Frontier Las Lenas Tour
Head south for the ultimate freeski experience at Las Leñas, South America’s most challenging terrain and best off-piste lift-accessed terrain!
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 that should open in 2013, 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
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 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
Backcountry Access: Excellent
Ski La Parva Weather: 80% sunny days with snow storms dropping dry powder due to elevation and aspect.
Annual Snowfall: 300 inches (762 cms)
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
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
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."
Las Leñas ski resort offers fun skiing for intermediate to experts. However, the incredible part is the Marte chairlift, servicing terrain that has become a mecca for extreme skiing and snowboarding. From the steep bowl directly under the Marte chairlift, to Eduardo's 48-degree Couloir, and literally hundreds of chutes 40-50 degree plus, some people have said they would give up every chairlift in South America, for the Las Lenas Marte!
Throw in the snowcat cat skiing tours, and easy backcountry ski touring and splitboardingaccess, you are in paradise for steep terrain junkies looking for the ultimate Andean buzz thriller
If you still have legs after a day on the mountain, Argentina's famous late night bar and disco scene live strong here in the Las Leñas Valley. It is not uncommon to see folks pouring out of the discotheque as you are about to make your first powder turns of the day! This leaves Las Lenas literally crowd free for hours.
It is indeed an unreal experience, including Las Lenas lodging the Piscis, Escorpio and Aires hotels and we get you there for a solid week of some of the best alpine terrain, extreme skiing, and powder on Earth!
Ski Resort Location: Las Leñas Argentina Near Malargue, Mendoza Province of Argentina
Ski Resort Elevation: 2,240m (7,349ft) to 3,340m (11,253ft)
Ski Resort Vertical Drop: 1,100m (3,904ft)
Ski Resort Inbound Terrain: 35 Runs
5% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 25% Advanced, 35% Expert
Lifts: 14, including new lift for 2012.
Top Las Lenas Lodging: Piscis, Escorpio, Airies Hotel
Backcountry Access: Perhaps some of the best in the world
Ski Touring Las Lenas: Virtually endless options
Las Lenas Annual Snowfall: 250 Inches (635 cms)
Map of Las Lenas Hotels: Soon
Frommer's Argentina guidebook says: "PowderQuest Tours offers packages popular with North Americans and Europeans. A 7-night package includes flights from Buenos Aires and excellent guided English-language tours for a few days of wine touring in Mendoza."