PowderQuest Tours

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PowderQuest Tours

PowderQuest Tours4.8/524
PowderQuest Tours4.8 out of 5 based on 24 reviews
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PowderQuest Tours

Overall Rating

PowderQuest Tours4.8/524
PowderQuest Tours4.8 out of 5 based on 24 reviews
PowderQuest offers a range of Chile and Argentina ski and snowboard tours. Powder Quest is a US company with many years of experience in the Andes Mountains of South America.

Powder Quest provides two certified & experienced guides for each tour (MAX 6 GUESTS per TOUR with 2 GUIDES). Their South America ski tours are specifically designed to cater for different rider abilities. At the same time PowderQuest provides enough flexibility in the daily itinerary to cater for the priorities of the group.

In addition, they offer a GUARANTEED departure; if you book a date, the tour will run with no minimum number of guests required.

Booking & Cancellation Terms & Conditions

Deposit & Balance

  • A USD 600 deposit (per person) is required at time of reservation.
  • Balance due 90 days before departure
  • PQTs accept Master Card, Visa, American Express, PayPal, bank wires. Cheques are accepted from USA bank accounts.
  • All payments are in USD

Cancellation By You

Greater than 90 days from trip = deposit is applied towards a future trip. Your lifetime deposit does not expire and can be used for any available future guided trip with PowderQuest Tours. You may also transfer the deposit to a friend as a gift.

Cancellation fee within 90 days (of full trip cost):
  • 61-90 days prior to departure = 50% refund
  • 31-60 days prior to departure = 25% refund 
  • 30 days or fewer prior to departure = 100% cancellation fee
We highly recommend travel insurance to cover you should you have to cancel the trip.

Cancellation by PowderQuest

No minimum number of guests are required to run a tour so departures are guaranteed.

If PowderQuest had to cancel a trip prior to departure due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disaster, they give you a spot on another departure of the same trip, or a full credit to use towards any of their other trips.

Mallin Alto is a bucket list experience!

Chad Williams20/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Argentina
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

Mallin Alto is a bucket list experience!

Chad Williams20/09/2019
This was my third tour with PowderQuest and it was such an incredible experience. David and Max are so knowledgeable and make everything very enjoyable.

The highlight of this trip is for sure Mallin Alto. Just getting there is an adventure that will have you smiling the entire way. Once you arrive you truly know you're in the backcountry and owner Kao is quite the character. Riding the sled with him as almost as fun as snowboarding down. Sitting in the wood burning hot tub and looking at the surrounding mountains with a beer and a few friends can't be beat. And the food...the food is amazing. It's rugged, but world class as the same time in my opinion.

Both San Martin and Bariloche were neat and had plenty to offer. David always selects small family-owned hotels/hostels so while you're not sleeping in first class accommodations you feel very welcome and honestly have all that you need. The restaurants that are chosen are very good and typically off the beaten path.

If you're thinking about booking this trip I highly recommend it. You get resort riding, off-piste slackcountry, hiking, and backcountry sledding.

Should have stayed longer, should have gone sooner!

CNC19/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

Should have stayed longer, should have gone sooner!

CNC19/09/2019
After too many years of contemplation, I finally committed a professionally guided off-piste tour. My only regret was waiting for "better timing."

Such success simply cannot be disassociated with the guide company: PowderQuest made it seamless and unforgettable. The destinations, the routes/hikes, the preparation and safety measures, the terrain condition knowledge, and of course, the cultural and social experiences leave me totally stoked with the world-class experience and therefore, wanting for the next one.

You're not getting any younger... go get the epic vibes in Argentina with PowderQuest. Then you too can say "Solo viviendo mi mejor vida!"

Trip of a lifetime

David Gallagher22/08/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Chile
  • Month:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    3

Trip of a lifetime

David Gallagher22/08/2019
Where do I begin? I mean, what an awesome experience. First, Chile is just amazing, second PowderQuest is just an extraordinary outfit. From the time we arrived, to the time we left we had fun. Our guides (Maxi and Christian) were serious and focused, but fun and entertaining and we have become lifelong friends. The culture was friendly and warm and left us wanting to return. The skiing and the views, were breathtaking. This, THIS was something I'll never forget. Thank you PowderQuest!

