Skiing the southern volcanoes of chile
The southern volcanoes aren't quite as demanding as their neighbors to the north, but they still offer some fantastic skiing. They are also off the beaten path and have a bit more off a "lost in Chile" kind of feeling to them. This is a great trip for adventurous souls who aren't quite ready to commit to the bigger peaks, yet.
In my opinion, the best combination of skiing, adventure and culture is found while skiing the iconic volcanoes of Chile.
As the Andes stretch south, past Santiago, they become smaller until the cordillera changes character from a huge range to one of smaller, weather-worn hills with dramatic volcanoes reaching upward. The landscape is one of massive forests and lakes with snow-capped peaks dominating the horizon.
For about a four-or five-week period in September and early October, these volcanoes offer up prime skiing conditions. The heavy storms of mid-winter have deposited meters of snow; but the spring is arriving, bringing clearer weather and the ability to get up on the peaks. While lingering storms bring the occasional powder day, corn snow is the real prize of the area – it's regularly the best corn I have ever skied.
There are dozens of volcanoes in this area, each with their own character and adventure. I have skied most of them; but there are twelve that standout as fantastic peaks for people looking to get the most of a limited amount of time in Chile. These are the peaks I choose to guide regularly. Each has their own character, from technical difficulty to commitment level to skiing challenge. I know these peaks intimately and will find the right fit for you.
Over the years, I have refined this trip to be as logistically simple as possible so we can focus on the skiing and the cultural experiences. Even after ten-years of guiding these peaks, I still look forward to it each year.
The price includes guiding, lodging, all food, some alcohol, ground transportation during the trip, and hot spring visits. For more details click here.