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Ultimate Andes Adventure

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USD 6,799

GUIDED OFF-PISTE & BC ROAD TRIP
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | Max 6 Guests

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 6,799
Lift assisted touring extravaganza for advanced to expert skiers & snowboarders to 3 of Chile's best ski resorts and then a finale at the huge Las Lenas in Argentina. This tour is for advanced to experts who want to ski/ride South America's premium steep & deep!
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Fixed Date(s): Aug 22 - Aug 31, 2024
Days: 10
Price: USD 6,799
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Ultimate Andes Adventure Overview

 The Ultimate Andes Adventure Tour is a guided lift assisted backcountry touring extravaganza for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders to the best of Chile and Argentina including special lift line priority in Las Lenas!

This 10 day classic starts with a few days exploring epic lines of powder at the resorts of Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva.  

Then you will fly across the massive Andean mountains to the beautiful city of Mendoza, Argentina. From here it is an incredible road trip with lunch at a winery on-route to Las Lenas. This mountain is renowned for some of the best off-piste, backcountry & extreme terrain in the world!

Ability (Advanced to Expert) & Tour Focus

This 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Special lift line, off-piste and cat ski priority in Las Lenas via the Extreme Expedition program
  • 10 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 & Las Lenas
  • Ski the best powder in South America including Las Lenas, Argentina
  • Distinct cultures and landscapes of Chile and Argentina
  • Lunch and wine tasting at one of Mendoza's top vineyards
  • Fantastic breakfast, dinners and red wine included

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago, Ski El Colorado

  • Nearest international airport: Santiago (SCL)
  • Meet your PowderQuest ski guides and group at 10:00am in the Wyndham Santiago Pettra Hotel lobby (Let us know if you would like us to book you a room for the night before our meet-up)
  • Drive to Farellones, Chile’s iconic mountain village
  • Check into our cozy lodge located at 7874 feet above sea level
  • Ski El Colorado Resort warm up day
  • Backcountry and mountain snow safety review led by our ACMG or IFMGA ski guide
  • Group dinner with epic sunset and Chilean red wine

Day 2-3: Off Piste & Backcountry - Valle Nevado, La Parva & El Colorado

  • Group breakfast
  • Backcountry out of La Parva, Valle Nevado and El Colorado – “The Three Valleys” between 9000-12000 feet above sea level
  • Chilean Apres ski
  • Watch the sunset from the outdoor hot tub or grab a sauna or massage
  • Authentic Chilean home cooked group dinner

Day 4: More Ski/Snowboarding in Tres Valles. Overnight in Santiago

  • Group breakfast
  • Pack up/check out
  • More backcountry skiing in “The Three Valleys”
  • Check-in to our hotel in Santiago
  • Group dinner

Day 5: Rest your legs today and get ready for our big travel day to beautiful Las Lenas. Fly across the mighty Andes to Mendoza, Argentina with lunch and wine tasting during our road safari to Las Lenas.:

  • Group breakfast in Santiago
  • 1 hour flight to Mendoza across the stunning Andes Mountains range
  • Beautiful road safari through wine country to Las Lenas
  • Deluxe lunch and wine tasting at an Uco Valley vineyard
  • Continue our road journey through the lunar like landscape of the Mendoza Province
  • Check-in to our Las Lenas hotel for next 5 nights
  • Dinner

Day 6-9: Off-piste & BC at Las Lenas

  • Daily breakfast at our hotel
  • Full days exploring the best terrain of Las Lenas resort and backcountry
  • Optional cat skiing if weather and conditions allow
  • Dinners with local red wine
  • Explore the booming nightlife of Las Lenas or rest up for another adventure tomorrow

Day 10: Return to Santiago 

  • Breakfast
  • Depart Las Lenas and return to Mendoza airport in our private shuttle
  • Mendoza-Santiago 50 minute flight
  • Farewell to the group
  • Fly home from Santiago airport or...
  • Want to extend your trip? Ask when you enquire

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.

Santiago (1 night)

TBA
 

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

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2024 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
  • GUARANTEED departures; no minimum guest numbers required for tour to run.
  • Payments are in USD
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
  • 9 nights lodging (twin share) with private bathrooms
  • Guided off-piste & backcountry riding with 2 certified bilingual guides
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners (plus red wine & mineral water with dinner)
  • Lift tickets
  • Round trip airfare Santiago-Mendoza & private ground transport
  • Vineyard lunch & wine tasting on day 5
  • Maximum 6 guests per tour
  • Avalanche safety introduction
  • Lift line priority at Las Leñas
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrade
  • Equipment rentals
Not Included
  • Travel insurance (required) - buy travel insurance online here
  • International flights - search for cheapest flights here
  • Lunches, snacks, alcohol, dinners (apart from those advertised above)
  • Required equipment (see above)
  • Visas, passport or reciprocity fees
  • Ski & snowboard rentals
  • additional baggage fees on our included flight. Allowance of 1 bag, 23 kg (50 lbs)

PowderQuest Tours, Inc. Travel Policy Terms and Conditions for guided trips

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. 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 a deposit to PowderQuest. Most trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit at time of booking, plus any costs for optional extras. Examples of optional extras are room upgrades, equipment rentals, trip extensions etc.

You must purchase travel insurance after booking to cover you for trip cancellation.

Once the Client has paid the deposit, PowderQuest will provide confirmation of Client’s reservation. The remaining balance for the trip will be due ninety (90) 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 charge a $100 late fee or cancel the Client’s reservation. If a reservation is made less than ninety (90) days prior to trip departure date, the full balance of the trip is due at that time.

Cancellations by Client

Any cancellation by the Client must be made in writing via email. The date on which PowderQuest receives the Client’s written cancellation will determine the charges applicable. The policies outlined below take into consideration the costs PowderQuest incurs long before travelers ever depart. The schedule of Cancellation charges is as follows:

91+ days prior to trip: Non-refundable deposit 61-90 days prior to departure: 50% refund 60 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% Cancellation Fee

Travel Insurance

Our cancellation policy is strict. You are required 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.

In addition, it is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses.

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. It needs to cover air ambulance (emergency evacuation).

For trips involving mechanized access in the backcountry (snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters, boats etc.) be sure your policy covers these activities. 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. 

We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your PowderQuest booking.

PowderQuest cannot be held responsible for departures that are canceled or changed due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to natural disasters, political instability, disease, pandemics, border closures, travel bans, quarantines, terrorist activities, or strikes. Purchasing a Cancel For Any Reason insurance will provide additional benefits and reimbursement during pandemics and more. 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 in the same country the following season.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

While the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer considered a global emergency, coronavirus disease still exists and people continue to get infected and sick. If you display flu or COVID-19 symptoms in the lead-up to your trip, please do not travel. To aid in arriving healthy, we recommend wearing a mask while en route to our trips, including on flights and public transit.

If a Client starts experiencing symptoms on the trip, we will ask them to take a test for COVID-19. If negative, we will take no further action. If the test is positive, that Client is unable to participate in the tour until they’ve isolated themselves from the group for a minimum of 5 days, are symptom-free, and have cleared all local protocols. Our team will help any affected travellers make alternative arrangements including securing a private room, mask purchases, testing, etc. Your required travel insurance can help cover these costs if you do test positive while traveling. In addition, if a test does come back positive, the guides will suggest mask wearing as a group especially when proper distancing is not possible (traveling in our vehicles for example).

Clients shall not receive a refund for any portion of the Trip price, used or unused. PowderQuest shall not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by Client as a result of his/her illness. Additionally, PowderQuest shall not be responsible for any expenses incurred by Client as a result of any required or recommended treatment for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases including, but not limited to, transportation, accommodation, or medical expenses.

PowderQuest is following recommended guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as local authorities where applicable.

Lastly, please note that harassment or violence of any kind towards staff or other guests will not be tolerated, especially in regard to any of our safety or operations policies and protocols.

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

Price Adjustments

PowderQuest reserves the right to adjust the price of a trip due to changes in exchange rates, inflation, 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, weather, climate, snow conditions 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 if available.

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.