An Epic Adventure
Ski Touring in South America
Enjoy incredible backcountry skiing and splitboarding in Chile with the best guest to guide ratios in the business! All of our trips are based on four guests to one certified ACMG guide.
Chile Volcano Ski Mountaineering
Backcountry skiing and splitboarding in South America with an ACMG certified guide
The Southern Andes are prime for backcountry skiing and splitboarding in Chile’s Araucania region . A blend of epic backcountry tours, small towns, national parks, volcanos and aguas termales (hot springs) and comfortable accommodations make this tour an incredible adventure. Both of the itineraries we offer allow for the option to do an exploratory traverse or basecamp if trip participants are interested and the conditions permit.
- Dates October 3-11, 2023
- Trip length- Nine days
- Volcanoes: Lonquimay, Sierra Nevada, Llaima, Villarrica and Quetrupillan
- Day 1 Arrive in Temuco. Your guide will meet you at the airport. Enjoy a two and a half hour drive through lush Chilean farm lands and into the mountains. Check into accommodations and welcome dinner.
- Days 2-5: Base out of Malalcahuello and ride volcanoes Lonquimay, Sierra Nevada and Llaima.
- Enjoy hot springs and local Chilean cuisine in Malacahuello
- Day 6: Transfer to Pucón
- Days 7-9: From Pucón, we’ll climb and ride volcanoes Villarrica and Quetrupillan.
- Explore Pucón, aguas termales y comidas
- Basecamp or traverse options will be conditions dependent and itineraries will be adjusted accordingly.
- Transfer to Temuco
Price $ 3750USD + 5%Tax
-Exclusive small group size
-Four guests to one guide
-Lodging-We stay at locally run establishments that are clean, comfortable and distinctly Chilean. Accommodations are based on double occupancy, if you’d like private accommodations, we can arrange that for you for an additional fee.
-Food is a personal choice, we prefer to let you choose what you’d like to eat rather than offer a fixed menu.
-Transportation (4×4 vehicle)
-One visit to local hot springs. (More hot spring trips can be arranged at an additional cost.)
-Tailgate après when appropriate—it’s always nice to enjoy a cold beverage after a long day in the mountains.
While this is a backcountry ski and splitboard adventure, we make sure you get to enjoy Chilean food and culture. For the backcountry enthusiast who likes to travel, backcountry skiing in Chile is an incredible adventure.
Guided Backcountry Expedition
Our second week in Chile will be an exploratory adventure. The itinerary of this tent based trip will be scant on details and rich in adventure. We’ll tell you when and where to meet, and what to pack! If you’re looking for a true backcountry experience well off the beaten path, this is it.
Imagine an expedition-style trip deep in the Andes with, weather permitting, 5-7 nights out in the mountains. If you are a strong rider with previous experience in big terrain, and excited to basecamp in a remote part of the Andes. This backcountry adventure will be more adventurous than the “classic” volcanoes itinerary.
This is not a cookie cutter South American ski trip, rather it will take us away from the crowds and into wilds of the Andes. We choose not to divulge too much information in order to remain flexible and commit to the objective best suited for the conditions and weather. We have numerous awesome options in mind!
Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders. For both itineraries, basic ski mountaineering experience (using an axe and climbing in crampons) as well as winter camping experience is preferred.
Participants must be in excellent physical condition and comfortable touring distances while carrying their own backcountry packs/larger packs with all personal equipment needed for winter camping and traverses. Days will range from 1,200-1,800m (4,000-6,000ft) of vertical gain.
-Personal touring equipment
-Avalanche safety gear (Shovel, probe and transceiver)
-Basic mountaineering kit (harness, axe, crampons, ski/split crampons)
-Larger backpacks and winter camping equipment such as sleeping bag and insulated pad are required for both itineraries.
-Mandatory gear lists will be sent out closer to the expedition start date.
Patagonia Backcountry Hut to Hut Traverse
Refugio Frey Hut
Backcountry skiing Patagonia
Drop into a week-long ski mountaineering and backcountry ski touring adventure in Patagonia, Argentina. A professional guide will take you hut to hut deep in the Patagonia backcounty to seek out steep chutes and powder. Explore the granite peaks and spectacular landscape of Bariloche and northern Patagonia by ski (or splitboard) day, and stay in mountain backcountry refugios by night.
There’s potential for big days in the mountains followed by quality food at the refugios like—pasta, fondue, pizza and local vino tinto. After finishing seven days of hut to hut ski touring and splitboarding in Bariloche, you can check out some of Argentina’s best nightlife in downtown Bariloche.
This eight day adventure includes:
- ACMG certified guides
- private ground transportation
- Cerro Catedral lift ticket
- all trip logistics
- Avalanche safety briefing
- Shared hut accommodations (sleeping bag required)
- Hotel with private rooms Bariloche (double occupancy) private rooms are available for a $400 upgrade
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner at the refugios
- Two Argentine dinners in Bariloche
- Argentine Malbec vino tinto
Price and dates
Various Dates September 2024