The Southern Cross – Ski in Chile
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 2 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 it’s lava spewing peak. Along the way we sample the Chilean cuisine, Mapuche native culture, soak in hotsprings, 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.
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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.
Day 2 – 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 3-5 – 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 6-8 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 skiing/riding this off the beaten track Chilean gem. Hot springs, home cooked meals, fine red wine and a warm fire finish our days.
Days 9-11 – Ski/Ride Pucon – Volcan Villarrica
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 Southern Cross tour.
Day 12 – 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 SCHEDULE DEPARTING FLIGHTS AFTER 7PM.
- Ability Levels:
- Cost: $4295 (double occupancy**)
- Number of Days: 12
- Resorts Visited: Corralco, Pucon-Villarrica, 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 (1:4 guide ratio)
- Cheep Flights at Kayak.com
- ** Private single upgrade $995
- 1 Night 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
- Domestic Flight Temuco to Santiago
- All Ground Transportation on Tour
- Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
- Use of 2-way radio
- Tues Sept. 5, 2017 – Sat. Sept. 16, 2017