Duration: 8 Days - 7 Nights
Location: Lake and Volcano District - Chile
Special Info: USD $3,565 per person

Best ski tour in Chile for beginners and intermediate skiers. Uncrowded ski resorts, private skiing instructors, southern volcanoes and hot springs.

Ski tour Chile for beginners

Ski tour Chile for beginners, Malalcahuello Village – Lonquimay Volcano

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Ski tour Chile for beginners.

Imagine – Having the confidence to go exactly where you want to go at the speed you choose to go at. To be able to slow down or speed up at will, control your descent on ice, control your speed on steeper terrain, know how to cope with a fresh fall of snow, handle crowded slopes and narrow paths. Imagine how liberating it would be to move around the mountain knowing you can cope with anything that comes your way… Well it doesn’t have to be a dream. You can learn to move all over the mountain in control with confidence.

You can learn all the skills and movements needed to ski the mountain in an environment where you can really concentrate on developing your technique. Most skiers have developed a set way of skiing. You can spot them on the slopes using a similar pattern of movements all the time. It’s their ‘Technique’.

At Amity Tours we’ve learned to develop skiing differently, thanks to the European Skiing Company “Snoworks”. Their directors Phil Smith and Emma Carrick-Anderson, a former Olympic Ski Racer are our masters.

  1. Firstly we focus on developing every movement around every joint. Similar to the way a child would learn to walk, run and play.
  2. Then we help you to learn to vary all the movements.
  3. Then we help you to learn to blend them, adjust them and apply them.

 

Result – no habits, no set technique – just the ability to move freely, adjust and apply your movements accordingly and naturally in any snow texture and terrain anywhere on the mountain.

We’re not saying it’s easy; it’s taken us a long time to be able to move freely and adjust our movements in a totally versatile manner with no fixed habits. But the result is we can ski in any snow texture in any terrain at any speed anywhere on the mountain.

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  • Day 1 Santiago (SCL) – Temuco – Pucon

    Upon arriving to Santiago’s International Airport, guests will have to take the connection flight to Temuco (1 hour flight). Welcome to the Southern Volcanoes! Upon your arrival, our friendly staff will be waiting for you at Temuco’s Airport and then we’ll head off on the road that goes east toward the Andean area.

    After 2 hours driving, we’ll arrive at the town of Pucón, the capital of adventure travel in the Lake & Volcano District of Chile. Upon our arrival we’ll check in at your hotel. You can relax in your room or you can explore the streets of Pucón, go shopping and check out the regional art and crafts, especially the wooden flowers that seem to be stunningly real at first glance.

    In the evening we’ll enjoy a Welcome dinner in downtown with our ski instructors.

    Accommodation: Martina de Goñi Hotel, 3 *  

    Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 2 Ski Pucon – Villarrica Volcano – First Ski Lesson & Huife Hot Springs

    After breakfast, we’ll drive 40 minutes to the ski center of Pucón and enjoy our first day skiing on the slopes of the Villarrica Volcano. The center has 9 ski-lifts (5 draglifts and 3 chairlifts), and 20 runs to choose from. The views from the slopes overlooking Lake Villarrica and the surrounding volcanoes are fabulous. At the base of the resort there is a lively cafeteria, and a nice terrace to relax and enjoy our lunch.  www.skipucon.cl

    After lunch we’ll travel southeast on a beautiful country road dominated by the green country landscape, with cows and horses. We’ll arrive at Huife Hot Springs, a thermal center located by the Liucura River and surrounded by stunning native forests. The place offers three outdoor thermal pools at different temperatures, a good restaurant and a cafeteria. In addition, the center also includes massage and beauty therapy services for an additional cost. www.termashuife.cl

    Accommodation: Martina de Goñi Hotel, 3 *  

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Ski Pucon – Villarrica Volcano – Second Ski Lesson & Geometricas Hot Springs

    Once again, we’ll enjoy this beautiful ski resort during the day, leaving the hotel around 9:30am. You will have a second skiing lesson with your instructor on the slopes of Villarrica volcano.

    In the afternoon we’ll visit the Geometricas Hot Springs. Located in the environs of the park, Termas Geometricas has 16 strategically located thermal pools, allowing the visitors to never feel overcrowded. The natural surroundings are exuberant and the facilities are simple but very cozy. Due to the volcanic activity in this part of Chile, many thermal spa or natural hot springs can be visited in this area, but only a few can offer the perfect combination of thermal facilities and natural surroundings. www.termasgeometricas.cl

    Continuing with our tour, we’ll head south having a wonderful view of Calafquén Lake and drive back to Pucon.

    Accommodation: Martina de Goñi Hotel, 3 *  

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4 Drive to Malalcahuello – Ski Corralco – Lonquimay Volcano – Third Ski Lesson

    After breakfast, we are going to start driving to our next ski resort. As we move closer to the mountains, the scenery becomes absolutely amazing with views of three volcanoes, Tolhuaca, Llaima and Lonquimay (the three still active). En route we pass through the town of Curacautín and the village of Manzanar, until we arrive at the quaint village of Malalcahuello (3-hour drive). This little village is well-known because of its proximity to the stunning Lonquimay volcano, as well as for its fantastic thermal waters.

    Today is our first day to ski and to enjoy the excellent slopes and unmatched snow conditions of the ski center. From Malalcahuello we take a 15 km (9 miles) road that enters the National Reserve Malalcahuello and travel through a phenomenal forest of araucarias trees (Araucaria araucana) that leads to Corralco, the ski center located at the foothill of the volcano.

