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    The parched central zone has a 90%+ deficit of rain to date this year (a whole 2mm has fallen), but the area around Temuco has had some torrential rains and has reduced their deficit to 34%. This is clear on the Sernageomin website, where Villarrica looks like this
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    But nearer to Santiago, Planchon Peteroa is pretty bare...

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    The current volcano alerts are
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    klar, best skier on tgr.

    casey e, second best skier on tgr.

    awards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by byates1 View Post
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    In a word, love. Love of life, skiing and Andrea, my chilean wife. Smitten by wanderlust at an early age, at 18 I had already skied Canada, Europe, and Morocco, and there was this ski magazine poster in my brothers room, with the tips of a pair of skis looking down the garanta at Portillo to the lake and hotel. It said, "if you are standing here, you want to be standing on Rossignols". Well, I didn't care much if it were Rossis or not, but I did want to stand there. So armed with Portillo and Pinochet in my vocabulary, a pair of Fischer C4´s, and Nordica boots bought in Andorra, in January 1977 I embarked on what would end up being a 14 month trip, skiing and hitchhiking from Canada thru the US, storing the skis with a girlfriend in LA, and proceeding by land to Chile. Met a swiss dude along the gringo trail who happened to teach skiing, and we spent the season skiing all the way down to Punta Arenas. I left Chile twice but my heart kept pulling me back, so I had to get some credibility to continue courting. After 2 years of letters, traumatic phone calls, and a couple trips back and forth, off came the beard and ear ring, we married, and then lived in Canada while I finished U. Were DINKS for a couple of years, then Andrea bribed me to go back to Chile (as is their want to do), and we settled on a 10 month trip through Asia and the south Pacific, ending in Chile in 1982. Skied NZ (and almost India) on the way! Next up were kids and the refugio in La Parva (same time, more bribes...). And here I am, washed up in a paradise of sorts. Lovely family, 3 great sons now producing grandkids to play with, and a rancho in Villarrica. A happy ending, so far.....
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    Sweet. Probably crossed paths in the 80’s. Those were great days


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    A disproportionate number of Israelis get into trouble in Chile. One dead from hypothermia and one missing. Volcan Llaima...

    Murió turista israelí que fue rescatado del Volcán Llaima
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    Jonathan Yoel Goren, de 26 años, no resistió las lesiones que sufrió al extraviarse en el macizo.

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    Las autoridades de la Región de La Araucanía informaron este viernes la muerte del turista israelí que fue rescatado la pasada jornada desde el Volcán Llaima, donde se había extraviado.

    Según la información preliminar, pese a los esfuerzos médicos, Jonathan Yoel Goren, de 26 años, falleció producto de las lesiones que sufrió debido a un accidente y la hipotermia que vivió tras pasar toda una noche en una de las laderas del macizo.

    El joven fue encontrado ayer jueves luego de un extenso operativo del Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOPE) de Carabineros y Socorro Andino.

    Hasta esta jornada aún no había antecedentes respecto del segundo turista desaparecido en el volcán.

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    A bit of snow has fallen in the central zone, making things icy near Portillo, and almost sending this truck over the edge ...

    AHORA: Nos repotan #LOSANDES accidente en Curva 25 de Los Caracoles #CaminoInternacional

    Camión con acoplado estuvo a punto de caer.

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    Looked nice in Santiago yesterday, with the smog gone for now. Nice way to celebrate el “Día de las Glorias Navales” holiday

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    Valle Nevado webcam shows it wasn’t much of a storm

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    The maule region has been getting more snow than the rest of chile as usual, this weekend was blower https://www.instagram.com/p/BxwBIIJDV0g/

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    Dusting at Portillo, but it makes the place even prettier. Can’t wait to fly south...
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    A glimmer of hope appears on the horizon (fcst for LP):

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    The Chilean weather service is on board, a good sign:

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    The weather shift was evident today, cloudy, gusts of warm wind, leaves flying. Did in our Gingkos:

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    Snow fcst looks groovy, Portillo south to Alto del Padre

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    The detailed forecasts for tomorrow nights storm rolling in, give roughly 50cm total snow for the 4-day disturbance now. The chileans do not generally mention accumulations, but do try to scare you:

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    "Moderado" is considerable. The nevadas coupled with winds peaking at 80/90 km for Atacama to Coquimbo regions makes for an unusually northern storm, with lots of Cordillera to dump on, worthy of a warning. Start to set things up nice for the La Serena solar eclipse in July.

