The Andes Explorer – Best of Ski Chile
Our 11-day Andes Explorer is the ultimate Chile ski and snowboard adventure. Whether you are coming to South America for the first time or are a seasoned CASA alumni, the Andes Explorer takes you to the best Chile has to offer including Portillo, Ski Arpa Cat Skiing, La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado and our personal favorite Nevados de Chillan.
In addition to world class skiing and snowboarding we stay at hand picked lodges enjoying warm Chilean hospitality in style while dining at a wide variety of restaurants sampling local cuisine and wines. Our professional driver navigates our group safely through the mountains and valleys allowing you to take in the spectacular landscape while enjoying those après ski beers without worry.
The Andes Explorer combines lift serviced resort skiing and snowboarding, backcountry cat-skiing and gate-accessed backcountry for prepared enthusiasts in search of legendary Andean powder and wild terrain. Let CASA’s expert guides show you their local knowledge and safely lead you to their favorite powder stashes and terrain features for a memorable Andes adventure!
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Day 1 – Santiago Arrival Day
CASA guides will arrange morning pick-ups at Santiago Int’l airport or your Santiago hotel. We will spend the day enjoying the sights and tastes of Santiago then get some rest before starting our Andes adventures. Our hotel is in the Las Condes neighborhood, referred to as “Sanhattan”, with numerous great eateries where we have our welcome dinner.
Days 2-4 – Ski/Ride Valle Nevado/La Parva/ El Colorado
Surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado offer expansive terrain options from in bounds cruisers and open bowls to some of Chile’s premier lift-accessed backcountry, including private shuttles on Santa Teresa. We spend 2 nights in our cozy Andean lodge in the village of Farellones. After skiing on day 4 we head back to Santiago and an evening enjoying the vibrant Chilean capital city and our favorite local restaurants and nightlife.
Day 5 – Travel To Nevados de Chillan
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!
Days 6-8 Ski/Ride Nevados de Chillan
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 Pirigallo Valley and steaming summits of the Chillan volcanoes. Our evenings are spent celebrating our day in true Chilean style.
Day 9 – Travel to Los Andes
After stopping at the bustling meat, produce and artisan market in Chillan for a typical Chilean lunch we head north to Los Andes and 2 nights at our vineyard hacienda in the Aconcagua Valley.
Day 10 – Cat Skiing at Ski Arpa
Considered one of the wildest ski destinations on the planet, Valle El Arpa, is an experience not to be missed by snow adventurers. With over 5000 acres of terrain, 3000 vertical feet to descend, spectacular views of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas while skiing with an intimate group make Arpa one of the most memorable visits on your South American tour. A true outback Andes adventure.
Day 11 – Ski / Ride Portillo
The legendary Portillo offers steep slopes, long groomers and some of Chile’s premier lift-accessed backcountry. Situated around the spectacular Lago de Inca, Portillo is one of the most scenic ski resorts on the planet. Get a taste of this classic Andes ski destination without spending your entire vacation here. Guests will be transported to Santiago International Airport by 6pm or driven to their Santiago hotel for a final night in the big city.
PLEASE SCHEDULE DEPARTING FLIGHTS AFTER 7PM
- Ability Levels:
- Cost: $4595 (double occupancy**)
- Number of Days: 11
- Resorts Visited: Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado, Portillo, Nevados de Chillan, Ski Arpa
- Types of skiing / Riding: Lift access on-piste, lift access off-piste, lift access backcountry touring, cat skiing.
- Number of Guests: 10 maximum
- Number of Guides: 2 (1:4 guide ratio)
- Cheep Flights at Kayak.com
- ** Private single upgrade $995
- 2 Nights Farellones
- 2 Nights Santiago
- 4 Nights Las Trancas
- 2 Nights Los Andes
- All Breakfasts & Dinners
- 1:4 Guide to Guest Ratio
- All Lift Passes On Tour
- 1 Day of Cat Skiing at Ski Arpa
- All Ground Transportation on Tour
- Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
- Use of 2-way radio
- Wed. July 25, 2018 – Sat. Aug. 4, 2018