Condor Classic – Ski Chile in The Andes
Going into our 15th year of running snow tours in South America, we are proud to offer The Condor Classic, new for 2013!!
Amigos, this one has it all…from Cat skiing in remote Valle el Arpa to the classic steeps of Portillo to the volcanoes of Chillan, this is truly the best snow tour Chile has to offer.
We’ll travel from the shadow of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, to central Chile’s volcanoes, skiing and snowboarding in some of the most beautiful landscapes in South America. Along the way we will taste fine wines at Miguel Torres Winery, dine in some of Santiago’s coolest, “clandestino” restaurants, and wrap it all up with an amazing, home cooked, traditional asado bbq!
The Condor Classic mixes lift serviced resort skiing and snowboarding with cat-skiing and hike to gate-accessed backcountry for prepared enthusiasts in search of legendary Andean powder and wild terrain. All participants should be comfortable in varied snow and weather conditions while searching for the best snow and terrain as conditions permit.
This tour is an excellent sample of Chile’s best terrain and is our featured itinerary for the CASA Alumni Snow Union Week.
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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, we head off to Los Andes for lunch and our home in the Aconcagua Valley for the next 2 nights. Dinner is prepared specially for our group in our hacienda vineyard property.
Days 2 – Ski / Ride Portillo
Surrounded by massive Andean peaks, 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 week here. Experience the wild Roca Jack lift, and then mix it up with world-class skiers at the famous Tio Bob’s.
Day 3 – 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 Saguaro cacti; the road to Arpa is a 4×4 adventure in itself. In 2011 Arpa earned a spot on the Freeskiing World Tour!
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.
Day 4 – 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 5-7 – 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 8 – Departure Day, Return to Santiago
Today we return to Santiago. After making a stop in the city of Chillan and visiting its famous meat, produce and artisan market we head north and arrive at Santiago International Airport by 6 pm.
PLEASE SCHEDULE DEPARTING FLIGHTS AFTER 7PM
- Ability Levels:
- Cost: $3795 (double occupancy**)
- Number of Days: 8
- Resorts Visited: Portillo, Ski Arpa, Nevados de Chillan
- Types of skiing / Riding: Lift access on-piste, lift access off-piste, lift access backcountry touring.
- Number of Guests: 10 maximum
- Number of Guides: 2-3 (1:4 guide to guest ratio)
- Cheep Flights at Kayak.com
- ** Private single upgrade $795
- 2 Nights Los Andes
- 1 Night Santiago
- 4 Nights Las Trancas
- All Breakfasts & Dinners
- 1:4 Guide to Guest Ratio
- All Lift Passes On Tour
- 1 Day of Cat Skiing
- All Ground Transportation on Tour
- Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
- Use of 2-way radio
- Mon. Aug. 14, 2017 – Mon. Aug. 21, 2017