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Ski Arpa is a unique backcountry snow cat operation located in the remote Valle el Arpa in the Chilean Andes. While there are no lodging accommodations at the Ski Cat operation, we offer lodging packages in the nearby towns of Los Andes and San Felipe. Skiers and Riders can choose from single day cat skiing to multi day packages with lodging, transportation and meals. Also available are trip extensions to thermal hot springs and/or wineries in the Aconcagua Valley and day trips to the Portillo ski resort. Not only will you spend your days carving turns in deep powder, but also you’ll immerse yourself in Chilean culture, experiencing regional cuisine and characteristic Chilean hospitality. Ski Arpa multi day packages include lodging options with several preferred partners, offering accommodations to suit your individual needs and budget. A place unlike any other in the world, Valle el Arpa is sweet music to the skier's soul. Unparalleled snow conditions and views of Mt. Aconcagua make for an unforgettable adventure. In an anything-but-typical day, you’ll ski over 13,000 vertical feet of some of the best untracked powder in the world. Intermediate or advanced level of skiing experience required. Ski Arpa is the only full cat-skiing operation in all of South America. Full day cat trips start at $350.00 per person per day and 2 night/2 day ski packages start at $1,385.00 per person based on double occupancy. Call Toll-Free, 888-754-2167, to talk to a South America Ski & Snowboard Vacation Specialist today! Ski Arpa Mountain Stats: Season dates: Mid-June through mid-October Location: Andes Mountain Range, Chile, near the town of Los Andes, 108km (67 miles) north of Santiago Terrain: 4,000 acres / 2,000 hectares Base facilities: Mountain shelter, with a cafe and restrooms Elevation: 2,690 meters (8,825 feet) at base; 3,740 meters (12,500 feet) at summit Vertical descent: 1,050 meters (3,445 feet) Number of trails: Ski Arpa is comprised entirely of backcountry terrain, and skiers choose their own line. Valle El Arpa has four expansive bowls, steep headwalls, chutes, and wide-open runs. Valle La Honda is a wide-open bowl with approximately 3,000 acres of intermediate to expert terrain. Ski Arpa is entirely above tree line. Trail classification: Approximately 20% Intermediate, 40% Advanced and 40% Expert. Snowcats: Ski Arpa has two Pisten Bully snowcats, each with a maximum capacity of 14 people. Annual snowfall: Averages 5 to 7 meters (15 to 20 feet). Prices: Full day programs at Ski Arpa start at $350/person (minimum of 2 persons) and include four rides of approximately 3000+ vertical feet each with a Ski Arpa mountain guide.
Ski Portillo Chile or known simply as Portillo is a unique mountain resort located high in the Andes Mountains of Chile, 160 kilometers from Santiago. The resort offers 3 lodges including the center of all activity, The Hotel Portillo as well as 2 smaller lodges, The Octagon Lodge and the Inca Lodge. Portillo is an all inclusive resort where one prices pays for accommodation, lift passes, 4 meals daily as well as use of all the resort facilities. Skiers and more recently snowboarders have been coming to Portillo since the resort first opened in 1949 and the resort has developed a very loyal clientele who come back year after year to enjoy fine skiing as well the camaraderie of the many international guests. Winter enthusiasts can choose from 14 lifts that serve 35 named runs and endless off-piste opportunities. The resort offers terrain for all levels of skiers and riders and offers an excellent ski school with multi lingual instructors. Portillo should be on every skiers bucket list of Must Visit resorts. Create your own custom online trip quote 24/7 using our interactive website. Simply choose your start and end dates, # of adults and children and click Create Your Quote in the Trip Quote box up top! View our wide selection of lodging options, trail maps & webcams, snow reports, ski school information, dining, activities & shopping, and directions! Need Help? Call Toll-Free, 877-4-SKI-EAST, to talk to a Ski & Snowboard Vacation Specialist today! Portillo Mountain Stats: Total Lifts: 14 lifts for no more than 450 guests 3 quad chairs 1 triple chair 1 double chair 4 va et vient “slingshot” lifts 5 pomas There is never a lift line in Portillo. We limit the number of day tickets sold and with only 450 resort guests, it’s always smooth sailing on the mountain. The famous Va et Vient (French for ‘come and go’) lifts were built by the Poma company for Portillo’s Roca Jack, Condor, Las Vizcachas and El Cara Cara runs. These runs are steep avalanche chutes, making the use of lift towers illogical. The Va et Vients are pulleys that are anchored to the mountain above which, by way of a specially designed attachment, pull 5 skiers up the mountain side by side at once. The Va et Vient lifts are recommended for expert skiers only and although they may seem intimidating at first are actually quite simple and fun once given a try. Vertical drop: 2,500 feet Longest run: 1.5 miles Altitude of Hotel: 9,450 feet Altitude at highest ski point: 10,860 feet Longest Run: 2 miles Average annual snowfall: 27.2 feet Chance for beautiful weather: 80% sunny days Ski -in, Ski – out access from hotel to slopes Distance from Santiago: 102 miles (2 hours)
