These three, Mark Abma, Chris Rubens, and Eric Hjorleifson, had an idea – to climb and ski the lines on the inside of the crater on Puyehue Volcano in Patagonia, Chile. You might enjoy the environmental aspect of this adventure – no helicopters, you hike up, ski down, hike up, ski down, and so it goes on as long as the weather holds out …. enjoy the Salomon Freeski video:
Mark Abma, Chris Rubens, and Eric Hjorleifson free-ski on Puyehue Volcano
The following year, 2010, guides took another bunch into the arena – this time North Face snowboarders:
North Face athletes shred the volcano on snowboards
You too can do this. Volcano Puyehue stands at 2,236 m (7,336 ft) and its cone hosts a 2.4 km (1 mile) wide crater. The view from the top is spectacular. You can see other volcanoes in Argentina and Chile along the same fault line as Puyehue: Lanin, Osorno, Puntiagudo, and Tronador. For skiers, this means 360 degrees of options with the aspects. There are real quality spines and so many steeps – you just have to catch the right weather! Patagonia mountain guides from AndesCross can take you to this fabulous spot… which is way off the beaten track. They recommend a 5-day excursion because of the volatile weather – longer can be arranged.
This is not for beginners. However, if you’re an intermediate skier you will find lines suitable for your level, but advanced and expert skiers will really be able to shred it! The number of lines you can ski is dependent on your skill level and endurance. After a long day on the volcano you ski back to the hut for the night. Then back up again on the morrow…
You have to admit that this would be a truly unique experience …
The season for crater skiing is August – October.
We end with a short video from AndesCross of the North Face experience:
feature photo courtesy of AndesCross