After landing in Santiago, Chile, a POWDER SOUTH representative will meet you at the airport and direct you to our van for ground transportation, or to your reserved helicopter connection, to transport you to your lodging in the mountains. Once 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.
Immediately after breakfast we walk to the heliport only yards from your room. Soon we will carve our first turns in the pristine Andes, an unforgettable alpine setting of Himalayan proportions. Each group will have a minimum of 1 heli-ski guide, a 4:1 & 5:1 ratio depending on the number of guests and helicopter we use. Today we take it slowly. It will be your first day exposed to the thin air at nearly 15,000' 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.
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, the possibilities endless, and much is yet unexplored. Return to Base and dinner at the Lodge.
Another exciting day with more runs, powder and fun! We continue discovering the Andes and tracking new powder. Picnic 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, and group strength and abilities. Return to Base for dinner.
After breakfast we 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.
After breakfast we continue with our exciting program; more heli-time, and more turns and vertical feet in the majestic Andes Mountains. Return to Base for dinner.
After breakfast we start our 6th and final day of our heli-ski / heli-board journey into the Andes. After skiing, we pack and transfer you to a 5 star hotel in Santiago, for an enjoyable Friday evening in this cosmopolitan city.
Breakfast and a relaxing morning at hotel. You may choose to continue traveling in Chile and South America, or return home.
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