Like any mountain range in the world, the Andes have a ski culture and community that is uniquely its own. This year, Rafael Pease, a 21-year-old Chilean, created the Flux Veho Mountain Film Festival in Farellones to celebrate that local culture. Pease, who studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, first came up with the idea for the event while snowboarding on Vail's closing day last winter.
The film festival, held last weekend at local restaurant and bar El Montañes, brought together 23 teams of skiers and snowboarders ranging from locals to visitors from the U.S.A. The groups were challenged with making two-minute videos filmed and edited in one week. Fortunately for the competitors, the mountains near Farellones received over five feet of fresh snow from the same storm that hit Portillo to the north.
Last Friday, the teams celebrated with a screening of the videos and perhaps a few too many Pisco Sours. "It was cool just uniting my international friends with all my Chilean friends and seeing them all become like one big happy family sharing the same passion for the mountains," Pease says.
He was thrilled with the success of the inaugural event and hopes to organize more of these festivals in Farellones and in potential locations like Aspen and Switzerland. Below are the two videos that placed first and second in the contest. Both feature Chilean skiers. Check out the rest of the videos from the event here.
First-Place video: Ecoxtreme; Alvaro Zurita, Iñaqui Irarrazaval, and Matias Muñoz
Second-Place video: The Brother Hood; Martin Oliger, Paul Oliger, and Martin Kiffer