7 reasons to ski in Chile

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Find out why Amity Tours will make your ski experience in Chile a once-in-a-lifetime trip you won’t regret!

 

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skiing chile

 

Chile has a great variety of outdoor activities to do all along the territory. During winter in the Southern Hemisphere, skiing is the best activity to do in the Lake and Volcano DIstrict. Thanks to the proximity with the Andes mountain range, and the presence of the many volcanoes, this country counts on many ski resorts. They can be all appreciated by skiers of every level.

Find out why Amity Tours, as the leader in adventure travel in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, will make you have an amazing ski experience.

 

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Skiing Choshuenco volcano, Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

 

Expertise

 

In Amity Tours, all of our team members are passionate skiers. This means we perfectly know what an excellent ski experience has to be made of. As a tour operator providing ski trips since 2003, we make sure your needs are well taken care of. After these many years of experience, we know what our travelers expect of a ski tour.

All of our ski experiences were designed to take you to the best snow Chile and Argentina have to offer. In addition to the best powder, we provide the best prices and great offers for our clients in our ski packages. As a result, we’ve come to be the leading Tour Operator in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District.

 

 Professional and all-inclusive service

 

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We are aware that a great adventure can sometimes come with a little bit of risk. Skiing is “the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at a great personal risk”. However, in our company, we’ll always make sure your safety comes first no matter what.

Our English-speaking guides, besides being excellent skiers, are professional and expert in the field. In addition, they are experienced mountain guides & Wilderness First Responders. Finally, they always carry on with them radios, in case of any emergency.

In other words, our professional team will always provide a safe, friendly and professional service. If you want to get to know more about our guides, check out our staff page here!

On the other hand, we’ve designed our ski experiences in a way that you won’t worry about anything to make the most of your holiday. From luxury hotels & SPAs, good food in selective restaurants and great snow, you’ll surely enjoy each day of your ski trip.

 

Ski on Southern Chile’s active volcanoes

 

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Villarrica Volcano’s open crater

 

Skiing is the best winter sport in the world, and we absolutely love the feeling when skiing down the slopes. But imagine yourself skiing on an active volcano, with incredible panoramic views over other volcanoes around…

In Amity, we make this dream come true. During our ski experience, you’ll feel the adrenaline of sliding down the most active volcanoes in South America, such as Llaima, Lonquimay or Villarrica Volcanoes.

The best of it ? We take advantage of the unique volcanic activity of the region. How ? We combine the ski activity with the most natural hot springs of the Lake and Volcano District. As a result, we provide the perfect combination of an active day and a deserved relaxing evening.

 

Uncrowded Ski Resorts

 

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Daily view in Caviahue, Argentina

 

Worldwide, the most known ski resorts in South America are located around Santiago de Chile, such as Farellones, Colorado Valley & La Parva. With Amity, you’ll have a unique ski experience in the usually unknown and uncrowded ski resorts of Southern Chile & Argentina.

Indeed, as our company is based in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, we have plenty of slopes to ski down on active volcanoes. Moreover, the proximity of the border with Argentina makes it easy for us to cross it and head towards excellent ski resorts.

During our 10-Day Ski Tour in Chile & Argentina, you will get to know the best of the ski resorts located in small mountain towns of Argentina and Chile.

 

Summer skiing

 

For many of us ski lovers, the snow season is always and all too short. In Chile, located in the Southern Hemisphere, we give you the opportunity to enjoy snow during summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

In fact, in Chile and Argentina, the snow usually starts falling at the end of June, making the ski slopes ready to ski on at the end of June. It is only until the end of September, with the arrival of Spring season that the ski resorts are closing.

What a great excuse to travel to Chile during winter!

 

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Skiing in Corralco Ski Resort

Ski for any level of experience

 

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If you are a beginner, intermediate or an expert skier, it doesn’t matter. Although most of our tours are designed for intermediate skiers, we make sure to design a tailor-made trip according to your level of experience. Indeed, our professional mountain guides will be your ideal teachers with great ski lessons if you want to give it a try as a beginner.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any information you might need for your next ski trip in South America.

 

Group or Private Tours

 

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We are perfectly aware that skiing is not the cheapest sport to practice in the world. This is why we offer both private tour and both departure dates for group tours.

If you are a group and want to have a private tour, we’ll get the best deals with excellent service. The most important, you get to decide your travel dates, and we make sure you choose the ideal travel dates to enjoy the best snow available.

You are a solo traveler, or you simply want to join a group to make the best of your trip ? Please ask us about our group departure dates available from July to September.

 

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Ski in Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

 

If you liked this article, share it with your travel buddies! If you’re still hesitating, drop us a line and will give you the best information regarding this amazing sport called ski! 

Don’t wait any longer and start planning the best ski experience Chile has to offer!

 

 

 

 

 

What to do around Pucón

Elected Chile’s capital of adventure tourism, and highlight of Chile’s Lake and Volcano District, Pucón has so much to offer and lots of outdoor activities to do. Find out the 5 things to do in this beautiful Lake City!

 

 

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Villarrica Volcano

 

Pucón, the dream town of southern Chile, is located at the shores of the Villarrica Lake and at the foot of the Villarrica volcano. 700 kilometers south from Santiago de Chile, it belongs to the La Araucania Region.

Lately, this lake city has been recognized world-wide for its ski center, water sports and hiking trails, among many other outdoor activities. Beaches, forests, valleys and the generous nature of Pucón also invite you to dive into the natural hot springs of the area. Between more than 30 excursions you can do around Pucón, you can also access Argentina through the border crossing Mamuil Malal. Thus, it connects the Araucania Region with the Lanín national Park of the Argentinean Republic.

In this post, you will discover what to do in Pucón, and realize why every nature lover and aventurous travelers should add this destination in their bucket list.

 

1) The Villarrica Volcano ascent

 

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The Villarrica Volcano (2.847 meters) is Chile’s most active volcano, and one of the most actives in South America. The idea of climbing it might sound surreal, but is definitely possible to do. It does require a certain level of fitness, but the hike is not technical at all.

You don’t need to bring with you all the mountain gear needed for such activity, since this excursion includes the full equipment. Also, it is very important to know that the weather is very weather-dependent. Indeed, in order to reach the summit, the weather conditions must be optimal: minimal wind and clear sky.

The route of ascent, starting at the foothills of the volcano, allows the most adventurers to reach the open crater. After approximately 4 to 5 hours of hiking, the final reward is the surrounding landscape made of lakes, volcanoes and valleys. If you’re lucky enough, you will get to see some lava flows.

It is worth noting that it is absolutely a hike you cannot miss in Pucón. It is possible to do it all year long, however it is easier to reach the top during spring and summer. In winter, the volcano is totally covered in snow, making the excursion of difficult level.

If you want to climb Chile’s most active volcano, read more about our hiking program around Pucón!

