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  1. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Ski Chile 2019

    One last trip report, from early Sept in Lonquimay.

    I pulled into Arenales after a lovely drive through the high route from Villarrica via Icalma. As fate would have it, a friend had a new toy
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  2. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Well the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. Osorno...

    Well the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.

    Osorno just got a dump
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    It is snowing low in Corralco

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    And from Arenales in Lonquimay, the Rustiko boys are still going at it
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    Hate to hasten the death knell for the ski...

    Hate to hasten the death knell for the ski season, but I am leaving for Canada next week and there is no snow left around Santiago, with even the spring runoff in doubt. The precip chart tells the...
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    Thanks to Slava for this shot of Chillan trying...

    Thanks to Slava for this shot of Chillan trying to spoil his race

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    The snow falling now should cover the ash-snow from the last bout of spewing.
  6. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    V Villarrica has entered into a new phase of...

    V Villarrica has entered into a new phase of activity. According to http://sitiohistorico.sernageomin.cl/volcan.php?iId=22, some buzzwords extracted by me:

    "Se espera la ocurrencia de explosiones...
  7. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    The verdict was a stalemate. “Ni fu ni fa”. Which...

    The verdict was a stalemate. “Ni fu ni fa”. Which was fine, as the vis was reasonable, and the snow soft.

    The Icalma pass
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    There were more animals on the way than humans.

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  8. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    So the dry Puelche is battling the moist...

    So the dry Puelche is battling the moist Nor'wester in the Araucanía, keeping the big precipitation at bay for the most part. It is an unusual situation near lake level, with the easterly blowing and...
  9. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Now it wants to snow in the central zone... at...

    Now it wants to snow in the central zone... at least things look more normal..

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  10. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    This is what a Puelche looks like ...

    This is what a Puelche looks like


    https://youtu.be/nHQrT6Cle-o
    When the normal westerlies become easterlies, cold in winter, warm in summer.
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    Taking advantage of the high pressure system...

    Taking advantage of the high pressure system stuck over Chile now, here are some views of the volcanoes going south with the increasing base.

    San Jose (south face)
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    Planchon Peteroa...
  12. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    And the east side of Llaima looks nice today ...

    And the east side of Llaima looks nice today

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  13. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Volcan Osorno thursday 292720

    Volcan Osorno thursday
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    Ski Chile 2019

    This just in from the southern central andes, Heliski today

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  15. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    The rain finally turned to snow..Clouds remain,...

    The rain finally turned to snow..Clouds remain, but are just laying low further north in the Lake District. Now find the sweet spot...

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    Further south the instability continues, with snow...
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    Just like to add a couple of photos from Corralco...

    Just like to add a couple of photos from Corralco sunday.

    The skiing was good

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    You get to exercise that old skill of riding a t-bar single, as most people here have difficulty going...
  17. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Going to be warm, rainy and windy tomorrow in the...

    Going to be warm, rainy and windy tomorrow in the Araucanía. But it will then cool down and some snow showers could happen on top of that soggy mess.
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    Skied Corralco yesterday, after it had been...

    Skied Corralco yesterday, after it had been rained on, in a shaky lull in the precipitation. Wet but skiable snow low, runs good, and icy off piste up high.

    The snow at the base was around...
  19. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    There is lots of snow from Chillan south. Your...

    There is lots of snow from Chillan south. Your best bets would probably be Chillan or Corralco. Even better would be to rent a car and go where the weather is most attractive, and the best lifts...
  20. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    See...

    See https://huilohuilo.com/actividades/ski-snowboard-con-pisten-moto-utv-2-horas/
    No ski lifts, just pisten moto and UTV, as their webpage says. In general, the terrain is fairly flat, except for...
  21. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    The 6th of August Volcan Villarrica was placed on...

    The 6th of August Volcan Villarrica was placed on yellow alert, again. Sernageomin had this to say about that

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    A 500 meter "zona de afectacion" is in effect, from the danger of...
  22. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Once again it clouded up, but first I got a shot...

    Once again it clouded up, but first I got a shot of the Cerro Japones, another cinder cone.

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    After hanging out behind a rock, a strange snowbow showed up

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    Then I pushed for...
  23. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    My 30 hour outing to Nevados de Vilcun was epic....

    My 30 hour outing to Nevados de Vilcun was epic. After adventuring along the deserted rural roads in the rain for several hours, I got over the S335 Interlagos pass at about 1,000m

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    Then...
  24. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Well, it was “transitable” 290976

    Well, it was “transitable”

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  25. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Using google maps in Chile is, like most places,...

    Using google maps in Chile is, like most places, a real gamble when getting onto the back roads. My search for the best route from ]
    my rancho to “Refugio Llaima” or “ Nevados de Vilcun”, gave me...
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    Snowing at the base of V Osorno, a good sign the...

