Places we love to work.

There are thousands of places to ski and snowboard on the planet.  So many choices. They all hold their own special magic.  Here’s a list of the places on this globe that I’ve been lucky enough to visit once, twice and even more.  We've also created some sort of media at each of these locations.  Feature films, ad campaigns, photos and the list goes on.....

MICA HELI, BC, Canada

This glorious place is located north of Revelstoke, BC, nestled up against the Eastern Rockies.  There is no road to the lodge and it is strictly fly-in and out.  Some of the steepest deepest lines I’ve ever had.  Pillow stacks the size of a “Giants” pancake breakfast that will have you bouncing down snow till the end of the day. 

RETALLACK, BC,Canada

This wild interior British Columbia operation is a renegade in my eyes, but in a good way.  They ride it all here. Amazing glades and a really down to earth staff. After choking on powder all day we were treated to a fire pit and beers at days end when our steamy and stoked snowcat came back down to the lodge.

Ride the Lighting! Retallack, BC, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Ride the Lighting! Retallack, BC, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

ISLAND LAKE LODGE ,BC, Canada

This place is one of the originals and I’m calling it Gangster cat-skiing. Its lodges, terrain and food are all time exceptional. Go here and ride lines you’ve seen in movies and magazines, while living the snow gangster lifestyle.

Island Lake Lodge.  CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Island Lake Lodge.  CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, Canada

Ahhhh.. the Lake!  I’ve ridden here more than any other place in the world.  It’s my home mountain and always will be.  The steeps of Whitehorn and the perfect grooming make this place a go-to in all conditions. It’s always good! Best views in Canada.

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. CHASEWINTER

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. CHASEWINTER

EAGLE PASS HELI ,BC, Canada

Just outside of Revelstoke, this boutique heli operation has everything you need and they make sure you get the goods.  We love this place.  Filmed some amazing shots here. Must get back ASAP!

Eagle Pass Heli Skiing, BC, Canada. Rider: Simon Favier CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Eagle Pass Heli Skiing, BC, Canada. Rider: Simon Favier CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

SKOKI LODGE, Alberta, Canada

Canada’s oldest backcountry lodge is tucked in behind the Lake Louise ski area.  Take the time to ski out there and take in the history. The perfect winter cowboy location.

Skoki Lodge is fun! Alberta, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Skoki Lodge is fun! Alberta, Canada CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

UTAH, USA (Brighton and Snowbird)

The license plate reads “Greatest Snow on Earth”  It just might be.  Awesome lift access and long runs with a snowpack bigger than most in North America.  Brighton ski area has a ton of options with an amazing terrain park.  Just over in the next canyon is Snowbird ski area.  The access from the top of the Tram is world class and there’s tons of snow for everyone.

Snowbird, UTAH, USA. Skier: Claire Smallwood CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Snowbird, UTAH, USA. Skier: Claire Smallwood CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Brighton ski resort, UTAH, USA. Deep snow. Skier: Claire Smallwood

Brighton ski resort, UTAH, USA. Deep snow. Skier: Claire Smallwood

VALLE NEVADO, Chile, South America.

Fly straight down to Santiago, Chile from any where in North America in the summer and jump right into winter snowboarding and skiing.  Valle Nevado ski resort is just under 2 hours from the airport.  You can stay up at the resort or do day trips and explore the vibrant streets of Santiago by night.

Valle Nevado, Chile, South America, Rider: David Owen CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Valle Nevado, Chile, South America, Rider: David Owen CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

NEVADOS de CHILLAN, Chile, South America

Deep snow and deep snow.  That’s what this South American resort is all about.  It will take you back to a time when the powder just doesn’t get tracked out in one day.  I love this place.

Nevados de Chillan, Chile, South America CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Nevados de Chillan, Chile, South America CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

RK HELI SKIING, BC, Canada

I got to snowboard here on a beautiful spring day and had some amazing turns. They fly out of the Panorama, BC ski area base. It’s easy to get to from Banff, Alberta and the Calgary airport in just a day.

RK Heli, BC, Canada. Take me up to the snow! CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

RK Heli, BC, Canada. Take me up to the snow! CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

ICEFALL LODGE, BC, Canada

Icefall Lodge, BC, Canada. Big country and Big touring CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Icefall Lodge, BC, Canada. Big country and Big touring CHASEWINTER/SPENCER FRANCEY

Why Ski in Summer????

It’s the middle of summer here in North America and people are out camping, mowing the lawn and generally sweating without even having to move. On the other side of the world in South America, winter is in full swing. That’s right, the Andean mountain range in the countries of Chile and Argentina are covered in snow right now. From June to October you can head south for snow and discover another world of winter. Everything you need in one amazing location to produce video/commercial and retail media for the coming winter in North America.  Here we go from fifteen to one.....