 

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Villarrica Volcano Climb

 

2) Geométricas Hot Springs

 

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The Geométricas hot springs are a thermal center, composed of 20 stone pools from 35°C to 45°C. Moreover, they are immersed in the amazing landscapes of native forests of Villarrica Volcano National Park located near Coñaripe.

In addition to enjoying the thermal water and contemplating the landscape, the design is truly unique. Indeed, the facilities were designed by the distinguished national architect Germán del Sol, who subtly intervened the environment, through walkways made of red coigüe wood that connect the different swimming pools.

In Amity, we love to have a good physical activity and then dive in the hot springs!

 

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Waterfall at Geometricas hot springs

 

3) Rafting – Trancura River

 

Lower Section

 

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This outing holds no great dangers and is perfect if you are after a less extreme adventure. It could be a family day-out, a beginner’s introduction to rafting, or a warm-up for the upper river rafting trip. Although it is still exciting and fun!

We invite you to glide through calm stretches of water, admiring the beautiful nature around Pucón.

The rafts drop-off point is only a 30-minute drive from Pucón and the road goes through a countryside landscape surrounded by the Andes. Once we arrive at the river, you receive and put on the rafting gear. Your guides will be giving out all necessary safety instructions concerning correct rowing techniques and the “way the river works”. Once on the Trancura River, you will experience the full flowing effects of the raft passing over class 3 rapids, along with the sound of the rushing waters with waves crashing against the raft.

After approximately 1½ hours of excitement we will reach the end of the descent and head back to Pucón.

 

Upper Section

 

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This exciting trip is suitable for the ages of 14 to adult and for those looking for lots of excitement without great dangers. Be prepared for 2 hours of pure adrenaline, tackling Class 4 rapids with several drops. The rapids’ names speak for themselves: Last Laugh, Devil’s Throat and Rapid of Fear. There are spectacular views of Villarrica Volcano and smaller Quetrupillán Volcano up the valley.

The rafts drop-off point is only a 30-minute drive from Pucón and the road goes through a countryside landscape surrounded by the Andes. Once we arrive at the river, you receive and put on the rafting gear. Your guides will be giving out all necessary safety instructions concerning correct rowing techniques and the “way the river works”.

Once on the Trancura River you will experience straight away the full flowing effects of class IV & V rapids along with the booming sound of the rushing waters with waves crashing against the raft. Here you will need to row hard to pass over the torrents.

After approximately 1½ hours of excitement we will reach the end of the descent and head back to Pucón.

 

4) Huerquehue National Park

 

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The Huerquehue national park is located in the foothills of Los Andes mountain range. 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón. The park covers 12.500 hectares (30.890 acres) with various lagoons, dense vegetation and gigantic trees that are the habitat of several endemic birds.

The best way to explore the park is by foot. Indeed, you can choose between various hiking trails crossing the whole territory in which you can observe the local fauna and flora.

 

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The easiest hike is Los Lagos Trail. It is the most popular of the park. The main attraction are the forests of ancient monkey puzzle tree surrounding the lakes on the high area. Observing them might be an overwhelming experience as they make you think about how small and ephemeral the human being can be in front of nature.

In summer, the bravest hikers can swim into the cold water of the lakes. Moreover, you will be able to observe a huge variety of birds like ducks. if you’re lucky, and patient, you might be able to spot the woodpecker and its impressive red head.

 

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Los Lagos Trail, Huerquehue NP

 

5) Villarrica National Reserve

 

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Quetrupillan Volcano at sight

 

Located in The Andes mountain range, the Villarrica national park is a protected wildlife area. The impressive volcanoes, stunning endemic tree forests, rivers and lake are the top components of the landscape.

Dominating the scene, the Villarrica Volcano (2.847 m.) is the main touristic attraction. In addition, you can also appreciate the Quetrupillan (2.382 m.) and Lanín (3.776 m.) volcanoes. During winter, it is possible to ski the Villarrica volcano. The ascent to the top is also available all year long, depending on the weather conditions. In the foothills, there are various hiking trails leading to amazing lookout points.

 

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The park boasts a total of 63.000 hectares of endemic tree forests such as araucaria, raulí, lenga, etc. The forested areas allow the existence of a diverse fauna like puma, chilla fox, pudu deer, and the small native marsupial monito del monte, among others.

 

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If you are looking for some wild adventures when visiting Chile, Pucón is the place for you to be! 

Contact us for more info about Chile’s Lake and Volcano District!

 

 

 

 

 

Active volcanoes of Chile’s Lake and Volcano District

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Geographically, the Chilean territory is located in one of the greatest areas of volcanic & seismic activities in the whole world.

 

 

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Crater Rojo (red crater) , Vicente Perez Rosales National Park – Los Lagos Region

The Pacific Ring of Fire, close to the Andes mountain range, carved by water, ice and volcanoes. With more than 2.000 volcanoes and 90 potentially active, Chile has one of the largest volcanic chains in the world. Indeed, great historical eruptions, such as the eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in 2015, have had regional and global consequences.

In this article, you will learn more about the most active volcanoes located in the beautiful Lake & Volcano District.

The Lake and Volcano District

 

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Puyehue National Park, Los Lagos Region

 

From Santiago de Chile to Puerto Montt (the gateway to Patagonia), we find a wide variety of landscapes with lands covered with forests of araucarias and dotted with lagoons, rivers or lakes. Moreover, here and there, we can admire the active volcanoes of Chile’s Lake & Volcano District. They are the perfect spot for nature lovers to enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling & skiing.

 

Kütralkura Geopark – Lonquimay Volcano

 

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Skiing at Corralco Ski Resort, Lonquimay Volcano – La Araucania Region

 

The Lonquimay volcano is located 130 kilometers north-east of Temuco city, in the Araucanía Region. It is part of Chile’s first Geopark. The UNESCO highlighted Kütralkura Global Geopark as one of the most active volcanisms in the world. Indeed, it is geologically located in the heart of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

 

 

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The Pacific Ring of Fire

 

Surrounded by the magical landscape of Southern Chile, the Lonquimay volcano becomes more attractive as it enters the Andes Mountain Range. In the horizon, we can admire the other volcanoes around, like Tolhuaca, Callaqui, and Copahue (northbound) and Llaima, Sierra Nevada, Villarrica and Lanín (southbound).

 

 

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Summer skiing on the Lonquimay volcano. Tolhuaca volcano in the backdrop.

 

 

During autumn season, the native tree leaves show their golden colors and the snows slowly covers the volcano, which makes the area remarkably beautiful.

In winter, the area is fully covered by snow, in addition to the endemic araucaria tree forests that also get covered by a white coat. This makes it possible to enjoy winter sports at Corralco Ski Resort, located on the slopes of Lonquimay volcano.

During spring and summer, the thaw radically changes the appearance and color of the volcano. Due to the solidified lava constitution, it takes a reddish color, leaving only the eternal ice on top.

