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USD 6,999

GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
12 Days | 11 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | Max 6 Guests

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
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*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
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*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 6,999
Lift assisted touring extravaganza for advanced to expert skiers & snowboarders to 4 of Chile's best resorts plus a day of cat skiing with El Arpa and then 5 day finale at the huge Las Lenas in Argentina.
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Frontier Las Lenas Overview

The Frontier Las Lenas Tour is a guided lift assisted backcountry touring trip for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders to the best of Chile and Argentina including special lift line, off-piste and cat ski priority in Las Lenas!

This 12 day classic starts near the town of Los Andes, Chile where the comfortable hotel is strategically based between Portillo, one of the world's best ski resorts and fantastic cat skiing with El Arpa! After a few days of powder we are off to the resorts of Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva.

You will fly across the massive Andean frontier to the beautiful city of Mendoza, Argentina. After a festive night on the city, our journey continues as you will visit one of Mendoza’s deluxe vineyards, tasting Argentina’s famous red wines before arriving to 5 days of some of the best skiing on Earth in Las Lenas, Argentina!

Ability (Advanced to Expert) & Tour FocusThis tour focus is on lift assisted touring away from the crowds, accessing pristine backcountry with certified ski guides. 

You should be able to ride powder with confidence and navigate terrain features such as rocks and trees with confidence on steep slopes.


Valle Nevado, Chile...

..Portillo, Chile...

...Arpa Cat Skiing, Chile


Tour Highlights
  • Special lift line, off-piste and cat ski priority in Las Lenas via the Extreme Expedition program
  • 12 day-guided tour in Chile and Argentina
  • 6 guests maximum, always 2 expert ski guides on every trip
  • Expansive off piste - backcountry skiing near Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Arpa Cat Skiing, Las Lenas
  • Ski the best powder in South America including Las Lenas, Argentina
  • Cat skiing day at Arpa
  • Distinct cultures and landscapes of Chile and Argentina
  • Lunch and wine tasting at one of Mendoza's top vineyards
  • Night on the town in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Fantastic breakfast, dinners and red wine included

Itinerary

Starts: Santiago, Chile (airport code SCL)
Ends: Santiago, Chile or Mendoza, Argentina, your choice!

Day 1-2 (Arrive, Transfer to Farellones & Ski Tres Valley):
Arrive to Santiago, Chile International Airport by 9:00 AM. Meet up with the group and PowderQuest guides, load into the private minibus and it is off to the mountains. Check into Powder Lodge in the mountain town of Farellones and get ready to ski and snowboard the 3 mountains (Valle Nevado, La Parva or El Colorado).

On day 1 you will warm up with a few laps and an avalanche safety session. PowderQuest guides will evaluate the conditions and decide which resort to visit each day. Apres-Ski with Christian, your host, at the Lodge with appetizers, beverages and wood fired sauna or hot-tub. Dinner with tasty Chilean wine followed by a choice to stay in and get some sleep or venture out to one of the local bars to see what’s happening.

Day 3 (Ski at Tres Valley & transfer to San Esteban):
After a hearty breakfast you will head off for your last day around Farellones with over 25,000 acres of inbounds terrain combined with additional out of bounds options to choose from, the guides will continue to find the best snow possible. In the afternoon you road trip to your next destination, Casa San Regis in the valley of San Esteban. Check into our cozy lodging and meet up for après. Spend the evening over some local wine and an authentic Chilean style dinner served by our amazing hosts.

Day 4 (Ski Portillo):
After breakfast the group heads up to ski Portillo and its famous terrain. Using the local knowledge of your PowderQuest guides you will get the most of what terrain Portillo has to offer. Finish with an après ski at Tio Bob’s and enjoy some sunshine on the deck overlooking the lake before heading back to Casa San Regis for another amazing dinner.

Day 5 (Cat Skiing at El Arpa):
Fuel up with breakfast before heading out for our full snow cat accessed adventure skiing day at Ski Arpa. Reservation only, this private playground is owned by Anton Sponer and his son. They specialize in delivering adventure on their rustic mountain top paradise. The road up to access Arpa is an adventure in itself! Enjoy a cold local beer at their refugio while you relive the lines at the end of the day. Dinner and over night at Casa San Regis.

