Still here in Chile. After getting hammered by weather on Nevados Chillan during Marker Kingpin binding testing, I thought luck would occur and I’d have a few sunny spring ski touring days here on the southern Chile volcanoes. Not to be.
The fire hose valve appears to be locked open. A gigantic fan is roaring as well. From what I hear from the locals, the Patagonian wind blowing through lava rocks sounds something like the Chilean air force exercising their F-16 fleet. That’s probably about right.
We did get a few days of skiing at Corralco on volcano Lonquimay. But we got hammered there as well so continued on up to Santiago, where I hope to meet my son Louie and his friends and head into the mountains around the La Parva ski resort. Idea being the northern end of the Andes appears to have more likelihood of sun than the more southern Volcano District. The drive was not trivial: eight hours from Corralco to Santiago.
Oh, I should share snow report for Corralco. Average snowpack on the volcano is several meters. In some places they’ve dug a trench for the ski lift. If spring conditions hit it’ll be epic. If I had the time I’d go back for the coming sunny days. I find it easy to believe that Chile has about 2,000 volcanoes, with 500 active to one degree or another. I’d call it apocalyptic if it wasn’t all so beautiful.
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.