Chilean Ski Safari, Chile
Southern Snow Slider Camp
Skiing the Ring of Fire
The longest and thinnest country in the world offers unique opportunities for skiers who like to explore off the beaten path. What could be better than skiing, and improving your skiing, in the midst of some of the most stunning scenery in the world?
We'll begin our skiers journey in the bustling city of Santiago, then head south down the Pan American highway, in a series of short hops, from ski area to ski area, visiting the sights along the way.
You'll spend a few days in the large ski area of Nevados de Chillan, which boasts huge in bounds terrain, hot springs, and fantastic backcountry, then we'll journey further south to our remote, serene base in the Araucarias region from where we'll have the chance to travel out to a couple of different local ski hills, both situated spectacularly on the flanks of huge isolated volcanoes with tremendous views along the chain of neighbouring volcanoes which represent the Chilean section of the Pacific's famous Ring of Fire.
From Araucarias we'll head back to the Pan American Highway to travel even further south to Puerto Montt, a harbour town on the Pacific Ocean, in the region of Los Lagos, known in English as the Lakes District, one of this beautiful country's most stunning regions. Based here in Puerto Montt we'll venture out into the hills to visit one, possibly two of the local ski hills, situated once again on towering, glacier covered volcanoes.
From journey's end in Puerto Montt you will return to Santiago via a short flight of around 1.5 hours, with a trunk full of amazing ski memories, and an SD card full of stunning images to remind you of this most beautiful and friendly of countries.
And lastly...... did we mention the lift lines? No we didn't, because there aren't any.
This camp is ideal for any strong intermediate to expert level skier who experiences overwhelming snow withdrawal during the northern summer months. Develop your ski technique while sampling Chilean culture... and perhaps a little wine.
- Dates & Prices
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- Arrival: Sunday, August 23rd , 2020
- Departure: Friday, September 4th, 2020
- $5,750 CAD per person for double occupancy
- $6,500 CAD per person for single occupancy
Note* A non refundable deposit of $1,200 CAD will be required to confirm your space. Spaces are limited so don't procrastinate too long!
(All Prices in Canadian Dollars)
- 12 nights accomodation
- In country transport
- All breakfasts and evening meals
- 6 days coaching
- 8 days lift passes
- Flights and transfers to meeting area in Santiago Hotel
- Travel medical insurance (mandatory)
- Trip cancellation insurance (optional but highly recommended)
- Lunches on the mountain or other meals that aren't specified.
- Personal ski / snowboard equipment (rentals available in resort)
- Extra curricular activities on free days (if you don't want to go skiing).
- Non coaching day activities such as cat skiing or guided ski touring
Once on the road south of Santiago, we'll be using a variety of small, family owned lodges and cabins, each located within a short drive of the ski areas and within striking distance of local sights and amenities.
The schedule has been deliberately left fairly open and coaching will be tailored to the goals and desires of the individuals and groups.
Sunday August 23rd: Arrive Santiago airport, and transfer to your hotel. We will meet at a local restaurant for our welcome dinner.
Monday August 24th: After breakfast we'll drive to Nevados de Chillan, which will be our base for the next 4 nights. This is a half day's drive and we will allow time for a sightseeing stop along the way.
Tuesday August 25th: Ski Nevados de Chillan coaching.
Wednesday August 26th: Ski Nevados de Chillan coaching.
Thursday August 27th: Ski Nevados de Chillan
NOTE: One of our days in Chillan is a no coaching day, allowing those who wish to go backcountry skiing to do so with one of the local guiding agencies. This is not an activity provided by Section 8, is extra to the price of your vacation, and must be arranged independently between you and the guiding company.
Friday August 28th: After breakfast we will drive south from Chillan for about 5 hours to the Araucaria region. We will allow time for a sightseeing or a cultural visit en route. Remote forest cabins will be our base for the next 4 nights.
Saturday August 29th: Ski Corralco or Araucarias ski areas with coaching.
Sunday August 30th: Ski Corralco or Araucarias ski areas with coaching.
Monday August 31st: Ski Corralco or Araucarias ski areas.
NOTE: One of our days while at Corralco or Araucarias will be a no coaching day, to allow those who wish to adventure independently to do so wth one of the local guiding companies. Once again this is not an activity provided by Section 8, is not included in the price of your vacation, and must be arranged independently between you and the guiding company.
Tuesday September 1st: After Breakfast we'll drive to Puerto Montt, our base for the next 3 nights. Once again this is a drive of approximately 5 hours, so a cultural or sightseeing visit will be possible.
Wednesday September 2nd: Ski Volcan Osorno ski area with coaching.
Thursday September 3rd: Ski Volcan Osorno ski area with coaching.
Friday Septmeber 4th: Depart Puerto Montt to Santiago via short flight.
NOTE: A morning flight from Puerto Montt gets you into Santiago in time for an aftenoon depart to North America.
NOTE: After skiing each day we will try to take in a visit to a local point of interest. This could be hot springs, a forest hike, a condor spotting expedition or who knows what else in this wild country!
Flying all the way to Chile, why not extend your stay and see the country.
As far as landscapes go, Chile is one of the most diverse countries in the world. With the globes driest desert to the North, extraordinary rainforests to the south, the over 6000kms of Pacific Ocean coastline to the west and the amplitude of Andes to the east... we highly recommend you make skiing only part of your trip here. Oh and lets not forget about the people and culture... and the wine!
See this Chilean travel website for some inspiration.