that makes it to your point it makes it a little more enjoyable with less pressure to learn for sure so I want to touch base on one thing that you said with you know sled Chile kind of improving the facility and how we've continued to upgrade what we started with and it's it's it's cool to see that evolution as well is you know both myself and Cesar the owner of sled Chile we have both invested time money and effort into making this super special and you know I remember the first year so his two sisters are the staff that cook and clean and basically run the show and they're awesome and they would bring food food they cook it at their house which was on the premise bring it to the cabins and then you know the the clients would be individually in their cabins of stuff and so it worked but you know we thought we need to be together I mean we need we need to have that camaraderie and storytelling and all this stuff and so now we have what we call the key Joe the key chose this supercool place it's our hangout place where all the dinners are served we hang out now we've got a wood-fired hot tub up there that is just insanely cool new this year we actually I don't even know if you know this we actually have a brand new facility for the clients where all the clients will be staying they're not going to be stayin in the individual cabins next to us they literally a brand new house that was built so just again stepping up the program and and it's gonna be pretty awesome moving forward it's it's just so cool to see all of the changes that have happened and you know they it's not it's not like the u.s. in the sense that you know you just hire contractors and they show up and concrete trucks and it's just things are a little different especially where we're at you know we're not like we're not in a super populated area we're kind of out there and yeah they they've created a really cool feeling sort of almost like campus with cabins and a little shop and where we go eat and there's a there's a stream that runs through sometimes and it's the ambiance of the actual facility is really fun to just hang out and be a part of and I think that's where the that's a huge part of it too is is that side of the adventure for our people that go down there so yeah I uh I got another story for ya again I was kind of going through some footage trying to get something to post and I saw a clip from this would be two years ago is chase and I down there and we decided on the day like we had clients with us so we had a good a good riding group of clients and I was like boys we are going we are going back like way back I've never been to this place and we're I've always been I've looked at it and I've always wanted to get there and you guys are the guys that are gonna go in there with me and so we we and it's a mission it was a ways back in there and and we get back into this spa and I looking back at the video I'm just laughing at myself so I've got my GoPro on and it's on the super wide angle and I'm side healing on the spine and I have this death shoot to my left and there's death shoot to my right and and I was like well I'm on the corner of Narvel and I don't want to be here you know and and I'm like man I hope no one's behind me and I look down here comes chase out of control on edge coming right behind me and like waving up to the clients oh stop it you know thankfully everyone got stopped up up at the top but you know that this place is that that's what I love about it so much and I touched on it briefly but being able to go somewhere that you've never gone before what's over the next ridge what's over the next ridge you know we we don't we get a little bit of that at home but I mean we ride here 120 days a year so we've got the we ride a lot of the same areas and you have your little spots and and when we're riding with clients it's a little different if we were riding to ride right it we could go do a little more exploring but that's the beauty of and what's so insanely fun for me is to be able to do that is just I feel like Christopher Columbus out there explore and I just see new things for the very first time yeah yep that reminds me of the time when we went we went back pretty deep with Phil and that's he wrecked his drone that day on the mountain like that yeah and you know we like named that little spot or you know the joke was no fall zone because if you let go your sled it was going probably in Argentina and it wasn't coming anywhere you needed it to go so it was just fun to the the place where we act wasn't that technical but just what was below us was just like the valley floor and it was a long ways down and it's just so cool it just feels different than Colorado – sometimes when you're out in that kind of train so well what's funny about that what's funny about that line Ross is every single year I will get a group to the opposite side of where you and I did that side hill and I will point over to them I'm like you guys see that cliff over there yeah you see that cliff below it yeah you see that strip of snow yeah yeah so Ross and I elevator down into that stupid thing side hailed across and then exited it out and they're just like no no and well what's funny is like to your point it wasn't crazy technical but we couldn't really see what was below us all we were focused on was we know