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  1. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Went to LP yesterday for our gear, this is what...

    Went to LP yesterday for our gear, this is what it looks like

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    Didn’t ski.
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    Wow, they are scarce, and usually very skittish...

    Wow, they are scarce, and usually very skittish around people.

    Time for some Chilean lexicon. Guanacos are known for spitting as a defense mechanism. They are quite aggressive spitters, as I can...
  4. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Ski Chile 2019

    Chillan blew again last night, the flow going down the north side, here is a good video of it

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    https://mobile.twitter.com/Sernageomin/status/1148558480074297344

    “NEVADOS DE CHILLÁN!!...
  5. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    So they are pumping the Laguna del Inca for that...

    So they are pumping the Laguna del Inca for that chalk? Lucky youse with such a tranque!
  6. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Current precipitation deficits, north to south ...

    Current precipitation deficits, north to south

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    I haven't rented there but in Temuco I have had...

    I haven't rented there but in Temuco I have had good experience with different ones at the airport, Avis was the last. All big chains seem to work good here.

    Snow forecast is showing a suspicious...
  8. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Winter holidays for the schools are here and...

    Winter holidays for the schools are here and snowmaking and moving is the name of the game. The 3 Valleys have perhaps half of their runs and 2/3 of the lifts open, patches of mud and rocks, and a...
  9. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Time for the Elqui Eclipse trip report. I...

    Time for the Elqui Eclipse trip report.

    I kinda got lured into the upper Elqui valley for the eclipse many months ago, and later regretted booking early, as the mountains weren't the best place to...
  10. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Corralco is in pretty good condition for early...

    Corralco is in pretty good condition for early season. Wind and heat do their thing, but the base is definitely there. When you see those little Araucarias get buried, you know it is a great year.
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  11. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Yeh I remember Pepo, at La Parva in 1977, then...

    Yeh I remember Pepo, at La Parva in 1977, then Colorado later, his bald head and short stature earned him the name "Condorito". Was Nando the Spanish dude that spent 60 days on top of the Aconcagua...
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    Well here is a teaser, trip report later We...

    Well here is a teaser, trip report later

    We were approved to enter this “high altitude” vineyard near Alcohuaz where grapes are stressed to an extreme to make premium wines
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    The...
  13. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Any of you avalanche experts have an opinion on...

    Any of you avalanche experts have an opinion on this crack reported at the top of Santa Teresa in El Colorado?

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  14. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Some Facebook shots from the weekend La Parva...

    Some Facebook shots from the weekend

    La Parva (Partial openings in the 3 Valleys due to lack of snow)

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    Chillan
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    No, but it is enjoying a bit of a folksy revival....

    No, but it is enjoying a bit of a folksy revival. Being Pehuenche territory, it is more oriented to locals going for a day in the snow, although I think a growing number of people are skinning out...
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    Ski Chile 2019

    Yes I will be around until about the 14th, when I go to Villarrica. I couldn’t PM you so you try me. Maybe cause I am way up the Elqui valley now.

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    Arenales ex-ski área today, posted by Rusitko in...

    Arenales ex-ski área today, posted by Rusitko in Lonquimay

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  18. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Corralco says "Adivinen que día es hoy......

    Corralco says

    "Adivinen que día es hoy...
    ¡HOY ES DIA DE POWDER! ❄️
    Han caido más de 140cm de nieve, en las últimas 24 horas y estamos preparados para tu visita ¡Nos vemos en Corralco!
    Image...
  19. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    La Parva says Saturday 29 opening, bunny runs...

    La Parva says Saturday 29 opening, bunny runs only.
  20. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    What to expect from this weekends storm 286983

    What to expect from this weekends storm

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  21. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Nice 180° drone shot of the Corralco midstation,...

    Nice 180° drone shot of the Corralco midstation, I suppose yesterday

    https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Cerro-Pachon/forecasts/2715

    Appears the road still gets to the second chair, not for...
  22. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    286949 Just wind so far, but my barometer is...

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    Just wind so far, but my barometer is falling...
  23. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Isn’t this encouraging (except for the wind...)....

    Isn’t this encouraging (except for the wind...). Looks like it will only really happen Friday/Saturday though.

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    Although El Colorado had already opened the “Pingüinos” beginner lift, the...
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    Just to add to the awesomeness of the last spot...

    Just to add to the awesomeness of the last spot we went, here is a google maps photo of the Hornitos Volcano, looking down the lava flow

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    Our route is in red. Interesting that the...
  25. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Snowed 20-40 cm yesterday, and more further...

    Snowed 20-40 cm yesterday, and more further south. Several valley bottom areas got snowed on, like Victoria in the Araucanía. The Panam highway was even snowed on.

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    Looks like...
  26. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Portillo continues to get clobbered 286686

    Portillo continues to get clobbered

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  27. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Day 2 Loaded with an email authorizing our entry...

