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My trip with Andes Ski Tours was a wonderful experience! It more than met my expectations and certainly defines what the word service means. Just showed up at the airport in Santiago and Sergio and Willie took care of the rest. Had a great time even though I was older than the "oldest" of the other seven guests. Sergio worked tirelessly to make sure all went well and that our needs were met. Highlight of the trip was heli-skiing to 14,500 feet in the Andean sunshine and pow. Wow. I doubt that you will find a better and more conscientous tour guide anywhere!
Bill Muhs
Bozeman, Montana
Taste of Paradise tour 2003

Andes Ski Tours Powder Dreams tour was the best ski trip I have ever taken. The tour was planned at just the right time in the season for us to enjoy the best snow conditions for 14 days straight. The Andes Ski Tours staff is very helpful with reservations, transportation, and making sure we get the most out of our time on the slopes, and they have the best knowledge of the mountains. We could ski at our own pace: There was always the opportunity to either ski all day or take it easy. The best thing I can say about Andes Ski Tours, is that I'll be taking the same tour next year, there is no doubt about it.

Doug Palmatier
San Jose, California
Powder Dreams tour 2002

The way I found Sergio is actually an interesting story. I was in Valle Nevado in 2004 and my main goal was to go Heli-skiing there. I went to the office every day to try and get in on a flight, but to no avail, they were always booked. I began to lose hope. However, everything changed when a chair lift broke down. A friend who I was at Valle Nevado with was just trying snowboarding for the first time. She rode the beginners lift all day until it broke. This forced her to ski an intermediate slope and in her struggle to make it she bumped into Sergio and ended up riding the chair with him. On the chair lift she learned that Sergio was currently guiding and the owner of Andes Ski Tours. My friend explained that I was also on the resort and desperately trying to go heli-skiing. Sergio mentioned  he had an open spot on a flight and I should just stop by his room. I stopped by Sergio's room and sure enough the next day I was flying with him an some of his clients. It was the most awesome day of snowboarding I had experienced.

Ever since then I have always kept in touch with Sergio. Although I don’t always have the time to attend a full tour with Sergio, I meet him and tour and heli-ski with him as much as possible. The last time was last year in 2006. I joined him in the Chile portion of a tour. We had two days of Heli-skiing out of Valle Nevado that topped the previous years. It was truly amazing.  The experience is unforgettable. We also did Arpa which was Cat Skiing and that was another awesome experience. Finally I joined them for Portillo and then had to go back to work. The best part of the trip has to be the Heli-skiing. It is a lifetime experience.

I had no issues with lodging or transportation and to be honest, there was nothing I would have done differently. As far as the other logistics go and having everything taken care of by Sergio and Andes Ski Tours, they truly do a great job. From all my experiences with Sergio, he has been a very dependable person. I trust him to handle everything. He knows how to get things done and makes things happen down there. I can see that he truly cares about his clients and he does all he can to make the trip an experience of a lifetime for them. I can tell you from my experience that every trip I have joined him for has been an experience to remember.

Jason Holzer
Miami, Florida
Chile heli-skiing 2007

Sergio and Billy were perfect hosts, they understand service and customer care. I never touched my luggage from airport to airport. Chile and Argentina are their area of expertise and they took all of the effort out of the work side of the holiday and left us with the very best of the available snowboarding that the Andes had to offer.

Andes Ski Tours will give you the ultimate in carefree, Andes Paradise! Great hotels, effortless transfers. The magnificently beautiful Argentine women you can find on your own but in other areas it is fantastically easy to have Sergio and his team to help ease your way and save you time. Nothing is too much or too difficult - A lesson in client satisfaction.

Ross Thew
Sultanate of Oman
Powder Dreams tour 2004

I spent 2 very enjoyable weeks in Chile and Argentina last year with Sergio and Andes Ski Tours.

