The Adventure Project is excited to announce the launch of their 2019, 11 day program exploring one of the best ski areas in southern Chile in an area famous for it’s many volcanoes. We will be exploring the resort of Nevados de Chillan, a ski area known for it’s abundant snowfall, great advanced terrain, lack of crowds, Chilean authenticity and excellent sidecountry access.
We will have 9 nights staying at the town of Las Trancas, about 10 minutes (8km) from Nevados de Chillan and then 1 night staying in the town of Concepcion, a popular town on the Pacifc coast about 170km’s away to the West.
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Session 1: Saturday 10th August to Tuesday 20th August 2019.
Session 2: Thursday 22nd August to Sunday 1st September 2019.
Session 3: Tuesday 3rd to Friday 13th September 2019.
From $3,245 USD * per person (based on 4 people in the group).
Max 4 – $3,745 USD per person.
If you would prefer your own room, there is a single-room supplement of $350 USD in addition to the above prices. There are only a limited amount of single rooms that we can offer and they can only be offered if there is availability.
*Prices will be confirmed for your group by May 31st. The Adventure Project reserves the right to add last minute people to groups at our own discretion.
$500 USD per person, non-refundable deposit required. Final balance will be due by May 31st, 2019.
We can cater to 3 groups per session. The maximum group size is 6 people, with 1 guide per group, so we can cater for 18 guests per session. If you have 4 people then you can have your own private group (Max 4 program). If you have a full group, then we will not add any extra people to it. Minimum group size is normally 4 people.
Max 4 Option (NEW option for 2019):
For small, private groups that don’t want to have any additional members added to them, there is the option of signing up for our Max 4 program. There is an extra $500 additional cost added to the regular group cost (either twin-share or single share) to have a maximum of 4 people in your group. You need to have exactly 4 people in your group to have access to this program. For smaller groups who want to ensure no one else is added to their group, this is a new option.
Here at The Adventure Project, we want to try and make compatible groups as much as possible, but it is a challenge. We try and assemble groups based primarily on ability level, but we also factor in level of motivation, fitness, age, etc. We can never guarantee the complete compatibility of assigned group members, especially when working with new group members that we have never ridden with before.
We ask a lot of questions when ascertaining the potential group member’s level, but sometimes people overestimate their abilities and sometimes people underestimate their abilities. It happens unfortunately and is one of the major challenges we face when putting groups together. If you already have a small group of friends and don’t want to face the potential risk of having a person who isn’t the best fit for your group, then we urge you to consider choosing our Max 4 option if you would like a smaller, private group and a more intimate experience.
This program is ideal for adventurous and experienced skiers/boarders to explore the more southern ski areas of Chile. These resorts tend to be a little more off the beaten path for Western visitors and Chilean skiers alike, so the slopes (holiday periods excluded), tend to be quieter. You can get a more authentic Chilean experience here! These areas also get a lot of snow and have great sidecountry access, with good inbounds terrain.
You’ll be guided by our team for 11 days in total (8 ski days). We’ll put you through our comprehensive avalanche safety training and there is an opportunity to work on technique, if we have people looking to improve on their freeride ability. We have a great program, not only do you get to ski/ride one of the best resorts in southern Chile, but you’ll meet a lot of the locals and experience their way of life, not to mention sample the local food. You’ll be in good hands!
These trips are for advanced to expert, skiers and boarders. You should be comfortable in black diamond terrain and above, in variable snow conditions. You should be able to link fluid turns, with confidence. Please ask if you have any questions. You don’t have to have been in the backcountry before or done any touring, as long as you have the gear and the willingness to try, then we’ll show you how.
Our regular program includes skiing and boarding in the backcountry or sidecountry outside of the ski area boundaries if safe to do so. All guests must carry avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe, backpack) and know how to use them (see avalanche safety training program below). All guests must have uphill capability so that we have the ability to be able to reach better quality snow.
For skiers, that means fat skis (100mm wide or greater), with touring bindings and skins. For snowboarders, that could be either split boards/skins/collapsible trekking poles or board/snowshoes/trekking poles.
