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 1   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: Today at 11:01:50 AM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by kamtron
Got to spend the trip of a lifetime there in August perhaps 15 years ago.  I hear it's busier now but I'll never forget leaving the tiny ski area above the araucania trees and seeing no one for days.  Walking on ridges feeling what it's like to walk on this skinny land so high up in the sky with the angry southern reaches of the world's largest oceans hurling weather at each other over you reminds you how small we are.  Thinking "I'm from the ring of fire badass PNW" and looking around and losing count - maybe 25 volcanic cones visible from where you stand.  And deciding "let's ski here" and skiing long, high-speed, effortless arcs down, down, down, where the mind wanders because it's so mesmerizing and so free of resistance and sustained, meeting finally at the bottom and everyone being only able to eventually come up with the words, "so...sparkle-y."
Is the tiny "base area" yurt still there?  We'll never forget the locals running the snack yurt being so friendly despite the language barrier, letting us know they enjoyed watching us skin up and ski where no one ever went (amazing terrain, even what was in view of the yurt, apparently never got skied then).  The third morning we walked in, when they saw us, on cue, they hit play on their Bon Jovi CD.  Cracked these American dirtbag touristas up.  Viva Corralco!  Viva Volcan Lonquimay!

That sounds incredible! I assume you mean at Corralco? There's a real lodge at the base now and some kind of hut thing, not a yurt, that seem to use for ski school. There is also a super fancy ($200 per night) hotel at the treeline. I also think that the uppermost lift is pretty new. It gets you within 1400' of the summit, which is a really quick boot with the trail in. Still, I found the ski area to be super fun. You can get a single ride for 10000 pesos (about $14), and they just gave us half-off on the powder day we bought full tickets.

If you head back, go check out the Los Arenales area run by the Mapuches-Pehuenches from Lonquimay. The lifts no longer function, so it's ski-touring paradise. Their food is very good.
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 2   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: Today at 09:43:50 AM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by Chamois
Thanks for improving our otherwise gloomy day!   Been down there climbing for a couple months at a time and now have a friend living in Chile.  A winter visit looks pretty cool - nice photos!
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 3   Hot Air / Personal Yardsale: gear FS or WTB, deals seen / Re: Dynafit Vulcan Boots | 27.5 | $250  on: Today at 08:47:36 AM 
Started by clane | Last post by clane
Still for sale. Top of the line boot. New footbeds!

 4   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: Today at 01:01:15 AM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by aaasen
Looks like way too much fun for October! You should be sulking in the rainy darkness.
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 5   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: Yesterday at 11:03:46 PM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by peteyboy
Got to spend the trip of a lifetime there in August perhaps 15 years ago.  I hear it's busier now but I'll never forget leaving the tiny ski area above the araucania trees and seeing no one for days.  Walking on ridges feeling what it's like to walk on this skinny land so high up in the sky with the angry southern reaches of the world's largest oceans hurling weather at each other over you reminds you how small we are.  Thinking "I'm from the ring of fire badass PNW" and looking around and losing count - maybe 25 volcanic cones visible from where you stand.  And deciding "let's ski here" and skiing long, high-speed, effortless arcs down, down, down, where the mind wanders because it's so mesmerizing and so free of resistance and sustained, meeting finally at the bottom and everyone being only able to eventually come up with the words, "so...sparkle-y."
Is the tiny "base area" yurt still there?  We'll never forget the locals running the snack yurt being so friendly despite the language barrier, letting us know they enjoyed watching us skin up and ski where no one ever went (amazing terrain, even what was in view of the yurt, apparently never got skied then).  The third morning we walked in, when they saw us, on cue, they hit play on their Bon Jovi CD.  Cracked these American dirtbag touristas up.  Viva Corralco!  Viva Volcan Lonquimay!
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 6   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: Yesterday at 08:04:34 AM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by Snowboy
Chile looks amazing! This site is a gem and in much need of an upgrade to revitalize the community here. We wait patiently till then Smiley
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 7   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: 10/15/19, 10:13 PM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by MtnPavlas
Looks like an awesome trip - Chile is on my bucket list now, for sure : )

Guys, don't lose faith in TAY - I'm feverishly building an upgraded experience for y'all, and hope you'll keep posting once that's up and running. Almost there.
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 8   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: 10/15/19, 07:26 PM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by mikerolfs
WOW! I want to go to Chile now!

I hate to see you posting on a different site instead of TAY, but I agree that the format on CC is pretty nice.
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 9   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / October 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Oct. 1-10: Araucanía, Bio-Bio, Ñuble (Chile)  on: 10/15/19, 05:01 PM 
Started by kamtron | Last post by kamtron
Joe and I passed an awesome last two weeks skiing volcanoes in Chile. What perfect pre-season timing for Washington.

I've become enamored with the ease and interface of the Cascade Climbers forum, so I'll just link to the full report & photos there:

https://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/topic/103130-tr-araucan%C3%ADa-bio-bio-%C3%B1uble-chile-lonquimay-llaima-antuco-nevados-de-chill%C3%A1n-et-al-10012019/

If this piques your interest, and you aren't ready to plan a trip like this yourself, consider hiring Joe from Pro Guiding Service to take you down next year!
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 10   Hot Air / Personal Yardsale: gear FS or WTB, deals seen / Re: OR Down Jacket - used - $75  on: 10/14/19, 07:54 PM 
Started by akvanzandt | Last post by akvanzandt
I suppose the size would help...it is an XL

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