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Powder Dreams is your chance to ski and ride the endless powder of Argentina and Chile. This 14-day adventure will take you to 6 of the best ski resorts in South America including Valle Nevado, Ski Arpa Cat Skiing and Portillo in Chile and our home resort Las Lenas in Argentina. Our guests will ski up to 13 days, stay at the finest lodging available at each destination and will experience the unique and excellent service Andes Ski Tours offers.

On top of the 2 full days of cat skiing at Ski Arpa resort we always have time for a day or two of heli-skiing!
Come join us in our most popular tour. A whole new ski experience is awaiting!
 
Up to 13 days on the slopes.
13 nights in the Andes.
8 guests with 2 guides. 5:1 guest to guide ratio for smaller groups.
Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado,
Ski Arpa Cat-Skiing, Portillo and
Las Lenas.
All deluxe ski-in ski-out hotels. Guests will be accommodated on a twin share basis but single supplements are available (Contact us for pricing).
Valle Nevado, Valle Nevado Hotel
Jahuel, Termas de Jahuel Hotel & Spa
Santiago, Marriott Santiago Hotel
Las Lenas, Virgo Hotel
Most rooms are standard ones. Please contact us for upgrades or special requests.
Our guests will be outfitted with avalanche equipment including transceivers.
We will be in touch at all times with our Motorola FRS radios.
July 29th – Aug 11th
Aug 12th – Aug 25th
Sep 4th – Sep 17th
July 29th: US$ 8,750 (*)
Aug 12th: US$ 8,750 (*)
Sep 4th: US$ 7,800 (*)
For the 2011 season we will use private deluxe vans from airports to ski areas, assistance vehicles when needed and will fly LAN Chile round trip over the Andes.
Valle Nevado: Half Board & Après ski snack.
Termas de Jahuel: Breakfast & dinner.
Ski Arpa: Box lunch.
Santiago: Lunch & Breakfast.
Mendoza: Lunch - Asado - at winery.
Las Lenas: Half Board.
Andes Ski Tours trip leaders will take care of all luggage handling and ski/snowboard equipment rental when requested. Luggage forwarding service is also available.
All lift tickets & 2 full days of Cat Skiing at Ski Arpa including 6 runs per day.
Advanced and higher recommended.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BB Buffet Breakfast | BL Box lunch | L Lunch
AS Après ski snack | GD Gourmet dinner
 
 
Day 1 | Arrival in Chile.
The group gathers in Santiago de Chile and heads to Valle Nevado. Full days skiing in Valle Nevado.
Valle Nevado Hotel, Standard Room. GD.
Days 2-4 | The Three Valleys of the Andes.
During these three days we explore the slopes of Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado ski areas. Heli-skiing in the Chilean Andes is for sure one of the trip highlights.
Valle Nevado Hotel, Standard Room. BB, AS, GD.
Day 5 | Termas de Jahuel & Ski Arpa.
Today we leave Valle Nevado and ride north to Termas de Jahuel, home of one of the finest spas and hot springs in Chile. We will use this lodge as our base to go Cat-Skiing at Ski Arpa.
Termas de Jahuel Hotel & Spa, Superior Room. BB, L, GD.
Days 6-7 | Snowcat Skiing at Ski Arpa.
We spend two days cat-skiing at the only snowcat operation in Chile, Ski Arpa. We have included 6 runs each day. Book your massage sessions and spa treatments to finish an unforgettable Andean day.
Termas de Jahuel Hotel & Spa, Superior Room. BB, BL, GD.
Day 8 | Ski Portillo.
Last day of skiing in Chile. We spend a full day skiing in Portillo. Heli-skiing is available. We spend the night in Santiago de Chile.
Santiago Marriott Hotel, Deluxe Room. BB.
Day 9 | From Chile to Argentina.
We fly over the Andes to Argentina where a typical Asado for lunch awaits. Private visit and wine tasting at one of the finest vineyards such as the famous Bodega Salentein. Ride to Las Lenas.
Virgo Hotel, Standard Mountain Room. BB, GD.
Days 10-13 | Las Lenas Ski Resort.
We spend four days exploring this incredible area. We focus on a combination of on-piste skiing, inbounds off-piste exploration, moderate to intense hikes and cat skiing. Las Lenas sets the standard for nightlife.
Virgo Hotel, Standard Mountain Room. BB, GD.
Day 14 | Departure.
Last run in South America. Farewell lunch in San Rafael, half way to Mendoza airport. Flight to Santiago to connect with your international departure. BB, L.
 
