Guide to

Ski The Andes

Fresh powder and stunning mountain peaks

ski country in the andes

The gorgeous peaks of the Andes – the second highest mountain range in the world – provide an incredible backdrop for your Chilean ski adventure. With several world-class ski resorts within a few hours of Santiago (some even sit on the slopes of active volcanoes!), Chile offers one-of-a-kind experiences for skiers and boarders of all skill levels. As Chile’s leading ski tour operator, Upscape delivers the most comprehensive portfolio of full-day and multiday excursions exploring the best that Chilean ski country has to offer. We are the exclusive operator of Ski Arpa snowcat skiing, the only cat skiing in all of South America, as well as a leader in heliskiing and backcountry tours. Combined with the best of South American hospitality, gastronomy, and culture, your ski tour is sure to be an adventure of a lifetime.

When to go

Winter season can start as early as late-June and generally continues through September. We recommend going in August when the local crowd thins out and powder is almost always guaranteed.

How to arrive

One great benefit of many ski centers in the Chilean Andes is their accessibility. From Santiago, most ski centers can be reached in under two hours (driving).

GOOD TO KNOW

Language: Spanish Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Visas/fees: Travel to Chile does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.

What to do in the Andes

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Heli ski in the Andes

Skiers Loading a Cat at Ski Arpa

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Catski at Ski Arpa

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Board to Board: Same Day Snow to Surf

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Ski the Slopes of an Active Volcano

What to Pack

Winter in the Chile offers a mix of wintry ski slopes and more moderate coastal and valley climates, which means activities also vary and you should pack accordingly.

  • Sun protection (glasses, goggles, sunscreen)
  • Ski/snowboard gear
  • Clothing to be layered on and off the slopes
  • Bathing suits (for those sauna soaks)
  • Travel journal
  • Camera gear, GoPro

Playlists

Tips from our Team

  • Our favorite run: Extrance Exam at Ski Arpa is our favorite Black Diamond run, with a perfect pitch and reliable snow conditions.
  • Portillo Off-Slope Extras: One of our favorite indulgences is swimming in Portillo’s heated outdoor pool that has views of the Inca Lagoon. The view is simply breathtaking.
  • Aprés Ski: Try the fondue at La Mamita de Pericles at La Parva Ski Resort for your Aprés Ski meal. The atmosphere is relaxing and the food is delicious.

Where to Stay: Overnight Recommendations

Also be sure to see where to stay in Santiago.

Sunset at Powder Lodge

Powder Lodge

Casa San Regis

Casa San Regis

Alto Nevados

Alto Nevados