Chile Snow Adventure Tour

Chile

Don’t settle for less than the best. With the 9 day Chile Snow Adventure Tour you’ll ski the best snow, see the best sights, and have the best trip in Chile!

Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado, Chile has 3 main hotels and is famous for powder skiing, snowboarding, and phenomenal views of the surrounding Andes Mountain Range.

The ski resort offers you a modern ski lift system including a new gondola, great snow conditions to explore the groomed slopes, bowls, and backcountry under the shadows of the Andean Condor frequently seen soaring above.

You can ski and snowboard as high as 3,670 meters (12,040 feet) above sea level.
If you want the chance to fly,  the resort offers heliskiing on the nearby peaks, accessed right outside the doors of it's comfortable ski-in, ski-out lodgings.

The resort is fully set up for freestyle and freeriding with it’s snow park, boardercross training area, and epic backcountry. Dakine and Smith Optics have shot their catalogs with PowderQuest here, and for several years, was the only Latin American site to host the FIS Snowboard World Cup.

  • Ski Resort Location: Central Chile, 1.5 hours from Santiago Airport

  • Elevation: 2,880m (9,450ft) to 3,670m (12,040ft)

  • Ski Resort Vertical Drop: 2,657 feet

  • Ski Resort Inbound Terrain: 41 Runs

  • 10% Beginner, 33% Intermediate, 36% Advanced, 21% Expert

  • Ski Lifts: 15 plus new high speed 6-person gondola

  • Hotels and Lodging:  Hotel Tres Puntas, Hotel Puerta del Sol, Hotel VN, Cerro Pinto, Valle Blanco, and Valle de Condores Apartments, Valle de la Luna, Valle del Sol Condominiums

  • Off-Piste and Backcountry Access: Excellent

  • Heli-ski: Yes

  • Annual Snowfall: 276 inches (700 cms)

  • Valle Nevado Weather: 85% sunny days and dry powder due to elevation and resort aspect

  • Ski Season: June to October

  • Ski and Snowboard Park: Yes

  • Night Life:  4 bars and pubs open nightly

 

La Parva

La Parva Chile is part of the "Three Valleys", along with Valle Nevado and El Colorado.

La Parva ski resort quickly climbs to 3,630 meters (11,910 ft.) and in addition to outstanding groomed terrain for beginners, intermediates and experts,  La Parva ski area has great access to off piste terrain including steep chutes like La Chiminea, McConkey's (named after Shane McConkey), deep powder bowls, and cornices. It also provides a clear shot to nearby peaks and world-class backcountry lines like Cerro La Parva, El Plomo, and more.

The views of the Capital of Chile, Santiago on a clear day are amazing!

La Parva ski village has recently become host to unique events like Eye of the Condor, the PowderQuest Womens Freeride Camp with Ingrid Backstrom,  and you will often see teams like K2 training and capturing images for their product catalogs. Trust us when we say the skiing and snowboarding is excellent from beginner to expert.

  • Ski Resort Location: Village La Parva above Farellones, Central Chile

  • Ski Resort Elevation: 2,670m (8,759ft) to 3,630m (11,909ft)

  • Ski Resort Vertical Drop: 960m (3,150ft)

  • Ski Resort Inbound Terrain:

  • 20 Runs, 15% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 10% Expert

  • Lifts: 14

  • Backcountry Access: Excellent

  • Heliski: yes

  • Ski La Parva Weather: 80% sunny days with snow storms dropping dry powder due to elevation and aspect.

  • Annual Snowfall: 300 inches (762 cms)

 

Portillo

Ski Portillo Chile on the stunning Inca Lagoon, is often ranked as one of the 10 best ski resorts in the world by Ski Magazine, Warren Miller, and the Travel Channel.  For many, it is the best ski resort in Chili.  Portillo ski season runs from June to October.

Portillo resort is family friendly with a great lay out of beginner to expert slopes, one of the best ski schools in South America, numerous activities for adults and kids of all ages and 3 hotels offering a range of budget to first class accommodations.

It is important to note that the resort is isolated with no ski town.  Just the 3 hotels in the middle of the high Andes surrounded by great snow.  Portillo boasts there are no TV's in the rooms and the fact that there are 450 smiling employees to cater to a maximum of 400 guest per week.