 
 
     
     
   
 
 
  After your arrival at Santiago's Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport you will be welcomed by our guides who will be travelling along with you through the entire trip.
Some of our guests may decide to arrive one day early in order to get some rest after their international flight. We will take care of your transportation and pick-up service at your arrival as well as your hotel reservations in Santiago.

Once we have met each other we will start our adventure with a short but picturesque drive (2 hours) along the Mapocho River heading east deep into the Chilean Andes. After enjoying this breathtaking mountain road views we arrive at Valle Nevado at 3,025 mts. (9,860 ft). This world-class resort with the largest skiable area in South America will be home for the next four nights.

Get ready as today the fun begins! Do not worry about checking-in or having your luggage sent to your room. Your guides will assist you with all those matters. If you arrived in Santiago a day early we strongly recommend you to start this day dressed for skiing as we will arrive before check in time and changing clothes in Valle Nevado may be a slow process.

Today we will explore the fun slopes of Valle Nevado and its famous powder. Here with the summit elevation at 3,670 meters (12,040 ft.) the snow quality is simply excellent. After this active day we will enjoy an après ski snack at our cozy slope side hotel. Remember breakfast and dinner are included with our stay.
 
 
You might haven't thought about this but you just woke up at 9860 ft. in the heart of the massive Cordillera de los Andes! Today we ski and ride the pristine powder of Valle Nevado.
After an early breakfast we hit the slopes of this major ski resort in Chile. With lifts quickly climbing from the Prado base at 2,860 meters (9,384 ft.) to Cerro Tres Puntas at 3,670 meters (12,040 ft.) this all above tree line resort offers a variety of runs and fun slopes, wide open bowls, steeps and chutes.

In almost all of our Powder Dreams tours our guests decided to go heli-skiing. Reaching the surrounding high peaks of the Andes at 4,600 meters (13,780 ft.) this is an unforgettable experience for those who want to ski and ride the deep and untouched powder of the Southern Hemisphere.
After a great day in the mountains it is time to indulge. The hotels here offer a heated pool, sauna, weight room and massages. Enjoy the après ski activities and choose one of the five different restaurants. From Chilean to Italian, American, French and international the cuisine is delicious. After dinner a pub and live music are waiting for you!
 
 
 
Today we explore La Parva. This resort is reminiscent of a small village in the European Alps. Even when you won't find as many tourist services as in Valle Nevado La Parva is called the Aspen of Chile.
With a vertical drop of 960 meters (3,150 ft.) this uncrowded resort offers free riding for all levels, long and steep GS-style groomed runs and tons of snow. And for those looking for more challenging terrain you can explore the lift-served off piste area featuring deep powder bowls and cornices or hike to access the thrilling steep chutes of the south faces such as "La Chimenea" and "La Cara".

La Parva features 75% of sunny days during the winter season. On any of these blue bird sky days you can't miss the views of the Andes and the city of Santiago. Now it is time to go back to our hotel and relax. Once again the tough call is yours. Chilean or International cuisine? Red or white wine? Enjoy!
 
 
 
  Good morning! After a good sleep we hit the slopes of Valle Nevado and its great powder. Today we will focus on fun skiing and snowboarding at the largest South American ski resort. Thanks to the lift link between La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado the skiable area here is huge.