what's in front of us we know that this is manageable terrain that we can traverse and you know it's gonna be good but there was absolutely no option of turning right or not me you know you could if you got stuck you could have dug a shelf all that kind of stuff but there was no option of like turning down zero so so fun but you you posted yesterday and in your post you talked a little bit about us the cool another cool part is we get to kind of test and get some time on products down in Chile and that's been pretty beneficial as well and fun to do so if you want to kind of talk about that and you know that's a huge benefit for us especially our store as well yeah I think it's so ideal to be able to to do that and work with a lot of our sponsors I mean we've had boondock er down there testing we had the first prototype stock exiting silencer for their turbo kit we've had this has been going on for quite some time now on a climb side of things but the material that you're riding in right now on your lock saw we were testing and developing three seasons ago and you know to be able to do that and provide feedback to make not only the product better but again just reiterate the fact that the only reason that we sell what we sell on our online stores because we believe in it and then it works and Chile as you will attest to is one of the harshest environments that you could go snowmobile in whether it's a sled wise deer wise I mean you literally see any any and every type of weather condition we've been riding in the pouring rain we've been riding when it's been super warm we're riding and we're getting brushed with these razor-sharp branches from the Araucaria trees I mean so you know all of that stuff is is so cool and and you know I've got a bag full of tests from climb four that I get to take down I can't it sucks to that I really want to post about me getting here already but I can't show anything for a month or actually for a week I could show everyone next week yeah I got a box in here too of stuff that I'm gonna go put through the wringer which is really fun and you know talking about climb I remember when we the very first lock sauce not the revised ones that are now current but the very first lock so you were wearing down there and you're like man my forearms are getting wet and you thought we talked those the are Cara trees we're actually like putting micro like incisions in the gore-tex and send it back to climb and they we eventually figured out that's what was happening and their their response is well this is unacceptable and we're like I mean this is the only place in the world where this tree can actually do this to gear but there that's what was so funny it's like they're pissed about it and like nobody else is riding in that condition that that could actually happen it's like riding with Freddy Krueger like hiding behind every tree and taking a swipe at you yeah those those really hurt oh you know another another fun development story we talk about is so skins went down last year and we got to finalize the head cut like I want to hear their story of what happened there and the customs and having to drive all the way up to Santiago and then to get their bags and then come down and oh they just had a logistical nightmare but in the end we were able to we made a front end so there's been a lot of iterations of the Brandt front end three skins and there's been a lot of iterations because we keep finding new and better things and we finally stumbled on in my opinion what is the holy grail in the in the free flow front end and and you know to be able again to put proof to the concept of snow in August to be able to deliver to customers already knowing that it works comes October November is so crucial and taking a bag full of parts of skin stuff that I'll be talking to everybody about our stories and and my feed through Instagram over the next three weeks is love so that's that's a huge part of it that we we get to do and are stoked to do down there and you know you just touched on that their travel issue you know the big always the tough one it's getting through Santiago with everything if you kind of make it there and get through it with all your bags and you know you're you're in decent shape and then hopefully your bags show up in tamuka and I'm a few years ago we showed up and a bunch of Polaris dealers came down for kind of a snow check deal and they didn't they missed their flight or something happened and they had to drive from Santiago and they drove down and they rented trucks but we also had a van already rented for them in tamuka so we had to then return the trucks to Tomoko and pick up the van you took the client you took all the guys out and Phil and I from 208 we hop in the trucks and we drive down and get the van we're going like these as fast as these things can go because we were gonna go get the van come back hop on sleds and go meet you well we do that whole deal and and then we pick up the van and then we end up getting back into like on a side street in Toluca I'm like oh my god this is not good guys the guys like it actually hurt his truck worse than that the van and the guy gets out he looks at us and he just goes Oh Americans and we're like yeah he goes he just like shakes his head and says like not good because that's like the only two English