HELISKIING IN THE ANDES
The High Andes of Southamerica and the entire Patagonia in Argentina and Chile offers huge solitude, big glacieated mountains, undiscovered ski terrain, remote locations with dramatic peaks excellent for ski touring, backcountry skiing and heliskiing.
The idea of Andescross offering Heliski trips along the Andes is to be able to share with you two main areas:
The High Andes of Mendoza/ Santiago de Chile and the area of Patagonia and the Lake Districts nearby San Carlos de Bariloche.
Also we would love to show and guide you the Central Patagonia area that offers so much remoteness and first descents, but for this area since helicopter is not located “in situ” we can only offer it on specific demand, generally have been done for ski film crews only. This last option is possible but pricey.
We co-work with 2 main heliski operations, one based in Santiago de Chile and one in San Carlos de Bariloche, the gateway to Patagonia.
We guide our own clients using others heliski operation logistics.
Price wise is exactly the same, there are not “on top fees” doing it through us. The only difference is if you want to ski with us since we did some adventures together in the past or because you have heard about our team and reputation along this last 12 years. The reasons to come with us are that we are one of the few companies with full UIAGM-IFMGA guides in Southamerica, Argentina and Chile, and our passion for skiing had taken us World wide guiding experiencing remote locations like Antarctica , Northern Fiords of Norway, Chugach and Wrangells-Saint Elias range in Alaska, Swiss and French Alps and of course Patagonia.
Call your friends, email us, sharp your edges, wax your babies and board the chopper with our team, you will not regret enjoying your vertical meters with us!
Groups are formed by minimum 4 participants guided by some of the best UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain guides in Argentina/ Chile.
Your safety is our highest priority. That’s why our guides are top professionals who know the region extremely well. They are specially trained in avalanche forecasting, terrain and snow pack evaluation, rescue and medical emergency techniques. Their expertise and enthusiasm will ensure that your skiing is both enjoyable and as safe as possible.
Day 1 – Saturday
After landing in Santiago, Chile, a representative will meet you at the airport and direct you to our van for transportation to the Lodge. At the lodge, you will meet with your heli-ski guide for gear check, briefing, and group selection. Later an avalanche beacon search and safety clinic will be conducted, along with the required helicopter briefing. Welcome Dinner at the Lodge.
Day 2 – Sunday
Immediately after breakfast we walk to the heliport only few meters from your room. Ready to board to enjoy the pristine Andes, an unforgettable alpine setting.
Each group will have a minimum of 1 heli-ski guide, a 4:1 & 5:1 ratio depending on the number of guests and helicopters we use. Today we take it slowly. It will be your first day exposed to the thin air at nearly 15,000 feet elevation in the magnificent surroundings of the dramatic and rugged Central Andes Mountains. Back to Base for the night to a well deserved gourmet dinner at the Lodge.
Day 3 – Monday
After breakfast we gain altitude as we become more comfortable and familiar with the terrain, as well as better acclimatized to the altitude. There is always the possibility of discovering a new landing zone, or virgin terrain never skied or snowboarded before. It is highly likely that you will have the chance to pioneer a few runs with us, since the terrain is vast and much remains unexplored. Return to Base and dinner at the Lodge.
Day 4 – Tuesday
More turns on powder, and fun! We continue discovering the Andes and tracking fresh snow. Lunch at mid-day, then continue heli-skiing and/or heli-boarding. By this time the group will be well acclimatized and feeling stronger. We may go a bit higher or perhaps move to a different valley, depending on conditions, group strength, and abilities. Return to Base for dinner.
Day 5 – Wednesday
After breakfast again repeat our heli-ski routine. Those who are ready for a break can soak at the nearby hot springs, go horseback riding, choose a day of resort skiing, or simply relax at the Lodge.
Day 6 – Thursday
Ski, eat, sleep, bath and repeat more heliski time, more turns and vertical feet in the majestic Andes Mountains. Return to Base for dinner.
Day 7 – Friday
After breakfast we start our final heliski day in the High Andes. After skiing, we pack and drive to 5-star hotel in Santiago, for an enjoyable Friday evening in this cosmopolitan city.
Day 8 – Saturday
Relaz at your hotel. You may choose to continue traveling in Chile and South America, or return home.
Cajón del Maipo area
The ALTIPLANICO LODGE, is in the heart of Chilean Andes, cozy lodge for heli-skiing. Exclusive 20,000 sq mt (5 acres) to ski in the Maipo Valley. Was built combinanig local wood, colorful tile, adobe, and copper. The lodge offers a swimming pool, hot tub and a panoramic view of the Andes mountains. Only minutes of South America’s best heli-skiing!
Attentive personalized service, exquisitely prepared, gourmet meals and multiple options of outdoor activities to choose from. Enjoy a walk in the gardens or along the river, or a quiet evening with the stars soaking in the natural beauty and clear mountain air of the lodge’s surroundings.
Cable TV and free WiFi are available as well as laundry services.
The High Andes Terrain
The Chilean Central Andes, start at latitudes 32 degrees and 35 degrees South. where we have access to thousands of hectares of unlimited terrain. Such terrain includes the Aconcagua, Juncal, and Rio Colorado Valleys to the North; the Olivares, Parraguirre, and Tupungato Valleys located centrally, and the Aparejo, Marmolejo, Pangal, Rengo to Tinguiririca Valleys to the South.
A vast mountain region offering a wide variety of perfect heli-skiing terrain, from glaciated Andean peaks to steep ridges and gullies, with elevations ranging from 2,500 meters (8,250 feet) to 4,500 meters (14,850 feet). You almost have to see it for yourself to believe it.
The runs are surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop of 6,700-meter (22,000-foot) peaks.
3 Day Package €6,600
2 groups, 9 hrs of flight time
Semi Private Week €10,600
2 groups, 13 hrs of flight time
Private Week €13,500
1 group, 10 hrs of flight time
3 or 6 full days of Heli-Skiing / Heli-Snowboarding
Lodging in the locally owned Altiplanico Lodge
Breakfast, daily heli-picnic, and dinners included
Final night in 5-star Ritz Carlton in Santiago
Small groups (4:1 guide ratio for our Eccuriel AS 350- B3 or our Bell 407)
Experienced and professional UIAGM / IFMGA certified Heli-Ski Guides
Safety equipment, transceiver, probe, shovel, and ABS (Avalanche Airbag System)
Powder Skis and/or Snowboard equipment
Ground transportation, including pick-up at the airport and drop-off after the last day of skiing to either your hotel or airport.
Additional flying time is €2,600 per hour
Personal items and services (alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, etc.) and expenses incurred in the case of an evacuation or rescue
Single supplement fee – €2,000 for week packages, 1/2 for 3 day, FREE for private packages
Non-skier guest lodging & board – €2,800
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