Moreover, the massive summit of Lonquimay does not only allow us to the natural beauties around, such as the lagoons, rivers, volcanoes, etc. It also gives us the chance to see a tremendous crater, of more than 800-meters long (one of the largest of Chile’s southern volcanoes), completely covered by a glacier.

 

 

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Skiing near the summit of the Lonquimay Volcano

 

Regarding its volcanic activity, the Lonquimay became particularly well known for the events that happened during Christmas in 1988. During an eruption that lasted approximately one year, it sculpted a small crater near the north slope. As a result, the “Christmas Crater” was born. Located in the lower part of the Lonquimay, it is possible to visit it with a guide, as it is still active.

 

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Christmas crater and Lonquimay volcano

Conguillío National Park – Llaima Volcano

 

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Llaima volcano, Conguillio National Park – La Araucania Region

 

From Temuco city, the Llaima volcano already makes itself noticeable with its two visible peaks. Located 80 kilometers from this city, it is part of the eastern landscape. Also, the Llaima occupies a large part of the Conguillío National Park where it stands out as the highest summit.

The presence of “Los Paraguas”, a small ski resort located on its western flank makes it the perfect place to visit during winter. Thank to this, it helps in being the most visited volcano in southern Chile. Surrounded by araucarias forests and by beautiful mountain lakes, the Llaima and surroundings give us the opportunity to enjoy wonderful landscapes.

Historically, it is one of the most active volcanoes in South America, and one of the largest in the southern Andes. The western, south-western and eastern flanks possess more than 29 km2 of glaciers. Shape-wise, it is an almost-perfect cone, although it consists of two peaks and about 40 cones of adventitious slag. The northern summit exhibits a crater of 350-meters wide, and more than 300 meters in depth. Between 1994 and 2009, the open crater presented an active fumarole with gas emission and water vapor, but nowdays the main crater is blocked by layers of ice and lava (from 2008 and 2009 eruption). Lastly, the southern summit has remains of a small cone made of slag nested in a blocked crater of about 200 meters.

Regarding the volcanic activity of the Llaima, the historical record includes 48 eruption between 1640 and 2009. During these events, lava flows, lahar formation, pyroclastic projection and occasionally the generation of pyroclastic flows occurred. Finally, the last eruptive cycle began in May 2007, with a weak ash emission.  A moderate strombolian eruption followed with lahar generation in January 2008, culminating in April 2009 with a vigorous strombolian eruption.

 

Villarrica National Park – Villarrica Volcano

 

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Pichillancahue Glacier located at the foothills of the Villarrica Volcano

 

The Villarrica or Ruka Pillan is an active volcano with the largest historical record of eruptions in Chile, and even South America. Geographically, it is located at the south of the Villarrica Lake, and at the north of the Calafquén Lake. It is a stratovolcano located on a volcanic chain aligning it with the Quetrupillán and Lanín volcanoes.

At the top, we find an open crater of 200 meters of diameter. Generally with continuous fumarole and a quasi-permanent lava lake, whose surface has variable height depending on the moon. Moreover, an important glacier covers the Villarrica, and extends for 30 km2.

The volcanic activity of Villarrica began about 650,000 years ago. Throughout the years, it has developed explosive and effusive eruptions, with the emission of magmatic material essentially. As product of the explosive post-glacial activity, voluminous pyroclastic flows and formation of boilers were generated mainly 13,900 and 3,900 years ago. Lastly, since 1558, there have been about 49 eruptions, mainly of an effusive nature.

The impressive last eruption happened in 2015

 

The last explosive eruption was recorded on March 3, 2015. It generated a lava source almost 2 km high above the crater. In addition, an almost 12-kilometer tall column of tefra remained held for almost 19 minutes. It was pretty scary !!

 

 

Besides being the most active volcano, the Villarrica is undoubtedly the main natural attraction in Southern Chile. Indeed, the ski center located at the base of the volcano (1,400 meters) is the perfect spot for summer skiing and snowboarding.

As a matter of fact, Pucón Ski Center is one of the most beautiful in Southern Chile. In fact, it has a certified ski/ boardercross run for skiing and snowboarding, with international teams coming in for “summer trainning”. The ski resort offers 9 lifts, and 20 runs for all types of levels. Also, it is a great place for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, specially if you decide to climb up the crater of Villarrica volcano.

In spring and summer, the base of the Villarrica volcano is perfect for climbing and hiking activities. Through the endemic araucaria and nothofagus tree forests, the hiking trails in the area are infinite. However, the most impressive hike to do is certainly the one that takes us to the open-crater. From there, the view is breath-taking and allows us to see the different volcanoes, lakes, lagoons around, and the unmissable Andes as landscape.

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Climbing the Villarrica volcano is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park – Osorno Volcano

 

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The Osorno volcano is our best companion when cycling around Puerto Varas

 

The Osorno volcano is located approximately 50 km from the quaint city of Puerto Varas, between the Llanquihue and Todos Los Santos Lakes. It belongs to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.

It is in this area where volcanism has been, along with tectonic processes and glaciers, the main factors that shaped the Andes mountain range. In fact, the Osorno is a stratovolcano that belongs to the Southern Volcanic Zone of the Andes. It forms a transverse volcanic chain along with La Picada, Puntiagudo and Cordón Cenizos volcanoes. Like the Llaima and Lonquimay volcanoes, the summit of the Osorno is covered by a glacier.

The volcanic activity of the Osorno began some 200,000 years ago, building itself as a stratovolcano immersed in the ice field dominating the landscape during the so-called Santa María glacial period. The post-glacial eruptive activity is characterized both by the occurrence of eruptions from the central crater, and by the activity of parasitic centers located on the flanks.

Historically, the eruptive activity of the Osorno volcano has been characterized essentially by episodes of low explosivity. As of now, the faint fumarole since the beginning of the 20th century under the ice of the summit seems to have attenuated.

Last, but not least, the Osorno volcano is the highlight of our top bike tours in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District. Indeed, besides getting to cycle your way towards the Petrohue falls, you have the chance to challenge yourself and climb the road to Osorno volcano as it is South America’s steepest climb.

In Amity, we are blessed to operate our top travel experiences in the beautiful Lake and Volcano District. Together with our friendly team of expert guides, you can explore the best volcanic attractions of southern Chile. Either by hiking, skiing or cycling, the visit of the most active volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of Fire is a must-do when traveling to Chile.

Ski Chile 2021

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Skiing in Chile is a unique experience. Located along the Andes mountain range, Chile is a beautiful country full of contrasts, with changing climate and geography. The presence of such natural wonders has allowed the country to be elected the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination since 2016 according to the World Travel Awards.

 

 

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Chile has been elected the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination since 2015

 

In addition to be the world’s leading adventure tourism destination, Chile also offers great skiing and snowboarding conditions with excellent snow. From July to mid-October, it is possible to enjoy winter sports in 18 different ski resorts. The most famous are concentrated near the Capital, Santiago de Chile. But, if you are an adrenaline-seeker and love breathtaking landscape while skiing or snowboarding, Chile’s Lake and Volcano District is surely the best place to practice your favorite winter sport in South America.

