Nothing would make you feel like you’re in an action movie quite like a massive volcanic explosion happening right behind you, as you ski for your life down the slopes. Now, imagine taking the chairlift back to the top, and doing it all over again. And again. And again. That’s exactly what intrepid skiers have been doing in Chile over the past few weeks.
Nevados de Chillán, Chile’s popular ski resort, is located right up against the Chillán Volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanoes. The volcanic explosion in early July has triggered earthquakes and other seismic activity in the area, turning people’s ski vacation into a slightly more harrowing, adrenaline-pumping ordeal. But they don’t seem to mind.
According to Chile’s Service Nacional de Geología and Minería, who have been tracking the volcanic activity, the recent seismic events are associated with the growth of the Gil-Cruz lava dome.
While the eruption has certainly produced some striking photographs and dramatic clouds of smoke, it doesn’t appear to be directly endangering skiers. And from what we can see, they simply don’t seem to care.