    The international mountain passes forecast between Los Andes and Temuco (Valparaiso - Los Libertadores is Portillo):
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    While we wait for the flakes to fly, time for a public service, and lifting spirits. A new hut has been placed at 4,100m in "La Hoya" at the base of Cerro El Plomo (5,400m), with up to 12 beds. Seems it is a memorial, and they´d like to do more: "Líneas de libertad - Proyecto Refugios de Alta Montaña" Learn more here:

    http://www.chilenieve.com/nuevo-refu...tobal-bizarri/

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    At the right top of that photo is an Incan altar site. Not far from there, this Incan sacrifice was found:

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    Spooky, eh?

    Here in full regalia

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    As long as we´re on the topic, El Plomo is an epic peak. A January trip up from 12 years ago:

    I was an office working slouch with 3 days to do the peak, so we got some horses to help us to base camp.

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    Gave some great guys some work too.

    This is the what the prior "hut" (at 4,300m) looked like back then:

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    The Altar was looking a bit worse for the wear

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    Not too shabby a view of the Aconcagua from the top

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    "¿Qué pasó con la lluvia? La razón de la frustrada primera precipitación "importante" para la RMEl sistema frontal que se anunció para la zona central del país se debilitó, dejando bajos niveles de agua. Meteorología ahora espera temperaturas bajo cero para los próximos días. 29 de Mayo de 2019 | 13:47 | Por Juan Peña A., Emol"

    Fuente: Emol.com - https://www.emol.com/noticias/Nacion...ara-la-RM.html

    Debilitated and delayed, once again. Very little accumulation. Seems the culprit this time was (google translate) "A low-level jet stream appeared around 3,000 meters high in the valley, which dried up the air mass and displaced all the precipitation to the coast further south."

    There you go. Just got this from La Parva:
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    Portillo webcam
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    Snowing nice right now in Portillo: https://www.skiportillo.com/en/webcams/

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    Final count some 20cm, fairly evenly distributed above 2.800m. A bit more for tomorrow afternoon, and that is it for the foreseeable future.

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    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 here for this is “trombo”

    https://youtu.be/4hoo8oYk9MM

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    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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    But, then again, there were these scenes too:

    Embalse del Yeso (Cajon del Maipo)
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    End of the Maule road (now this looks skiable, but methinks the road will not open again until October or November...)
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    With maybe 25-30cm of snow accumulated, and only 2mm of rain in Santiago, this storm is now petering out. Portillo will probably get more than the 3 Valleys, unless it all blows away....

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    And it petered out - Valle Nevado as of now

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    Who's for first tracks & gouges?

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    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 are important to date, with Santiago having the least rainfall in 60 years (4mm):

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    Their predictive map for JJA is not encouraging.
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    See the detail here (43 pages in Spanish)
    http://www.meteochile.gob.cl/PortalDMC-web/index.xhtml#

    When this happens, I generally look more at the southern ski areas and try to fit trips down there into my winter. This will be easier this year, what with construction going on in Villarrica that needs to be supervised. ��

    The snow-forecast for Chile N->S is:

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    The dastardly freezing level will keep coming precipitation from falling as snow for the southern ski area base elevations, but will continue to pack it on the higher elevations. I don´t know where the recent snowfall info comes from (certainly not from the ski area websites), but it could be fairly accurate. As for the opening dates like "Opens in 12 days", forget it.

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    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 of a base at the beginning of June, and one could expect up to 250mm more rain in Santiago until the end of August. That said, the predictive models are all not aligned, with some saying "rainy", but the consensus is drier than usual.

    Just based on this info, I would put off committing to airfares or lodging until the last minute.

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

    Planchon Peteroa
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    Nevados de Chillan
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    I've been on the cusp of booking a trip to Valle Nevado for a few weeks now. The outlook isn't very encouraging.

    Casey - What has it been like in early September the past few years? I'm looking at the first week of the Sept.

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