Starting this July 2016, the Villarrica Volcano will be open again to perform ski and winter activities.
The Villarrica volcano (2.847mt / 9343 ft) or RukaPillan (house of spirits) in Mapudungun (the ancestral language of the mapuche people) is one of the most active volcanoes in Chile. This volcano has had 82 historical eruptions so far. The last large eruption occurred in March of 2015. It is the westernmost of three large stratovolcanoes that trend perpendicular to the Andean chain along the Gastre Fault. RukaPillan, along with Quetrupillan and the Chilean portion of Laninare protected within the Villarrica National Park.
Since the last eruption in March of 2015,the ski center has been closed. The national park was re-opened in October, 2015 and the activities related to the volcano, such as climbing and hiking started to occur. Local authorities have been working on the ski center and they have announced its re-opening in July of 2016. The center has nine ski lifts (5 draglifts and 3 chairlifts) and 20 runs to choose from. The views from the slopes overlooking the surrounding volcanoes and the Lake Villarricaare incredible. There is a cafeteria at the base of the ski center with a great terrace to enjoy the view and relax.
Imagine being able to reach the active Villarrica crater after six hours of hiking and then ski off-piste all the way down. You will be able to experience amazing views, handling slopes and narrow paths, controlling your speed and descending in fresh fallen snow and perfect weather conditions. Imagine how liberating it would be to move around the mountain knowing you can cope with anything that comes your way. For this and more ski experiences on the Villarrica volcano, the 2016 ski season will be open from July, 2016 untill October, 2016. Check out our website in order to get more information about our ski tours. We have specialized tours for beginners and experts skiers and snowboarders.
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