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The Lonquimay Volcano is nestled in the La Araucanía region of Chile and has been dormant for 25 years. Led by the Isoterma Cero guide service skier, Tom Winter, takes his first turns down the face after waiting out a day and a half long storm.
The Isoterma Cero guides have been scouting the terrain around the Volcano for the last few years, with ambitions of expanding their operation to include most immersive backcountry skiing experience in the southern Andes. Here, ski guides, Cero Oliver and Ignacio, enjoy the ride down.
The landscape and terrain surrounding the Lonquimay Volcano make for an endless winter playground. While conditions can be variable, there are always great zones to be found throughout the season. Oliver Sphan finds a fresh patch atop a cornice line.
Isoterma Cero guide Oliver Spahn grew up near the volcanic basecamp and is no stranger to the surrounding terrain.
Ignacio Donoso is the owner and head guide for Isoterma Cero and is not only a talented skier, but popular among the locals who affectionately call him, “Nacho”.
Basecamp was surrounded by Araucarias. These trees can live for thousands of years, and make for a magical spot to go ski touring.
The Isoterma Cero crew is focused on providing great service both on and off the snow and are pioneers in providing this type of experience in South America.
It might not be the most technical terrain, but there’s sure a lot of good spots to discover in this part of the Andes,
Touring alongside thousand-year-old trees with active volcanos in the background is just your regular backcountry skiing day in Southern Chile.
The views will make up for any type of snow condition you get.
The entire Isoterma Cero crew: Ignacio “Nacho” Donoso, Santiago “Chago” Urrutia, and Oliver Spahn.
As bad weather clears up, Nacho gets his gear ready for some ski touring.
The Isoterma Cero Backcountry Sking Camp is a once in a lifetime experience.
Ready to start touring up the Lonquimay Volcano
Nacho patiently waits as all the crew complete their lines
Santiago ‘Chago’ Urrutia is a dedicated Isoterma Cero guide that spends half of his year ski touring, and the rest in the south pole working for an antarctic operation.
Tom Winter stoked after a good day of fun ski touring, Lonquimay’s playground.