    Day 2
    Loaded with an email authorizing our entry to the Laguna de la Invernada by Enel, the Italian energy behemoth with a hydro facility there (Central Cipreses), we drove past the entrance and...
  28. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Snowing hard now in La Parva, the magic carpet is...

    Snowing hard now in La Parva, the magic carpet is almost buried!

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  29. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Here goes the trip report for Maule day 1 On...

    Here goes the trip report for Maule day 1

    On my way back from Villarrica, I met up with Slava and friends in San Javier. Next day, we drove 130km up the impeccable Paso Pehuenche International...
  30. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Got up to Laguna del Maule today, on what might...

    Got up to Laguna del Maule today, on what might be the best snow in the central zone.

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    Got to drive up to the aduana, but this was just fine with a whole valley to explore right from the...
  31. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Maybe your finger crossing is working 286303 ...

    Maybe your finger crossing is working

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    This low pressure bearing down on the continent: will it beat the SP high pressure back?

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    What I can say for sure, is that Volcan...
  32. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Let the pictures paint the words for today, after...

    Let the pictures paint the words for today, after 6 cm in the 3 Valleys
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    Baños Morales ( courtesy Cristian Wehrhahn)
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  33. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Antillanca operated a "dry run" today, and loaded...

    Antillanca operated a "dry run" today, and loaded up this slick packed powder video:
    https://www.facebook.com/antillancachile/videos/388974928628863/

    But alas, they cannot open this weekend -
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  34. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Well this is heartening Chillan advances...

    Well this is heartening

    Chillan advances their opening to June 21.

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    Corralco got a low snowfall and continues to say June 22 (there is a "pugna" for the longest season, so we'll...
  35. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Looks nice at night... Farellones from la Parva...

    Looks nice at night...
    Farellones from la Parva
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    Portillo
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  36. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Mostly ice fog so far. La Parva base 2,600m ...

    Mostly ice fog so far. La Parva base 2,600m

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    Rainy and cold in Santiago, the peak of the Manquehue mtn (1,600m) is snowed. First real rainfall this year. Traffic sucks....

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  37. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Opening dates announced Chillan 28/06...

    Opening dates announced

    Chillan 28/06
    Corralco 22/06
    Antillanca maybe this weekend

    The rest are remote at the moment, but at least something will fall by Friday.

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  38. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Back to the July 2 eclipse. The path through...

    Back to the July 2 eclipse. The path through Chile and Argentina looks like this:

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    Location and weather are important. While the coast would be best, there is a high chance of overcast....
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    Chillan is boasting this
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  40. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Ski Chile 2019

    Tough one, not being a surfer myself. Try surf schools, or call lodging nearby your beach destination. Not too much surf near Pto Montt, although SUP is popular. Probably better surf between...
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    Corralco just posted this, exclaiming "¡Ya no...

    Corralco just posted this, exclaiming "¡Ya no queda nada para el inicio de temporada! ��⁣⁣
    El Volcán Lonquimay ya está cubierto de nieve, a la espera de la temporada más larga de Chile ⁣"

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  42. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    The first week of September is good bet, The...

    The first week of September is good bet,
    The bases that will be will be solid and peaking in depth on south faces, plus one dump can make it be wonderful for several days.
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    Yes July 2., 400km N of Portillo, Coquimbo...

    Yes July 2., 400km N of Portillo, Coquimbo region, with totality passing through the Elqui Valley and La Serena/. It will be late in the day and low in the sky, in a desertic environment. There are...
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    Going south, this is the current state of the...

    Going south, this is the current state of the volcanoes:

    Planchon Peteroa
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    Descabezado Grande and Cerro Azul
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    Nevados de Chillan
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  45. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    This one is a bit more explicit. 284632 ...

    This one is a bit more explicit.

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    "<139mm" for Santiago is pretty much a death sentence for a good ski season in the central zone. In a "normal" season, there would already be some kind...
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    The Chilean weather service has changed tack, and...

    The Chilean weather service has changed tack, and now predicts drier conditions for JJA. While the weak El Niño continues, a mix of factors point to a drier than usual winter.
    The rainfall deficits...
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    And it petered out - Valle Nevado as of now ...

    And it petered out - Valle Nevado as of now

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    Who's for first tracks & gouges?
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    White wind and snow/ice closes the central zone...

    White wind and snow/ice closes the central zone mountain passes - Libertadores (Portillo) and Pehuenche (Maule). Some shots of the "estragos" from the past 2 days -

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    Saw him in 1976 I think. Subtle low key...

    Saw him in 1976 I think. Subtle low key retro-retro music, dry humor. Great harmonica work. 100 seat theater. One of the best intimate concerts of my life. RIP
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    Weird and wild weather these days. Wind dumped...

    Weird and wild weather these days. Wind dumped trees, cut electricity to 100.000 homes, and even stirred up a few tornados south of Chillan. In a very rare event, Los Angeles got an F1. A common term...
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