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  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by HellgateBasement View Post
    Casey - thanks for all the info in these Chile threads! I have em' bookmarked.

    Headed down with some buddies late Aug. - stoke level - high. Any thoughts on ski rentals in Santiago? we're most likely skiing Valle Nevado a couple days and Portillio 4 days.
    Probably can get a deal on rentals if you do so for 6 days, check out

    This place is on the way from the airport to VN, and has discounts for more than one day -

    http://www.masski.cl/arriendo-ski-sn...ki-y-snowboard

    These guys have backcountry gear, bring your own boots -

    https://sherpalife.cl/rental/equipo-de-randonee

    OR

    https://www.kladventure.com/ski-rental/

    http://www.skitotal.cl/skirental?gcl...e40RoC6w3w_wcB

    http://www.daski.cl/rental-ski-bike/

    Good luck!

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    Will be flying into Santiago August 3 with my wife. First week doing honeymooney things, but after that going to do some touring in central region (cajon del Maipo) and volcanos over following 2 weeks, depending on weather. We would love to get out with anyone with local knowledge. Both of us have lived in Chile and are experienced backcountry skiers looking for fun, long but generally mellow tours. I'll also be staying an extra 2 weeks after Meira goes home and hope to do some more mountaineering. Send an email to kamdh@uw.edu if you would like to meet up

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    The storm fizzled out leaving just a few cm of light snow which was then blown around hard and in the more exposed spots, cleaned right off. So the hacked off piste was highly variable, with the old wind buffed stuff lee side lines with a bIt of decent powder, and the rest with week old hardened tracks and mini drifts. A bits and pieces of powder kind of day, with most groomers in pretty good shape. Overall the base is below average, and many typical off piste spots that should not have rocks, do have. Like the Pared

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    But as can be seen here, fun was had by these drift busters on Las Vegas.

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    Sweet spots were few, but fun, here I paused to reconnoiter one such:

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    Not a bad one, all thing considered.

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    Unhappy

    Unluckily, I can't see any pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Brian View Post
    Unluckily, I can't see any pictures
    Can't figure out why, can you click on them and see them? I can, but don't see them in the text.

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    I can see them, thanks for the tr

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    Nice stoke, Casey. Mucho gracias!

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    Still finding powder! Today in La Parva -
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    But the warm weather is starting to take its toll, the usual lower down flat spots, cat tracks, and northern faces are starting to hurt.

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    Current deficits of rainfall (correlates aprox to snowpack) thus far this rainy season are:

    Santiago -28%
    Chillan -40%
    Temuco -3%

    And no snow forecast for the central zone for the next week.

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    For a bit of backcountry stoke, here is a good local documentary of two rather remote volcanoes in the Bio-Bio region, south of Chillan, with ski and splitboard summiting and descents, Sierra Velluda and Callaqui, both from spring 2015. Likely less snow this year, but still doable with the right vehicle and gear.

    https://youtu.be/tojFkSEDStA

    Thanks to Eduardo Batarce and Wechupiren!
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    More stoke for canaleta hardliners

    https://www.facebook.com/aymarnavarr...5635965189398/

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    Got email from Portillo today. They call conditions "disappointing" and not likely to improve in near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B View Post
    Got email from Portillo today. They call conditions "disappointing" and not likely to improve in near future.
    I heard it is pretty awful. To go all that way to ski garbage, is not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skideeppow View Post
    I heard it is pretty awful. To go all that way to ski garbage, is not good.
    Like any big trip, flexibility is the key. I'd wager if you go south to Chillan or further you'll at least get good corn skiing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Keystone is fucking lame. But, deadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B View Post
    Got email from Portillo today. They call conditions "disappointing" and not likely to improve in near future.
    Yes, this may be, not much snow has fallen in La Parva since July 15, and even less in Portillo. High winds and warm weather makes a for a triple whammy. However, as I always say, follow the snow! The Araucania region would seem to have the best snow right now, and prospects for more.

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    This video promo is from Las Araucarias ski area on V Llaima

    https://www.facebook.com/AraucariasL...5425840443828/

    Recently V Llaima looked like this:

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    Corralco looking good
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    Go south young man!

    Still can't load photos properly from my pc, iphone works though... TGR IT guy can't help either..... see attachments
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    go all that way to ski flat shit? No thanks.
    That place makes Vail look steep

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    Snowshoe?

    Not sure if Im up to slam Fitz Roy yet.....anybody know some good snowshoe camping locations :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by skideeppow View Post
    go all that way to ski flat shit? No thanks.
    That place makes Vail look steep
    Agreed, ski areas in southern Chile are generally wimpy, and a bloody long way from the US of A, but there is lots of snow, and steeps if you look for them (and hike to them), and if you are already here or committed to come, you get the added bonus of the great variety of other stuff to do.

    For example, In Corralco, with an hours walk from the top of the Cumbre lift, you can ski 1,000m vertical on the southeast face, with an average 44 degree pitch, and make it back to the lift which takes you back to the Cumbre.

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    Chopo Diaz, haranguing the mining companies from the top of Cerro La Parva (4,000m), then having a hoot down. Looks like today.

    https://www.facebook.com/chopo.diaz/...5462328192858/

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    Even if it is only 50% true, this f'cast looks good. Hope that Portillo gets hit as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelatoninPenguin View Post
    Not sure if Im up to slam Fitz Roy yet.....anybody know some good snowshoe camping locations :-)
    Snowshoe in the north or south? In the south Conguillio Lake area is good (with some infrastructure), as could be V Sollipulli (N but especially S, no infra), and Huerquehue NP. I am thinking snowed forest not far from the treeline.

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    Probably south - planning to tour atacama by car then head down to torres del paines eventually for the "this is the closest I can get to antarctica" without going to antarctica feeling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey E View Post
    Snowshoe in the north or south? In the south Conguillio Lake area is good (with some infrastructure), as could be V Sollipulli (N but especially S, no infra), and Huerquehue NP. I am thinking snowed forest not far from the treeline.

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    Check out the videos Tof Henry has put up


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    Quote Originally Posted by MelatoninPenguin View Post
    Probably south - planning to tour atacama by car then head down to torres del paines eventually for the "this is the closest I can get to antarctica" without going to antarctica feeling.
    As long as you are in the Atacama, it is supposed to be flowering on the coast, a rare spectacle worth seeing. Ask the locals.

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    Looks like Tof found his corner up the Cajon.

    Took a look at the 3 Valleys yesterday, things are turning gunky, but there is still good cover on the runs. Windy, fine day for a hike.

    Alpha chair in La Parva

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    A general view of La Parva and Colorado from the Lomas Del Viento trail

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    Last edited by Casey E; 08-06-2017 at 04:50 AM.

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