words he knew and then he got in his truck and drove oh haha oh he's like rental right yeah so we're trying to buff it out and we eventually got it buffed out enough that I don't think we got dinged for it or anything but we were a little nervous about it the whole time so there it's always an adventure even getting to the riding so yeah one of the one of the questions we get asked a lot is what is the travel like so for so for me it dead BRR most the time I through Dallas so I'll go Denver Dallas which is like two hours 20 minutes and then the big one Dallas to Santiago is nine and a half but what's cool is the Denver Dallas flight you know we get we get in it like five o'clock or whatever we have time to grab a quick bite in the Dallas Airport and then we jump on the flip the plane at like eight or nine you watch a couple movies you fall asleep for a couple hours and then you're there so it goes for me it goes fairly quick once you get in Santiago you go through customs and then you get there's one more leg we've got an hour and 40 minute flight from Santiago South again – tamuka and then once you're in Tamiko you grab your rental car then it's about an hour and forty-five drives up to the snow yep and then your then your home for the next few few days yeah and it feels good to be home there's that light after you've been traveling for 24 hours there's nothing better than getting their home-cooked meal hot shower and that bed oh my gosh does that thing feel so good I mean you just it's some of the best sleep I've ever gotten in my life like where you the world could have admitted you would never even know in just the way that it it's quiet and you know the time it time just is a little bit more flexible down there it's not like here when we're in Colorado you and I were in the shop at like 6:00 a.m. and just hustling and you know there's those days down there and chilly for sure when you know we got a fixed sled there something's going on but if everything is going smooth it's a little bit more relaxed for us and we can enjoy it a little bit more instead of the hustle sometimes that we got to do in Colorado so that's a can be an advantage down there for sure yeah a lot of work that preparation goes into getting us to that point down there for sure and and then you know I think things are easier on sleds down there terrain why snow wise and man it sure is riding that elevation and having that power oh man is so cool yeah that is so fun it's you know yeah well we're I think we're getting kind of close here let's let's I think we we got time for one more one more quick little hit one more story each I'm gonna I'm gonna start mine so what's and I've been talking about this last week because last year we had we had a fairly low snow season but with the moisture content and the snow it stills a lot allows you to ride I mean I remember last year being on the side of this hill and it was like it was a volcanic shale hill so I mean there was not a tree or stump or anything for miles right so we're out there and one of the client and we're just doing drills doing drills and one of the clients asked how much snow do you think's here and I'm like oh there's got to be like three or four feet or 5-iron also any I get my probe out there was like two feet us now you know and but but it didn't matter right I mean we can still do all of our things but one of the things that is so and we this happens at home all the time is depending on the amounts of snow and the way the wind blows it in it's a new paradise every single time and last year what I ended up having a ton of fun with was it was fun because I did nothing too bad happened but I had a lot of fun with water and I all these is chilly has a ton of these deep gnarly creeks drainages that are super fun and I really enjoy those and it's normally they're filled so the consequences are less last year there was running water in a lot of them and so I found myself in shithole Creek a bunch I had this one video where I ended up washing out because the snow is just a little firm my sled rolls over one time and I've nose-down water rushing underneath my sled and just like matchsticks in front of me going down to another thing it have this look what do I do here and and so I mean I you know I have so many memories and stories of just what the terrain lends itself to down there and it's it's so much fun and and you know this year's complete opposite they have I talked to Cesar yesterday and he said he is never ridden this last storm they got he said he's never written and snow like that ever there ever which which is saying a lot and so that's pretty cool and so it's gonna be another adventure for us this year to see the terrain with this much more snow and and what amps me up for for this season is I think we're gonna be able to go into just zones that we haven't been able to access because of low snow and so that's pretty pretty exciting you and Kyle are gonna have a blast let's tell everyone before your story so myself and Andrew we're gonna be going down Andrew was a guide for us last season he's helped me out previous years but full-time guide last season Andrew gets to see what Chile is all about this year to be really cool showing him Chile for the first time and hit make getting to experience that we're gonna missile Ryan McConnell Ryan