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Volcano Skiing in Chile

If someone had said to me I would be standing on the top of a live Volcano looking down into the centre of the earth with bubbling lava one minute and then skiing off piste in perfect snow the next I would have thought they were crazy. Yet here I was doing exactly that. Chile is a country of startling contrasts, which on average is over 2,700 miles long, the equivalent distance from Edinburgh to Baghdad and never more then 150 miles wide with some of the most active volcanoes in the world.

I first started my adventures in Chile ten years ago when I was lucky to meet a good friend Cristian Levy. Cristian runs his own Chilean tourism agency based in Temuco in the centre of the Lakes and Volcano district. I was familiar with Valle Nevado and Portillo the main Chilean ski destinations but Cristian persuaded me there is a totally different side to skiing in Chile. Corralco, Araucarias, Pucon, Huilo-Huilo, Antillanca and Osorno are ski areas very few skiers have ever heard of, so when I took my first group there 10 years ago needless to say I was pretty apprehensive. We’re used to The 3 Valleys and the Espace Killy with hundreds of ski lifts stretching in every direction. Here we were traveling half way around the world to ski in resorts with only one or two ski lifts! You have to be joking I thought. Nervous was an understatement. I had persuaded some of my guests to take three weeks off work and part with a fare chunk of their income to ski in a resort with two lifts! My worries were totally unfounded, this was a totally different type of ski experience. The scenery spectacular, the hospitality overwhelming, the skiing totally different and the opportunity to ski from the top of live volcanoes!

Every year we have added to and amended the itinerary and shaped it into the ultimate Chilean skiing experience designed for skiers from limited or no off piste experience to off piste experts. But each year as I traveled around the lure of the volcanoes was overwhelming. I had always managed to get to the top of one or two within our itinerary but volcano skiing is addictive and I wanted more! So I sat down with Cristian and Guido our local Guide and drew up the ultimate volcano itinerary. Climb and ski off the top of 7 Volcanoes in 12 days!


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Volcano Skiing in Chile