This will be an 11-day program based at the Nevados de Chillan ski area in central Chile with The Adventure Project. You can choose from a guided experience where we will be exploring the resort and backcountry around the ski area or you can focus on instruction and skier or snowboarder improvement (both options are the same price).
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.
Nevados de Chillan is situated next to 3 volcanos (1 of them active) and has a lot of fun terrain that was shaped by lava flow, so there are a lot of bowls, gullies, and natural half-pipes to explore. There is a lot of easily accessible sidecountry that requires little to no hiking to reach, and there is so much terrain that you can easily find untouched snow. There are plenty of options inbounds for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders, to improve their skills.
If you like to tour, there are some amazing options. You can hike into the next valley over and have a really long powder or hike up to the top of a volcano and see views of the higher Andes. The trip also includes a lavish cultural day with a visit to an exclusive winery and private lunch at a top restaurant in San Carlos to round things off. You can find more information on our website at The Adventure Project - Chile Overview.
Session 1: 10th August to 20th August 2024.
Session 2: 22nd August to 1st September 2024.
Session 3: 3rd to 13th September 2024.
Based on a minimum of 4 people in the group.
Twin or double share room - $4,065 USD per person.
Single room - $4,465 USD per person.
The deposit is $1,000 USD per person, per trip and is non-refundable. Payment can be made by check, bank transfer, Venmo, or Zelle. Sending in the deposit means that you agree to all of our Terms and Conditions as listed on our website. Please take the time to read through our Terms and Conditions. As soon as you have sent in your deposit, you must purchase your travel insurance. Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips. Deposits cannot be transferred to other trips without express written permission from The Adventure Project.
Final balance must be paid into our account before May 31st, 2024.
Intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers and boarders.
Most guests should be able to receive a 90-day tourist visa on arrival, for free (Australian passport holders may need to pay a reciprocity fee). It is your responsibility to check the current regulations for your passport and to make sure it meets validity requirements. It is recommended to have 6-months validity left on your passport.
For current entry restrictions relating to COVID, please refer to Chile Travel. It is the responsibility of the guest to stay up to date with the current entry requirements and meet whatever the requirements are.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms prior to travel, you MUST test yourself for COVID. If you are positive, you must follow COVID protocols for your country of residence. Please bring at least two COVID testing kits with you for self-testing if you develop any cold or flu-like symptoms during your trip. If positive during the trip, you will have to follow current Chilean quarantine procedures, and that could mean a period of isolated quarantine. You must have travel insurance to protect yourself from any losses during this time.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Nevados de Chillan Las Trancas. You can use them to make most major purchases, including lift tickets and food, if paying separately. It’s good to have some cash on you, though ($200 USD should be more than enough), as there are no ATMs in Nevados de Chillan/Las Trancas. You can exchange it at Santiago airport or in Chillan on the way to Las Trancas. Make sure you have new bills to exchange.
The Cabanas los Hualles does have free WiFi for guests. The strongest signal is in the reception area and in the lodge. You can purchase SIM cards in Concepcion for use in your phones to receive a better signal on the mountain.
There is a lady who runs a laundry service, near to the Cabanas los Hualles and she is inexpensive, if you need clothes cleaning.
You will need to fly to Santiago International Airport (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport - SCL) and then take a short 1 hour 15-minute domestic flight to Concepcion Airport (Carriel Sur International Airport - CCP).
An Adventure Project representative will be at Concepcion Airport to meet you on arrival. Please note that there can only be one scheduled pickup for the group, so please make sure to co-ordinate your arrival time around lunchtime on day 1. It is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Concepcion to Las Trancas.
We’ll be staying at the Cabanas los Hualles in Las Trancas. We will be staying in their new lodge rooms (10 twin/double rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, satellite TV and ample storage). Breakfast is included and will be served in the main cafeteria building each morning. There is a drying room in the lodge and two outdoor hot tubs (free use for our guests).
In the evenings, we will eat out at one of the many excellent local restaurants that are within walking distance of our accommodation (not included). The food is well-priced and tasty. Chileans love their red meat, but fresh seafood, pasta, pizza, and vegetarian dishes are also very popular.
Las Trancas is approximately a 20-minute drive (depending on road conditions and traffic) to the ski resort each day. We will generally eat lunch (not included) at one of the on-mountain restaurants. We will arrange for our shuttle to meet us at a pre-arranged spot at the end of the day for transfer back down to Las Trancas.
During a down day (to be determined, it could be either a bad weather day on the mountain or a needed rest day), we will enjoy a cultural day in the Chillan/San Carlos area. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive down to Chillan. Our first stop of the day will be at the Santa Berta winery, a former Trappist Monastery that is now converted into a modern winery. Here you can sample several different wines and then buy wine at very low prices.
Then we travel to the town of San Carlos and head to Violeta’s Restaurant, owned and operated by famous Chilean chef David Vivero. Here we will try many courses of fine food, finishing with a tasty asado (Chilean BBQ) cooked in a 100-year-old oven. If there is time left over, we can head back into Chillan and visit the local markets.
On day 11, we will head back down to Concepcion for the departure back to Santiago and onward flights home. There will only be one scheduled departure in the morning back to Concepcion, so please make sure you have coordinated your return flight to Santiago with us. We recommend taking a PM flight back to Santiago. The drive will take at least 2.5 hours unless there is snow on the road, which could take longer.
By sending us your deposit, you agree to all of our terms and conditions. Please make sure you have read and understood the terms and conditions for your trip. You will also need to have completed our liability release form and COVID waiver in advance. For more details, please visit The Adventure Project Terms and Conditions.
We are excited to host you in Chile this upcoming summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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