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Summer Snow Escape Off-Piste

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AUD 6,375

GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5+ Days Skiing | Max 6 Guests

To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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AUD 6,375
An action packed adventure for advanced to expert skiers & snowboarders. Ride Chile's top ski areas (Valle Nevado, El Colorado, La Parva, Portillo PLUS El Arpa Cat Skiing) plus a night in Santiago to end the trip of all trips! GUARANTEED DEPARTURE - you book, you go!
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Fixed Date(s): Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2021
Days: 7
Price: AUD 6,375
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Fixed Date(s): Aug 17 - Aug 23, 2021
Days: 7
Price: AUD 6,375
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Summer Snow Escape Off-Piste

PowderQuest is a US company with over 20 years of experience in the South American Andes. They provide two certified & experienced guides for each tour (max 6 guests per tour). Their tours are specifically designed to cater for different rider abilities and at the same time provide enough flexibility in the daily itinerary to cater for the group's priorities.

Overview

Our most popular guided adventure, the Summer Snow Escape Off Piste is the perfect way to take a break from the summer heat and experience the unique culture and terrain Chile has to offer over a 7 day trip.

Follow the snow around Chile’s best ski resorts, make endless above tree line powder turns, witness the world’s most incredible sunsets, and enjoy some of Chile’s infamous wine.

PowderQuest specializes in taking clients to zones and places you wouldn’t necessarily find on your own. Hidden stashes, short hikes to untouched lines during the day and locally sourced meals paired with some of the best wine in the world in the evening.

Break out of the grind, change your perspective and escape this summer with PowderQuest. The Summer Ski Escape Tour is PowderQuest's most popular tour.

This adventure features 4 fantastic ski resorts in Chile over 7 days (6 days of riding) including Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado & Portillo (PLUS a day of cat skiing at Ski Arpa).

Tour Highlights

  • 7 day-guided Off Piste summer ski and snowboard tour in Chile 6 guests maximum.
  • Always 2 certified PowderQuest guides on every trip
  • Expansive off piste, backcountry skiing and snowboarding at Valle Nevado, La Parva, Colorado, Portillo
  • Ride one of the world’s top rated ski resorts, Portillo
  • Experience Chile’s first cat accessed adventure skiing destination
  • Beautiful culture and landscapes of central Chile
  • Amazing meals and delicious local red wine included
  • Fun nightlife of Farellones and Santiago, Chile
  • Explore the city of Santiago, The New York Times top city to visit in 2011

Terrain & Ability

You ski or snowboard well, and can control your turns in most snow, slope and weather conditions including powder and hard pack, on and off groomed terrain (off-piste). Even though you may have no experience, you are interested in hiking or touring to explore new terrain away from the ski resorts and learn about backcountry safety from certified guides.

To join this tour you should have a good level of fitness and skiers should expect to encounter long traverses to access some of the better terrain at several ski resorts.

Required Equipment

You will require the following equipment to join this tour:
  • Backpack (29-35 liter) with external harness straps for carrying skis or board
  • 457 Khz avalanche transceiver
  • Avalanche snow shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • Collapsible trekking poles for snowboarders
If you don't have your own, PowderQuest can rent this to you.

Itinerary

The tour starts and ends at Santiago Airport (SLC), Chile

Day 1 (Arrival, transfers to Farellones, Ski Half-Day La Parva):

Fly into Santiago, Chile (airport code SCL) by 9:00 AM, meet your group and PowderQuest ski guides and take an unforgettable drive into the mountains to Farellones, Chile’s original ski village. Check into our hotel and have a quick trip introduction followed by an avalanche safety course. Ski in the afternoon at La Parva or Colorado, depending on who has the better snow that day. The first day culminates over an amazing sunset and a fine bottle of Chilean wine before dinner.

Day 2-3 (Ski La Parva or El Colorado):

Every day starts with a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the day ahead. We will head up early to La Parva, Valle Nevado and El Colorado each morning where we will spend the day exploring the vast terrain that creates “Los Tres Valles,” (The Three Valleys). At the end of each day on snow we will enjoy some Chilean Apres Ski and followed by an outstanding home cooked typical Chilean dinner.