As we provide our guests with a 3-mountain lift ticket you will be free to decide where you want to ski without being limited to one ski area only. Your guides will go show you how to ski all three areas in a loop loosing no time and getting the best out of your day. If you want to push your limits heli-skiing is available. This unique adventure lets you experience the magic of the Andes. Discover glaciers, slopes covered with eternal snow and spectacular descends through untouched powder. After skiing fun continues. Let's enjoy dinner in Valle Nevado for the last time - this year - and get ready to party with locals and other skiers and snowboarders from all over the world.
 
 
  Get ready! We have an active day ahead of us! Based on the morning snow conditions we will either continue skiing and snowboarding Valle Nevado or start our drive to Termas de Jahuel our base for the next two days of snowcat skiing. Our ride descends back to Santiago de Chile where we will stop for lunch - courtesy of Andes Ski Tours - and for some last minute shopping or ATM access. Keep in mind there are no ATM´s in Jahuel or Portillo.

After lunch in Santiago we start a 2-hour drive first heading north to the city of Los Andes at 822 mts. (2,983 ft.) and then northeast to Jahuel where the Termas de Jahuel Hotel & Spa is located. We will spend 3 nights here. Enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding mountain and the San Fernando valley, the fantastic gourmet cuisine and some of the best hot springs and spa treatments in Chile!
 
 
  After spending our first night at the Termas de Jahuel hot springs we head east driving our 4WD trucks through vinyards and fruit plantations quickly accessing the high mountain valleys and the Ski Arpa terrain. The views from this panoramic road are trully amazing. The remote location of this operation makes it hard to access using regular cars which means the 4,000+ acres will be opened just for a few skiers at a time. Depending on the day there may be only one or two of the cats running. Imagine a place bigger than Snowmass just for you and your friends.

We will hit different faces of this mountain but the southeastern slopes will be our target as they hold the best conditions. Ski Arpa has it all from wide open bowls to steep chutes. A short hike to "Alto del Arpa" will give us the chance to drop into some of the best runs here: "Le Cirque" and "Avalanchas".
After a full day ripping powder at Ski Arpa - which included luch at the top of the mountain overlooking the Jahuel valleys to the East and the Cerro Aconcagua to the West - we head back to Termas de Jahuel for a relaxing massage, a bath at one of the thermal swimming pools or just a quick nap before dinner.
 
 
Once again we head to Ski Arpa discovering new views of the magnificent Andes Range. The 50+ minute drive up includes some sections of pavement and gravel. The last 4 miles will be a lot of fun as the road is actually a mining track up the mountain. As we drive 4WD vehicles this is no problem at all.
Another great day is ahead of us. Run after run we continue enjoying what Ski Arpa has to offer: Some of the best terrain in the area combined with awesome powder conditions.

Skiing and snowboarding in Arpa means exploring a quite unique area where not many people have skied before. In fact thought Ski Arpa existed for a long time they have been in operation only for a couple of years making it one of the hidden gems in Chile.
With a summit reaching 3,780 meters (12,400 ft.) and the base located at 2,690 meters (8,830 ft.) the skiable vertical drop is over the 1,080 meters or 3,500 ft.
We say goodbye to Ski Arpa and head back to Termas de Jahuel Hotel & Spa. We have something special organized at the hotel as this is going to be our last night at the Chilean mountains.
 
 
 
Early in the morning we leave Termas de Jahuel and head east to one of the best ski areas in Chile: Portillo Ski Resort. The road with amazing vistas of the Andes quickly climbs to Portillo located at 2,850meters (9,350 ft.) above sea level. Arriving at South America's best-known ski resort is simply invigorating. Prepare not only for skiing and riding but for socializing, relaxing and restoring the mind and body in a natural environment nothing less than spectacular.

Because of the altitude and location the snow here is extremely dry and temperatures are low. Since it is surrounded by the high Andes peaks including the Cerro Aconcagua across the Argentinean border - the highest mountain in the continent reaching 6,959 meters (22,841 ft.) - the panorama is spectacular!
We will focus on the famous steeps and chutes of Portillo. Roca Jack and its numerous possibilities traversing south are the choice for locals and experts as well. On the other side Condor provides a slightly longer vertical drop, drier snow and greater variety. Hiking in the chutes above the Va et Vient lifts will give us the chance to experience the lake descends to the frozen surface of the legendary Laguna del Inca.
Thinking about lunch? Tio Bob's restaurant is the locals´ choice. Nestled right above the La Garganta chute it has such unbelievable views of the Andes and the Laguna del Inca that it is usual to spend several hours up there.
After a full day on the slopes we head back to Santiago for our last night in Chile.
 