Portillo lodging guests are left in bliss with endless untracked powder, often for days, and also has some of the best bluebird spring conditions we have seen in Chile. The respected ski and snowboard school offers skiing or snowboarding lessons daily, or feel free to explore the open slopes, via the 13 chair lifts. 

Advanced and Experts
Advanced and expert ski runs are legendary.  Skiers and snowboarders can traverse to unbelievable terrain such as the steep, powdery Primavera Run. It was on one of these expert runs that the 200 km speed barrier was broken.  Off-Piste and backcountry areas: hiking the "Portillo Super C" and other steep chutes above the mystical Inca Lake, or even heli-skiing with Frank Coffey of Chugach Powder Guides of Anchorage, Alaska.
Snowboarding in Portillo is welcome.

  • Ski Resort Location: Near city of Los Andes, 102 miles from Santiago

  • Ski Resort Elevation: 2,510m (8,240ft) to 3,350m (10985ft)

  • Ski Resort Vertical Drop: 835m (2,745ft)

  • Ski Resort Inbound Terrain: 35 Runs

  • 15% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 25% Expert

  • Lifts: 13

  • Portillo Lodging: Hotel Portillo, Octagon Lodge, and Inca Lodge

  • Backcountry Access: Very Good

  • Heliski: Yes, Bell B3 Helicopter

  • Annual Snowfall: 265 inches (673 cms)

  • Portillo Weather: 80% sunny days and dry powder due to elevation

  • Ski Season: June to October

  • Ski and Snowboard Park: No

  • Night Life:  2 bars and disco open nightly

 

Termas de Chillan

Above the village of Las Trancas, Chile, Nevados de Chillan Mountain Resort, (ex Termas de Chillan) at the base of active Volcano Chillan offers amazing terrain, powder, catskiing adventures, hotsprings and a relaxed environment.

This ski resort and backcountry paradise is located only 5 hours from Santiago and can be reached by either car, train to Chillan or flight to nearby Concepcion.

The hiking in Nevados de Chillan is excellent, accessing some of the longest descents and better terrain in the Andes including a backcountry playground that would take a full season to explore.

Fun off piste and groomers can be found all over the mountain including the 13 km Tres Marias run. 

The real reason to visit Nevados de Chillan is the touring access to the peaks of Volcano Chillan and the Nevados de Chillan.  We explore some of the best off-piste adventures in South America, including Shangri-La, and Pirrigallo chutes.

After a long day touring and skiing the pow, nothing beats a soak in the thermal baths at the base of the Termas de Chillan resort.

  • Ski Resort Location: Near the village of Las Trancas, South Central Chile

  • Ski Resort Elevation: 1,540m (5,052ft) to 2,500m (8,200ft)

  • Ski Resort Vertical Drop: 700m (2,300ft)

  • Ski Resort Inbound Terrain:

  • 32 runs, 20% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 20% Expert

  • Lifts: 8 with more in development

  • Backcountry Access: Excellent

  • Heliski: No

  • Annual Snowfall: meters and meters...Termas de Chillan gets hammered!

 

Arpa

Praised as one of the best experiences in skiing on the planet by Ski Magazine, El Arpa cat skiing has endless acres of advanced and expert freeride terrain reached by founder Toni Sponar's snowcats. Every time we have cat skied at Arpa, there have only been a dozen skiers and snowboarders to share over 5,000 acres of Andes powder!

It is truly an unforgettable adventure.  From the cactus and goat filled snowy-dirt road journey, to the deep powder turns, all the way to the end with a cold beer overlooking one of the Andes most spectacular sunsets.

As one of the only ski resorts with out accommodations, Arpa is hands down one of the best out of the way snow ski resorts on Earth.

"Imagine 5,000 acres of mostly expert terrain, two cats that can hold a maximum of 24, but average 4 people per day at the entire ski area. We´re talking about 2,300 vertical feet per run with views of Aconcagua and the green valley floor filled with vineyards, cactus and goats.

Vanessa Pierce
Powder Magazine

PP/Night from US$ 605