We had a fantastic time, Sergio's organization was brilliant - everything was sorted out for us no matter how trivial or difficult.
In fact, we arrived a day late and the group was already in the mountains. Sergio arranged a driver and a translator to meet us at Santiago Airport to look after us and then drive us up to Valle Nevado.

The hotels were all excellent and this really made the holiday.

The group was of mixed ability but Willy our snowboard guide knew his way around all the different resorts, and pushed us hard each day! Just what we needed.

I really recommend you go with Andes Ski Tours.

Duncan Kilborn
London, UK
Powder Dreams tour 2005

Hey Sergio,

What can I say?  We had an INCREDIBLE trip. Thanks again for helping us put it together. This was without a doubt the best vacation of my life and I can thank Andes Ski Tours for putting it together for me.  Fantastic skiing -- you've got to love knee-deep powder in September -- great nightlife, excellent food and accommodations at Virgo hotel...Everything was perfect!  We'll be back next year and many more seasons to come!"

Ben Padnos
Manhattan Beach, California
Las Lenas private trip 2003

Hi Sergio,

We're home safely from Argentina.  We had such a lovely time; thank you so much for the pre-trip and trip support (As well as the champagne!). We hope to return to Patagonia for our anniversary in the future. Eolo was an absolute gem.

I will be sure to speak highly of Andes Ski Tours.
Take good care and thanks again!

Anne Marie Inneo & Colin Matthews
Oakville, Ontario
Honeymoon trip 2008
Hi Sergio,

I made it back to California. I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful trip. I had such a good time skiing and making new friends. I wanted to really explore the ski options in South American and you delivered. I'm sure traveling to ski in our summer will become a yearly event for me. Enjoy your next ski trip and let me know when you'll be in SF and I'll be the tour guide. Tell Billy I said hi.

Take Care,
Shane Brentham
San Diego, California
Powder Dreams tour 2006

I went to South America with Andes Ski Tours in August 2003. It was an incredible experience. I had always wanted to ski Las Lenas and decided to do it for my 40th birthday.

I wanted to do something special so one day I just went on-line and found Andes Ski Tours. I couldn’t find much info about them, but spoke with Sergio on the phone and just  felt comfortable and decided to go for it. I am a strong skier and knew I could keep up, and I travel all over the world for work and therefore wasn’t concerned about that either.

It ended up being me, 6 guys ranging in age from 31-36, one older man of 62 (an excellent skier), and Sergio and a second guide. It was so much more than I expected. The people were all friendly and easy going. I regularly stay in touch with several of them, and 4 of us went to Jackson Hole in Wyoming with other friends last February.

The accommodations were better than I expected and the food was great. We didn’t have fabulous snow, but it didn’t matter. We went heli-skiing to chase some powder, which ended up being one of the highlights of the trip. The South American people, the culture, Sergio’s kindness, the organization of the trip – it all ran so smoothly that it was hard to leave!! All the guys made a big deal of my birthday and made the day really special. I was even given one dozen long stem roses and we were at the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere!

My plans are to return next season to create new memories!

Hilary Foster
East Hanover, New Jersey
Taste of Paradise tour 2004

Hi Paula,

I want to thank you for all of your hard work to make our trip possible and a success. It would not have been possible without your effort.
We look forward to many more trips in the future and our continued relationship.

Best wishes!

Bob Perlmutter
Aspen, Colorado
Las Lenas ski trip 2007

Had no idea what to expect when we signed on with Andes Ski Tours and we're pleasantly surprised. Not only a good variety of terrain and experience but we had a ton of fun-made a lot of new friends whom since have joined us for some skiing here north of the equator where we live in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Sergio is professional, fun and a very organized host.

Neil Suzzman
Sun Valley, Idaho
Powder Dreams tour 2006


Just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to tell you how wonderful our trip was. Thanks so much for all the arrangements, everything went very smoothly. The views from our rooms at the Panamericano Hotel in Bariloche were just SPECTACULAR!

