Alrighty, time for the next adventure! This time it's Chile.
It's been 2 years in the making but I'm finally heading down to Nevados de Chillan this summer for 2 weeks. I'll be flying out of Denver on Monday and heading down to Santiago before transferring on to Concepcion, on the coast. Then it's about a 2.5 hour drive to Las Trancas where I will be staying at the Cabanas los Hualles for 2 weeks. I'm really excited to finally be heading down there, it's been a long time coming.
For those of you not following the season down in South America, then most of the really good snow has been hitting the more northern resorts closer to Santiago. Nevados de Chillan has been having a quiet season so far; they'd had a few storms early but certainly not the same amount as up north. The resort even had to push back it's opening date a couple of times due to a lack of snow. Finally by the start of July they had enough to open and the base has been getting a little deeper.
The next challenge has been the increasing volcanic activity in the area. A volcano very close to the resort has been venting and producing a lot of steam (not sure if there is ash as well). There's been so pretty intense video's circulating around the interwebs but the resort is 100% open and none of the locals seem too concerned. So, the adventure continues as planned.
The really good news is that the snow was looking pretty average but a big storm has just hit the area and in the next 6 days at least, the optimistic forecast is calling for at least a meter of new snow. The storm comes in warm but will get gradually colder. My first ski day will be on Wednesday and it should be a decent powder day, if the forecast comes through. Fingers crossed!
I'll try and blog as much as possible during the trip. Hopefully the trip goes well and we get the goods, but either way, this will be a great chance to explore a new corner of the world. Hasta luega!