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Summer Snow Escape Off-Piste

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USD 4,299

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
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
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Guaranteed departures; you book, you travel!
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 4,299
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!
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Summer Snow Escape Off-Piste

PowderQuest is a US company with over 15 years of experience in the South American Andes. They provide two certified & experienced guides for each tour (max 8 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 snowboarders 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 San Esteban):
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 San Esteban 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
    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
    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.

    Santiago
    4-star hotel close to outstanding restaurants, nightlife and tourist attractions. WIFI internet, international breakfast buffet, gym, and business center with easy access to the airport, shopping districts, and surrounding ski destinations.

    Nights in each location:

      • 4 nights in Farellones
      • 2 night San Esteban
      • 1 night in Santiago

    Powder Lodge Farellones

    San Esteban hacienda

    Santiago 4-star hotel

    2019 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

    Rates

    USD 4,299
    • 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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    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

    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.