Ice and sun, with rain. That’s the recipe for backcountry skiing in Chile out of Las Termas these past few days. Our first tour was a battle into 70 mph winds on the volcanoes above the resort. The next day we did a lower altitude outlying peak that was ok but not the alpine experience you can get on these peaks if weather cooperates. Yesterday was still windy but a bit less (as in about one percent less), so we hiked up from the ski resort and did a big traverse that dropped us back here to the Rocanegra lodge. The trip was super scenic, a classic tour.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.