Backcountry Ski Chile 2021 TBA
Location - Chile
August 20, 2020 - August 29, 2020
Backcountry Skiing and riding in Chile
The Chilean Andes provide a sweet Southern Hemisphere respite from the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months. You can expect days of above tree line skiing and riding in the Northern Andes near Santiago and skiing on volcanoes in the southern area near Las Trancas. We at Babes have fun in whatever conditions mother nature throws our way and our experienced guides know how to make the best of angles, aspects, and secret stashes to give us the best days possible in the mountains.
Our powder adventure will be curated to our own small group. Like all our trips, our guides will adjust our plan according to daily weather and conditions. We’ll base out of two different lodges and ski/ride a combination of terrain. From our lodges we will drive to ski areas or trailheads for guided backcountry excursions. Explore ridge lines, open bowls, or maybe even couloirs if conditions allow. At night, we’ll enjoy hand crafted meals at our lodges and the amazing wines of Chile.
Our 2021 Trip Dates are TBA— write an email to [email protected] to get on this list for trip date release
Duration: 9 Days
Activity Level: Moderate/High
Required Skill Level: You must be comfortable descending ungroomed black terrain at the resort. Your skiing doesn’t have to look pretty, but you need to be able to ski and ride in control and avoiding obstacles on the descent. You must also be able to hike several miles, at elevations above 9000ft, and can spend time outside in inclement weather. If you are newer to uphill travel, that is okay! We can teach you a lot about uphill travel under the mentorship of our guides. If you are brand new to the uphill component of backcountry skiing, we recommending taking one of a Beginner Backcountry Tours to prep, make sure your equipment fits you and works well before heading to South America.
Chile Trip Details
(Day before the trip starts.) Fly to Santiago Airport (SCL), Santiago, Chile.
On Aug 20, meet at the Holiday Inn – Santiago Terminal Hotel Lounge. Our adventure starts with a shuttle to Farellones. This afternoon we’ll settle into our lodge, enjoy an apres and casual dinner and take in the beautiful mountain views near the lodge.
Ski and ride at one of the amazing resorts near Farellones. We’ll spend the day getting our legs under us, breathing cold mountain air, refreshing our beacon skills and possibly dipping into the side country of the resort.
Each morning our guide team will study the weather, snow reports and projections for the day and pick a backcountry zone in the area that will provide the best conditions possible. After breakfast each morning, we’ll hop in our vans and head to the zone of choice. Much of the backcountry skiing in this area begins with a one-way lift at the resort to get us to higher elevations, pristine snow and the possibility of 2,000ft backcountry descents! After a day of fun turns, we’ll return to our lodge for apre, Chilean dinner prepared by our hosts with locally sourced ingredients and a relaxing evening.
Today we will transfer to Las Trancas, enjoying cultural stops and lunch along the way.
Enjoy the amazing volcano skiing andriding in and around Volcan Nevado, Volcan Nuevo and Volcan Viejo. We’ll spend each day touring from trailheads to the best snow, magical views and descents on the flanks of volcanos.
August 28 departure day. Shuttle to the Concepcion Carriel Sur International Airport (CCP). Plan your return flight for the afternoon, or stay and explore more of Chile.
What to Expect
- Lodging at unique, off the beaten track Chilean style guest houses
- Breakfast and dinner included. Local, homemade meals and restaurants.
- 6 days guided backcountry skiing and riding
- Van transportation
- Professional, certified, and experienced ski guides
- Camaraderie and fun in a supportive environment
- Small group of 5-10 clients
- Gratuities for your Guide
- Lunches (we will stop at grocery stores throughout the trip and encourage folks to bring their favorite touring snacks from the US – things you know you’ll want to eat as you get hungry throughout the day).
Gear Needed for Backcountry Skiing
- Backcountry skis or splitboard, ski poles, backcountry ski boots or snowboard boots, climbing skins
- Avalanche beacon, probe, shovel
- Backcountry backpack
- Warm outerwear, ski gear, and warm layers for spending all day outdoors in various weather conditions. It can be below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Thermos for hot drinks
FLY: Arrival: Santiago International Airport (SCL) Departure: Concepcion Carriel Sur International Airport (CCP) (Not included in trip price)
“Definitely go with Backcountry Babes, the instructors are top notch, the environment is very inclusive, and you’ll meet lots of really rad women that could be future backcountry buddies.”Melinda Z.
“I can’t even describe the emotions I feel thinking back to the two backcounty ski hut trips I’ve done in Canada with Backcountry Babes. It’s a lot of “Oh my god that was fun!”, but it was also such a confidence builder. I feel like I can hang, I’m a badass, and now I know all these incredible women that I can use as role models.”Amy H,Canada Hut Trip
“This trip was one of the most rewarding outdoor experiences I’ve ever had. Great women, fantastic guides, way too much food, and AMAZING skiing! As soon as I got home I was already signed up for next year’s trip.”Lauren S.Canada Hut Trip