    Snowing at the base of V Osorno, a good sign the freezing level is low for this dump.
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    Nukin’ in Corralco too

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  27. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    This graph shows the estimated snowfall...

    This graph shows the estimated snowfall distribution for July 2014-19, roughly Portillo south to Villarrica, which varies widely

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    Zooming way out, this is a snowfall graph at a mining...
  28. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Ski Chile 2019

    Antillanca has the best snow info in Chile after Portillo. Corralco has slipped down the ladder.

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    “Condicional al clima” means conditional in general, so it is a gamble if you want to...
  29. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    That would certainly be my advice. Seems the...

    That would certainly be my advice. Seems the Cumbre lift is open now, with room to tour high, and a low snow line.

    Could try Las Araucarias sort of nearby too. I might be there Tuesday, with...
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    So, officially, the “ENSO Alert System Status” is...

    So, officially, the “ENSO Alert System Status” is now “Final El Niño Advisory”

    https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.shtml

    They go on to recognize ...
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    Geez this just popped up on my screen saver ...

    Geez this just popped up on my screen saver

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    Road to Portillo, Juncal lift, August 1984

    Same day, yours truly takes the back door out from Tio Bobs, sporting a jean jacket and two...
  32. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Volcán Antuco http://www.skiantuco.cl/site/ ...

    Volcán Antuco
    http://www.skiantuco.cl/site/

    Basically a one lift ski area (platter), but with about 400m vertical.

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  33. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Chillan blew again yesterday A tourist got...

    Chillan blew again yesterday

    A tourist got this on video...
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    Ski Chile 2019

    28C today in Santiago, tragic for the bit of snow left. With no snow in the fcst north of Chillan, the central zone with be hard pressed to get past the Aug 15 long weekend, at least with any...
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    The calm after the storm. 289950 I wonder...

    The calm after the storm.

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    I wonder how long will it take to dig out the Cumbre t-bar..., the best lift south of Don Otto in Chillan. The next best lift is El Haique t-bar in Antillanca.
  36. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Rock and roll in the central zone 289947

    Rock and roll in the central zone

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    Lets see how fast someone can guess what ski area...

    Lets see how fast someone can guess what ski area this is. Pine trees, rocky peaks, Chile? (Facebook foto from this week)

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  38. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Appears the good times have been rolling in...

    Appears the good times have been rolling in Antillanca, have a look, you are invitadísimo!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B0W4eOlgLF0/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

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  39. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    After the soaking the southern ski areas got...

    After the soaking the southern ski areas got today, comes a drop in the freezing level and a light dump, before temps spike again with dry weather for a few days anyway

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    For...
  40. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    The central zone deficit continues around 70%,...

    The central zone deficit continues around 70%, while the south has shrunk theirs by about 10% after last weeks deluge.

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    Looks like some serious redlining is in the cards...

    Looks like some serious redlining is in the cards for tuesday. The central zone will be suffering seriously from this and the lack of snowfall, while the south will get rained on, in the middle of 4...
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    For those heading to Torres del Paine, there are...

    For those heading to Torres del Paine, there are now flights direct to Pto Natales, eliminating the long drive from Punta Arenas. “Low cost” too...

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  43. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Makes for a dynamic slalom course. 289546

    Makes for a dynamic slalom course.

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    A lone split boarder, and the volcanic puff above. Patches of ice seemed present up higher.

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    This guy offered a days shuttles for leas than a lift ticket.

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    Contact Andres at...
  45. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    Skied Villarrica ski area yesterday (“Ski...

    Skied Villarrica ski area yesterday (“Ski Pucon”). It lived fully up to my expectations, which were dismal. Would have gone elsewhere, but as circumstance would have it, my wife was out on her first...
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    #Argentina Corte de la Ruta 40 por...

    #Argentina Corte de la Ruta 40 por Desprendimiento de Rocas de Gran Tamaño.

    Between Villa Angostura and Bariloche, one chunk of rock...
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    Antillanca is compacted dirt/gravel, narrow, and...

    Antillanca is compacted dirt/gravel, narrow, and very wet. The snow would likely be the last 5 km or so. I can imagine mayhem, school holidays, inexperienced drivers and all, so the local...
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    The chair at V Osorno decked out with a bit of...

    The chair at V Osorno decked out with a bit of rime.

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    The road in to Corralco
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  49. Thread: Ski Chile 2019

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    With all the kids on holiday and roads in general...

    With all the kids on holiday and roads in general packed, you may as well do something in/near Santiago. Look into a day trip to Sewell, a village the gringos built for miners in the mountains near ...
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    Will La Parva get 20cm as forecasted? Got some...

    Will La Parva get 20cm as forecasted? Got some 10cm so far.

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