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Andes Explorer Tour

Andes Explorer Tour

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11 – 22  August, 2019

Why go to the beach when you can surf fresh pow in the Chilean Andes…

The Andes are known for their tall mountains and mountaintop resorts beyond 3650m. This makes for great snow conditions and amazing views (when it’s not snowing).

 

We start the trip in Santiago where we get to be tourists for the afternoon. After breakfast, we’ll drive to The Powderlodge, our home for the coming days. We’ll spend the afternoon warming up the muscles at a nearby resort.

 

With a local guide, on the first morning, we’ll head towards El Colorado, La Parva or Valle Nevado depending on snow and weather. Most of the day we’ll be riding the best lift accessible zones.

 

After our last day riding these resorts we’ll jump in the car and drive to Termas de Jahuel Hotel. A beautifully located hotel with an amazing pool. From here we’ll head out for a day cat skiing and exploring the fun backcountry terrain that is accessible via cat. The available terrain is like any heliski terrain with beautiful views,

 

After our day riding Ski Arpa, we’ll head back to Santiago for a fun night in the town.

 

The next morning we’ll transfer from Santiago to Nevados de Chilean. Here we’ll spend the next 3 days riding it’s great tree runs. At the end of each day, you’ll get to soak in the local natural hot springs.

 

This is an unforgettable freeride trip for experiencing a mix of great culture, delicious cuisine, and some unbelievable terrain.

 

This tour is fully guided by the First Tours team. We’ll show you the best spots on and off the mountain. Due to small groups places are strictly limited. Start your booking now.

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Santiago

Bienvenidos a Santiago! A shuttle awaits you at Santiago airport to drive you to your hotel in the city. Check-in and spent the rest of the day exploring the amazing city. At night when everyone checked in we all go for a delicious Chilean mean with local wines.
  • Shuttle airport - hotel, Santiago
  • Accommodation in a comfortable hotel with a pool, Santiago
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Day 2 - Tres Valles

After an early breakfast, we'll jump in the car and head for Tres Valles. After checking into our hotel we'll head straight up the mountain and explore the amazing terrain the different resorts have to offer.
  • Breakfast
  • Santiago - Tres Valles transfer
  • lift ticket Tres Valles
  • Guiding Tres Valles
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge with hot tub
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Day 3, 4 & 5 - Tres Valles

We'll spend these days riding around the best freeride zones of Tres Valles. Tres Valles consists out of 3 largish ski areas; Vale Nevado, El Colorado & La Parva plus the small ski area of Farellones. All of the terrain is alpine and relatively high elevation (up to 3,670 m). After day skiing all day on day 5 we'll jump back in the car and head towards Casa San Regis, an old hacienda that has retained the charms of the old world and combined these with mod cons. 
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to the ski area
  • Lift ticket Tres Valles
  • Guiding
  • Transfer
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge with hot tub or pool
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Day 6 - Cat skiing

Today we're in for a magical adventure - cat skiing in the Andes nearby Santiago. Ski Arpa provides steep and challenging runs of 900 metres of uninterrupted vertical - not something you'd usually expect from cat skiing.
  • Breakfast
  • Transfers to and from ski resort
  • Cat skiing with guide
  • Accommodation in comfortabel lodge
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Day 7 - Transfer day

A long but scenic drive along the Chilean countryside will get us to Nevados de Chillan. A beautiful resort based on an active volcano. On the way, we'll stop at a local vineyard for a delicious lunch and wine tasting.
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Nevados de Chillan
  • Lunch at the vineyard (not included)
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge.
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Day 8, 9 & 10 - Nevados de Chillan

Nevados de Chillan is a fantastic resort with very interesting off-piste terrain that’s come about from a history of rivers of lava flow (none of them recent!). The terrain has lots of space and very few people heading off-piste. The Nevados de Chillan Ski Resort was formerly known as Termas de Chillan. The name might have changed, but it’s still renowned for the natural hot springs (termas) where you can soothe tired muscles after a long day riding fresh Chilean pow!
  • Breakfast
  • Lift ticket Nevados de Chilean
  • All day guiding
  • Transfer to the ski resort
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge
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Day 11 - Santiago

After an amazing trip through some of the best resorts in the Chilean Andes it's time to head back to Santiago. We'll use the local train to get us across the beautiful Chilean landscape back to Santiago where we'll check back into our hotel and spend our last night celebrating a fantastic trip with some delicious Chilean food and apres wines. The next day we'll head back to the airport and catch our flight back home
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to train station
  • Accommodation in comfortabel hotel with pool, Santiago

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INCLUDED

  • 2 nights Santiago
  • 3 nights Tres Valles with dinner
  • 2 nights San Estaban
  • 4 nights Nevados de Chillan
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lift pass for Tres Valles & Nevados de Chillan
  • 1 day cat skiing at Ski Arpa
  • Daily guiding
  • Transfers
  • 'First Tours' guide for the duration of the tour
  • Free access to Rome powder boards

EXCLUDED

  • Lunch
  • Allowance
  • Backcountry gear (beeper, probe, shovel, backpack)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

EXPERIENCE + GEAR

This tour is for the intermediate to experienced snowboarder. Experience in deep snow is not necessary but recommended to get as much out of your holiday as possible. Some runs are accessible via short hikes. Because most of the runs are side country and can be unpatrolled, backcountry equipment (backpack, beacon, shovel & probe) is highly recommended. A good waterproof but breathable jacket and pants are very handy. For example, consider the Beast series from Airblaster available at Behind The Pines in Amsterdam. Must have a min of 4 people to operate.

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