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    If I could make it happen, I would try to schedule a ski touring trip around July 20 in a zone where you are in the path of the full solar eclipse. What ski zones are in that path Casey?
    Always thought “whatever” bout solar eclipses....... till I witnessed the 2016 NA one. Go out of your way to see it. You won’t b disappointed


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    Eclipse is the second of July though I think? And the path of totality is pretty far north of where I thought most of the good skiing was.

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    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 several observatories in the area, renowned for clear skies, good pisco and potent vibes. Highly unlikely to be able to ski tour up in the mountains, they get only 50mm of rain a year on the coast, but not impossible, maybe just a question of altitude along the road to the Aguas Negras pass, which closes for the winter. At 4,780m, the snow that falls there, stays. Penitentes territory.

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    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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    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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    https://www.facebook.com/Corralco/ph...type=3&theater

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    Game on. Good for you all.

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    a couple of my boys from Bear Valley patrol at El Colorado - ask for SeaBass and Diablo

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    Hey Casey, is there any surf board rental places up there? A couple gringos are coming south and are hoping to check out pto Montt up the coast

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    Ski Chile 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by BeardedClam View Post
    Hey Casey, is there any surf board rental places up there? A couple gringos are coming south and are hoping to check out pto Montt up the coast
    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 Cobquecura and Matanzas, nearer Santiago.
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    Chillan is boasting this
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    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. The average cloud cover for this date is

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    As a bonus, the shadow map below shows the mountains inland that will prevent the valley bottoms getting a shot at the show. Same advice as for everything, go high. We are headed for Pisco Elqui.

    See the news item here.

    http://www.diarioeldia.cl/region/ecl...-tras-427-anos
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    broke my ankle, got 146 days to make up

    will be down that way. werd.
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    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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    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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    AIARE has courses in SA

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    Looks nice at night...
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    Subscribed. Thx Casey

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    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 see)

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    Antillanca operated a "dry run" today, and loaded up this slick packed powder video:
    https://www.facebook.com/antillancac...8974928628863/

    But alas, they cannot open this weekend -

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    "Piuhua" is an easterly wind blowing in from Argentina, sometimes violently. Further north it is known as the "Puelche". This time it will affect a large swath of the lake district. So they say they can´t run the lifts.

    Too bad, today looked sweet

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    Let the pictures paint the words for today, after 6 cm in the 3 Valleys
    Portillo
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    Valle Nevado
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    Baños Morales ( courtesy Cristian Wehrhahn)
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    Sewell (from Rancagua, is a nice day tour to an abandoned old mining town)
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    Planchon Pereroa (distorted)
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    Las Leñas
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    Something might appearing on the 7 day horizon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey E View Post
    Something might appearing on the 7 day horizon...
    Crossing my fingers! I begin my journey back to Portillo today. Stoke level rising...

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    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 Villarrica is covered in snow

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    Is that the view from your home? Beautiful!

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    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 car, up to 2,600m.

    Slava pulling into the aduana of Paso Pehuenche.

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    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 highway, paved the whole way, and plowed up to the Chilean customs control at about 2,100m. This is less than a kilometer from the Laguna del Maule, in a massive caldera almost on the border of Argentina, which is itself is 23km away. As this road is not commercially important for either country, the snow just piles up from late May to October, and they wait for the end of winter to start trying to plow it out, with up to 6 meters having accumulated.

    On the road to Paso Pehuenche, Volcan Descabezado Grande (3,950m)

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    Some basaltic rock and the skeleton of Volcan Campanario (4,000m), a few km before the aduana

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    Informed by the Carabinero at the aduana that we could not ski beyond the customs buildings, we immediately opted for the valley west which angled around out of sight. What we didn´t expect around the angle was this:

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    Slava took off and the rest followed, another group was skirting our peak, but headed in the same direction (now north)

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    I caught him coming down on his second “warm up” run.

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    The first peak was just the opener onto a larger bowl further west.

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    Got this drone shot of the peak we chose

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    Then off we went
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    On the way back, we stopped at the Medano termas, and got us a good hot natural steam bath and then a bit of a lukewarm soak to be honest. Free, from a quirk of Bienes Nacionales. Cabins could be had there for $25,000 pesos, no cars across the river though.

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