• Scooping some nice couloirs in the Andes, Argentina

HELISKIING IN THE ANDES

Length Trip
3 and 8 days

Season
July, August and September


Level
Begginers to advanced


Style
Heliskiing in the Andes

DETAILS

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.

Important:
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.

Safety:
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.

ITINERARY

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.

POWDER HELISKIING IN CHILE

Cajón del Maipo area

The Lodge
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.

PHOTO GALLERY


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.

Not Included
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


ANDESCROSS
IS RECOMMENDED BY

70% RATE OF RETURNING CLIENTS FOR OVER 10 YEARS

The Andescross family comes back to Southamerica with us and also to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland and the Alps for more good times.

“Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to try backcountry skiing and soon after I ended up contacting Jorgito at Andescross, which was already a very respected guiding company in Argentina.”

The idea of climbing all the mountains and volcanos in patagonia in the winter time and skiing them on the way down sounded too good to be true. Our first trip with Andescross was to Frey Hut with a couple of my brothers. The skiing conditions were as bad as Patagonia can offer so we ended up 2 days stuck in the hut in the midle of a storm and one day skiing on pure ice… 

Marcos Q.Tigre, BA, Argentina

“About 10 years ago I contacted Jorge about doing a hut to hut ski trip in the mountains around Bariloche. I chose him because he was a fully certified International Mountain guide.”

This trip proved to be nothing short of fantastic. Jorge was professional, friendly, knowledgeable of the area we were traveling through and was a great travel partner. He took care of my travel arrangements in Bariloche, booked my room for me before and after the trip, and even picked me up at the airport. The next year, I returned for a volcano ski trip with Jorge. We were fortunate enough to ski from the summit of four volcanoes. In the last decade, I have traveled with him at least 8 times.  We have skied in Chile and Argentina numerous times, including a trip to the Patagonian Ice-fields.

Tomfriend more than client since 2005

“I have skied with Jorge and Andescross in the Andes and the Alps in Europe.   Simply put, the Andes Mountain range is Jorge’s backyard and he knows then well.”

In my view, I think it would be very difficult to find another South American based guide with comparable years of experience in the Andes, guiding credentials, and local knowledge.  Over the years, Jorge has gained significant knowledge of the Alps and many other mountain ranges in the world which he includes in his worldwide adventure trips.  He is able to quickly gauge conditions, make safe decisions, and find great untracked skiing.  

Peter Musziclient for first time in 2008

“Jorge se ha convertido con el tiempo en un amigo cercano más que en un guía.”

Hemos compartido muchas aventuras juntos en varias partes del mundo como los Alpes, Bariloche y Chalten, y siempre regresamos de cada viaje pensando en el próximo. Para que un viaje sea exitoso tiene que tener su cuota de riesgo y cautela, algo muy difícil de lograr pero que Jorge siempre ha sabido manejar. Seguramente les quemara la cabeza hablando de… Paciencia estimados clientes!!, nadie es perfecto.

Francisco J.San Isidro, BA, Argentina

“In just over a six year period, we have done five trips with Jorge and have committed to a sixth next year. We must like this guy! Jorge is THE guide for your Patagonia adventures…and beyond! ”

Our first trip with Jorge in 2010 was for backcountry skiing around Bariloche, Argentina. While we were temporarily weathered out of higher terrain due to high avalanche danger from tons of new snow, we never lacked for fun, challenging, and noteworthy alternatives. He shared with us his hometown stashes, something only a generous local guide could do. Jorge is a consummate mountain guide. He is completely client focused. He is a first rate professional. We trust his judgement, thrill in his ski adventures, and have been blessed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around the world with him.

Larina & BobSeattle, WA, USA

“40 years ago I flew down to Argentina in my summer for downhill training in the Andes.
I was then racing on the World Cup circuit and so having 4 weeks on snow in summer was really useful training.”

I fell in love with Bariloche and returned the next year again. Sadly this was the last time I made to South America and then, when skiing in Iceland, I bumped into a friend of our guide, John Falkiner. We shared a few beers waiting for our airplane to fly home and John explained that his friend, Jorge, was a guide down in Argentina and that helped in Bariloche.

Konrad Bartelski A British Legend in Ski Racing in 1981

“Jorge and team helped with all the fairly complex planning and logistics for a supported backpacking trip across the Andes”

From Bariloche to Puerto Frias for our group of 10 people, and guided us safely along the route.  He and his guides were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable and professional, and everyone had a great time.  I would highly recommend Andescross!

Cheryl from The Mountaineers Hiking Club, Seattle WA

“I am currently travelling the world on a sabbatical, looking for amazing experiences. During a stop across south america, I wanted to rock climb in the Frey national park, near Bariloche.”

I found the Andescross team on the internet, and they teamed me up for 3 days with a world class guide instructor. I am a novice rock climber, and my guide Luciano not only provided me with amazing climbing coaching tips, but allowed me to push myself to go beyond my comfort zone, in all safety. And once the climbing was over (once summits were achieved and I could not feel my forearms anymore), it was time for some of the best hospitality I have found on the road this last year. Great dinners, food, friends and laughter to fill our evening, until the call of the rock would get us out of our sleeping bag the next morning.

Patrick , Ex-Google CFOSFO , USA

“Jorge has excellent personal skills and appreciation of my climbing abilities. ”

Brian climber from CanadaI had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in December 2008. My wife and I were in Bariloche, on holiday in Argentina. Jorge had been recommended to us by a climbing friend back home in Canada. I was able to contact him by phone and we worked out a rendez-vous at the Refugio Frey for a day’s climbing on the rock. His knowledge of the area and the realistic time needed to complete various options, made it easy for me to reach a decision. What followed was one of the best days in the mountains that I have experienced over a lifetime in the sport.

Brian, 65, IrishCanadian climbing legend of Squamish, Canada

“Had a FANTASTIC time and thank you so much for all your help and the great guides. Great meeting you!!!!”

We are in BA, but head to Brazil tomorow and am just going to eat, drink and sleep! Anytime you head to Europe, you always have a place to stay in London and hopefully we will be back SOON!”

SachaLondon, UK, January 08

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