stand back and it is just a super busy time with our business right now and so Ryan unfortunately will be doing the dirty work and then Ross you're gonna come down with me and ride with me for our last group which is gonna be a really fun one we got Randy Christmas I think Randy's the last group yeah I think Randy Dale ray is gonna be down there some of our some of our repeat longtime customers much other guys that I yeah that's just gonna be a really fun group so you don't get to come down there we're gonna film some stuff shoot some stuff vlogs and stuff and then you and Kyle get get get the last Pole yeah yep that's gonna be super fun I'm excited for Collin Ida to be down there and do the deal because usually in Colorado usually Kyle rides with you and then I ride with Andrew so most of the time that's not always how it goes but that's a lot of it so it'd be fun for Kyle and I to go tear it up and then I always love chasing you down there too so it's it'll be really cool to be able to ride with both of you guys this season I'm excited about it and you got old you got old and Adams coming down I'm jealous I would kill to go ride with both you guys for three days down there so that will be really fun for you yeah you know it's funny I I forgot to bring that up because I've been I posted a little something about Dan you know Dan og right the dam is vog him I have been in this industry since the beginning and it's so awesome to be dan is as busy if not busier in the summer with his sealcoating business that is pretty incredible for him to to make this commitment and take time away from his what he has going on and and all of our clients didn't all honesty taking time away from their friends family businesses to come down and ride with us but Dan is gonna flip out I I cannot wait he is so excited we've been texting back and forth a bunch and and you know it's really cool and just said I don't want no deal I'm not working I'm a client and so don't ask me to work do because I'm paying I'm going down there for fun and so I I love that and we're gonna have a blast that's gonna be all time for all the clients going on that first group you yeah that's a legendary trip for them so yeah but I forgot what I was gonna talk about my story cuz I remember that you and Dan were going down there it got me totally off off kilter but no it was probably gonna involve you upside down we have to come get you know I mean actually it was it was one of the first aids you and I got there I don't think we even had clients left-side hilling above like this massive willow field or kind of Aspen Grove that they in some spots they're so thick down there that like you don't want to venture into them and it was more springy snow and I was chasing you I have the GoPro video somewhere still and you had kind of taken all the snow and I'm just like clawing and they're just praying that I make it across this damn Hill because I'm gonna be stuck in the Willows for four hours if I don't so nothing it doesn't matter for in Colorado BC or Chile it's the same thing just a different place and different grain so that's about yeah you blaming me for taking the snow that's all I heard yep so yep see well awesome Ross there another podcast down you know I say this every every time we do one of these it's so damn fun I mean I love talking about this I love sharing it with you guys again you know a lot of you guys have have posted comments and questions and topics for us to chat about we'll do our best to get to them all we thought chilly it would be fitting with me leaving for Chile tomorrow holy cow I can't believe I leave tomorrow I am excited I am sad to leave my wife and kids for three weeks it's a long damn time but I'm excited to get back to the snow it's been a whole four weeks so hopefully I'm not too rusty but anyway thanks for listening everybody Rostow give them the spiel a little know where tag your buddies tell everybody yeah we love it when you guys share the stories and this one will be on youtube so if you're on youtube subscribe comment let us know what you'd like to hear in future episodes leave us reviews on itunes those helped a lot and we really appreciate it and then maybe look for we're gonna try to knock some podcasts out in Chile so what when I can get those published will be a question but we're gonna do our best to get them to you guys quickly yeah thanks for listening see you down south play outro music upgrade [Laughter]

Origins of Snowmobiling in Chile | Wide Open Ep.8
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6 thoughts on “Origins of Snowmobiling in Chile | Wide Open Ep.8

  • July 28, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    Safe travels guys….

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    Awesome podcasts! Thanx and keep it up.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    Thanks for the content! Id love to hear your thoughts on finger throttles. I use the munster throttle with guard. The few guys I know who run one swear by it. Tree riding in Revelstoke mostly.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    Burandt has been an idol of mine for a while. I get excited when I see new content from him… and I just found these podcasts.. hearing BUSTA LIME turbo PPSSSHHH and BRAAAPP…

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