 
 
  We start early as we have an 9 am flight to the city of Mendoza, Argentina. Our LAN Chile flight takes 55 minutes to get us to the head city of the Argentinean Wine Route.
After we leave Mendoza and on our way to Las Lenas we will visit one of the best wineries in the local Wine Country giving our guests a whole new perspective of what life is like this side of the world. Here we will have a traditional local "Asado" (bbq) for lunch and will taste the finest wines in Argentina. We are positive this visit will enhance your travel experience.

After lunch we will start our ride to the Las Lenas ski resort driving through deserts and alpine mountain valleys. We plan to arrive in Las Lenas in the afternoon. As soon as we reach the base at 2,240 meters (7,349 ft.) the unique experience of Las Lenas begins! We will have enough time to settle and relax before dinner time. Here we will spend the next five nights in our deluxe ski-in ski-out hotel where breakfast and gourmet dinner are included.
Live Las Lenas. This is an incredible place to ski, to make new friends and to have a lot of fun!
 
 
Welcome to Paradise! You are just about to explore some of the best powder on the planet! Apart from the 64 km of groomers Las Lenas has the largest lift-serviced off-piste skiable area in the Western Hemisphere - more than 200,000 acres of inbounds off-piste skiing and snowboarding - and with a vertical drop of 1,230 meters (4,034 ft) you will find enough challenging terrain to keep you busy for days
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Even when this ski area has 13 lifts there is one that shadows the rest: Marte! This is the chairlift of every skier's dream. Reaching 3,400 meters (11,155 ft.) and featuring a vertical drop of 2,579 ft. hundreds of chutes and couloirs are accessed from here. Explore the steep chutes of Marte and its wide open bowl right underneath the chairlift, Las Vegas, Eduardo's couloir, Mercurio… the backcountry here is endless! With a compassful of exposures every condition is always available somewhere.

After a great day exploring we will enjoy après ski at our slope side hotel. You can taste some of the best Argentinean wines at the local Wine Point, relax at the heated pool or hang out at the hotel bar.
Nightlife is a really important chapter of the local culture! Begin with a 8 or 9 pm dinner - forget about making reservations for 6 pm. Right after it you can go to the casino or have a drink at one of the local pubs. Finally dancing will keep you awake until five in the morning... But there's no hurry. This is just the second night in Las Lenas!
 
 
 
  We will spend the next three days skiing and riding powder, exploring the steeps, chutes and bowls, making new friends and having a blast in Las Lenas.
This place is fabulous and may even rival the famous resort of Jackson Hole, WY. There is no other place on the planet that offers such easily accessible off-piste skiing.

Once you've reached the summit at 11,253 ft. you will be amazed by the incredible views of the surrounding snow capped peaks and the huge treeless valley. From the challenging terrain of Marte to the long and wide cruising runs down the face of the mountain Las Lenas is the place to be in South America!

When it comes to more challenging options our guides will show you some incredible hikes that can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours accessing awesome lines. Also Las Lenas has been offering snowcat skiing and boarding tours for the last few years. The terrain explored is pretty amazing and the views are incredible. Book your seat now!
 
 
  It is time to leave Las Lenas. After having breakfast and doing some last minute shopping we will start our drive to the Mendoza airport. Half way - at the city of San Rafael - we will stop for lunch.

By 5.30 pm we will be arriving at the airport with enough time to check in and get ready for the flight. It is here where our guides will say good bye! If you have a night departure you will have plenty of time to catch your international flight. And if you are planning to stay longer in Mendoza or Santiago - or would like to extend your trip to any destination in Chile or Argentina - we would be pleased to assist you with your reservations.
 
     
     
 
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