    The Mountain Center (www.corralco.com) offers 500 acres of uncrowded ski runs for all levels of ski and snowboard lovers. This mountain resort has a double chairlift and one drag-lift for the beginner runs and the longest beginner run in Southern Chile, more than enough to enjoy this beautiful terrain. For the intermediate skier, you’ll have seven runs to choose from as well as a vast 2,470 acres ski domain to go off-piste through valleys and gullies if you are an advanced skier. The panoramic views from above overlook the peaks of Sierra Nevada and the Llaima volcano, and other more distant landmarks such as the Lanín volcano to the south.

    Accommodation: Suizandina Mountain Lodge  

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Ski Corralco – Lonquimay Volcano – Fourth Ski Lesson

    Once again, we’ll enjoy this beautiful ski resort during the day, leaving the hotel around 9:30am. You will have your fourth skiing lesson with your instructor on the slopes of Lonquimay volcano.

    This fantastic ski resort is known for its excellent snow conditions. Proof of that is the French ski racing team and the USA ski racing team were training last September 2014 and 2015 in Corralco, including Olympic gold medal Ted Ligety. This year 2016 they are coming back!

    Accommodation: Suizandina Mountain Lodge  

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6 Ski Corralco – Lonquimay Volcano – Fifth Ski Lesson & Malalcahuello Hot Springs

    Today you’ll have your fifth private ski lesson with your ski instructor. You will probably feel more comfortable with your new skiing skills, and you can explore higher terrain of this fantastic ski resort.

    In the afternoon we’ll go visit the Malalcahuello Thermal Resort, the most modern Thermal Spa in the area, to relax in its thermal-water pools. The facilities have swimming pools with thermal water of 6ºC, 38ºC and 42ºC, hydro-massage and swimming against the current. The Spa offers massages and beauty therapy services for an additional cost.  For those more interested in revelry and merry making, there is a restaurant and bar www.malalcahuello.cl

    Accommodation: Suizandina Mountain Lodge  

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 7 Ski Corralco – Lonquimay Volcano – Sixth Ski Lesson

    This is our final day skiing in Corralco Ski Resort and our last lesson. Now is the opportunity to show how much you’ve improved your skiing. In the evening we go back to Malalcahuello village, where we eat our farewell dinner at Nalcas restaurant, the best in town.

    Accommodation: Suizandina Mountain Lodge  

    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner.

  • Day 8 Malalcahuello – Temuco Airport – Flight to Santiago

    Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye Transfer in the morning from Malalcahuello to Temuco’s Airport to catch the flight to Santiago. End of services.
  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please book now or send us an email to info@amity-tours.com
    ◦ Rate per person, USD $3,565 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $660
    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 4 clients.
    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $2,895 per person based in double occupancy.
    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR.
  • ◦ Private ski instructor and ski lessons. You will have 6 private ski lessons in a group between 2 and 5 people per instructor. Ski lessons start in the morning from 10:00am until 12:30 and in the afternoon from 2:00pm until 4:30pm.
    ◦ 6 ski passes (ticket). If we cannot ski because of bad weather conditions and hence ski resort is closed, we will use the money of ski ticket to do some other fun activity in the area. Such activities are horseback riding, snowshoeing, river rafting, visit other hot springs, or visit other tour attractions of the area.
    ◦ Private transportation
    ◦ Entrance fee to hot springs
    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, and 2 dinners)
    ◦ All activities according to the itinerary.
    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your client’s needs.

  • ◦ International and domestic flights
    ◦ Lunches and Dinners
    ◦ Gratuities at restaurants and hotels
    ◦ Beverages & cocktails
    ◦ Travel Insurance (all clients MUST have the appropriate insurance for skiing).
    ◦ Ski rental is NOT included: available in resorts, prices are between U$30 and U$40 per day, including parabolic skis, boots and poles. We highly encourage the use of HELMET.

  • ◦ We run this tour under a private departure request. In this case you set the dates.
    ◦ This Ski Tour is available from July 8th until September 30th 2017.
    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR.
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    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Skiing, and hot springs.

    DIFFICULTY

    EASY: You are a cautious intermediate skier. You’ve mastered the “blues” and can ski them at a reasonable speed. But when those “reds” get steep, awkward or icy – oops get me out of here! The best ski tours for you are the Piste Performance. Don’t worry if you are unsure of your exact level. A rough guess is good enough. We sort it all out in the resort on the first evening when you arrive.

    EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

    No extra equipment is required for this trip other than your normal skiing equipment. If you intend to take the options of getting to the top of the volcanoes then we recommend you bring ski touring equipment (skis with touring bindings, skins, and ski crampons). These can be hired before travel if required, no previous ski touring experience is required. Off-piste safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe) will be provided if necessary. A backpack with carrying straps for skis is essential. Don’t forget your camera!

    We highly advice clients should bring their own ski wear (pants and jacket), goggles or sun glasses, woolen cap and gloves.

    DRESS CODE

    ◦ Sunglasses for the sun, goggles for the shade/cloud
    ◦ Don’t wear a cotton base layer or you’ll get cold
    ◦ Have a thermal base layer next to your skin.
    ◦ Use layers of clothes, not big jumpers – it keeps you much warmer
    ◦ Only wear one pair of socks – more will actually make your feet colder
    ◦ Make sure your outside layer is waterproof, especially your bottom half
    ◦ Make sure you have lots of pocket space
    ◦ You can take off layers when you get hot and carry extra ones in case the temperature drops.
    ◦ Protect your skin – from the sun, wind and cold. Snow reflects the suns rays, which is great for tanning but you don’t feel its power so pack plenty of sun cream. Some sun cream also coats your skin in a protective layer which stops wind and cold burn too.

    ACCOMMODATION

     As indicated in the program or similar

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    NOTE: This program can be modified according to your requirements or your client’s needs.

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include World Nomads, Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs- read the fine print.

    ALTITUD SICKNESS

    There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 8,000 feet / 2,300 meters

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $300.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

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