 

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Fresh ski tracks in Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

 

As of matter of fact, we can say without a doubt that Chile is a country of volcanoes. Indeed, with no less than 2.900 volcanoes which 80 of them are still active, you can slide over more than one of them.

In this post, you will learn more about Amity’s favorite ski resorts located in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District.

 

Antillanca Ski Resort, Los Lagos Region

 

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Antillanca Ski Resort. Puntiagudo and Osorno volcanoes at sight

 

Located approximately 98 km from the city of Osorno, the Antillanca Ski Resort is located in the Puyehue National Park, on the slopes of the Casablanca volcano, near the Puyehue and Aguas Calientes hot springs. This area belongs to the Antillanca volcanic complex.

 

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Skiers in Antillanca Ski Resort

 

The ski resort extends on Haique Hill with heights ranging between 1.040 meters and 1.540 meters above sea level. With a total of 400 hectares of skiable surface, the Antillanca Ski Resort offers 14 marked ski runs of varying difficulty. In total, 32 kilometers of great snow to hit.

 

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Ski slopes Antillanca

 

In addition to the good slopes, Antillanca counts on excellent snow conditions throughout ski season (from July to October). Likewise, the ski center has spectacular cornices for off-piste skiing and extreme descents.

During our adventure skiing tours, we usually go Cat skiing and get as close as possible to the crater of Casablanca volcano, to then skin up with our randonee gear until summiting its massive crater. Then the downhill is amazing, heading towards Raihuen crater, with views of lakes and volcanoes in the distance.

In summary, in Antillanca Ski Resort there is skiing for all tastes and styles. In summer, it is an ideal place for nature lovers who like the practice of adventure tourism.

 

Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, Los Ríos Region

 

Located in Panguipulli,  in the middle of the Patagonian Andes, the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve mainly focuses on the care and conservation of the native species and the Temperate Rain Forest.

 

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Cat Skiing in Huilo Huilo; Lanin volcano at sight.

 

The Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is located 860 kilometers south of Santiago, in Los Rios Region. This reserve has a little explored ecosystem. In fact, it has a great diversity thanks to its particular geography: lakes of glacial origin, eternal snows on the Mocho and Choshuenco volcanoes, and countless water courses. As a result, the main purpose is the conservation of the native species of the Temperate Rain Forest.

 

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Bosque Encantando, Huilo huilo Biological Reserve

 

The Bosque Encantado Ski Center is within the biological reserve, at more than 1.000 meters high. Accordingly, it has 3 runs of 1,200, 1,300 and 1,400 meters. And for those who are not so familiar with the white sport, there is also the possibility of trekking with snowshoes, tubing, glaciological tour and snowmobile rides, among others.

In all our adventure skiing and snowboarding tours that include Huilo-Huilo, we go Cat skiing until we reach the glacier plateau. From there, we skin up to Mocho volcano, a 40-minute hike up to summit this “easy” climb. Then we ski down back to the plateau and aim North, towards a much more challenging climb: Choshuenco volcano. You won’t beleive your feet and eyes, as you attack the slopes of this side of the montain.

 

 

Huilo-Huilo is a great place for outdoor activities. Indeed, it is surely one of the most outstanding spots to practice summer skiing in Southern Chile.

 

Pucón Ski Center, La Araucanía Region

 

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Pucón Ski Center and the Villarrica Volcano

 

Commonly, when talking about skiing in Chile, the first thing that comes to mind are the ski centers located around the capital, Santiago de Chile. But if you’re really looking for ski adventures mixed with mindblowing landscapes, we highly suggest to go south and check out the volcanoes.

Approximately 785 km south from Santiago de Chile, you can find the world’s capital of adventure travel: Pucón. Located at the foot of Villarrica Volcano (2,847 meters), and the lake of the same name, Pucón is the best place to be for nature lovers. In fact, this quaint little town offers plenty of outdoor activities to do.

 

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Villarrica volcano ascent before the ski descent

 

Pucón Ski Center is located 16 km from downtown Pucón, on the northern slope of Villarrica volcano. Villarrica (or Ruka Pillan) is known to be one of the world’s most active volcanoes, blowing smoke all year round. There, you can enjoy about 30 km of skiable terrain. Likewise, given the fact that you’re sliding down a volcano, you get to marvel at an incredible scenic view of La Araucanía Region.

 

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Ski runs on the Villarrica volcano

 

It should be noted that the Pucón Ski Center is one of the most beautiful in Southern Chile. In fact, it has a certified ski/ boardercross run for skiing and snowboarding, with international teams coming in for “summer trainning”. Pucon offers 9 lifts, and 20 runs for all types of levels. Also, it is a great place for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, specially if you decide to climb up the crater of Villarrica volcano.

In our snowboarding and skiing adventure tours that include Pucon, we support our backcountry access with powerful snowmobiles, so you can rest assured that you’re going to get a lot of fun.

 

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Climbing the Villarrica volcano

 

The best part of a ski experience in Pucón consists in hiking up to the open crater, and then skiing all the way down to the ski center, with excellent snow conditions. Accordingly, as every adventure activity in the mountain, the ascent of the Villarrica volcano must be carried out by a professional mountain local guide, along with the appropriate mountain gear.

 

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Reaching the open crater of the Villarrica volcano

 

Corralco Ski Resort, La Araucanía Region

 

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Ski on Lonquimay volcano, Corralco Ski Resort

 

Corralco Ski Resort is located 120 kilometers from the city of Temuco. Nestled in the heart of the Malalcahuello National Reserve, Corralco is the best ski resort in Chile. Additionnally, and over the last few years, it has become a world-class destination preferred by hundreds of beginner and advanced skiers.

Located 1.450 meters above sea level and on the southeast slope of the Lonquimay volcano, the ski resort offers a luxury hotel with comfortable facilities and excellent service. In winter, Corralco counts on a skiable domain of more than 1,000 ha. for alpine skiing and snowboarding, with its 6 lifts you can access 29 runs of different levels of difficulty. The skiable terrain surrounded by a unique forest of ancient araucarias and views of the Lonquimay volcano.

 

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Ski runs in Corralco, Lonquimay Volcano.

 

All of these elements have led the experts to categorize Corralco Ski Resort as a unique destination for the practice of ski, snowboard, splitboard and randonnée. Thanks to this, it’s no surprise that Corralco has played host for the US Ski Team and for the Burke Mountain Academy to practice this sport during winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

 

Skiing in Chile 2021

 

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Still wondering where to enjoy great snow conditions this year ? Check out our last ski adventures in Chile’s Lake and Volcano District.

 

 

 

Our ski experience in Chile is unique. We can proudly say it is a mix of great luxury hotels with SPA to relax after a full day of skiing, excellent restaurants to enjoy local cuisine paired with the best local wines and beers, and natural hot springs. Furthermore, we use exclusive services such as cat-ski and snowmobiles, in order to explore the best hidden and snowy parts of the Lake and Volcano District.