Day 4 (Ski half day & transfer to Los Andes):

Breakfast to start the day followed by more off piste skiing in the area before we head to our next location. In the afternoon we will pack up and take a road trip to one of Chile’s wine producing regions and the town of Los Andes where we check in to our lodging followed by an unforgettable dinner with local wines.

Day 5 (Cat skiing at El Arpa):

Breakfast at our hotel before a short 4×4 drive up the dirt road to the snowcat accessed adventure at El Arpa SnowCats, Chile’s first cat ski operation, followed by an evening of Apres Ski and dinner.

Day 6 (Ski Portillo):

Breakfast at our hotel, then head up the road to ski Portillo, Chile’s most famous ski area. After skiing we return to Santiago for our last night celebration dinner on the town before saying goodbye to your guides and trip hosts that night. Overnight in our select 5 star Santiago hotel, ranked top place to visit by The New York Times!

Day 7 (Departure Day)

Departure day. Breakfast included at the hotel. Today you are free to sleep in or explore the city before you go to the airport to catch your return flight home that evening. The hotel front desk can arrange a transfer for you to the airport. Other options are Uber or PowderQuest can arrange a private transfer for you with an English driver if you arrange this with our office in advance. If you prefer to extend your stay for more days in Chile have a look at our suggested add on tab at the top of this page for some great suggestions!

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 for Farellones. If you cannot arrive by 9;00am, PowderQuest suggest flying in the previous day. PowderQuest can arrange hotel and ground transfers.
    • The trip ends on the night of the last day in the itinerary above where you will be staying in a hotel in Santiago, Chile. You can schedule your flight out for the next day. PowderQuest would be happy to arrange your ground transfer to the airport, any extra activities or 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.

    Los Andes (3 nights)

    A modern hotel located in downtown Los Andes, Inca Hotel offers accommodations with double twin, double queen, or single king size beds. Your stay comes complete with a breakfast buffet and WiFi. This is the lodging while at the El Arpa and Portillo resorts.

    Santiago (1 night)

    5-star friendly English owned boutique hotel situated in a converted mansion in the city’s cultural centre, Bellavista.



    2021 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

    Rates

    USD 4,399

    • Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
    • Single travellers, can be placed with a room-mate or request a single room upgrade.
    • GUARANTEED departures; no minimum guest numbers required for tour to run.
    • Payments are in USD
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    Inclusions
    • 6 nights comfortable lodging (twin share) with private en suite
    • Lift tickets, 1 day guided cat skiing at El Arpa
    • Daily breakfasts & dinners (plus red wine & mineral water with dinner)
    • Off-piste & backcountry guiding by 2 certified bi-lingual guides
    • Private ground transport
    • Adventure trips, massage, spas, etc. can replace lift tickets on bad weather days
    • Avalanche safety briefing
    Add-ons
    • Single room upgrade -USD $695 per person
    • Avo safety gear rentals $US140
    Not Included

    Booking & Cancellation Terms & Conditions

    PowderQuest Tours, Inc. Travel Policy Terms and Conditions

    Updated March 28, 2020 due to COVID-19

    These terms will govern your trip with PowderQuest Tours, Inc. (“PowderQuest”). The individuals participating in a trip will be referred to as “Client” throughout the Terms. Any individual booking a trip offered through PowderQuest will be required to agree to the terms.

    The following terms apply to clients joining our guided tours in South America 2020 and Japan 2021. For South America 2021 and Japan 2022 please contact PowderQuest for updated Terms and Conditions.

    Please understand that because the COVID-19 situation is unpredictable and constantly changing, we reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice.

    Before the start of your trip with PowderQuest, you will be required to sign the Participant Agreement Release and Assumption of Risk policy online. You will be provided a hyperlink to access the policy along with instructions on how to sign after booking your trip. You may preview the policy here.

    The Participant Agreement Release and Assumption of Risk policy and the Terms set forth below constitute the entire, complete and exclusive agreement between the Client and PowderQuest and no waiver, modification, alteration or termination thereof shall be permitted unless set forth in writing signed by both parties.

    Reservation Deposit

    In addition to agreeing to the Terms below, the Client will be required to submit to PowderQuest a deposit of $600. Once the Client has paid the deposit, PowderQuest will provide confirmation of Client’s reservation. The remaining balance for the trip will be due seventy (70) days before the trip departure date.