Unique and fun experience

Irene Co16/08/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    4

Unique and fun experience

Irene Co16/08/2019
If you’re reading reviews, you must consider if the person expressed stand-alone opinion or the person can compare to other tours. This tour was my first tour with Powderquest and second guided tour overall. Any group tour depends very much on the group and conditions. I was lucky to have a very fun group and snow conditions were good as well.

The tour included two resorts (+ hiking/sidecountry) and Mallin Alto/snowmobile experience. We had fun times on the snow and getting together afterwards. I think it is important to have correct expectations. Conditions can’t be controlled in advance. Our tour was 6 guests and 2 guides, so if the group has people who are very different in ability to ski/ride or hike/skin, it might be frustrating because it is hard to split such small group and the group will move as the slowest person does. I recommend getting to know the tour, specifically what you will be doing, before you sign up. It is also important to have some experience in what you’re signing up for. If you plan to hike/skin, you should do it at least a few times before. If you’re signing up for tour that marked “Advanced / Expert”, you must expect that people on such tour will be in good shape with a lot of riding/skiing experience. If you ride, you must expect that skiers will not wait for you and you have to be prepared to strap in fast, extend your poles, etc.

I liked the guides, choice of food, etc. You must expect that accommodations will be less than luxury unless you sign up for a tour that includes that. My best experience was skiing at Mallin Alto. Accommodations in the middle of the mountains, far from nearest town, are less than 5-star hotel. If you must take 30-min shower twice a day, you should skip this experience. Somebody mention that the tour is overpriced. I didn’t find it in comparison to other tour I took. I also want to mention that transportation arrangements were made in a very professional manner. We didn’t want for anything. I will be joining Powderquest again.

Sure beats the beach

doug13/08/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    US
  • Month:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    1

Sure beats the beach

doug13/08/2019
not many better ways to take a break from the late summer heat than to ski in S. America. Maxi and Christian put us on the snow and our group had a great time skiing, drinking wine and seeing S. America. I would definitely sign up for a return engagement.

Another year, another PowderQuest Andes Experience

DAVE ROCKETMAN24/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    August

Another year, another PowderQuest Andes Experience

DAVE ROCKETMAN24/09/2018
Looking forward to another trip
I’m a returning client for the second year.

Just like the previous trip, 7 Lakes Off-Piste met all my expectations. Working against a very challenging 2018 snow year, the local guides from PowderQuest executed their duties professionally and have an uncanning ability when to take such diverse ability group off-piste or stay resort bounds. I finished each day on a high note.

My trip involved travelling to a number of ski resorts whereby there were no issues with ground logistics. I especially appreciated such reliability when I’m in this part of the world. Local accommodations were well chosen, coupled with authentic local cuisine. Special thanks to the staff at Las Marianas in Bariloche for repairing my ski base.

Pre & post trip support by Suzi & Dave Owen were top-notch. Their responses to my queries were comprehensive & fast turn-around time.

I’ll stay in shape & look forward to another 2019 S.American skiing experience with PowerderQuest.

POWDERQUEST ANDES: FANTASTIC LIFE AFFIRMING BREAK

IAIN MACKINNON22/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    UK
  • Month:
    August

POWDERQUEST ANDES: FANTASTIC LIFE AFFIRMING BREAK

IAIN MACKINNON22/09/2018
On top of the World with the PowderQuest Guest and Team (I'm in white)
I was on the same trip as Jeffrey and had an absolutely wonderful experience. I personally think what is written is unfair and probably reflects the physical challenge this demanding tour makes of one.

I decided at 61 to find my inner youth and go snowboarding in the Andes for 3 weeks - with an off piste flavour. I found PowderQuest and then the outstanding Suzi took over. First she queried my age and fitness (politely and with humour). Then having made me promise to get fitter she took on the task of building what turned out to be the holiday of a life time - life affirming, life changing, and all because this team of people I met from PowderQuest treated me as a special if at times errant guest even when I thought the challenge might be too much and I was daily and hourly out of my comfort zone.

It started and ended with the quality of staff and their focus on each and every guest as an individual with different abilities and aspirations. I felt proud to have learnt something new every day and the staff were skilled enough to talk frankly about my age, my limited abilities and ambitious goals while always encouraging me to find that inner youth.