 

Contact us for more info about the 2021 ski season in Chile and check out our special ski tours!

Luxury Nature Tours in Chile defined by Amity Tours

Relaxing hour at Corralco Mountain Resort

 

 

One traveler’s luxury is another’s ordinary.

For us at Amity Tours, a luxury nature tour is all about the experience, the disconnection and the unique feeling of freedom in a trip throughout Chile.

We’d love to share with you our definition of luxury!

 

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The philosophy of Amity Tours

 

First of all, we are proud to call ourselves a boutique adventure tour operator from Chile, where luxury nature tours are our standard.

At Amity Tours, we are all fanatics for new adventures. Our guides are living in a constant adventurous state, showing and sharing the most beautiful places of Chile to our fellow travelers. Our drivers are always on the move, they can’t stand still and love to explore new places on our scouting trips. Likewise, the whole office team spends its free time in a national park, or on a camp ground together with friends and family.

That is why one of the main cornerstones of our philosophy is ADVENTURE: We are an adventure travel company and we define “adventure” as an experience where culture and nature are the main elements.

We are specialized in active travel experiences, with biking, hiking, skiing and multisport tours. What’s more, we understand that active travel goes along with excellent service, comfortable hotels and delicious great local food, wine and beer.

 

Relaxing hour at Corralco Mountain Resort

 

Our definition of Luxury

 

As George Morgan-Grenville once said: “Luxury travel today is defined less by thread count and Michelin stars and more by access to the people, places and experiences that represent all that is authentic about a destination. There’s no denying that comfort factors still apply and high standards of accommodation and dining will always feature on the luxury traveler’s wish list. However, today’s luxury traveler seeks more depth of understanding and immersion into local culture than ever before. People don’t just want to see – they want to participate. The sales process is also critical and whilst the online proposition can be an asset in terms of booking more simple arrangements, clients looking for luxury experiential travel require a deep level of sophisticated knowledge and confidence during the sales process.”

There is no better way in explaining our definition of luxury tours at Amity.

 

Mate tea with Mapuche women

 

 

We definitely do not support luxury tourism without considering the impact it might have for the natural environment. Luxury tourism should never compromise nature, such as helicopter trips over national parks or high speed boat trips on pristine lakes.

To us, comfort doesn’t come in a “heli”. The negative impact of these kind of exclusive adventures for the wildlife is huge. There are many case studies, which prove the negative impact of helicopter flights for the natural surroundings. That is why we don’t think it is worth enjoying a short flight in a fragile environment while there are so many other great ways of connection to special places in the world.

We think that the real luxury on an adventure trip are the unforgettable experiences we make during the voyage. Experiences, which will leave a mark in our memories – as we learn more about a local place and culture.

 

 

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Here are the luxury moments you can find during our nature trips in Chile:

 

  • Reaching natural thermal hot springs after a great cycling day over green rolling hills with the view of three volcanoes. No better luxury moment than relaxing our tired muscles in the thermal waters and listening to the sound of the cold river next to us. Check out this and much more unforgettable experiences in our bike tours.

 

  • Getting to a pristine beach after hiking through a thousand-year-old forests together with local indigenous guides. After the challenging hike in an almost unknown trail, a friendly local family is waiting for you in their typical housing, and offering freshly seafood – from the sea directly to the table. Interested in their ancestral seafood gathering? Join them during an afternoon on their simple wooden boats.

 

 

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Mapuche Huilliche Indigenous community at Mapu Lahual Reserve

 

  • Enjoying a private Yoga session in Atacama, the World’s driest desert, with a professional instructor. After a mystical highlands tour that includes hiking around geysers, we will get back to our very special accommodation. Here we can enjoy a deep connection with the nature and our spirit. This unique Yoga session is one of the many highlights of our Bike and Hike Women Tour in the Atacama Desert.

 

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Yoga session in Atacama Desert, the driest in the World.

 

  • Have you ever dreamed about Backcountry Skiing on an active volcano? When traveling with Amity Tours, you get the opportunity to spot lava after a challenging climb and then enjoy the unforgettable off-piste downhill skiing. A real once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

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Summer Skiing at Choshuenco Volcano, Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve

 

  • Having a private Polo field, an exclusive lake front Lodge and stables full of polo horses to choose from. Santa Amalia Ranch is one of the most exclusive polo getaways in Southern Chile. It is situated next to the pristine Lake Colico, and immersed in the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve.

 

 

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Santa Amalia Ranch – Colico Lake

 

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  • Learning how to make an ancestral recipe from a famous Mapuche chef, while collecting the ingredients as we hike in the forest.
  • Embarking with local fisherman to birdwatching among the sunken forest in Chiloe Island. Feel the untouched nature and listen to the singing of the native birds. Our Conservation Tour is full of magical moments.
  • A great dose of adrenaline during the whitewater rafting on the Trancura, Fuy, and Petrohue rivers. No better way to experience the force of the water and the importance of good teamwork. We are sure that these are one of the luxury moments during our Family Adventures.

 

 

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Petrohue River, Puerto Varas

 

 

  • Horseback ride with panoramic views of the Paine Massif in Patagonia. A truly luxury moment for every nature lover during our Multisport Tour in Patagonia.

 

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Horseback Riding in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Chile

 

In all of our luxury nature tours in Chile you will experience several “wow” moments.

Our bespoke team of travel designers are experts in curating the best tailor-made luxury travel experience for you. We know how to surprise you with details that make the difference.

What about a cold local brewed beer under an ancient Araucaria tree after an Andes climb?

Or what about a five-star picnic after an unforgettable mountain bike descent on an active volcano?

Or a Chilean folk-dance lesson in bicycle jerseys just because we passed by a traditional trade fair with live music?

 

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Amity’s famous Picnic Table

 

 

Protection of the Environment – Sustainable Tourism

 

We are not only trying to minimize our negative impacts. We even maximize benefits to the environment and local community through different practices such as:

  • Being part of the expert team while creating the first UNESCO Geopark in Chile, Kütralkura (Rock of Fire, in native language).
  • Implementing sustainable tourism practices for the local indigenous communities in Chile.

All this is part of our Responsible Travel Policy, which is defined as following:

We believe and work in the universal standards put forth by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (Based on the UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism), and we adopted the criteria specifically in these four areas:

  • Demonstrating effective sustainable management
  • Maximizing social and economic benefits to the local community and minimizing negative impacts
  • Maximizing benefits to cultural heritage and minimizing negative impacts
  • Maximizing benefits to the environment and minimizing negative impacts

As an organization, we formally adopted the Values Statement declared by the Adventure Travel Trade Association – ATTA – of which we are a member.

This is an organization that nurtures and professionalizes the responsible and sustainable development of the adventure travel industry.

 

 Are you ready to experience real luxury nature tours in Chile with us?