Again, I can't thank you enough. The hotel was great; and the plane and transfers were all perfectly scheduled! It makes traveling so much less stressful when everything runs as smoothly as it has when we've used your travel services. We will be contacting you toward the end of the year for our new trip plans. Sorry we didn't get to meet you but there will always be next time!


Patricia Chinn
Dallas, Texas
Bariloche customized trip 2005

Hey Sergio!

Just a quick hello on behalf of Kevin and myself.

Once again thanks for a great time!! Everything came together and we both thank you for a great time!! What you did for us at Valle Nevado to make up for our late arrival showed a lot of class and responsibility on your part. We really appreciated it.

I would also like to add that we look forward to doing another trip with you! Although Billy and you started out as our guides, we feel that we came away with 2 more friends in this world of ours!  

Thanks again Sergio! 

John Duarte
Denver, Colorado
Taste of Paradise tour 2003
A friend and I took a tour last year with Andes Ski Tours and I could not say anything but great things about our experience.  

Since it was my first South American skiing trip, I was a little nervous about what to expect. However, Sergio had everything taken care of perfectly. Our hotel, the Virgo, was the best accommodations in Las Lenas, the food at the hotel was OUTSTANDING, the skiing was phenomenal (endless fresh powder) and the nightlife was incredible. In addition the other guests at the Virgo, along with the staff there, were very personable and quickly became friends of ours.  

We were quite sad to leave...so, we had to book another trip with Sergio for this August. I already am counting the days. I wholeheartedly recommend Andes Ski Tours - you undoubtedly will have an amazing vacation with them!¡
Ben King
Los Angeles, California
Las Lenas private trip 2003

Dear Sergio,

I would like to thank you for your kind assistance before and during our trip over Argentina and Chile. There are in fact only a few operators delivering the level of service you provided us with and I do hope you always stand by those principles rarely seen these days in the travel industry.

Once again thank you for everything and for the delicious chocolates and champagne you sent to us in Chile. I want you to know that you have good friends over here in Mexico.

With warm regards,

Elias, Rosita and Tamara
Elias Steiner
Mexico D.F.
Argentina & Chile private tour 2003

Hi Sergio

It was a great trip! With so many highlights and we certainly enjoyed meeting you and the dinner with you at La Brigada. I am not quite sure anymore from where I sent you the last e-mail, but the remainder of the trip, including Bariloche and the Andean Lake transfer as well as the stay at Colonos del Sur hotel with the incredible view over Lake Llanquihue and Osorno volcano were great.

Will send you a more complete description and input in a couple of days from home, but I can say right up-front that we very much enjoyed all facets of the trip and the organization you put together to make it complete was very well done and perfect!

Thanks again for all the work and our very best regards

Joe Weber
Yorktown Heights, New York
Argentina & Chile customized trip 2006


Just a quick note to say that Duncan and I had a really good holiday and would like to thank you for your hard work, as it made the trip an unforgettable holiday.  Please pass on our Regards to Willy.

Best Wishes

Etienne Prongue
Fulham, London
Powder Dreams tour 2005


Thank you for a wonderful trip. We had a great time, all was great.
Everything worked out amazing!

Thanks again!

We left a nice bottle of wine for you as a present with the front desk of the Four Seasons together with a note.


Ron Bauer
Vancouver, British Columbia
High Andes private tour 2006

Hi Sergio,

Thanks again for a wonderful vacation. I look forward to doing it again next year!
Please tell Billy I said hello!

All the best,

Daniel Nagel
San Diego, California
Taste of Paradise tour 2003


We had the most amazing six days in Portillo. Skiing was brilliant and although it was difficult at first, we managed to get the hang of it and enjoy by the end of the holiday.

The service and food at the hotel were absolutely amazing - we have never felt so pampered in all our lives and probably never will! The girls and I would just like to thank you so much for organizing everything for us!

Thanks again,

Jacinta, Liz, Grainne and Aoife

Jacinta O´Connor
Dublin, Ireland
Portillo ski trip 2002
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