At one point mid holiday I doubted I could start the last week because of the physical and technical challenge it presented. Max, Maxi and Suzi took it upon themselves to talk me though the alternatives and encouraged me to take it day by day. I got stronger and stronger and ended the tour on the most amazing high. I cannot thank the team enough for their outstanding generosity of spirit and care and attention when I flagged or did not quite make the grade. They carried me through with their enthusiasm and patience. These are people any organisation would be proud to employ. I will always be grateful for the experience.

I can’t miss the opportunity to thank my wonderful hosts and hostesses in the lovely hotels I stayed in - Las Marianas in Bariloche, Hosteria El Establo in Villa La Angostura and Le Chatelet in San Martin. The Argentinian people I encountered were unfailingly polite and generous with their time and attention. This is a wonderful country and while it may not have the finer piste equipment and lift facilities we take as standard in Europe and the US the challenge makes you a better skier/snowboarder. Special thanks to Max Maxi Suzi Vicho and all the PowderQuest team. See you again soon!

Not the quality experience as promoted...

Jeffrey Kurland21/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    70+
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    US
  • Month:
    August

Not the quality experience as promoted...

Jeffrey Kurland21/09/2018
If you are considering a trip with PowderQuest, you should be aware of my experience with this company. While they seemed competent and professional during the planning and booking process, the actual trip was the worse I had ever experienced. Consider:

1. They are overpriced relative to their competitors on a cost/day basis and deliver a medium/low quality tour in terms of lodging, dinners, and touring. Also, their supplement for a single is very expensive (an additional $162 per day) and charge $140 to rent backcountry safety equipment (some competitors include this in their base cost of their trip).

2. While they emphasize the primary role of their guides is to ensure your safety on the slopes, their roles for anything else was terrible. Both my guides were ambivalent to caring about whether their clients had a good time.. on and off the slopes. In fact, I was told by the lead guide that this “trip is about skiing and nothing else mattered. If I wanted to spend a few moments taking a picture, then I should have gone on a private tour.” As for taking a water break to prevent dehydration, the lead guide said I should do it while on the chair lift rather than taking time from the group on the slopes. Easy for him, perhaps, but not for me with upwards of 25 pounds of gear in my backpack.

3. Both the lead guide and PowerQuest’s owners (in support of their guides) were unprofessional. The lead guide repeatedly talked only about himself, constantly bragging about his skiing experiences and travels. He rarely spent time getting to know his clients. He repeatedly used foul language and cuss words to describe a situation or condition. He brought along his girlfriend to several dinners, and because she did not speak English, they sat together at the end of the dinner table and ignored all the clients. He shared with another touring company his assessment of my skiing ability (as being “below their standards for backcountry”) along with details of a personal medical incident that occurred on the slopes, all without discussing any of this with me beforehand to put the event in proper context (as I was recovering from an infectious disease I got from a tick bite). His unsolicited comments negatively prejudiced the owner of the company with whom I had my next ski trip and adversely impacted my experience. His immaturity as a guide led him to act without thinking how his disclosure (and wrong assessment) might be perceived by others. And worse, PowderQuest supported his action, oblivious to how it might affect me emotionally.

There are other tour operators, including several US based, offering comparable trips. I strongly suggest researching them and conducting a though due diligence and comparison before selecting PowderQuest.

Response from PowderQuest:

"Mr. Kurland, I am very sorry to hear about your negative overall experience on this trip.

There were 7 total other guests on this trip, with 2 returning from last year. Some are already planning on returning next year with us to South America and have given outstanding reviews from their trip experience. Both guides have worked with us for close to a decade, they are very proud of their jobs, love their local culture and mountains and enjoy sharing with the group.

As you experienced in our welcome and safety chat on the first evening of the trip, we highly encourage all our guests to please let the guides know if there is anything that is bothering you on the trip or would like to see changed. I wish you had brought these concerns up during the trip as many could have been managed.

