Report from 11/3/22
Thursday was our last day in Tierra Del Fuego – for now.
We took advantage of a sunny day and headed back up to Godoy peak with our sights on the Godoy Central Couloir that I’ve skied twice in the past.
It’s a gorgeous chute that comes almost right off the summit and you can see it from everywhere in town and you can even see it from the plane when you’re flying in.
We walked, we skinned, then we booted up the chute.
It was a gorgeous day with views of the Beagle Channel, Chile, mountains everywhere, the town of Ushuaia, and the harbor full of boats.
Gabe, Brendan, and Jeffrey joined me.
Brenden put in the booter and it was splendid.
We marched to the top and took in a wild view.
Our only mistake was leaving the house a touch too early and the sun wasn’t in the chute when we dropped in.
That didn’t affect the snow, though.
The snow was perfect corn.
We hooted and hugged at the bottom.
Godoy’s Central Couloir is world class!
We skied the mellow gully right back to our shoes and dug into the cross-country walk back to the trail.
At the trail, Brenden found a new trail, actually a mountain bike trail he named Directissimo.
It was direct all right…
Straight down to the hotel where we pick up our taxi.
We swirled through a gorgeous Tierra Del Fuegian forest before realizing that this mountain bike trail wasn’t going to the hotel.
We went off trail over logs and bushes before we had to cross a river.
There was no choice but to get our feet to walk and trudge through the water.
On the other side at the hotel people looked at us like we were aliens with our large packs and skis.
The day was a success and a true adventure with a bit of everything all within the backdrop of a Lord of the Rings movie.
I’m writing this from the Ocean Adventurer in the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica.
Seas are pretty mellow with 10′ swells and 35-knot winds but both are increasing as I write this.
We may ski Antarctica as soon as tomorrow…