Our 12-day Southern Cross tours through some of the most spectacular scenery and volcano skiing in Chile. We begin in Santiago before traveling south to Nevados de Chillan for 3 days at Chile’s powder capital. Our journey continues south into Chile’s Aruacania district, a Jurassic Park like playground for snow lovers covered in stands of monkey-puzzle trees and dotted by glacial lakes and conical volcanoes.
Our first stop is at Corralco, a remote ski center at the base of Volcan Lonquimay offering a few simple lifts and lots of touring opportunities. We finish in the adventure hub of Pucon and the slopes of Chile’s most active volcano, Villarrica, where we attempt to summit and descend from its lava-spewing peak. Along the way we sample the Chilean cuisine, Mapuche native culture, soak in hot springs, and travel through wild landscapes while skiing and snowboarding through Chile’s ring of fire.
Guests are encouraged to bring backcountry touring gear for several adventure opportunities including climbing snow covered volcano peaks. This is a great itinerary for those looking to earn some turns while visiting one of the most beautiful regions in Chile.
Arrive at Santiago International airport where your CASA guides will arrange transportation to your Santiago hotel. After dropping your bags and having breakfast your guides will show you the city and its most famous sites. Tonight we will have a welcome dinner and trip orientation at a neighborhood restaurant.
We journey south to the powder capital of Chile, Nevados de Chillan. En route we stop at the Miguel Torres winery for a 4-course lunch and wine pairing. The party continues to the ski pueblo of Las Trancas where we spend 4 nights in this forested magical valley, where huge storms are known to settle in!
For 3 full days we explore our favorite ski resort in Chile, Nevados de Chillan. The resort offers thousands of vertical feet to descend; a lunar-like landscape including 3 volcanic peaks; and continues to be a relatively ‘undiscovered’ snow paradise. Nevados features everything from long groomed slopes and the gentle Tres Marias lava tubes to adventurous steeps in the Pirigallo Valley and steaming summits of the Chillan volcanoes. Our evenings are spent celebrating our day in true Chilean style.
Located deep in the heart of Chile’s lake and volcano region, Antillanca is tucked in on the slopes of Volcan Casablanca. A truly off the beaten track ski and snowboard center, Antillanca is a retreat into the forest and offers excellent access volcanic slopes and great spring skiing. We will spend a couple of nights at the lodge at the base of Antillanca and soak in the thermal hot springs just down the road.
We continue traveling within Chile’s volcanic ring of fire. Located at the base of Volcan Lonquimay and amongst stands of ancient Dr. Seuss like monkey-puzzle trees lays Corralco. Offering wide-open volcanic slopes and plenty of touring opportunities we spend 2 days skiing/riding this off the beaten track Chilean gem. Hot springs, home cooked meals, fine red wine and a warm fire finish our days.
We say goodbye to Hans and transfer to the city of Temuco for our flight back to Santiago International airport in time for evening return flights home.
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