First day of splitboard touring in the Andes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Last week we finally got the snow boards on and had a good day tour in the high Andes. We started at Los Penitentes and then head upto about 4000m. Starting at 2600m and with no aclimatisation it was hard work. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe snow was reminiscent of Scotland but the view of peaks upto the 7000m Aconcagua were not bad. The snow was actually better than it looked the cool temperatures preserving powder in parts and the grip was surprisingly good for what was quite a step skin track.

Below is the resort base, not much snow for mid winter.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe saw no one past the ski resort boundary and ski patrol were super friendly pointing out couloirs we could do.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
After riding we headed to the border with Chile there was just a small queue of traffic, maybe 35km long! Luckily our driver overtook them all which was nice but a bit sketchy in the tunnels…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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