Day 6 (Fly to Mendoza & overnight there):
Back to the airport after breakfast and head off to a short 1 hour flight to Mendoza, Argentina up and over the mighty Andes. Mendoza is one of the main wine regions of the world and the setting is beautiful and memorable, even in the winter. Check into our hotel and head out for a lively dinner on the town.

Day 7 (Tranfer to Las Lenas):
Head to Las Lenas following breakfast. The day trip includes an unforgettable lunch stop at a local vineyard with wine tasting. Check into your accommodation in Las Lenas, unpack and meet for dinner to talk about what is going down over the next few days in the ultimate South America ski and snowboard mecca.

Day 8-11 (4 days of epic skiing & partying at Las Lenas):
Focus on finding the best possible conditions and exploration. From the 4000ft Eduardos lap on the front side to exploring lines through “El Collar (the necklace)” get ready to take full advantage of the extensive terrain options available. The group will team up with Expedition Las Lenas to access cat skiing, and get lift line priority access.

Optional evenings out in Las Lenas can include a trip to the casino, beers and pool/foosball, karaoke, the wine bar, and full on late night discos. Warning! Balancing all the skiing and the nightlife in Las Lenas can present a challenge.

Day 12 (Transfer to Mendoza / back to Santiago):
Up for our last breakfast in the Andes before we head off for our road-trip back to Mendoza to connect to Santiago and international flights home this evening.

Arrival-Departure Flight Schedule Suggested Flight Schedule:

Please schedule your flight to arrive on Day 1 no later than 9:00 AM. The group will meet the guides at the airport at 10:00 AM and depart to the mountains. If you cannot arrive by 9, PowderQuest suggest flying in the previous day. They can arrange hotel and ground transfers.

Round trip flights Santiago-Mendoza-Santiago are included with your trip price.

The trip ends on the evening of Day 12 at 7:20 PM when you will arrive to Santiago airport on your flight from Mendoza. You can schedule your flight out that night, or PowderQuest agents would be happy to arrange an extended stay. Santiago offers wine tours, coast trips, bike touring, cultural tours, and more.

You can check out the cheapest flights here.

Lodging

Farellones ( 3 nights)
Comfortable ski lodge with small but cozy rooms and private bath in the village of Farellones. There is a sauna, massage room, outdoor wood heated hot tub, outstanding breakfasts and dinners, WIFI internet, and 2 living areas to mingle with the guests. For those that like to hit the bars, the lodge is walking distance to the area’s best night life.

San Esteban (3 nights)
Family run 19th century hacienda with huge bedrooms, comfortable beds & private bath. A large living area is where we spend most of our time enjoying authentic dinners & local red wines by the fireplace with a courtyard opening up to acres of vineyards surrounded by the mighty Andes. This is our main hotel to access Arpa Snowcats and Portillo. Occasionally, the hacienda can be overbooked as it only has 5 rooms. If this happens, we stay in a modern hotel tastefully decorated in the nearby town, Los Andes.
Mendoza (1 night)
Based in the center of Mendoza, Argentina our 4-star hotel is in the perfect location for our short stay, with easy access to the best restaurants and nightlife in the city.

Las Lenas (5 nights)
Ski-in, ski-out 4-star hotel located at the base of Las Lenas where everything is within walking distance, including bars, casino, and more. The rooms are comfortable with private bath, color tv and the hotel provides WIFI access and ski storage with nice boot heaters for our guests. Being able to ski right out the door makes this our hotel of choice

2019 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

USD 6,999
  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Single travellers, can be placed with a room-mate or request a single room upgrade (not for Mallin Alto)
  • GUARANTEED departures; no minimum guest numbers required for tour to run.
  • Payments are in USD
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Required Equipment
Rentals Available
  • Backpack (29-35 litre) with external harness straps for carrying skis or board
  • 457 Khz avalanche transceiver
  • Avalanche snow shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • Collapsible trekking poles for snowboarders
Inclusions
  • 11 nights lodging (twin share) with private bathrooms
  • 12 days guided off-piste & backcountry riding with 2 certified bilingual guides
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners (plus red wine & mineral water with dinner)
  • Lift tickets plus an epic day of cat skiing at El Arpa
  • Round trip airfare Santiago-Mendoza & private ground transport
  • Wine tasting and lunch at Mendoza winery
  • Adventure trips, massage, spas, etc. can replace lift tickets on bad weather days
  • Maximum 8 guests per tour
  • Avalanche safety introduction
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrade
  • Equipment rentals
Not Included

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.