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The Ultimate Chilean Ski Safari

Duration: 11 days

With the help of private helicopters and cats, this is the dream itinerary. We include luxury hotels, fine wine and access to vast tracts of virgin backcountry terrain in three different regions – this itinerary showcases the best snow in South America.

Day 1

Arrive in Santiago and transfer to Inca Hotel, which is in Los Andes (north of the capital). This will be your base for the first three nights.

Days 2-3

Find your ski legs in Portillo. Full days' skiing in this legendary resort, which offers both on and off piste possibilities.

Day 4

A full-day cat-ski adventure at one-of-a-kind Ski Arpa, where you'll find unparalleled vertical snow conditions with views of Mt. Aconcagua on one side and the Pacific on the other.

Day 5

Head down to Santiago, where you spend the day relaxing and exploring the city.

Day 6

Spend the day skiing up at Valle Nevado, Chile’s most modern, full-service resort. At an altitude of 12,040 ft. and holding an average snowfall of 23 ft., Valle Nevado has some of the most consistently remarkable powder conditions in the region.

Day 7

A day at La Parva, with it's extensive off-piste areas and gorgeous wide groomers.

Day 8

Change speeds today and head south out of Santiago toward the Maipo Valley, home to several of the country’s most celebrated wineries. Stop for a tour and tasting at Haras de Pirque Winery and a hearty Chilean lunch at Fundación Origen in Pirque before reaching the highlight of the itinerary: the Puma Lodge.

Days 9-10

Puma Lodge, the latest addition to the Chilean heli-ski scene, is this trip’s icing on the cake. Dive into the so-called Powder Capital of the Andes, where snowfalls average 40 in. of champagne powder per storm, and shred virgin drifts in an otherwise inaccessible backcountry gold mine.

Day 11

Leave (reluctantly) Puma Lodge and either head back to the airport for your flights home or, alternatively, continue on to either Corralco or Nevados de Chillán for your next ski adventure.

This itinerary warrants a chat! The price depends largely on several factors – what season, room selection, how many days heli-skiing and how much vertical you wish to include. Indeed, it would be wrong to provide and indicative price as there is so much potential for variance. Contact us and we'll take you through the options and tailor a trip which is just right for you.

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We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

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Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

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Capital:  Santiago

Time zone:  GMT - 3 hrs

Currency:  Chilean Peso

Language:  Spanish

Ski Season:  From mid-June until mid-October

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán and Corralco

Access:  All flights arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL). Most of the ski resorts are then only a road transfer away in the Andes mountains.

Beyond the skiing:  You will be passing through Santiago, so some time here is worthwhile. Surrounding the capital is beautiful winelands and several characterful coastal towns. Further afield, the Atacama Desert and mountainous Patagonia combine and contrast well in an itinerary.