Termas de Chillan, which means the “Spas of Chillán”, soars 1,650 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Chillán Volcano amidst the invigorating mountain air. With its location of about 82 kilometers from the flurry of the Chilean city of Chillán and almost 500 kilometers away from Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, Termas de Chillán was originally famous for its hot springs. Now, it is also the abode of a modern Ski Center and 3 hotels – one of which is the 5-star Gran Hotel that features a casino and a thermal spa. The Termas de Chillán Ski Center is marked by 28 trails served by 11 lifts, and has a total of 35 kilometer runs over 10,000 hectares of mountain terrain. 30 percent of this 10,000-hectare terrain is ideal for beginners while the remaining 40 and 30 percents are for medium level and expert skiers correspondingly. The Ski Center is also known to have South America’s longest ski run, the Las Tres Marias or The Three Marias, going on for a seemingly endless 13 kilometers. Aside from the spa, the Gran Hotel is also known to house the first mountain casino in Chile, restaurants, a bar, a convention center, three swimming pools, a souvenir shop, and other amenities you will be requiring during your vacation. Create your own custom online trip quote 24/7 using our interactive website. Simply choose your start and end dates, # of adults and children and click Create Your Quote in the Trip Quote box up top! View our wide selection of lodging options, trail maps & webcams, snow reports, ski school information, dining, activities & shopping, and directions! Need Help? Call Toll-Free, 877-4-SKI-EAST, to talk to a Ski & Snowboard Vacation Specialist today! Termas de Chillan Mountain Stats: Peak Elevation: 8,200 feet Ski Base Elevation: 5,900 feet Lifts: 1 triple 3 double chairs 5 surface lifts Ability: 30% beginner 40% intermediate 30% advanced
The Valle Nevado Resort is a small self contained village located approximately 45 miles (2 hour drive) from the Santiago Airport high above the city of Santiago, Chile. Valle Nevado offers access to the largest skiable domain in South America with nearly 7,000 acres. With such a vast amount of terrain the resort caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Skiers and Riders can choose accommodations ranging from the budget friendly Hotel Tres Puntas, the family friendly Puerta del Sol or the 4* Hotel Valle Nevado as well as condominiums and apartments. All accommodations are located slope side or a short walk to the lifts and all hotel facilities and restaurants are located within walking distance of each other. All Valle Nevado Packages include accommodations, 2 meals daily, unlimited sking/riding during your stay, use of all facilities and all lodging tax. Information about 2013 season: Value season is the period from August 30 - September 27. During the value season period bookings do not have a minimum of nights required, except for the week of August 31 - September 7 that bookings must be 7 nights from Friday to Friday. Regular season is the period from June 28 to July 4 and from July 26 to August 29. Bookings must be by week (7 nights from Friday to Friday) or by mini-week (4 nights from Friday to Tuesday or 3 nights from Tuesday to Friday). Holiday season is the period from July 5 to 25 and bookings must be by week from Friday to Friday. Create your own custom online trip quote 24/7 using our interactive website. Simply choose your start and end dates, # of adults and children and click Create Your Quote in the Trip Quote box up top! View our wide selection of lodging options, trail maps & webcams, snow reports, ski school information, dining, activities & shopping, and directions! Need Help? Call Toll-Free, 877-4-SKI-EAST, to talk to a Ski & Snowboard Vacation Specialist today! Valle Nevado Mountain Stats: Elevation: Top: 12,038 ft. Bottom: 9,381 ft. Vertical Drop: 2,657 ft. Runs: 29 Beginner: 14% Intermediate: 35% Advanced: 42% Expert: 14 % Lifts: 11 11 Lifts in total, 8 of which are Surface Lifts Snowboarding: 1 Snowboard Park 1 Big Air Heliski: Eurocopter-Helibras AS 350 B3. Reaches altitudes of over 14,760 feet, with virgin snow descents of up to 1.2 miles. Closest Airport: Santiago - 35 miles The following additional areas are located in the next valley and skiable by purchasing a lift ticket upgrade once at Valle Nevado. LA PARVA Elevation: 12 Top: 11,909 ft. Bottom: 8,760 ft. Vertical Drop: 3,150 ft. Runs: 28 Beginner: 15% Intermediate: 45% Advanced: 30% Expert: 10% Lifts: 14 2 Quad Chairs 1 Triple Chair 1 Double Chair 10 Surface Lifts Snowmaking: Yes Snowboarding: Yes Closest Airport: Santiago - 31 miles EL COLORADO Elevation: Top: 10,935 ft. Bottom: 7,973 ft. Vertical Drop: 2,963 ft. Runs: 25 Beginner: 15% Intermediate: 40% Advanced: 35% Expert: 10% Lifts: 18 3 Triple Chairs 1 Double Chairs 14 Surface Lifts Snowmaking: 15% of the mountain Snowboarding: Yes Closest Airport: Santiago - 25 miles