15. You’re  just completely over the heat.  Say adios to the sweaty socks and head south to winter.

14. You’ve never been on a production location outside your home continent. In fact, you can’t even remember your last vacation.

Corralco ski resort.  South of Santiago, Chile, South America

Corralco ski resort.  South of Santiago, Chile, South America

13. You’ve been telling yourself for years you need of a life-changing experience and need to see what all the fuss is about in Patagonia.

12. South America has a wide variety of dishes and drinks you don’t see here in North America. It’s almost like a foodie vacation too.

Chillan, Chile, South America

Chillan, Chile, South America

11. You were injured all season and missed out on some serious powder days.

10. You own and love the clothes but have never been to the place. It’s time to visit PATAGONIA.

Guacho, Argentina, South America

Guacho, Argentina, South America

9. You like to party, drink wine and dance all night.  Discos rock until the morning light all over South America.

8. Return to the office with a goggle tan in the summer. 

Southern Chile, South America in August.

Southern Chile, South America in August.

7. Camping and fishing  just isn’t exciting enough for you.  You need some powder turns…now.

Aruacaria tree. Chile, South America

Aruacaria tree. Chile, South America

6. Araucaria trees. These beautiful trees are ancient and mystical. A really amazing part of the planet’s eco-system to see up close.

Powder day in the Bio Bio Region of Chile, South America

Powder day in the Bio Bio Region of Chile, South America

5. Everyone loves a vacation but once you add skis and snowboards it becomes an adventure.

There is even Catskiing in some places in Chile, South America

There is even Catskiing in some places in Chile, South America

4. The mountain-magic and awesome vibes of South America are guaranteed to blow your mind.

3. Southern Sunsets

Plenty of powder in South America to go around.

Plenty of powder in South America to go around.

2. Climbing a volcano, staring into the crater, and then riding down on snow was never on your bucket list because you didn’t realize it was possible.

Volcanoes are abundant in Chile, South America

Volcanoes are abundant in Chile, South America

1. Because riding powder in the summer isn’t just a dream you should experience when you’re asleep.

Chase Winter amigos....

The right GEAR for the job.

Lots of extras go into the making of media outside and here are some of the amazing products we have used on location and still use everyday.

Sunscreen

The high altitude of the Andes mountain range can be dangerous for your skin and lips. Packing some natural products with a high SPF is key to making sure you don’t get sidelined with lobster face on set. Product by: Beyond Coastal

Goggles

When you can’t see then you can’t snowboard. It’s that easy. These wide framed goggles have amazing peripheral range and the lenses will keep your eyeballs shaded so that the high altitude sun in South America won’t fry your eyes like tuna steaks. Ultra easy interchangeable lenses as well. The frameless technology fits well with helmets too. Product by: Electric EGX

 

CASES

Keep all that gear organized! All those little things that just seem to get lost in your luggage need a little place of there own. Not to mention extra cases for goggles and sunglasses. The more you move around the more you need keep all your gear nice and tidy. Product by: CHUMS

Knives and tools

Every good adventurer needs a knife. You never know what you’ll need it for. Going on a mountain production shoot as well calls for all types of tools.  These two tools are always with us on the job. Product by: Leatherman

 

Watch

It’s a powder day so don’t blow it by not having an alarm on your watch and please don't be late for work. Call time is 5am!! Product by: Electric

 

Water bottle

 There is a serious plastic problem in this world. Don’t add to the problem. Amazing stainless steel design is easy to clean and comes in an insulated model as well. Some tea on the mountain while working outside is bliss in a bottle. Product by: Klean Kanteen

 

Sleeping bag

Working on the road isn't all room room service and poolside drinks. We are prepared for couches, futons and floors with this awesome compact and ultra cool sleeping bag. It comes complete with Burton snowboard graphics to keep you stoked while you dream about the next day on the mountain. Product by: Big Agnes

 

Radios

Communication is key in the mountains. While cellphones work in most places nothings beats a good radio. These awesome units are easy to use with multiple channels and easy collar clips that keep you from opening pockets to use them. Oh …and they work in the cold too. Product by: BCA Backcountry

 

Underwear

Yes … underwear. Fresh underwear becomes one of the most amazing pieces gear in your mountain kit. Always pack extra pairs. Sorry ladies but these are for the dudes only. Male specific athletic support designed to keep you all in one place and on top of your game. Pretty stylish too. Product by: 2UNDR.

 

Headphones

Everyone needs headphones. Music for those long bus rides, keeping up with friends during those weather days when you can’t snowboard/ski and watching movies at night. These even have built in bass boosters in the headphones if you really want to rock it out on the road. Product by: SkullCandy

 

Sunglasses

One of the most important pieces of gear in the great outdoors. A good pair of shades is crucial for the mountains and styling out and keeping it cool off the mountain. I usually like to have a sporty pair for the mountain and a street style pair for the city. Product by: ELECTRIC