Ski descent

One of the secret skiing spots of the driest desert on earth (Northern Atacama Desert) - Cerro Toco northeast side. Far away to the left one can see the snow fiels of Llullaillaco.


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climbxclimb

climbxclimb - Jun 28, 2006 9:48 pm - Voted 10/10

Very nice!

It looks like you are on the moon!

Ski Mountaineer

Ski Mountaineer - Jun 28, 2006 9:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very nice!

Thanks!
I skied in many weird places, but this was among the more exotic ones for me!

Cheers,
T.A.


tphubbard

tphubbard - Sep 3, 2006 11:47 am - Voted 10/10

Bizzare

Was it icy? How long was the run?

Ski Mountaineer

Ski Mountaineer - Sep 4, 2006 2:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Bizzare

Hi!

It was that typical hard pressed dry snow found in the Atacama and Dry Andes. The run itself is short, perhaps 200m vertical. But for the fun of it is OK. I descended with bike first, then hiked up again to ski down - to get something out of the day (:

It was a very dry year, and the only option in the area (except for a 300 m couloir near El Tatio). Quite a few peaks up there are skiable in snowy years (El Nino).

Cheers!
Peter

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