Words by Sarah Lyman

There are two types of people in South America-those who go out until 3 or 4 a.m. and those who go out until 6 or 7 a.m. And there are those who chain smoke or those who second hand chain smoke. These are the off-hill conditions here at the second stop of the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour.

On the mountain, the snowpack is limited, making the takeoffs and landings challenging on Eduardo’s, one of South America’s premier steep skiing competition venues. The Argentinian Freeskiing Championships, the second stop on the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, was scheduled to begin tomorrow, but due to lack of snow and severe temperature variation, the competition will be a one-run event on Friday.


“It was warm yesterday, cold today, and will be cold again tomorrow, creating nothing less than corral reef-like conditions on Thursday,” said competition director Bryan Barlow. “Friday, temperatures are expected to warm considerably, giving us the best chance at optimal snow conditions for our athletes to showcase their skills.”

Tomorrow, athletes will continue to inspect the venue, which, given the snow conditions, turns into a game of precise, technical, smart skiing, versus hucking for dollars. This competition will motivate the athletes to tie back into the their technical roots of controlled aggression.

“If we would’ve been here a week later,” continued Barlow, “there wouldn’t have been enough snow to host a competition.”

And as it often goes during large-scale international productions, some inconvenient circumstances have shoved a stick in MSI’s otherwise smooth rolling wheel. Turns out our bribe of t-shirts and bibs were not enough. Should have left the blonde. Little leg next time Nicole. MSI’s cargo truck, toting everything from the staff’s gear to the sponsors’ branding, was held up at the border. But thanks to quick thinking, the necessities to run a successful event were transferred to alternate vehicles and will arrive this evening.

Despite the low-tide conditions and lack of gear, MSI, a field of international athletes, and the event’s dedicated sponsors are going to produce a world-class event. Rear entry boots and jeans a blazing, we got this.

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