Guided Volcano-Skiing in Chile’s Araucania

Araucania | Chile
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go volcano skiing in Chile

  • Trip Highlight

    Make turns down the flanks of 5 volcanoes in Chile’s Araucania

  • Trip Highlight

    Vast and pristine backcountry terrain in 2 national parks

  • Trip Highlight

    Enjoy local culture through cuisine, wines, and hot springs

Shred the gnarly flanks of volcanoes in Araucania, and hit some of the best ski powder on Earth. To be precise, it’s five volcanoes in nine days—each providing some of the most pristine backcountry terrain in Chile. Apart from 3,300-ft ski downs with views of surrounding volcanic cones, the adventure is also made special by local cuisine and world-class wine in Malalcahuello and Pucón. Between challenging couloirs and chutes in vast uncharted landscapes, take a dip in aguas termales (hot springs) and reward yourself with après-ski in your cozy cabañas. When backcountry wilderness is tamed by Chilean culture and cuisine it only means one thing—a ski touring experience to remember.

Season

September

Nearest city

Temuco, Chile is 2.5 hours away

Duration

10 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Backcountry Volcano Tours in Chile

10 days

During your 9-day backcountry adventure, you will first be based in Malalcahuello, a mountain village nestled between the Lonquimay, Sierra Nevada, and Llaima volcanoes and close to the Conguillío National Park. You will later head south to Pucón—a major center for adventure activities where you can explore more backcountry terrain within the Villarrica National Park featuring the Villarrica and Quetrupillan volcanoes. Enjoy traditional Chilean comidas (meals), unwind in aguas termales, and reward yourself with after-ski in your cozy accommodations with quality wines.

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Malalcahuello

Fly into Temuco Airport and meet your guide. Enjoy a scenic 2,5-hour drive through the farmlands and into the mountains to the Andean village of Malalcahuello, whose landscapes are dominated by volcanoes! Check into your accommodations and enjoy a welcome dinner with your guides.

Days 2-5: Lonquimay, Sierra Nevada, and Llaima volcanoes

Start your days with breakfast in your accommodation. Every day you will tour one of the volcanoes close to Malalcahuello—starting with Lonquimay. Skin up its slopes and be rewarded with the views of surrounding volcanic cones and indulge in a 1,000-m (0.7-mile) ski down afterwards. The Sierra Nevada and Llama volcanoes are located within the Conguillío National Park. The location features scenic landscapes with Araucarias trees and many small lakes, as well as top-notch skiing terrain. Once you return to your accommodation, enjoy late lunch and dinner and try excellent Chilean wines. Malalcahuello also provides an opportunity to take a dip in splendid aguas termales each day—a perfect way to recharge after a day of ski touring.

Day 6: Pucón

After breakfast, head south to Pucón, the adventure capital of Chile and your base for the next three days. Just like in Malalcahuello, here you can expect to experience hot springs and enjoy wonderful Chilean food and wines. Once you settle in your accommodation, you can head out for comida (meal) in one of town’s restaurants or enjoy a cozy evening in your room to regain energy for touring the volcanoes of Villarrica and Quetrupillan.

Days 7-9: Villarrica and Quetrupillan volcanoes

Start your days with hearty breakfasts. Each day you will tour either Villarrica or Quetrupillan, both located in the Villarrica National Park and both ideal for adventure skiers! The ascents are around 700 m (0.5 miles) with very long descents in varying terrain—the result of lava flows. Once you arrive from your skiing expeditions, enjoy dinner, take a sip of wine, or a dip in aguas termales. You can also spend some time in Pucón and explore its bars and restaurants.

Day 10: Departure

Your adventure has come to an end. Get transported back to Temuco and fly home with memories of epic runs and great food.

Reviews

Reviews (4)

Dillon D. about Arctos Guides

Conor is one of the best guides I have ever been out with. He was fully flexible and catered to our group, while still being very safe. He also offers some custom programs and locations that no one else does!

Lynn C. about Arctos Guides

Conor is a very personable, experienced guide. We have toured with him a number of times, and will continue to chose him for all our backcountry adventures. He knows how to keep everyone happy even in our diverse little group. I am not an expert skier, but I ski with experts. Conor knows how to pick lines that we will all enjoy and I can’t say enough about his uptracks, which are second to none, especially for someone like me, who has difficulty on the steep switchbacks due to a bad ankle.

C v. about Arctos Guides

Had an awesome time skiing with Conor! It was an unfamiliar area to me so it made all the difference to have an experienced guide finding the best terrain and forging a skin track through waist-deep powder. Unforgettable trip.

James B. about Arctos Guides

My family and I had the most awesome trip with Conor (Arctos Guides)! He is a complete professional, steadfast in his planning and preparation and a terrific person as well. His knowledge of the terrain and snowpack are invaluable and he made sure that everyone in our group had the best experience. The prepared foods were excellent and we had more than enough to eat. I cannot recommend Arctos Guides highly enough!!

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Covid measures in Chile

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Chile please refer to the official website of Chilean National Tourist Board.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, ACMG-certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Nine days of backcountry ski touring
    • Hot springs experience
    • Backcountry permits
    • Accommodation (guest houses or hotels)
    • Transportation from Temuco airport to Malalcahuello and back
    • Private 4×4 transportation during the adventure
    • Food and wine
    • Après-ski
    • Avalanche safety briefing

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to Chile
    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 6-8 hours a day for 9 days, touring 1,200 to 1,500 m (3,937 to 4921 feet) every day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

To participate in this tour, you need to have previous backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on different terrains for 6-8 hours every day. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optiona

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from Isoterma Cero
    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Isoterma Cero
    • Splitboards can be rented from Isoterma Cero

Ski rental locations are in Malalcahuello and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. We recommend that you choose the equipment and the dates beforehand through their website. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Ski touring in Chile can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 40% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is due thirty (30) days prior to the trip. If the booking is made less than thirty (30) days prior to departure, the cost must be paid in full. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to forty-five (45) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to forty (40) percent of the deposit.
    • For cancellations forty-five (45) to thirty (30) calendar days in advance, the deposit will be forfeited.
    • For cancellations less than thirty (30) calendar days in advance, the full trip amount will be forfeited.
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Malalcahuello, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Temuco International Airport, which is 2,5-hours away. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodations in Malalcahuello.

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