Los Penitentes Primed For 3* FWQ Event
The Andes have been getting pounded and conditions are fantastic. That’s great news for event organizers at Penitentes as they put the final touches on this year’s Los Penitentes Tolosa 3* competition. And, with more snow on the way, it’s expected that this year’s competition will be a highlight of the Andean season.
The Penitentes event debuted in 2015 with the hosting of a 2* FWQ event, a competition that introduced the phenomenal terrain at Los Penitentes to the global FWQ athlete family and showcased the unique hospitality and passion of the event organizers and Los Penitentes family to the world as well.
This year’s 3* FWQ competition, scheduled for August 19-21 (21 being a weather day), is expected to attract a global field of competitors, including athletes from Argentina, Chile, the United States, Canada, Brazil and Europe.
Remote, wild and with an impressive event venue, Los Penitentes is quickly becoming renowned among savvy skiers and riders due to the mellow vibe of the ski area and the world-class hike-to terrain adjacent and above the lifts. It’s an unknown gem that won’t remain a secret for long as more riders from around the globe take the annual pilgrimage to this high mountain powder oasis each season.
This year’s event will be held on the 4th Avenida venue, boasting a vertical drop of 402 meters (1300 feet), the slope is 810 meters long with a maximum steepness of 42 degrees. With a variety of lines to choose from, it’s an ideal face for participants to explore their creativity in harmony with the mountain. Easy spectator access compliments the festive vibe that will be experience here as friends and fellow competitors cheer each other on.
Due to the compressed timing of the confirmation of the event and the scheduled time for the competition, inscriptions are open on first-come, first-served basis. With a maximum athlete field of 80, it’s expected that there will be the opportunity for all athletes who wish to compete to do so. However, should this event sell out, there will be a limited number of spaces for pre-qualified 4 and 3* FWQ athlete who will be allocated entry based upon their current point standings. Entry fees are $100/athlete and include lift tickets. A single event or seasonal FWQ athlete license is required to compete at this event and no athletes will be allowed to participate without a license.
For 2016, competitors should expect several improvements and changes in the operational and organizational structure of this event, says Fede Bortoni, organizer and event director. “We have been working very closely with our partners at the FWQ to enhance this year’s competition,” says Bortoni. “It’s been a big challenge to put together everything, but we’re confident that athletes will experience something special this year, and we are really looking forward to hosting everyone this August.”
“I am really happy for Fede and his parters Kevin Castillo and José Quiroga,” says Tom Winter, Freeride World Tour Americas Manager. “These guys have worked really hard together with Gonzalo Valdermoros of Los Penitentes, and they’ve really overcome a lot of challenges and it’s great to see a FWQ event return to the ski area again this year. I am very confident that this season will be the foundation for many great years ahead. It’s very exciting and I look forward to being there and watching all the action.”
For athletes traveling to Los Penitentes, we have a few suggestions:
- Penitentes is remote. There is no WIFI and cell service is limited.
- The closest ATM is in Uspallata, a 35-minute drive down the valley toward Mendoza (direction Mendoza)
- There is also reliable WIFI in Uspallata.
- Most businesses in Penitentes take cash only. Do not expect to be able to use a credit card for purchases.
- There is no real market or grocery store in Penitentes, If you need supplies you will - have to get them in Los Andes, Chile or in Uspallata, Argentina.
- If driving from Chile into Argentina, the border is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The road goes through a high-alpine environment and can close without notice due to storms or other issues.
- If you have a Chilean vehicle, you will need to obtain special insurance and other documentation of ownership to travel into Argentina (this includes rental cars).
Los Penitentes is located on Argentine highway 7, at km 161 in the direction of Chile from Mendoza, If you are coming from Santiago, travel via Chile highway 60 in the direction of Portillo and then through the border crossing into Argentina.
To register for this event, go here:
(You need to create a profile and buy a 2017 license if you haven't done so already).
For more information, breaking news and updates about this event, please refer to the following web pages:
For more information on Los Penitentes, please visit: