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Ski Arpa Day Trip from Santiago

Ski Arpa Day Trip from Santiago3.5/54
Ski Arpa Day Trip from Santiago3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Ski Arpa Day Trip from Santiago - Reviews

Ski Arpa Day Trip from Santiago - Reviews

A Chile Must-Do

POWDERHOUNDS.COM17/10/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

A Chile Must-Do

POWDERHOUNDS.COM17/10/2013
You don’t go to Arpa cat skiing with the expectation of being pampered. Nor do you go with the anticipation of using your beloved snorkel. You go with the prospect of a great adventure and skiing or snowboarding your butt off!

The sensational terrain is the highlight of Arpa, with steep fall-line runs that will potentially destroy your thighs. Most of the terrain is well suited to advanced riders, but for experts there are great rock bands that provide a variety of lines, some of which could be categorised as triple blacks. Another great thing about Arpa cat skiing is that it provides extraordinary value for money.

Cons: it is either tricky or costly to get to Arpa; the operation is heavily weather-dependent and the road may be closed for a couple of days after a heavy snowfall; safety briefings are absent and safety strategies are not obvious to guests; the snowcats are very no-frills and one is a stand-up affair so there’s no chance to rest the legs if they’re weary; and Arpa only has an average snowfall of 5 metres per season. Like elsewhere in Chile (especially where there is treeless terrain), the quality of the snow can be incredibly variable, but at least you know that there are no crowds to track out the snow.

Staying in accommodation in the Los Andes area provides a great opportunity to get away from the ski resorts and experience some of the real culture of Chile. An Arpa cat skiing experience is definitely worth adding to your Chile ski holiday.