    By agreeing to these terms, PowderQuest will charge your final balance to the credit card you provide. If the outstanding balance is not paid by this time, PowderQuest reserves the right to cancel the Client’s reservation. If a reservation is made less than seventy (70) days prior to trip departure date, the full balance of the trip is due at that time.

    Cancellations

    PowderQuest plans to run all advertised trips as scheduled in 2020 (South America) and 2021 (Japan). However these are unprecedented times and we will closely monitor the situation as we get closer to our departure dates. The well being of our guests, staff and local vendors are paramount. Should PowderQuest cancel your trip, your full payment will be credited towards your choice of any available trip next season in the same country/region.

    Any cancellation by the Client must be made in writing. The date on which PowderQuest receives the Client’s written cancellation will determine the charges applicable. The schedule of Cancellation Charges is as follows:

    Cancellation fee within 70 days:

    61-70 days prior to departure: 50% refund

    31-60 days prior to departure: 25% refund

    30 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% Cancellation Fee

    71+ days prior to departure: Our updated Risk Free Booking Window and Deposit Policy is applied and varies depending on when you booked your trip.

    Risk Free Booking Window Policy for new bookings received on or after March 28, 2020

    After paying your trip deposit, you can cancel at anytime up to 71 days before your trip and select 1 of the following options:

    100% refund on funds paid Move to another date during the same season or credit your payment toward any trip next season in the same country/region

    Should PowderQuest cancel your trip, your full payment will be credited towards your choice of any available trip next season in the same country/region.

    Updated policy for bookings received prior to March 28, 2020

    Final balances will now be automatically collected 70 days before Day 1 of your tour (previously 90 days)

    You now have up to 71 days before Day 1 of your tour to move your trip to a different 2020 date, or credit your deposit to any future trip with zero penalty (see Lifetime deposit).

    Once we are within 70 days, our general cancellation terms apply. Should PowderQuest cancel your trip, your full payment will be credited towards any South America guided trip in 2021.

    Lifetime Deposits Details (only applies to Clients that paid a deposit before March 28, 2020)

    Your deposit becomes a Lifetime Deposit after a 10-day Risk-Free Booking Window. Lifetime Deposits are valid up to the 71 days prior to the scheduled departure.

    Your Lifetime Deposit does not expire and can be used for any available future guided trip. You may also transfer the deposit as a gift to a friend.

    A Lifetime Deposit can be granted once per Client. If a Client needs to cancel a second time, the deposit will be forfeited.

    Transfer of deposit as a gift is valid on new bookings only.

    Lifetime Deposits are not refundable in cash.

    Future trips may have updated Terms and Conditions and Client will need to agree to any updated terms before starting the trip.

    Private customized adventures may be exempt from Lifetime Deposits.

    The value of the Lifetime Deposit is the amount of the original deposit. If the deposit requirements of the new trip being booked are higher, the difference must be paid in order to confirm the booking.

    Lifetime Deposits cannot be combined and are limited to one per tour booked per person.

    Not redeemable with any other offer, discount or promotion.

    Our Lifetime Deposit cannot be used to rebook the same tour at a discounted price.

    Our cancellation policy is strict. We urge you to purchase trip cancellation/ interruption insurance that cover loss of effects, trip delay, cancellation insurance and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client.

    Mandatory Insurance

    In addition to the suggested trip cancellation/ interruption insurance, it is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses, and air ambulance (emergency evacuation). If you are joining our Off-Piste or Backcountry trips, you need to make sure your insurance covers off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the countries you will be visiting. Evidence of this insurance needs to be provided to PowderQuest. In the event evidence of insurance is not provided, PowderQuest reserves the right to cancel the Client’s reservation.

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    Guaranteed Departures

    Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the current COVID-19 situation around the globe we have temporarily paused our Guaranteed Departures program.

    PowderQuest cannot be held responsible for departures that are canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to natural disasters, political instability, disease, terrorist activities, or strikes. Therefore we strongly urge you to purchase cancellation/ interruption insurance. If we do need to cancel due to circumstances beyond our control, we give you a spot on another departure of the same trip, or a full credit to use towards any of our other trips.

