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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!
CASA guides will arrange morning pick-ups at Santiago Int’l airport or your Santiago hotel. We start our journey traveling south to the powder capital of Chile, Nevados de Chillan. Along the way we stop for a typical Chilean lunch. The road trip 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!
For 3 full days we explore one of our favorite ski resorts in Chile, Nevados de Chillan, which 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.
After stopping at the bustling meat, produce and artisan market in Chillan we head to the Miguel Torres winery for a 4-course lunch and wine pairing. With our bellies full we continue north to Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital city, to enjoy an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants and nightlife spots.
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. Surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Tres Valles offers 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 3 nights in our cozy Andean lodge in the village of Farellones.
We spend the morning on the slopes of La Parva or relaxing at the Powder Lodge before making our way to the Aconcagua Valley and Los Andes, our base for the following 2 nights.
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.
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 our Santiago hotel for a final night in the big city.
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