The High Andes Adventure – Ski in Chile
The 7-day High Andes Adventure visits the highest ski resorts in the Andes and features 2 days of cat skiing at Valle El Arpa. Situated in the shadow of Aconcagua, the tallest peak outside the Himalayas, these ski and snowboard centers will bring out the big mountain rider in you!
The High Andes Adventure allows skiers and riders the opportunity to conveniently explore 5 resorts including Portillo, Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and Arpa in 7 days. This trip is geared for more advanced and expert skiers and riders and provides the opportunity to hit some of South America’s most classic descents. Not feeling like going large, that is fine, the resorts we visit offer thousands of acres of inbounds terrain to play in. We spend 3 nights in the Aconcagua Valley, home to some of Chile’s finest wineries and vineyards, 1 night in Santiago, and 2 nights in Tres Valles.
Join us this summer for a high adventure in the Andes!
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Day 1 – Arrival Day – Travel to Aconcagua Valley
CASA guides will arrange morning pick ups for guests at Santiago International Airport or your Santiago hotel. After a brief city walking tour and lunch at the bustling fish market, we head to the Aconcagua Valley and Los Andes our home for the next 3 nights
Day 2 – Ski/Ride Portillo
Today we wind our way up the Rio Blanco Canyon to the border of Chile and Argentina and Portillo. One of the oldest and most recognized ski resorts in South America, Portillo’s legendary Lago de Inca is situated in a big mountain cirque surrounded by massive cliff walls leaving one in awe! Skiers and Riders can experience the Roca Jack, one of the most unique lifts in the world, and access to some of the steepest lift served terrain in the Andes. Portillo is the training grounds and melting pot for many of the world’s greatest ski racers and the birthplace of the Skier’s World Cup.
Days 3-4 – Cat-Skiing at Ski Arpa
Considered one of the wildest ski resorts on the planet, Valle El Arpa, is an experience not to be missed by snow adventurers. Climbing out of the Aconcagua Valley past stands of Saguro cacti, the road to Arpa is a 4×4 adventure in itself. In 2011 Arpa earned a spot on the Freeskiing World Tour!
Ski legend “Toni” Sponar spotted this remote valley in search of new ski areas in the Andes. With over 5000 acres of terrain, 3000 vertical feet to descend, the most spectacular views of Aconcagua from any resort in the Andes, and skiing with an intimate group make Arpa one of the most memorable destinations to visit on your South American tour. On day 4 the group descends on Santiago and its wonderful restaurants and nightlife.
Days 5-7 Ski/Ride Tres Valles (Valle Nevado, La Parva, Colorado)
We leave Santiago and switchback our way up to the mountain village of Farellones and the Tres Valles ski complexes of La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado Depending on conditions guides will choose which area to ski that day. Surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Tres Valles offers vast terrain options from in bounds cruisers and open bowls to some of Chile’s premier lift-accessed backcountry, including private shuttles on Santa Teresa. After skiing on day 7 we return to Santiago in time for guests to catch evening flights home. PLEASE SCHEDULE EVENING DEPARTURES AFTER 7 PM. GRACIAS! NOS VEMOS!!
- Ability Levels:
- Cost: $3995 (double occupancy**)
- Number of Days: 7
- Resorts Visited: Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado, Portillo, El Arpa
- Types of skiing / Riding:Cat Skiing, Lift access on-piste, lift access off-piste, lift access backcountry touring.
- Number of Guests: 8 maximum
- Number of Guides: 2 (1:4 guide ratio)
- Cheep Flights at Kayak.com
- ** Private single upgrade $795
- 3 Nights Los Andes
- 2 Nights Farellones
- 1 Night Santiago
- 2 Days cat-skiing***
- Wine Tasting at San Esteban Winery
- All Breakfasts & Dinners
- 1:4 Guide to Guest Ratio
- All Lift Passes On Tour
- 2 Days of Cat Skiing
- All Ground Transportation on Tour
- Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
- Use of 2-way radio
- Mon. Aug. 7, 2017 – Sun. Aug. 13, 2017