Guidebook

A Trio of Epic Ski Tours in Chile's Lake District

Climb and ski classic Chilean volcanoes in one of the most beautiful regions of South America

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Located just next to Lake Llanquihue - Chile's second biggest lake, at over 86 square kilometres - these 3 tours are absolute gems. 2 of the routes are on Osorno, largely considered one of, if not the, most beautiful volcanoes on the continent.

The easiest line is "Calbuco via Río Blanco", a beautiful trip up an incredible natural feature. The 2 routes on Osorno are much trickier, with both being suitable to ski only in good conditions. The weather in the region is also notoriously changeable and this is a major consideration as being stuck high on Osorno in bad visibility would be a serious situation.

If conditions and weather align, all of these routes exemplify what Chilean skiing is about about - challenging terrain and conditions, epic ambience and some of the best views on the planet!

Osorno Volcano South West Face

Osorno Volcano South West Face

5 - 6 hrs
8.9 km
1,507 m
1,418 m
42 °
One of the most scenic ascents in the Lakes Districts, best left for the spring.
Difficult
Private
Osorno via La Picada - North Face

Osorno via La Picada - North Face

6.1 km
1,845 m
8 m
42 °
A stunning ski descent of one of the most treacherous volcanoes in Chile
Severe
Private
Calbuco via Río Blanco

Calbuco via Río Blanco

1 day +
17.3 km
1,543 m
1,543 m
30 °
An overlooked volcano with a stunning view of the Estero de Reloncaví
Difficult
Private