Pucón, CHILE—The third annual Avalancha en el Volcán event, presented by Patagonia, is announcing a new venue for the adventure ski and snowboard race in Chile. The 2013 Avalancha now includes two events, kicking off with a stop on Lonquimay volcano on August 3-4 then on Villarrica volcano in Pucón, September 13-16.
The premise of the Avalancha en el Volcán event is simple: everyone hikes in a guided group—not timed—to the summit of an active volcano. It’s an opportunity for everyone—the guides, riders, supporters to partake in a unique experience—to climb a mountain with an international crowd of winter enthusiasts. Upon summiting, competitors in ski or snowboard categories of male, female, or masters (45 years +) descend in individually timed heats to battle for the title, the record, and general bragging rights of shredding a volcano in Chile.
Participants from the last two year’s events agree: there is nothing like standing at the top of a volcano, staring into a smoking crater, and then pointing it down the mountain. Coupled with the new element of neighboring Lonquimay volcano (2,865 m / 9,400 ft) in this two-part series, it is guaranteed to be a unique life experience. Spencer Francey, a media producer, snowboarder with eighteen South American seasons on his resume, and two-time Avalancha competitor says, “Holding a race on an active volcano was already like taking a ski event to the moon. Adding Lonquimay to the list is like racing on Mars.”
Both events offer opportunity for some of the best skiers and snowboarders around the world, as well as just passionate snow-sliders, to test their strength, stamina, and courage while racing against the clock for the win in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. (Competitors must pass through secure checkpoints on their descent). Lonquimay
Photo: Spencer Francey
The Avalancha events are quickly becoming one of the most popular events of the Southern-hemisphere winter. Avalancha Women’s 2012 Ski Champion and Freeride World Tour competitor Lorraine Huber says, “Climbing the active [volcanoes] is not to be missed and was a highlight of my trip last year!”
You’ve got awesome people, steep descents, Chile-style celebrations, and active volcanoes—what more could you need for an adventure race?
Space for the Lonquimay event is limited and lodging options are available. For more information, English inquiries or to register as a European/North American, contact Claire Smallwood via email email@example.com or phone +1 (505) 480 3338
All Freeride World Tour Qualified Athletes are granted free entry to these events. Limited space available.
Lonquimay: August 3-4, 2013
$45,000 CHP ($40,000 CHP for 2011/2012 Previous Competitors)
Villarrica: September 13-16, 2013
$40,000 CHP for 2011 Competitors
$50,000 CHP for 2012 Competitors
$60,000 CHP for New Competitors
Individual Entry to One Event Includes: (must pay separately for entrance to both events).
Transportation to/from Pucón
1 Lift Ticket (day of event, only)
Guided ascent of Volcano
Competitors are required to provide their own ski and snowboard equipment, and must be advanced or expert level riders to compete. English registration available soon.