Lonquimay Volcano based in Southern Chile’s Malalcahuello District, is one of the best ski destination for backcountry skiers who fancy skiing in one of the world’s most unique landscapes . The southern face of the beautiful Lonquimay Volcano is surrounded by old growth forest and pre historic Araucaria trees, often recognized as the “Monkey Puzzle” tree. The rewarding randonee climb takes approximately 3-4 hours from the Lonquimay ski center also know Corralco base, and offers views that may rival those from Villarrica Volcano further south. From the large summit of Volcano Lonquimay, travelers can see 7 nearby volcanoes, and an epic view into neighboring Argentina.
Lonquimay Volcano boasts endless open terrain. The Northeast face of the volcano ski offers constant skiing and snowboarding with a 35-45 degree , on classic snow covered volcanic terrain that can be skied well into November, Chile’s spring time. Many of the areas described involve riding in uncontrolled avalanche terrain. No need to worry about the risk, as our skiing specialists will assist travelers before the trip on packing the right equipments to enjoy all the days .
LONQUIMAY SUMMIT DAY • 9,400' | 2,865M
After breakfast we drive to the base of Volcan Lonquimay and begin our ascent. In our daypacks we carry our standard ski mountaineering kit including ice axe, boot crampons, and ski crampons — prepared for all types of snow conditions. With soft snow conditions, it is possible to skin to the top of Lonquimay. With the more typical spring melt-freeze conditions we’ll encounter, crampons and an ice axe become the best tools for the job - especially the last 1,000’ where the angle ramps up to sustained “black diamond” terrain. Climbing Lonquimay typically takes 5-6 hours. The 4,500’ ski descent from the summit goes much faster.