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Life in White, following the endless winter

By Denis Piccolo

“Basically Life in White is our life: we try to follow the endless winter. We are based in Tyrol, Austria in winter, in summer we fly to Nevados de Chillan, Chile and we spend January and February in Japan.”

Tell me something about yourselves. Who is Laura and who is Gabriel?

Gabriel is from the Catalunya region. He was born and raised in Reus, 100km south from Barcelona. He doesn’t have a skiing or snowboarding background in his family. He is basically a skateboarder from the 90s generation that tried snowboarding and got completely hooked to it since day one, then this passion became his profession.

Laura was born in Alcoi, Alicante but moved to Valencia at an early age. She started skiing since she was a child and at the age of 9 she tried snowboarding and never skied again. She went to college to become a nurse but used all her holidays to go pursue her passion, eventually she graduated and was finally able to spend her first winter season in the Pyrenees. There she met a crazy powder freak 13 years older than her, guess who?

 

When the idea of this adventure was born in your mind?

We started Life in White pretty much since we started to be together, approximately 9 years ago. Back then we didn’t have a name for our project, it wasn’t even a project, but since day one Laura has been documenting our adventures, we never planned it, it took shape naturally. We started sharing our experiences and adventures and people liked it, so this gave us motivation to keep going on. Basically Life in White is our life: we try to follow the endless winter. We are based in Tyrol, Austria in winter, in summer we fly to Nevados de Chillan, Chile and we spend January and February in Japan.

Our van has always been part of the family and a really important member in our adventures and in life in general. To be honest I can’t imagine our life without a van. A camper van for me is the closest you can get to freedom: you drive wherever you want and when you are tired you just stop. You can sleep in the most beautiful places and, most important, even in ski resorts’ parking lot and be the first one to hit the lifts in the morning. It’s like having your tiny cosy home with you everywhere you go!

Tell me about the most astonished thing you visited from every country you’ve been to.

It is difficult to choose things and places. The beauty of a place is not only based on the place itself but also on the moment of your life, how you feel, who you are with, etc. Every  place can seem amazing if you are in a really good mood and with amazing people. But to name some extremely beautiful places I would say: the Iguazú Falls close to the border of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, Iceland, the Chilean Volcanoes, the north of Chile/Bolivia (San Pedro de Atacama area), the Austrian Alps, Hokkaido because is the winter wonderland and the Japanese mountains because they are simply amazing!

 

What did you learn from travelling that much?

We have learned to appreciate more and more what we have in our homes, how lucky we are to be able to see so many beautiful places and meet amazing people on the way.

Also you learn to live in a more simple way, cause in a van you cannot carry a lot of stuff and you have to focus on the basics. But when you spend 2 months with just a pair of pants and 2 hoodies you realize that you don’t need that much stuff,.

You also learn to live with little water and to cook in a small kitchen, basically you learn to live in a more sustainable way.

 

Could someone join you guys? 

Since last year we decided to open our doors and started our guided tour company in our favorite destinations in Austria, Japan and Chile.

Our project itself is something that we never planned, it came naturally and a lot of our followers asked us to join. Our guided tour company is called Life in White Adventures and our philosophy is pretty simple: we want for our clients what we want for ourselves: powder. That’s why our tours are dynamic, we plan the route less than a week before the tour starts and we only go with very small groups, max 4 people.

“The beauty of a place is not only based on the place itself but also on the moment of your life, how you feel, who you are with, etc. Every  place can seem amazing if you are in a really good mood and with amazing people.”

Next adventures?

In the northern hemisphere we have lots of new destinations on our wish list:

Eastern Europe (Turkey, Greece and further east Kazakhstan, Georgia and even Iran!)

In the southern hemisphere, we would like to explore more the Andes, specially the very south of Chile and Argentina. There there’s the longest mountain range in the world, still yet to be fully explored! There are hundreds of valleys still unridden, so much terrain that is kind of overwhelming.

 

What do you think about global warming and climate change?

I think the earth has cycles and we are walking towards a warmer period, the problem is that humans are accelerating this process causing a lot of pain to other species and to ourselves. We should think globally and use all the technology and resources we have to fight back and try to reverse all the damage we have caused to this miracle called planet earth! We have to start thinking of the planet as a whole thing, because that’s what it is, in a different scale is like our body. Imagine we are the planet, the place where millions of other living creatures live, without them we cannot survive. The same happens in our beautiful planet, we always think about it like a miracle, because it’s unique, we don’t know if there is any other planet in the universe like ours, so let’s think globally and take care of it before it’s too late!

 

Do you have any kind of support? How do you manage to pursue the snow all year long?

Well, Gabriel owns a snowpark equipment company called Playground, they produce boxes, rails and shapetools since 2003.

Laura is a nurse and has worked for uncountable summers and periods in between seasons, but since we started our guided tour project we are both focused on that, so wish us luck and if you want an unforgettable experience with this 2 powder freaks contact us!

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