    Services Not Covered

    Additional activities may be offered by PowderQuest during a trip. Client, however, will be responsible for all extra expenses incurred as a result of Client’s participation in the activity. Only those activities described in the trip description are included in the total cost of the trip. Client will be responsible for charges issued by any airline used while on tour for any or all of the following: Excess baggage, over weight, oversize, or ski and snowboard charges.

    Most tours include meals and drinks. Details are indicated on our website. When meals and drinks are not included, client will be responsible for his expenses.

    Price Adjustments

    PowderQuest reserves the right to adjust (increase or decrease) the price of a trip due to changes in exchange rates, increases in air fares or other transportation costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In the event the price adjustment is an increase, PowderQuest will be responsible for the first 2% of the increase and Client will be responsible for the balance.

    Changes to Itinerary

    Client acknowledges that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and changes to the itinerary may occur. Therefore, the agreed upon itinerary does not serve as a contractual obligation on the part of PowderQuest. Client understands that the route, schedules, itinerary, amenities and mode of transportation may be changed without prior notice due to local circumstances or events, which may include sickness or mechanical break down, flight cancellation, strikes, events occurring due to political disputes, entry or border difficulties, climate and other unforeseeable circumstances. In the unlikely event the group is unable to travel as described on the itinerary due to weather or road closures, additional accommodations may be required. Expenses for additional accommodations will be charged to the Client.

    While PowderQuest will make its best effort to provide its services as advertised, changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed appropriate, advisable or necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. If PowderQuest makes a change in the trip, the client will be informed prior to departure when possible. If the change is made due to unforeseen circumstances no compensation is payable.

    Trip Guides; Laws

    The trip guide’s decisions will be final on all matters. The client will at all times comply with the laws of all countries visited. If the client fails to comply with any law, or refuses to comply with the decisions of the trip guide, then the trip guide may dismiss the Client from the trip, and Client will have no right to any refund.

    Health, Fitness and Ability

    Given the nature of the trips, PowderQuest requires that Client acknowledge that he or she is in good health and physical shape at a required level appropriate for this form of adventure activity. Client represents that he or she is capable of participating in all activities without endangering himself or herself or any other of the Clients or guides of PowderQuest. Client agrees to provide pertinent medical and health details in our pre-trip questionnaire. If the client fails to provide pertinent details or does not meet the required physical, health or ability levels, then the trip guide may not allow the Client to participate in select guided activities. The trip guide may dismiss the Client from the trip, and Client will have no right to any refund.

    Claims and Complaints

    If Client has a complaint against PowderQuest, Client must first inform the trip guide of the complaint while on the trip so that the trip guide has a chance to rectify the situation. Any further claim or complaint against the PowderQuest must be received within thirty (30) days of the end of the trip.

    Travel Documents

    Client agrees to have a valid passport and necessary visas, permits, certificates of vaccination and any other necessary document for traveling to the destinations of the trip. PowderQuest does not assume any responsibility for securing those travel documents necessary for the trip and said responsibility will be that of the Client. Any advice or information provided by PowderQuest with respect to visas, vaccinations, passports, clothing, climate, baggage, special equipment, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility of PowderQuest.

    Airlines

    The responsibility of the airline is limited to the carriage of passengers and baggage in accordance to the conditions of carriage. When the client has arranged for airfare through PowderQuest, it is not responsible for the carriage of the clients. Client acknowledges that it is his responsibility to arrive on time for departure, and Client acknowledges that these arrangements are made in good faith but are in no way legally binding.

    Photographic and Video Release

    Client agrees to permit PowderQuest employees and other guests to take photographs and make film and digital records of the trip without further recourse. I understand and agree that such photographs and/or film records may be used for commercial and/or promotional purposes.

    Equipment

    Client agrees to arrive with required equipment as listed on trip packing list and that required equipment is in good working order and ready to use upon arrival. If Client does not have this equipment, Client agrees to contact PowderQuest to arrange appropriate rentals.

    I understand that PowderQuest may rent or outfit me with equipment required for backcountry travel or other tour use. I agree to treat the equipment as if it were my own, and if damaged or destroyed, I am responsible for the cost of the equipment, to be paid immediately and that may include international shipping costs and additional taxes.