 

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Hot Tub at La Baita Ecolodge, Conguillio National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel experiences in Chile with Amity Tours

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In this article, you will find out why Amity Tours is the leading tour operator in Chile’s Lake & Volcano District. Moreover you will understand why our core values will make travel to Chile an unforgettable experience!

Amity Tours is a Travel Company based in Pucón. Since 2003, we specialize in travel experiences in Chile such as hiking, trekking, skiing and cycling. More than just a simple trip to Chile, we make the best of it when visiting this amazing and fascinating country.

ADVENTURE

As an adventure travel company we understand “adventure” as and experience where culture and nature are the main pillars. Adventure is a key concept when defining and creating our trips in Chile and Argentina..

Active explorations in remote areas surrounded by nature will free our visitors to become part of the place. Adventure trips by Amity Tours will unfold meaningful experiences. We will enable our guests to discover and explore hidden corners, meet local communities and immerse themselves in the local culture.

Imagine yourself cycling Chile’s southern back roads, or discover a beautiful Geo park with pristine lakes and rivers. In addition to share with local indigenous communities while learning about their ancestral knowledge.

Moreover, you will envision yourself discovering Chile’s most impressive sights. Throughout the territory, the variety of landscape is fascinating. Mainly composed by ancient forests, glaciers, fjords, rivers, old shepherd trails, huge dunes, salt flats, lakes, etc. Not to mention the impressively surprising loca fauna & flora.. With species like flamingos, vicuñas, condors, foxes, guanacos, pumas and endemic birds inhabiting the forests.

Finally if you love skiing or snowboarding, visualize yourself slowing down and speeding up at will, controlling your descent on ice, knowing how to cope with fresh snow, handling uncrowded slopes and narrow paths in the most beautiful ski centers of Chile and Argentina.

We believe that experiencing adventures trips will enhance your attachment to nature and enhance your world view. Travel actively with Amity Tours will make you experience a fun cultural exchange.

PEOPLE

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Lady Rosario, member of the Mapuche community, sharing the mapuche cosmovision

You’ll find a true friend in our experienced and professional team of guides and drivers. They will show you the best of Chile and Argentina. You’ll get to know our country and meet local people at every destination.

A commitment made to our travelers, it is also a conservation mission for us to help the local and indigenous communities present in the Chilean territory. We believe encounters with local communities can be life changing as a travel experience.

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Our travelers enjoying a game of Palín, the traditional game in the Mapuche culture.

NATURE

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Majestic Lanín Volcano (3,747 m.a.s.l), the tallest in the Lake and Volcano District.

The best part is how grateful we are to be in a country with amazing nature. We’ll make sure you see the best of it exploring the breathtaking hidden corners.

Nature, as a concept, has been socially constructed as an object and a subject providing people with meaningful experiences. Accordingly, leisure activities in nature enhance the interaction between people and natural environment. Thus, increasing their attachment to it.

People will become more conscious about the conservation of protected areas and become more sustainable as travelers.

Concept in our experiences

Each of our trips has been planned with the idea of providing tranquility and spiritual well-being. We love to provide invaluable memories by hiking through a native forest, kayaking on pristine lakes and rivers, or biking through rolling hills and skiing in active volcanoes…

We operate our most popular tours in Chile’s Lake & Volcano district. Recently labeled as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. it is home of stunning National Parks such as Conguillio, Villarrica, Huerquehue, …

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Thousand-years-old endemic trees in the Villarrica National Reserve

Share this article if you identified yourself in our values! Contact us for an unforgettable trip in beautiful Chile!

 

 

 

Ski Season opens June 2016

Ski Season South America opens June 2016

Ski season in South America opens June 2016

Amity Tours is anticipating the new Ski Season in the Southern Hemisphere this year 2016 (July, August and September). We have been notified that the ski centers in The Lake & Volcano district of Chile and Argentina will be open very soon. We are expecting to have the best powder snow and weather conditions at Corralco, Villarrica and Cavihahue Ski Centers. We have designed our ski tours for beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders.

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. This season you will be able to experience this and more!

Amity Tours has designed different options to enjoy the snow this coming winter. Check our Ski for Beginners  program starting on July 2016 where you will be able to improve your technique at uncrowded ski resorts (Villarrica & Corralco). Professional ski instructors will help you to experience the Southern Volcanoes that combine Araucaria, snow and mountains. If you want to experience off piste skiing during August 2016 check out the Ski Tour Chile & Argentina program. You will be able to ski at the Caviahue ski resort in Argentina, enjoy skiing and climb the Villarrica volcano and discover the Huilo Huilo biological reserve. What’s more, we also have designed a program for those who loved to be on the top of the world! Our amazing Ski Tour Chile 7 volcanoes  starting on September 2016 permits you to climb the highest summits at the Lake & Volcano district and ski on and off piste through amazing ancient Araucaria forests. We look forward to seeing you this winter 2016!

Check our Ski tours and rates at www.amity-tours.com

Best South American Skiing Season EVER – 2015

The 2015 Ski Season in South America will be remembered for all snow lovers, from beginners to experts skiers and snowboarders. During the month of August 2015 we not only had the best snow conditions but the perfect weather during the day, with sunny days and low winds. As result, the powder was everywhere we went: Corralco Ski Resort and Lonquimay Volcano, Caviahue Ski Resort and Copahue Volcano, Chapelco Ski Resort and Huilo Huilo Mountain Resort and its Mocho and Choshuenco Volcanoes.

We did amazing things, such us dog-sledding and snowmobiling in Caviahue, skinned up (randonee skiing) to the crater of Lonquimay volcano in Corralco, went tree skiing in Chapelco and Cat Skiing in Huilo Huilo reaching the summit of Mocho and Choshuenco volcanoes. The best backcountry skiing that I can remember since 2003 …

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Photo by Lee Townend, Lonquimay Volcano

For as long as “El Niño” stays close to our Pacific coast, we can be sure that there will be plenty of good snow.

We invite you to join us next year starting from August and September 2016.

Skiing Tours in Chile and Argentina 2016 – Amity Tours

We thanks our great European partners Snoworks Ski Courses and all our ski and mountain guides.

