Well this is new.

Skiers in Chile got some amazing photos earlier this week when the Chillán volcano erupted in a massive cloud of ash. It’s kind of surreal — the juxtaposition of searing-hot debris and pristine white snow. At the very least, it’s a reminder that some ski slopes are not simply mountains.

This volcano has been increasingly active since July, Volcano Discovery reports. The eruption lasted only a few minutes but it was the strongest from the volcano since May. Beginning about 5:10 p.m. local time, “the volcano erupted a dense plume of ash from the crater that rose [to 11,500 feet] altitude and quickly dispersed,” Volcano Discovery wrote.

Skiing on a volcano presents a few more risks than your average pow-chasing vacation, but it does have some perks: The Nevados de Chillán resort boasts natural outdoor thermal pools.


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