1: While certainly not luxury hotels, PowderQuest hand selects comfortable, small to medium size bed and breakfasts and locally run hotels. As described on our website, most are family run with cozy beds, private bathrooms, and include breakfast. All 3 of the hotels on this trip are rated 3-4 star lodges, and have overall rankings of Very Good, Excellent and Wonderful on Booking.com. All hotels have different policies and rates for single room upgrades. Sorry to hear you did not find our hotel selection adequate. If you were led to believe you would be staying in 5 star hotels please reach out to us so we can look into this.

Dinners were at a mix of quality local restaurants and one night, a private traditional Argentine barbeque. The bbq was hosted by your lead guide’s girlfriend and childhood friends in his hometown of San Martin de Los Andes. We have received feedback from others on this trip that this experience was outstanding both from a cultural and food quality standpoint.

In addition, we dined at the gourmet Tinto Bistro in Villa La Angostura and the top ranked restaurant in Bariloche, Alto El Fuego. To mix it up a bit we do dine at a few local eateries priding themselves with their tasty empanadas, pizzas or local organic fare. Sorry to hear you found the dinners to be low quality.

Regarding a rental fee charge for backcountry safety equipment, this is quite the norm in the ski industry and our rate of $140 is standard for a week-long tour.

2: I am quite shocked to read this as our team’s mission is not only safety but to do their best so you enjoy your time on and off the slopes. Your lead guide grew up in this area, is an avid photographer and loves taking photos and sharing them with the group. I have never seen him discourage guests from taking pictures. There are situations where stopping for a photo is not ideal (in specific backcountry zones, or if the group is left waiting for long periods of time in certain situations), I am sorry you were put in this situation. It is my understanding the guide shared many photos from the trip with the group at the end of the tour. If you did not receive them we would be happy to get these to you.

Drinking water is of course very important and we encourage doing so throughout the day. I spoke with one of the guides regarding your comment and he tells me he carried your skis on one of the hikes so you could focus on drinking water and staying hydrated as you appeared quite tired. Your well being was always his concern and we apologize if you did not feel this was the case.

3: As mentioned, we have received nothing but positive feedback from the other trip guests and I am sorry to read about your disappointments. I have known and worked with this guide for years and do not recall him using foul language. Obviously this is unacceptable and I will be speaking to him and the rest of the team about this.

Regarding the guides girlfriend, she joined you for dinner for two evenings. First, at the cookout in San Martin where she spent most of the day preparing the location, the salads, and shopping for meat, wine, etc. She was a huge asset to the success of this unique dinner and was proud to share this with the group.

We thought having her there would be a nice gesture and of course add to the cultural experience. Most of the other guests seemed to have enjoyed having her there, and hence, when she came in to say hello at dinner in Bariloche, she was encouraged to stay and join.

I understand we disagree regarding the decision of our guide sending a short message to the owner of the other tour company regarding your unexpected fitness and health. However, both companies believe he did the right thing. After your medical emergency on the slopes, the doctor told you to take it easy for the rest of your vacation. It was our due diligence to follow our standards of safety. Our guide was sincerely looking out for you and for the safety of the guides and guests on your next trip.

We all hope you are feeling better and were able to enjoy the second trip. I am sure they provided a good experience and having this info beforehand helped set them up for success in providing you a safe and enjoyable experience.

If you had let us know your health situation before joining this off-piste/backcountry trip that requires a high level of fitness, we too would have been prepared and would have recommended a resort focused trip with us. I am quite confident the overall outcome would have been distinct.

With 20 years running adventures in South America we are proud of what we have built. We are very sorry we did not meet your expectations for this trip and by all means we encourage everyone to compare trips from different tour operators. We can be reached to answer questions or concerns via email or our website, powderquest.com

Thank you,

David Owen PowderQuest Tours"

Off Piste Escape

Blake19/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August

Off Piste Escape

Blake19/09/2018
Great trip, no fresh, but our guides Vicho and Mo found great stashes in fantastic lines, to say yea we didn't have any fresh, and at times were a bit springtime conditions, but the fun factor was high!

Accommodations were fantastic and all logistics were perfect.

