GUIDED SKI & SPLITBOARD EXPEDITION
In the longest continuous mountain range in the world - spanning the western edge of South America and nearly the entire length of Chile - you better believe there are zones still untouched and unskied. And you better believe that we've got our finger on one in particular. Not far south of Santiago, a lonely dirt road winds alongside a river, both eventually disappearing around the corner. Beyond that, all that can be seen are unnamed Andean peaks blanketed in white. Beyond that, a pass (albeit impassable in the winter) to Argentina.
With exclusive permission from the handful of families who own this mountain paradise, we will put in skintracks and stand on ridgelines where no one else has stepped foot in the wintertime. Prospecting first descents will be the name of the game. A comfortable basecamp - set up for us before our arrival - will be our private refuge, with a large dome tent to serve as the kitchen/dining area, separate sleeping tents, and hearty breakfasts and dinners made from scratch.
Finalmente. El invierno sin fin está llamando. Come chase the endless winter with us on an exploratory shred adventure deep in the Chilean Andes.
AVAILABILITY & REQUIREMENTS
Max 6 per session.
Session One: Aug 19-28 is FULL!
Session Two: Aug 31-Sept 9 - 4 SPOTS LEFT.
Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders. Participation does not require formal avalanche safety certification nor ski mountaineering experience. Previous winter camping experience is preferred.
Splitboards are required for snowboarders. All participants must provide personal touring gear (including ski/splitboard crampons) and avalanche safety tools (transceiver, probe, shovel). Winter camping equipment such as sleeping bag and insulated pad will also be necessary. We will distribute a mandatory gear list closer to the expedition start date.
Participants must be in excellent physical condition, and comfortable touring for a long distance carrying all of their personal equipment for the week at basecamp.
There is no visa required for most nationalities visiting Chile. A tourist card valid for 90 days will be issued at the airport on arrival.
AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 9
2 SESSIONS: EACH 7 DAYS RIDING/10 DAYS TOTAL
Our 10-day expedition begins in Santiago. From there we will drive southwest to a small village, where we'll spend the afternoon prepping for the adventure further up valley. Our base will be a riverside lodge with really nice cabañas and a quincho for preparing traditional meals.
The next day we will head up for a day tour and an overnight in a refugio owned by one of the partner families. The mountain refuge sits right at snowline and will be the perfect jumping off point for our approach to basecamp the next day, eliminating drive time down and back up. Our first day in the mountains will be dedicated to making sure we have all of our gear in order, reviewing avalanche safety and running rescue scenarios, and of course, laying our first tracks in the Andes.
Day 3 will mostly be devoted to accessing basecamp. Some maintenance and additional set up will undoubtedly need to be done, but for the most part, camp will be ready for us to settle in and make ourselves at home.
The next 6 days will be entirely dedicated to exploring and shredding. This will be the first year camp has been in this exact location, meaning each day will be an opportunity for at least one first descent. After 6 nights and 7 days at camp, we'll retreat back down into the lush valley, check back in to our riverside cabañas and roast a huge celebratory asado (Chilean BBQ), complemented by local wines and beers.
Then it's back to Santiago, and with most international flights departing at night, we'll have total flexibility with our last day with the option of going to the coast, to a vineyard, or just exploring the city.
Our 2018 Chile expedition will be lead guided by ACMG Splitboard Guide Ty Mills with 40 Tribes’ Founder & Director Ryan Koupal in the tail guide position. For the first session (and possibly the second), we will be joined by AMGA Ski Guide and Founder of Chile Powder Adventures, Donny Roth. Meet our guide team.
Donny is our main man when it comes to logistics, local contacts, itinerary planning and area knowledge and experience. He has been guiding in Chile for 15 years and has been bringing small numbers of clients to explore this zone with him for the past four. Donny will also be our camp host for the first session, with one of his interns likely taking over for the second.
7 DAYS RIDING/10 DAYS TOTAL
SESSION ONE: Participants will need to arrive in Santiago (airport code SCL) early on (or before) August 19. We will return to Santiago on August 28 for departures later that evening.
SESSION TWO: Participants will need to arrive in Santiago (airport code SCL) early on (or before) August 31. We will return to Santiago on September 9 for departures later that evening.
40 Tribes Lead and Tail Guides; Airport transfers and private transport between all locations; 2 nights accommodation in cabañas at the river lodge (1 before the basecamp week and 1 after) including meals; 1 night accommodation in a mountain refugio including meals; 6 nights basecamp accommodation in 3-person tents with a large dome tent for kitchen and dining; Basecamp host and made-from-scratch meals; 7 days of epic guided skiing/splitboarding!
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airfare and baggage fees; Medical/evacuation insurance; Meals in Santiago and on transfer days; Alcohol; Tips for guides.
A 20% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 3 months prior to the expedition start date.