Steamboat Springs Winter Update With Vicente Katz aka. The Chilean Mango
The winter of 22/23 has been a good one here in Steamboat Springs, CO. The resort summit has received 320"+ of snow to date (as of Feb 7th 2023). 196 of those inches (or 16 feet) fell in January alone! If anyone out there knows first hand, exactly how good this winter's been, it's BUE athlete Vicente Katz, aka. The Chilean Mango. We caught up with him in hopes of getting a recap on the first half of this TRULY.EPIC.WINTER...
Photo Credit: Kenan Van Vranken
Name, sponsors, and a brief bio. We've already blogged about you, and many locals here in Steamboat know you by your social media handle "The Chilean Mango". For those that do not know you, give us a little bio...
My name is Vicente Katz. I grew up in Santiago, Chile and moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional skier and backcountry ski guide. I can happily say my passion has become my life's work. I couldn't be more excited to grow my professional relationships, push the boundaries of my skiing ability, and continue to spread the stoke. I am currently sponsored by Folsom Custom Skis, Zeal Optics, Pret Helmets, Point 6, Grasssticks, Whatvest, Lost Range CBD and obviously BAR-U-EAT!
How long have you lived in Steamboat for? What brought you to the area?
I have been in Steamboat for seven years now. I originally moved in 2015 to attend Colorado Mountain College. While pursuing a professional skiing career, I studied and received my bachelor's degree alongside my backcountry ski guiding certificates.
How does the winter of 22/23 compare to all other winters since you've lived in town?
This winter has been absolutely amazing, continues storms have provided the perfect recipe for some of the best days of my life. Just when I think it can't get any better, we get another big storm! This biggest difference I've noticed is that with so much more snow I found myself skiing areas in December/January that I can't typically ski until at least mid February or all season. It's allowed me to explore the mountain so much more!
What's your favorite zone in all of Routt County (in bounds / side country / bc) if you care to tell us - all good with secrets! lol.
What's your favorite in bounds zone / area / trail in Steamboat?
Give us a quick "day in the life" of Vicente? Where do you work, when do you ski during the day, etc"?
You are sponsored by WhatVest. What is it, and why do you like it for resort skiing, and out of bounds?
Keep up with the adventures of Vicente on his Instagram page - it's a good one!