PowderQuest nails it every time

Patrick14/05/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    September

PowderQuest nails it every time

Patrick14/05/2018
Been on two PowderQuest tours - both were absolutely fantastic. In 2001 I went with my wife and some friends and in 2012 (now looking at additional dates) with some of the college crew.the levels of professionalism was off the charts. David and the team took out abilities into account in each days adventures and found us the goods. Loved the fusion of culture into our trips, like when we visited a Mapuche Indian farm where we enjoyed native meats smoked in a thatched hut or hit the thermal streams. Even when the weather didn’t cooperate, the PQ team found alternative activities to keep things going. They introduced me to splitboarding! The people that these trips attract are always the type the I’d like to hang with...I’ve met super interesting folks in both of my experiences and am now super pumped to book my next trip.

Dream trip come true!

Tom Aaron15/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August

Dream trip come true!

Tom Aaron15/03/2018
Our lines down Cerro Torricellas
Dropping into Cerro Torricellas
Hiking Las Lenas
Dropping in La Parva false summit
El Colorado Santa Terra lines
Way back in the late 90's some professional snowboard friends of mine took a trip to Las Lenas and returned with some photos of riding Cerro Torrecillas. From that day forward it was a life quest to ride the spines of Cerro Torrecillas. I decade later I finally had that life quest realized on the Frontier Las Les trip with Powder quest and then some. The trip was mind blowingly awesome, from the food, the terrain, lodging, to the most amazing guides I've ever met.

I entered the trip with the primary quest of shredding Cerro Torrecillas but wanted to get my fill of South American shredding so I wanted to hit the longest tour Powderquest offered as I didn't know if I'd ever get the chance again. On setting up the tour, I shared the photo of Cerro Torrecillas with the guides and they told me they knew right where it was and said we could probably make it happen.

From day one I was stoked on our guides, lodging, and food. We kicked off with a warm up at Portillo, one of the most beautiful ski resorts I've ever visited. I instantly bonded with one of the guides and he skill set me accordingly, leading me to difficult lines, drops, and hits. From there the trip just got better and better, everyday with more awesome than the last. The trip kicked off right at the end of a snow cycle and I was amazed how our guides kept finding pow stashes. The stop off at Ski Arpa was outstanding to say the least. I come from the Pacific Northwest where our average vertical is usually 1000ft. At Arpa we were easily throwing down 3000ft vertical runs. Big wide open turns as fast as you could go. Lodging was this cool little Chilean resort with just the Powderquest crew. One particular day at El Colorado it was pretty crusty in bounds. The guides went out on a scouting mission, came back shortly, and we ducked into some huge vert with big open pow fields. The whole day was filled with pow turns shuttling to a van out of bounds. I was so stoked on their ability to show us the goods.


When we finally made it to Las Lenas the anticipation was high, I was really hoping we'd hit Torrecillas. Timing was of the essence and the clouds parted as we made the hike to Cerro Torrecillas. I railed fresh tracks down with the biggest smile on my face. As the storm cycle stirred up later in the week, the mountain shut down the Marte lift. The guides pulled some strings and managed to get us a snow cat so we could still nab some turns. Again the guides delivered on the goods when the rest of the mountains was shut down. So awesome. In the end this was the most epic shred vacation I've ever been on, and I've been snowboarding for over 30 years now. Ever since I've been planning my return saving my pennies for more refills. Thanks Powderquest for the trip of a lifetime!

Great Guides

Amanda Martin29/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    July

Great Guides

Amanda Martin29/04/2016
When you put money down to travel halfway to the other end of the globe, you really want to have a satisfying experience. If you have the trip of a lifetime, well that's even better. The guides at PowderQuest (Mo and Vicho on this trip) knew the terrain like the back of their hand. On a day when it looked like there was no fresh to be found, they came through and found steep, challenging, and powder packed runs. I almost felt sorry for the other people at the resort riding down the wind scoured slopes in the fog. I said almost. The terrain in Argentina is unlike anywhere else in the world, and it is so expansive that it can be really intimidating, which is why I'm so thankful for the expert guides. They made everything easy and kept us in the loop regarding plans for each day, as weather in the Andes can be unpredictable. The highlight of the trip, however, had to be the two days riding at Baguales. The lodge is quaint and homey, and having private access in this area is nothing short of amazing. The trip to the lodge is an adventure in itself, driving through rivers before transitioning to the snowcat to take you the rest of the way to the lodge. We had great food, great wine, great hosts and accommodations, and absolutely stellar guides. All in all, there is nothing I can complain about with regards to this trip. My party arrived several days early to spend more time doing touristy things (read: eating meat and drinking), which I definitely recommend as Argentina is an incredible place.