Avalanche Safety Training Program
Any group operating in the backcountry needs to be responsible for self-rescue. We put all of our groups through our comprehensive avalanche safety training program. That will include: initial indoor theory session and equipment familiarization; basic transceiver usage; probing; strategic shoveling; advanced single and multiple rescuer practice; snow pits and stability tests. When we are riding in potential avalanche terrain, we follow protocols to limit group exposure to potential avalanche risk.
We choose to stay in the village of Las Trancas at the Cabanas Los Hualles (http://www.cabanasloshualles.cl/). Las Trancas makes an ideal base for our trips as it is only a 20 minute drive to the resort each day and there are several bars and restaurants within walking distance.
Each cabin has 3 bedrooms, with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen and living room. Each cabin has satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The twin-share lodge rooms will be given on a first come, first served basis.
Las Trancas is approximately 8km or 10 minutes from Nevados de Chillan. It is a small town with 8 restaurants, 2 bars and 3 supermarkets. There are several good restaurants, bars and 1 nightclub within walking distance from our accommodation in Las Trancas.
Nevados de Chillan Ski Area
Nevados is approximately 400 km south of Santiago and 194 km east from Concepcion (our point of arrival). The ski area has an average snowfall of 10m (the most in Chile) and has the longest run in South America (13km Las Tres Marias). There are 12 lifts, with 5 chairlifts and 7 drag lifts. The village sits at 1,403m (4,600ft) with the summit at 2,500m (8,200ft), so the vertical drop is 1,097m or 3,600ft.
– Accommodations at the Cabanas Los Hualles (Las Trancas), staying either the twin-share lodge rooms or in the 6 person cabins with 2 people per room. The twin-share lodge rooms will be given on a first come, first served basis. Once the twin-share lodge rooms are all full, then guests will be house in the 6 person cabins, unless a cabin has been specifically requested for a group.
– All breakfasts.
– 5 nights of dinners at Cabanas Los Hualles prepared by our own private chef. Dinner includes two beverages per person (soft drink, beer or wine).
– Free hot tub use.
– 8 days of skiing.
– Private transportation to and from Las Trancas to Concepcion.
– Transportation to and from the ski areas each day.
– 1 guided day to explore Chillan and its wineries. Private transportation, local guide and Chilean BBQ included.
– Daily guiding and hosting from The Adventure Project.
– Airfare (fly to Santiago and then onto Concepcion – please co-ordinate domestic flight for arrival in time for scheduled pick-up).
– 8 x Lift tickets (budget $50 USD per day during low season).
– 4 x dinners at Las Trancas. We will be eating in the local restaurants those nights ($20 USD goes a long way).
– Hotel in Concepcion for 1 night (budget approx $55 USD for the Ibis Hotel, twin-share, including breakfast).
– Dinner in Concepcion.
– Taxi service from hotel in Concepcion to airport on departure.
– Equipment hire (it is advised to bring all of your own equipment).
– Travel insurance.
– Additional tours such as heli-skiing or snow-mobile tours etc.
– Gratuities for The Adventure Project staff.
Departure Depart home country for Santiago.
Day 1 – Arrive Santiago. Domestic flight to Concepcion. Arrive Concepcion and pick-up by The Adventure Project. team – Depart for Las Trancas/Cabanas Los Hualles. 173 km – 2 hours 30 minutes by private van. Welcome dinner and avalanche safety talk.
Day 2 – AM avalanche safety training and then PM Nevados de Chillan mountain orientation, time permitting.
Day 3 – Ski Nevados de Chillan.
Day 4 – Ski Nevados de Chillan.
Day 5 – Potential non-ski/cultural day – guided trip to Chillan. Explore Chillan with an English speaking guide, visit wineries and enjoy Chilean BBQ. Private transport included. The exact date of the trip will be confirmed, we normally due the non-ski day when everyone is feeling tired or there is inclement weather on the mountain.
Day 6 – Ski Nevados de Chillan.
Day 7 – Ski Nevados de Chillan.
Day 8 – Ski Nevados de Chillan.
Day 9 – Ski Nevados de Chillan.
Day 10 – Potential ski day with departure from Las Trancas for Concepcion in the afternoon. Overnight in Concepcion and farewell dinner (not included in price).
Day 11 – Depart Concepcion for homeward journey.
If you are interested in this trip or have any questions, then please email Matt Appleford at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this form below to send a general inquiry.