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The historic ski slopes of Peru on the Pastoruri Ski Field above the town of Huaraz about eight hours north of capital Lima saw their first competitive action for some years when the World Snowboarding Federation (WSF) rolled in to town to stage the second stop of their innovative South American Tour.
35 Peruvian and international riders came to the Pastoruri Mountain Resort, reopened by the Peruvian authorities for the event, which makes history as the first Peruvian Slopestyle Contest.
More than 35 boarders took part in the “Festival del Andinismo” – many from Peru itself but first placed Woman was Germany’s Viki Keni with Peru’s Dennise De la Torre runner up and Patricia Meuli in third place.
In the men’s contest Daniel Mejia, Isaias Mendoza and Alejandro Gordillo, all from Peru, took the top three spots.
The highest giant slalom in the world took place during the event made with the starting line at 4800 meters and finish line at 3800m.
There has been skiing at Pastoruri, the Westernmost spur of the Andes, for many decades and an annual contest staged most years through much of the twentieth century attracted competitors from all over the world, however it was usually won by Peruvians, in part because they could cope with the altitude at one of the highest ski slopes in the world.
There are no permanent ski lifts, but a temporary tow is sometimes used for events, and the ski slope is several hours trek from Huaraz.
The small glacier and snowfield that lies upon it are reported to be melting away rapidly due to climate change.
Media, tourists and athletes climbing down the Pastoruri Glacier after the ski and snowboard exhibition, part of Semana del Andinismo.