Summer Snow Escape Off Piste

John Rogers29/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    August

Summer Snow Escape Off Piste

John Rogers29/04/2016
Great S American skiing experience! The guides are great. Very helpful and knowledgeable. You are well taken care of and have lots of fun. I've made great long term friendships with others who have been on the tours. I've been 3 times and will go again!

World Class Adventure!

Peter Lawler28/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada

World Class Adventure!

Peter Lawler28/06/2015
PowderQuest is the best! The Argentina Snow Adventure has awesome terrain, world-class guides, fabulous food and great fun. Cat skiing at Baguales is a highlight and is not to be missed. Scenery on this trip is excellent, and the towns visited offer a great Argentinian cultural experience. I have been on multiple trips with PowderQuest and highly recommend their services!

South American Honeymoon in the Andes

Kyle Ragan23/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA

South American Honeymoon in the Andes

Kyle Ragan23/06/2015
My wife and I knew that we wanted to do something "different" for our honeymoon in 2014. We are both big skiers and love adventure. The only problem is that we were getting married in June and did not want to wait 6+ months for a chance to go skiing on our honeymoon.

I did some research and found a few different tours that offered something close to what we were looking for in South America. The first thing that I really appreciated is that PowderQuest was incredibly responsive to all of our inquiries. I initially worked with Suzi via both email and phone. She was so helpful in creating a custom package for us and relieved so much stress that we had in planning such an important trip. We ended up selecting the Summer Snow Escape Off Piste trip plus added some custom options. Suzi worked with us to add on a day of wine tasting/touring at 3-different vineyards in Chile and an additional 3-days of skiing at Nevados de Chillan. She handled all of the additional accommodations within Chile including the wine tour, ground transportation, and round-trip airfare.

Let me say that the trip itself was nothing short of amazing. Some people may think it was an odd choice to spend our honeymoon with a group of strangers riding in a van through the Chilean Andes, but I did propose to my wife during a 3-day camping trip to the Australian Outback, so this was right on par for us. Right from the point of meeting our guides, Philippe and David, at the airport they did a great job of bringing the group together ... and what a group it was. The group was a mix of young and old, skiers and snowboarders, but it did not matter one bit. The guides did such a good job of bring us all together right from the first stop we made to grab some empanadas and water before making the climb up into the Andes from Santiago.

The first stop we made was at the Powder Lodge where we would spend 4-nights. The staff here, including the owner, were so accommodating and friendly right from the first minute that we arrived to the last that we departed. Each day after skiing we would come back to some sort of apres-ski appetizer and drinks before taking a dip in the wood-fired hot tub. Each night the live-in staff would prepare a fabulous, delicious dinner in the open kitchen. Everything here was served "family style" at a large shared tabled and provided for a great opportunity to talk about the days activities while enjoying great food and drink.

The skiing during this part of the trip was a little rough due to the lack of recent snow. But, as we all know, with this sport we are at the mercy of mother nature. We did have blue bird days each day here and the guides did their best to find us the best snow on the mountain each day which is all that we could ask for. Our guides did a really good job of leading us on all of our off piste hikes and pushed each individual just enough to experience new things. The guides did not just lead us each day, but spent time in teaching and reviewing skiing techniques for the various conditions which I thought was above and beyond what the trip called for. I can honestly say that due to that experience, I am a much better and more confident skier in varied terrain.

After packing up and saying our good-byes to the staff at Powder Lodge we made our way back down through Santiago and towards Portillo where we stayed at a beautiful hacienda in San Esteban. The accommodations here were just as spectacular as the Powder Lodge, but with a different feel. The property itself was set on a large vineyard with spectacular views of the Andes. Our rooms were much more secluded, which was perfect from my newlywed wife and myself, but there was still a large area where we could all convene for meals each night and discuss the days activities.

