Whistler Adventure Mountains Downhill skiing Veital Designs.

3X3: Whistler, Eh?

Whistler Adventure Mountains Downhill skiing Veital Designs.

 

5:20am Fly to Seattle drive Whistler: the trip is ago. Did anyone else know that Boeing has it’s own runway? Thinking again, it makes sense that they do. What a funny concept: ‘build a commercial jet airliner and when it’s complete you FLY it to its new destination.’
Once we were past Vancouver, we headed up the Sea to Sky highway. I’ve done quite a bit of driving in my 27 laps around the sun, but I have to say this was my favorite to date. Cascading mountains that fall into the ocean are quite the site to see.
During the trip, the 1 st three days were filled with 8 dudes in a two-bedroom condo. Accommodations were tight, but we made the best of it. One of the 8 was battling the flu. Thankfully, he was back to skiing shape by day two. Perfect, rolling 8 dudes deep.

 

Veital Designs 3x3 Adventure journal Whistler Group

All of us skiers (and snowboarders) were of the same skill level. This made everything we did a challenge. Each guy wanted to show each other up. Competition is funny like that, it brought out the best of all our abilities.
One of the best moments of trip was a cornice we found lookers right of the Symphony Express. The Symphony Amphitheater faced east. This meant that any winds from the west would blow over the ridge line. Somehow, we found some untouched parts of this ridge and made the best of it. Lunch afterwards.

Veital Designs 3x3 Adventure journal Bird in the Hand

Unfortunately, we didn’t have any fresh snow on the trip; which was a total bummer. We took the next best thing: Blue Bird Days. I’ve said it once and will continue to say it. Pictures do not do a justice.

 

Veital Designs 3x3 Adventure journal USA vs Canada

Does pleather breath? Not sure, ask @Ecarpenter

Caught Off Guard:

Beer ain’t cheap in Canada.
Not sure if you can buy in the US and transport over, but it may be worth it if you’re ballin’ on a budget. Then again, Kokanee is pretty good.

 

Calories:

(Post Mountain) Village Sushi. Make your reservations 6 weeks in advance. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see Mark Abren and Michelle Parker (Pro skiers)

 

20:20 Hindsight:

We flew into Seattle and drove north to Canada. This added 5 hours (+a border crossing) both ways. I’m all about direct flights. I’d fly into Vancouver next time.


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The Ginger Goes to Agentina

The best part of traveling is being thrown into a totally new environment and feeling so uncomfortable those first couple hours you almost feel sick. Now that I think about it, that sickness feeling could have been from the 14 hours of traveling, three flights and less than stellar airplane food. Argentina was my destination for the next two weeks as I studied international entrepreneurship. More specifically, I was headed to the city of Mendoza which is on the eastern half of the country (very close to Santiago, Chile). Right away I had to get used to being stared at at almost every place I went. I can’t say I expected this, but being a 6’1 white ginger doesn’t exactly help you “fit in”.

 

 

As part of the class I was taking we had the opportunity to meet with many different types of local business owners in the city. Out of the six companies we met with, one called “Energe” really stood out to me. Energe is a solar energy provider that started in 2007 by three locals. One of the owners spoke to us about the challenges of starting a company saying, “When I was at my job in the oil industry, mentally I was constantly thinking about my startup”. Here at Veital, each of us understands that we might not be doing what we love at every second of everyday, but building this company little by little helps Adam, Matt and myself with the balance of work and play. The other comment he made during his presentation was about money saying, “You get so many unbelievable experiences and opportunities when it comes to starting a business. It’s not all about making money. Money is secondary”. Through the process of starting Veital Designs, the three of us learn more and more each day that your mindset can’t just be about trying to make a profit. It has to also be about building relationships and providing a product that will actually help people. Veital has been around for a little over a year now and in that short amount of time we have been able to build incredible relationships with many different companies and people. Like Matty-K has mentioned in previous blog posts, Veital is all about developing a community of rad people who love to be outside, but understand that to get outside you have to work your butt off during the week.

During the two weeks that I was in Argentina I had opportunities to see incredible views that come with being surrounded by the Andes mountains. One of those experiences came in the form of hot springs in the foothills. We drove from the city of Mendoza to a spa called “Termas Cacheuta”. Along with the springs sitting in the hills of the Andes, the Mendoza river ran right by the spa, which made for incredible views. The first thing the manager told us when we arrived at the spa was “Please do not go in the river”. But like the little rebel I am, I had to jump down and capture some shots.

 

 

On one of our last days in Mendoza we drove into the Andes to a lake called Potrerillos, which sits at around 1300 meters (4,265 feet) above sea level. Along with the crystal-clear water, the lake was surrounded by gorgeous views of the snowy mountains. While we were taking in the gorgeous views of our surroundings, some kite surfers showed up to shred this incredible lake.  This obviously wasn’t their first rodeo with some of the tricks they were doing. It was unreal to watch these guys surf with such an amazing backdrop. We sat around this lake the entire day, grilling burgers, drinking adult beverages and just enjoying each other's company. It was one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been to in my life. At the end of the day, I was extremely grateful to be able to witness a view as spectacular as that one.

 

 

Out of every experience I had during the trip, nothing compared to the lifelong friends I made. I can honestly say that I met some of the most genuine people while in Mendoza. This is why Matthew, Adam and myself enjoy traveling so much. We love to get out of our comfort zone, meet new people and explore the surroundings. The three of us at Veital Designs are  pumped for the future of the company. If you’re like us and love to travel consider signing up to be a Veital ambassador. We’re calling it Viva Veital. It’s simple: sign up, go through our grueling interview process (just kidding), and we will hook you up with some Veital Designs gear. From there, all we ask you to do is product test, and grab some still frames of rad trips across the world.  Who knows, maybe we’ll give you the reins on our Instagram stories from the official Veital Designs account! To sign up, go to our website under the “Team Viva” tab.

#embracethebalance #vivaveital

-Thomas “Tommy-T” Schreiber

Marketing Associate, Veital Designs, LLC.