Return to Invernada

In September 2012, Backcountry Managing Editor Tyler Cohen, photographer Fred Marmsater and I ventured into a little-known part of the Andes for a week of exploring and skiing. Tyler wrote about it in the February 2013 issue of Backcountry. With perfect weather and good spring snow, the exploratory trip couldn’t have gone better. I spent the next 11 months dreaming about returning.

My next challenge would be to guide a client into the area. Prior to the trip, I stashed to loads of gear on a bench in a high bowl to build a base camp. There was more snow than the previous year, but the weather was spring-like. I hope for another storm.

A week before the guided trip, a storm didn’t seem like a reality—but the corn skiing would be phenomenal. Then, on the morning when Cayo and I were set to depart, the forecast suddenly changed, calling for two of the biggest storms of the season during our Invernada week.


Donny Roth is a ski guide and professional skier, and he writes about his adventures at Learn more about skiing with him in Chile at


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