Skiing Portillo was a great experience. With the knowledge that we had acquired in the days earlier, we were definitely ready to experience all that it had to offer ... even including the Roca Jack! Personally, I pushed myself the farthest here at Portillo. Up the Roca Jack I traversed and hiked over to one of their famous couloirs with our guide Philippe. Now, I did not go as far as the Super C, but instead we went for the S Couloir. I have never skied a couloir before and I did not want to leave Chile without experiencing it. On our last run at Portillo we got to experience the "Lake Run." The most difficult part of this run is paying attention and not being distracted by the scenery. It was definitely worth the hike out and the end to a great few days at Portillo.

After leaving Portillo we packed the van and headed back down to Santiago. We unloaded into our hotel before reconvening in the lobby and heading out for a night on the town with Philippe and David. They took us to an incredible Sushi Japanese/fusion restaurant where we had the freshest sushi we have ever had. My wife and I are huge sushi fans, typically eating it at least once a week. Since returning from this trip a year ago, we have only had it maybe half a dozen times because we know nothing will compare. We spent the rest of the night at a local bar with the group and laughed the night away as we drank and carried on. We finally returned to the hotel and said our good-byes as different members of the groups departed and different times the following morning.

Our trip continued in the morning and over the next week including the wine tour and more skiing at Nevados de Chillan. Since that was custom and on our own (unguided) I will not go into that other than to say that everything worked out just as Suzi had set up for us. I can say that if ever provided the chance, I would undoubtedly book with PowderQuest again. I hope that the opportunity presents itself to once again travel south and experience another unforgettable trip. My wife and I often reminisce about this trip and it's about so much more than just the skiing.

Best trip ever

Petra Neues18/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA

Best trip ever

Petra Neues18/06/2015
Of the six or seven Powderquest tours I have been on, this was my all time favorite. Two whole weeks of fun traveling and skiing with a group that you really get to know well. Terrific guides that make it a unique experience and find you the best snow to ski/board on safely!

Visit Santiago, Valle Nevado area and experience the famous Powder Lodge that everyone loves to stay at. Fly to Mendoza and load up the minivan with all your gear again and go to an unbelievable winery and dining experience on the way to Las Lenas. Las Lenas is the most amazing ski camp you will ever experience. The hiking and slopes are ENDLESS and the "base camp" is a crazy place full of nothing but die hard skiers/boarders/guides and a party town too. Very international, ski fanatics from all over the world flock there every summer!

Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY

Totally Addicted

Heidi Dobrott06/04/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA

Totally Addicted

Heidi Dobrott06/04/2014
I’ve spent three of the last five summers on PowderOuest Adventures. The Andes are amazing, the PowderQuest people are incredible, and the skiing experience in Chile & Argentina is like no other. Imagine traveling to South America to hang out with your best friends, some you haven’t even met yet… and having the time of your life! It’s become an addiction. Thank you Dave, Carolina, Suzi, Mike, Phil, Owen, Mo, Ingrid, Leah, et al. You guys are the best. See you next year!

What a Trip!!

Chris Faris15/11/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA

What a Trip!!

Chris Faris15/11/2012
This vacation was awesome! Just the right amount of backcountry mixed with inbounds skiing for skiers who don't have a lot of backcountry experience. The best thing about the trip was our guides, they were the best! Being able to ski so many resorts in such a short time was a real benefit also. Truly a wonderful, unforgettable vacation!

Great Trip

Bill and Susan Kushlick21/03/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    USA

Great Trip

Bill and Susan Kushlick21/03/2012
Great guides and so much fun. The accommodations and restaurants were well chosen and we loved the skiing. Best wishes for continued success!

Good Times Always

Jake Blauvelt20/03/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • RiderType
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    USA

Good Times Always

Jake Blauvelt20/03/2012
PowderQuest will show you a good time down in SA no matter what. We got skunked with warm weather, but that didn't stop us from having one of the most memorable trips ever. How could you not with wine tasting and disco dancing till the sun comes up with Argentine beauties. Can't wait to hit the snow just right for next year... that will be icing on the cake!

Very Good Trip

Brice Pairse20/03/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA

Very Good Trip

Brice Pairse20/03/2012
Does what it says on the itinerary. Good powder, great weather and great guide. Will definitely be recommending to friends.