Volcano skiingPucon, Chile
The powder runs of Chile’s Pucon Ski Resort are hot property. And not just because they combine downhill thrills with spectacular Andean views. The resort occupies a precarious position on the flanks of an active volcano. While setting up shop by a rumbling pit of molten magma may seem a little risky – the charred remains of the old ski lift can still be found – the naturally occurring half pipes and jumps make it a worthwhile endeavour.
If the slopes don’t satiate your adrenaline craving, switch your skis for crampons and hike six hours uphill to peer into the crater before strapping on your skis for what we imagine will be the quickest run of your life.
- It’s actually pretty good for beginners with some added adventure for advanced riders
- The views are fab
- If you do climb up the volcano you’ll get the chance to see a rare lava lake
- The weather can be a bit wild so the snow quality isn’t always the best
- The chairlift is often out of action
One-day ski passes cost about US$43.
The volcano is active, so the resort isn’t always open.