Photo by Lee Townend - Skinning in Lonquimay Volcano
Photo by Lee Townend – Skinning in Lonquimay Volcano
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Photo by Lee Townend – Cat Skiing in Huilo Huilo
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Photo by Cristian Levy – Dog Sledding in Caviahue
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Photo by Guido Schilling – Randonee in Caviahue
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Photo by Guido Schilling – Backcountry Skiing in Caviahue
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Photo by Guido Schilling – Off Piste Skiing assisted by snowmobiles in Caviahue
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Photo by Cristian Levy – Cat Skiing in Huilo Huilo
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Amity Tours mountain guide, Guido Schilling, at the summit of Choshuenco volcano

10 Reasons why you should ski with Amity in Chile and Argentina

  1. We provide the best prices, good deals and great offers to our clients. We are a local tour operator!
  2. Amity Tours specializes in ski tours around Chile and Argentina, recognized as the lider in The Lake and Volcano District.
  3. After 13 years of experience, we know our Clients, so we take care of every need and wish our clients expect of a ski tour in Chile and Argentina.
  4. Our tailor-made tours can be designed as you wish.
  5. All of our Ski Tours 2015 in Chile and Argentina were designed to take you to the best snow both countries have to offer.
  6. Our guides provide a friendly, professional service not to mention great ski lessons if you are here as a beginner.
  7. We make sure you stay at some of Chile´s best hotels and SPAs to make sure you feel taken care of at all times
  8. A ski tour with Amity simply means: the best powder snow you could find!
  9. We are visiting new hotels and Spas, restaurants owned by locals! Can’t get better quality than that.
  10. A ski tour with Amity is more than just great snow, luxury hotels and good food; we make sure you go back home saying ¨Wow!”.

 

Visit us here at the end of the planet.  Ski Season 2015 in Chile and Argentina is waiting for you and all your friends!

The Summer Skiing Season is Coming

From the Amity Tours’ main office in Pucon, we can see the golden leaves waving on the native trees. The landscape is so beautiful, the mountains are covered in all shades of golden yellow and red colors. For many Chilean people this is a bad sign, because it means the summer is almost over. But for us at Amity Tours, this can only mean two things, one: our bike tours and hiking tours are coming to the end of their season, and two: the skiing tours season is just around the corner.Continue reading

Sommer Abenteuer, Backcountry Skiing in Chile, September 2014

Sie wollten schon immer mal auf einem Vulkan Ski fahren?
Erleben Sie mit uns dieses einzigartige Abenteuer! Sie werden auf 7 aktiven Vulkanen Skifahren, deren Krater erreichen und daraufhin die Off-piste mit Skiern oder Snowboards hinunterfahren.

Wenn Ihnen jemand sagen würde, dass Sie auf einem aktiven Vulkan stehen können, in dessen Krater in die Mitte der Erde mit brodelnder Lava blicken können und danach den Vulkan mit Skiern hinunterfahren können und dabei auch noch perfekten Schnee haben, würden Sie wahrscheinlich denken er sei verrückt. Aber genau dieses Erlebnis bieten wir – Amity Tours- Ihnen an. Möglicherweise kennen Sie schon die chilenischen Hauptskiorte Valle Nevado und Portillo, wir jedoch möchten Ihnen eine ganz andere Seite des Skifahrens in Chile zeigen.

Corralco, Araucarias, Pucón, Huilo Huilo, Antillanca und Osorno sind Skigebieten von denen nur wenige Skifahrer je gehört haben. Sie sind wahrscheinlich nur die 3 Täler mit hunderten von Skilifts gewöhnt, die sich in alle möglichen Richtungen ausdehnen, aber bei unserer Tour reisen Sie halb um die Welt zu Skigebieten mit nur ein oder zwei Skilifts.

Wieso sollte man einmal halb um die Welt reisen nur um an einem Ort Ski zu fahren, den man auch vor seiner Haustür haben könnte?
Die Tour, die wir Ihnen anbieten ist etwas ganz außergewöhnliches und eine ganz neue Erfahrung des Skifahrens! Sie erwartet bei dieser Tour eine spektakuläre Landschaft, überwältigende Gastfreundlichkeit, eine ganz andere Art des Skifahrens und die Möglichkeit von der Spitze eines aktiven Vulkans Ski zu fahren.

Diese ultimative Skierfahrung in Chile ist sowohl für Skifahrer mit geringer oder gar keiner Erfahrung auf sogenannten Off-pisten (Abseits der Piste, Tiefschneepiste), als auch für Off-piste Experten geeignet. Die Verlockung der Vulkane auf unserer ultimativen Reiseroute ist überwältigend. Freuen Sie sich auf 12 Tage, in denen Sie 7 Vulkane besteigen und von der Spitze hinabfahren!

Die 7 Vulkane sind: 

  • Lonquimay
  • Llaima
  • Villarrica
  • Mocho
  • Choshuenco
  • Casablanca
  • Osorno

Und falls Sie denken sollten, dass alle Vulkane gleich sind, haben Sie sich geirrt. Jeder ist anders. Alle haben unterschiedliche Formen, Landschaften, Gipfel und eine andere Geschichte.

Einige der Highlights der Ski-Tour auf den Vulkanen im Süden Chiles:

– Unterkunft in gemütlichen Berghütten

– Professionelle Berg-Führer

– Privater Chef, der jeden Tag für die Gruppe kocht

– Erleben Sie das Backcountry von Chiles Vulkanen im Süden

– Fahren Sie von der Spitze von 7 aktiven Vulkanen Ski

– Genießen Sie lokale Thermalquellen

Daten:

vom 31 August bis zum 11 September 2014 und vom 15 September bis zum 26 September 2014

Schwierigkeit:

Fortgeschritten (bis zu 7 Stunden körperliche Aktivität pro Tag) Sie sollten auf allen Bergen Ski fahren können, müssen aber kein Olympischer Skifahrer sein. Sie kommen rote und schwarze Pisten in einem guten Tempo hinunter. Es ist vom Vorteil Bodenwellen und Off- Pisten gewöhnt zu sein. Sie wollen zu dem Modus: ” Ich kann auf allen Bergen Ski fahren” und ich bin der beste “Skifahrer, der auf allen Bergen Ski fahren kann” kommen? Unsere Berg-führer und Skilehrer werden Ihnen helfen dieses Level zu erreichen. Sie werden das Backcountry von Chile in seinem vollen Glanz erleben. Sie kennen ihr genaues Ski Level nicht oder sind sich nicht sicher? Kein Grund zur Sorge! Eine grobe Schätzung reicht vollkommen. Wenn Sie am ersten Abend im Skigebiet ankommen werden wir es herausfinden.

Summer Adventure Backcountry Skiing in Chile, September 2014

Experience the adventure of skiing on 7 active volcanoes, reaching its live craters and skiing or snowboarding off-piste.

If someone say to you that you would be standing on the top of a live Volcano looking down into the center of the earth with bubbling lava one minute, and then skiing off piste in perfect snow the next, you’d think they are crazy. Yet we offer you to experience exactly that. You might be familiar with Valle Nevado and Portillo the main Chilean ski destinations but we want to persuade you that there is a totally different side to skiing in Chile.

Corralco, Araucarias, Pucon, Huilo Huilo, Antillanca and Osorno are ski areas very few skiers have ever heard about. You are probably used to The 3 Valleys with hundreds of ski lifts stretching in every direction, but here you are going to be travelling half way around the world to ski in resorts with only one or two ski lifts! You probably think we have to be joking, but we are not.

What’s the point heading half way across the world to ski in somewhere exactly the same as your own back door. This will be a totally different type of ski experience. The scenery spectacular, the hospitality overwhelming, the skiing totally different and the opportunity to ski from the top of live volcanoes!

