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11 Days | 11 Nights | 8 Days Skiing inc 1 Day Cat

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p
USD 6,395
The 11-day Andes Explorer is the ultimate Chile ski and snowboard adventure taking you to all of the best Chile has to offer including Portillo, Ski Arpa Cat Skiing, La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado and a personal favorite Nevados de Chillan.
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The Andes Explorer Overview

The 11-day Andes Explorer visits all of Chile's best ski resorts and features a day of cat skiing at Valle El Arpa. Situated in the shadow of Aconcagua, the tallest peak outside the Himalayas, these ski and snowboard centers will bring out the big mountain rider in you!

The Andes Explorer allows skiers and riders the opportunity to conveniently explore 6 resorts including Portillo, Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado, Nevados de Chillan and Arpa in 11 days. This trip is geared towards strong intermediate to expert skiers and riders and provides the opportunity to hit some of South America’s most classic descents. Not feeling like going large, that is fine, the resorts visited offer thousands of acres of inbounds terrain to play in. The tour takes in 3 nights in the Aconcagua Valley, home to some of Chile’s finest wineries and vineyards, 1 night in Santiago, 3 nights in Tres Valles (Farellones) and 4 nights in Las Trancas (near Nevados de Chillan).

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Resorts Visited (6)

Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado, Nevados de ChillanPortillo & El Arpa Cat Skiing

Steep & deep at Portillo

El Arpa Cat Skiing

Cosmopolitan Santiago


This tour starts in Santiago, Chile and ends in Santiago, Chile.

Arrive in Santiago Airport by the first day of the tour and schedule a return flight from Santiago no earlier than 6pm on the last day of the tour. You can search for flights here.

Day 1 – Santiago Arrival Day – Travel To Nevados de Chillan

The guides will arrange morning pick-ups at Santiago Int’l airport or your Santiago hotel. You will start your journey traveling south to the powder capital of Chile, Nevados de Chillan. Along the way we stop for a typical Chilean lunch. The road trip continues to the ski pueblo of Las Trancas where we spend 4 nights in this forested magical valley, where huge storms are known to settle in!

Days 2-4 – Ski/Ride Nevados de Chillan

For 3 full days the group will explore one of the guides' favorite ski resorts in Chile, Nevados de Chillan, which offers thousands of vertical feet to descend; a lunar-like landscape including 3 volcanic peaks; and continues to be a relatively ‘undiscovered’ snow paradise. Nevados features everything from long groomed slopes and the gentle Tres Marias lava tubes to adventurous steeps in Pirigallo Valley and steaming summits of the Chillan volcanoes. The evenings are spent celebrating our day in true Chilean style.

Day 5 – Travel To Santiago

After stopping at the bustling meat, produce and artisan market in Chillan for a typical Chilean lunch, you will head north to Santiago, Chile’s vibrant capital city, to enjoy an evening at a favorite local restaurant and nightlife spot.

Days 6-8 - Ski/Ride Valle Nevado/La Parva/El Colorado

The van will leave Santiago and switchback its way up to the mountain village of Farellones and the Tres Valles ski complexes of La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado.Surrounded by massive Andean peaks, Tres Valles offers expansive terrain options from in bounds cruisers and open bowls to some of Chile’s premier lift-accessed backcountry, including private shuttles on Santa Teresa. You will spend 3 nights in a  cozy Andean lodge in the village of Farellones.

Day 9 – Travel to Los Andes

After morning relaxation at the Powder Lodge, the group will make its way to the Aconcagua Valley and Los Andes, the base for the following 3 nights.

Day 10 – Cat Skiing at Arpa

Considered one of the wildest ski destinations on the planet, Valle El Arpa, is an experience not to be missed by snow adventurers. With over 5000 acres of terrain, 3000 vertical feet to descend, spectacular views of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas while skiing with an intimate group make Arpa one of the most memorable visits on your South American tour. A true outback Andes adventure.

Day 11 –Ski/Ride Portillo

The legendary Portillo offers steep slopes, long groomers and some of Chile’s premier lift-accessed backcountry. Situated around the spectacular Lago de Inca, Portillo is one of the most scenic ski resorts on the planet. Get a taste of this classic Andes ski destination without spending your entire vacation here.

Day 12 - Departure Day

Guests will be transported to Santiago International Airport or driven to their Santiago hotel for a final night in the big city. You will spend the day exploring the sites of the Aconcagua Valley and the markets of Santiago.


Long runs in Valle Nevado

Miguel Torres winery

Steep off-piste at El Colorado

2023 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons


USD 6,395

  • Price is per person, based on double/twin occupancy.
  • Single travelers, can be placed with a room mate or request a single room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Base currency & payments are in USD
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  • 11 nights lodging
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • 1 day of cat skiing
  • Private ground transport
  • Guiding by 2-3 qualified guides (1:4 guide ratio)
  • Lift tickets
  • Use of avalanche transceiver, shovel & probe
  • Use of 2-way radio
  • Single room upgrade
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CASA Tours Terms & Conditions

Deposit & Balance:

  • $500 non-refundable deposit at time of reservation
  • Balance due 60 days prior to departure
  • Bank Transfer, Check or Venmo accepted. We do not accept credit cards
  • All payments are in US dollars

Cancellation by YOU

  • $500 non-refundable deposit - greater than 60 days
  • 60 -14 days from trip = forfeit 70% of trip cost
  • less than 14 days from trip = forfeit 100% trip cost

Travel Insurance is MANDATORY

CASA Tours do everything in their power to run all advertised trips, however they require a minimum of 4 guests to make a trip viable. If a trip is cancelled due to lack of numbers you will receive a 100% refund.