This volcanic summit with freeride skiing and snowboarding to naturally heated tubs is guaranteed to be an experience that you will cherish forever. The day begins as we drive into the mountains while eating delicious breakfast burritos accompanied by coffee and natural juices en route to Parque Paso Nevado where unimpeded sunrise sights of the volcanos Tolhuaca and Lonquimay await. Pleasure is paramount and our pace throughout the day favors giving adequate time to connect with nature. Before setting out on the skin track a revision of beacons, probes, and shovels followed by a quick safety meeting related to travel procedures and current conditions will be conducted.
We begin in an enchanted forest of Coihue and Lenga trees that transition to ancient Araucaria trees with volcanos on the horizons. Upon exiting the trees into the open alpine a paradise for ski touring surrounds us as we stroll up the wide and gentle ridge with our objective the summit of the Sierra Nevada in sight. It is here that condors can be seen soaring overhead and the impressive peaks of the volcano Llaima come into frame to the South. The pitch increases gradually until it is necessary to don crampons or boot pack for a short distance during a non-technical ascent to the broad pinnacle.
Remarkable views of the Sierra Nevada’s East Glacier are contrasted by the dramatic drop towards Cañon del Blanco to the West and the lake of Conguillio National Park to the South. A re-energizing lunch satisfies your hunger while you enjoy the panorama of 8 volcanic summits and the impressive Andes landscape. The excitement peaks when you see the line to be ridden into the valley, most of which is hidden from sight by the complex terrain. With your happiness entrusted in your certified guide relish the thrilling 4700 vertical feet from the summit all the way into Cañon del Blanco through a dreamscape labyrinth to the naturally heated tubs below. Drop your gear and slip into the relaxation of thermal water where a delicious happy hour charcuterie board and local refreshing beverages await. Book now to enjoy this classic APEX route that embodies the Andean ski and snowboard experience!