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Volcán Villarrica - variante Piedras Blancas

Volcán Villarrica

A freeride descent of the most active volcano in Southamerica

Ski Touring Severe

10 km
1.6 km
1.6 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.8 km
Volcán Villarrica - variante Piedras Blancas Map

This itinerary is recommended for advanced skiers.


The ascent is the same as the normal route, depending on snow conditions it is the fastest way up.

Descent: Be aware that snow conditions on southern volcanos can vary a lot depending on the weather. It could be very hard and exposed to descent in icy conditions or nice and chill during springtime. Also, there are objectives risk on the mountain as hidden crevasses on the top. The steepest section is most likely the beginning of the descent but least exposed. After you take left on Piedra Blanca (front picture), surf a little bit to not get lost on dead ends, and then picture your line down to the multiple exits.

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Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between June and November


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Cliffs
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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