Girls – Natalia Corail

We had the pleasure of meeting Natalia Corail two summers back, during our visit to Chile. Since 2012, Nati works at Isoterma Cero, a backcountry company founded along with his partner Nacho Donoso, located in Malalcahuello. On top of guiding, thanks to their experience they are carrying out an important task on the subject of education on the mountain by giving out avalanche safety courses.

I am passionate about splitboarding, powder, mountains and nature. I started as a snowboard instructor at El Colorado ski resort, in Santiago-Chile, and in Squaw Valley, California-USA. First I thought it was all about snowboarding at the ski resort, but somehow I ran into the most awesome invention in the 20th century: the splitboard. It changed my life and the way I see things; mountains seemed even closer and nature touched my heart. Splitboarding on the mountains is how I met my husband Nacho. It’s amazing how we share the same passion. During winter, I splitboard about 60 days in the South American backcountry, and eventually I travel to the northern hemisphere (Canada-USA), this is pure passion! After we met, we moved to a small mountain village called Malalcahuello, in southern Chile. It is surrounded by volcanoes: Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, Sierra Nevada and Llaima. Malalcahuello is where we can live the life we always dreamed of, dedicating our time to splitboarding and ski touring during the winter, and to exploring new places during the summer, so… dreams do come true!

“I ran into the most awesome invention in the 20th century: the splitboard. It changed my life and the way I see things; mountains seemed even closer and nature touched my heart.”

In this corner of the world, I can free my mind, create, discover and be amazed by nature. With time, I got more and more into mountains, so I started getting involved in avalanche education in order to understand and live the mountains with more awareness. I currently work as a splitboard/ski touring guide in our own company Isoterma Cero, based in northern Patagonia, Chile, the company I founded with my husband. This project gave us the chance to start teaching and sharing the mountains we love. Isoterma Cero will guide you into the heart of the volcanic Andes region. Active volcanoes, thousand years old araucaria trees, a welcoming culture and an amazing wild nature. For further information, please go to isotermacero.cl.

Every day, during my time off I cook fresh bread, I hang out with our 3 dogs around the forest, right out our front door, and I practice yoga to stay healthy and focused. Nacho and I live the dream of the mountain life. Outdoor education is an important part of my life. I have been working on avalanche safety education for 3 years now and there are more to come. Chile is just getting into backcountry skiing/splitboarding culture and there is a lot to be done. We have been bringing avalanche education to Chile since 2012 and it has been something really cool. Hosting these education programs is part of our project of contributing to the development of mountain culture in a mountain country.

Sierra Nevada. Pic by: Ignacio Donoso
Volcan Lonquimay close to Natalia’s house. Pic by: Rodrigo Matus
Shredding in Volcan Lanin. Pic by Julian Carielo

“Splitboarding means everything to me. I wake up, get up, set up my gear and there I go again, living my life the way I want; mountains are my home, the place where I feel comfortable, free and where I can develop myself as I really am.”

Splitboarding means everything to me. I wake up, get up, set up my gear and there I go again, living my life the way I want; mountains are my home, the place where I feel comfortable, free and where I can develop myself as I really am.

These days, I have several projects as a splitboarder: to continue guiding for my company, Isoterma Cero, getting more involved in avalanche safety education, and planning a new trip to Europe or Japan to explore different mountains, cultures and snowpacks. I want to keep traveling around the world to splitboard. Europe and Japan are some of the places I have always wanted to go. I want to go to the mountains and get to know another perspective of splitboarding. I know there are many people who share this same passion.