The Endless Winter – Ski Tour in Chile
The Endless Winter is CASA Tours’ original itinerary – with over a decade of running this trip, we’ve got it dialed. For fifteen days, this adventure takes you all the way from Santiago to the winter playgrounds of Pucon and Las Trancas, from the high Andes to the Southern Volcanoes of Chile.
This trip is a complete skiing and snowboarding tour of Chile, a chance to experience the flavor and beauty of the country, including hot springs, active volcanoes, wine tasting, waterfalls, cowboys, fine dining, big city nightlife, beautiful landscapes, and a lot of time on the slopes.
You will come away from this trip with an intimate knowledge of the culture and landscapes of Chile, from the large capital city of Santiago to small, remote mountain villages and wild National Parks. And, you will have ample time to explore the on-piste and backcountry terrain of La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, Pucon/Villarrica, and Termas de Chillan.
Volcano summit attempts are possible in Pucon/Villarrica, Lonquimay and Nevados de Chillan with the right weather conditions, allowing you a taste of guided ski-mountaineering on very accessible, but still very wild volcanoes.
Join us for an Endless Winter in the Andes…
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Day 1 – Arrive Santiago – City Tour
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.
Days 2-4 – Ski/Ride Valle Nevado / La Parva / El Colorado
We leave Santiago and transfer up to the mountain village of Farellones and the Tres Valles ski complexes of La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado and hit the slopes for the afternoon before settling into our cozy Andean lodge for the next 2 nights.
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. 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
This morning 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 the Pirigallo Valley and steaming summits of the Chillan volcanoes. Our evenings are spent celebrating our day in true Chilean style.
Days 9-11 Ski/Ride Corralco – Volcan Lonquimay
After visiting the famous Chillan markets, we continue further south into 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 enjoying this off the beaten track Chilean gem. Hot springs, home cooked meals, fine red wine and a warm fire finish our days.
Days 12-14 Ski/Ride Pucon – Volcan Villarica
Pucon, an outdoor paradise and the adventure capital of Chile, gives us access to Volcan Villarrica, the most active volcano in Chile. We spend 2 days skiing/riding its lava flows and attempting to summit its caldera peak while taking in 360-degree views of lakes, araucaria forests and snow capped volcanic cones. With a variety of superb restaurants and magical natural hot springs, Pucon is the ideal spot to finish our Endless Winter tour.
Day 15 – Departure – Return to Santiago
We say goodbye to Pucon and transfer to the city of Temuco for our flight back to Santiago International airport in time for evening return flights home.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SCHEDULE DEPARTING FLIGHTS FOR AFTER 7 PM.
- Ability Levels:
- Cost: $3595 (double occupancy**)
- Number of Days: 9
- Resorts Visited: Corralco / Arenales,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 ratio)
- Cheep Flights at Kayak.com
- ** Private single upgrade $795
- 2 Nights Farellones
- 2 Nights Santiago
- 3 Nights Pucon
- 3 Nights Lonquimay
- 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
- Domestic flight Temuco to Santiago
- Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
- Use of 2-way radio
- Sun. Sept. 2, 2018 – Mon. Sept. 10, 2018