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Skiing Active Volcanoes in Chile

5d3ce158f902b3f52d56e58ac0fb458cb9f66cec7 PhotosThe Southern Cross via Casa Tours
The volcano scene in Chile: hot.

Really, any number of volcanoes could blow at any minute.

But don’t worry about that. Worry about skiing volcanoes.

And if they blow, hey, that’s a pretty good way to go...

Presenting The Southern Cross via Casa Tours, a 12-day ski sojourn into Chile’s flaming volcanic womb, taking reservations now for September.

Don’t be put off by all the ash debris spewing into the air, or the fiery glow you’re seeing at night. These volcanoes are to be taken lightly. After a history of eruptions, you’re left with a magma-cut ski world that can only be described as, well, Seussical—a natural terrain park shaped by lunar-like craters, lava-tube halfpipes and prehistoric monkey puzzle forests (your off-piste terrain).

You’ll start from a wine vineyard outside of Santiago. Toast to bravery before Nevados de Chillán, where you’ll ride a trio of volcanic peaks for the first couple days, making merriment out of its banked walls and smooth rock chutes.

Your final—and by far most dangerous—test: Volcán Villarrica, the Chilean volcano voted “most likely to blow” by the international geological community... (and unofficially labeled “sexiest hot springs” by the après community). Hint: when you reach its lip, you might realize it’s the only volcano of the bunch with an active lava lake in its chamber.

Thankfully, you brought sturdy fondue sticks.

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