On July 26th and 28th, 1956, the South American Ski Championships were held on the slopes of the Nevado del Ruiz (about 5,300m; 17,390ft) near the picturesque coffee center of Manizales. The Slalom and GS series was part of the annual Feria de Manizales and served as an inauguration for the new T-Bar. The championship was eventually won by the Argentine, Luis de Ridder, after a strong challenge by the press favorite, Mario Vera, 17, of Chile.



Well I thought this was very interesting. I have done a fair bit of climbing and ski mountaineering . Has anyone climbed or skiied in Colombia, specificaly the Nevado del Ruiz region. My "significant other' said Manizales is in the "red zone". Is this a big issue. Can one keep a low profile going into this area with a heap of climbing equipment and/or skis. Has anyone else done this.

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Sking in Colombia Avid skier here waiting on more information! I lived in Vail for 16 years and now go to Colombia more than Colorado. I know that Chile hosted some World Cup events in the late 80's/early 90's; maybe in Las Llenas. Digame! ( y gracias )

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the link http://www.southamericaskiguide.com/NorthAndes/north.htm

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Not enough... to even make the effort. I have heard of people who have TALKED about skiing Nevado del Ruiz about 50 km out of Manizales BUT I have never met anyone who actuially did this. I also doubt this area would be that safe.

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Some really high altitude I don't think the snowline even starts much below 13,000 feet here in Colombia so it's hard to imagine any sort of regular commercial skiing going on. As for some serious "adventure" skiing, it'd be a novelty at least. I don't think your danger would be while you were up in the snowline (because what guerillas and paras are hanging out up there?) but, rather, getting to those remote places.

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When I went to Nevado de Ruiz about six months ago they weren't letting people go very far on the mountain because of volcanic activity.

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