We are offering the ultimate Chilean skiing experience, designed for skiers from limited or no off piste experience to off piste experts. The lure of the volcanoes is overwhelming with our ultimate volcano itinerary. Climb and ski off the top of 7 Volcanoes in 12 days!

So here are ‘The 7 Volcanoes’: Lonquimay, Llaima, Villarrica, Mocho, Choshuenco, Casablanca and Osorno. If you think one volcano is the same as another, think again. Everyone is different. Different shapes, different scenery, different summits and different history.

Check out pictures from our latest ski tour! Chile Backcountry Skiing Tour.

Some of the highlights of our Backcountry Skiing in Chile’s Southern Volcanoes Tour.

• Accommodation at Mountain lodges and cabins.
• Professional mountain guide with you at all times.
• Private chef cooking for the group every day.
• Explore the backcountry of Chile’s Southern Volcanoes.
• Ski off 7 active volcanoes.
• Enjoy local hot springs.

Dates:
31TH AUG to 11TH SEP 2014 and 15TH SEP to 26TH SEP 2014.

Difficulty: Advanced (up to 7 hours of physical activity per day). You are an all mountain skier, but you don’t need to be an Olympic skier. You can ski “reds” and “blacks” whatever the conditions and at a good pace. Bumps and off-piste – not bad. You want to get to that “I can ski anything on the mountain” mode to become the best “All-Mountain Skier”. Our mountain guides and ski instructors will take you to that level. You will enjoy the backcountry in its full expression. 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.

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Summer Skiing in Chile, July and August 2014

Experience the adventure of skiing on active volcanoes, reaching its live craters on a snowmobile and skiing or snowboarding off-piste. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!!

Chile is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to skiing, with many slopes that are envied round the world. The many volcanoes which make up the long and skinny country of Chile actually offer some top of the range skiing locations, whether it’s Lonquimay, Villarrica or Mocho volcanoes there are many summits to conquer and even more snow to spray.

Chile’s Lake & Volcano District is the place to go when it comes to excellent Summer Skiing. The powdery snow, vintage slopes, natural hot springs and incredible settings with lakes and volcanoes make this an excellent country for skiing.

Amidst the hillsides of the Lonquimay Volcano, the Corralco Mountain Resort sits and it is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque places to enjoy a spot of skiing while embracing the fact you are skiing on one of the most captivating volcanoes in the Araucania region – the resort is suitable for all levels of skier and snowboarder.

Skiing the Southern Volcanoes it’s a great cultural adventure for intermediate to advanced skiers, taking your skiing to the next level, exploring the best ski resorts and finishing your day at natural hot springs. All the great skiing is paired with the best Chilean wine and local gastronomy.

Check out pictures from our latest ski tour! Chile Skiing Tour.

Some of the highlights of our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour.

• Accommodation at Luxury lodges, always in superior rooms.
• Professional mountain guide with you at all times.
• Explore the backcountry assisted by powerful snowmobiles.
• Ski off 3 active volcanoes.
• Enjoy and relax at great SPAs every night.

Dates:
26TH JUL to 02ND AUG 2014
02ND AUG to 09TH AUG 2014
09TH AUG to 16TH AUG 2014
16TH AUG to 23TH AUG 2014
23RD AUG to 30TH AUG 2014

Difficulty: Intermediate (up to 5 hours of physical activity per day). You are an adventurous intermediate skier. You can ski “reds” at a good pace whatever the conditions and “easy blacks”. Difficult “blacks”, bumps or going off-piste, hmm, definitely need some work!
In this skiing tour you can opt to go off-piste or stay on-piste. You will enjoy the backcountry but with the peace of mind that you are within a patrolled ski resort. 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.

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Ski Season Chile – Argentina 2013

Winter has ended along with one of the best ski seasons ever in the northern hemisphere. Here in the southern hemisphere, ski season is on its way. In just a couple of months we will be skiing all around The Lake and Volcano District of Chile and Argentina.

We are looking forward to all of our 2013 Ski Tours. Whether you come on one of our Beginners Ski Tours or our famous 7 Volcanoes in 13 Days Ski Tour around Chile and Argentina…we want to show you the best Ski Tour you have ever been on! We will be visiting some of the best ski resorts in South America and staying at some of the most unique and beautiful hotels in Chile and Argentina.Continue reading

Skiing season early birds will get great discounts to ski in Chile!

This year Amity Tours came up with some amazing ski tours in the Lake and Volcano District of Chile and Argentina. If you didn´t already go on your ski vacation by now, don’t worry, start planning it now! Our 2013 ski season doesn´t start until July. If you are an early planner, send us an email and let us know if you are interested in any of our Chile- Argentina or just Chile ski tours!

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Chile Snow Report – August

  • Pucón – Villarica Volcano

The volcano is covered with fresh snow! For the next couple of days, there will be heavy snowfall, not much winds and a dusting of new snow during the week. The snow will be perfect for some backcountry skiing this week plus the weather looks pretty good, perfect to enjoy the breathtaking views. This ski center is not only great for the advanced skiers, its perfect for all the beginners too.
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Chile and Argentina Ski Season 2012

Without a doubt, the 2012 ski season in The Lake and Volcano District has begun!  All ski centers are open and after a couple of snow storms, there´s powder everywhere! Not only there´s snow, for the last couple of days, the sun has been shining and skiers from all over the world are walking down the streets of Pucon.

For the next 12 weeks, we will be skiing in some of Chile´s and Agentina´s best Ski Centers, staying at the best hotels and lodges and most importantly eating the best food and wine Chile has to offer.

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Chile Snow Report – July

The time is here, when we can start looking at the weather forecast for snow!

The next four days in Pucon:

The rain in Pucon has not stopped yet. Sounds like bad weather but it´s not, this only means that the Pucon Ski Center will be opening its doors very soon! If conditions allow it, the ski center will open July 5th.  Right now, it is snowing up there so let’s just hope to be up on the slopes this Thursday!!

(max -3°C on Sat morning, min -13°C on Sun night)

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Ski Resorts of Argentina – Lake and Volcano District

Caviahue Ski Resort (Caviahue)

Located in the province of Neuquen, this ski center in Argentina is on the base of the Copahue Volcano.  At 1650 meters above sea level, you will also find a small town called Caviahue, a beautiful lake called Homonimo and a forest of Araucarias.  This is a place where the scenery is so beautiful, you won´t find it anywhere else.

This place has really good powder snow every time you are there.  Off-piste skiing in this center is great.  Just imagine skiing on the slopes of the Caviahue Volcano between the snowed covered Araucarias.  If you have never seen Araucarias before, this is a place where you will enjoy these beautiful trees.

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Luxury Ski Tour Chile

A luxury ski tour is something that any skier would take a little over a week off work for. This ski tour has a little bit of everything.

You will ski almost every day, go sledding with huskies and enjoy an afternoon at the beautiful Geometricas Hot Springs.

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