If you are contemplating following the snow southwards this year then have a look at our top picks for some fantastic South American skiing & heli skiing suggestions in and around Chile…
1) The ultimate heli skiing adventure… Heli Skiing from a Luxury boat off the coast of Patagonia
For a truly unique Chile heli ski experience, hop on-board an incredible exploration yacht with two helicopters at your disposal to explore the un-touched powder skiing wilderness of Patagonia! With 32 staff members on hand to make sure that every element of your trip is covered expect the best in private chefs, spa facilities and most importantly the top mountain guides primed to sniff out the deep stuff.
2) A heady mix of Andes heli skiing by day and cosmopolitan Santiago by night
Do you love your heli skiing but don’t want to miss out on the city lights? Then this unique option is for you…Stay in the impressive ‘W’ Hotel in Santiago and enjoy the luxury of a rooftop heli-pad flying to your heli skiing paradise just 20 minutes away each morning. Then you can fly back to immerse yourself in the fast-paced cosmopolitan culture each night.
3) Boutique Hacienda Heli Skiing in the Maipo Valley
For an authentic Chilean experience, stay in the lovely family-run ‘hacienda’ (aka boutique hotel) which is oozing with local charm and situated right in the heart of the heli skiing terrain in the stunning Maipo Valley. Just five minutes flight-time away and you’ll be skiing huge big alpine heli ski bowls and gorgeous un-touched powder. At the end of the day you can come home to delicious home-cooked Chilean specialities – some nights prepared out-side on an open fire – and washed down with a glass of Carménère red. Magic.
4) Ski the pistes of Portillo and be part of Chile’s skiing heritage
Portillo is South America’s oldest ski area and has been drawing people in from all over the world since the 1940s. Centred around the ski-in, ski-out Hotel Portillo, there are 14 lifts in the resort providing access to 35 pisted runs and much more off-piste terrain. This place has a really warm and friendly feel to it, and with 80% chance of sunshine at the resort and only 2 hours from Santiago it’s a no brainer!