TYPICAL DAY: When it’s time for lift-off, our helicopter will take you from the lodge base elevation of only 200 feet to high peaks pushing 8,000 feet (elevation of the peaks is much lower here than near Santiago). Your flight will take you through deep canyons, over lakes and glaciers, past rugged ridgelines and rocky spires. Upon touching down on your first run, you will be in awe of the scale and beauty of your surroundings, a sea of untouched mountains as far as the eye can see. Many areas will allow you the opportunity to claim first descents, as we pioneer new ski terrain in the unexplored expanses of Patagonia. As the day continues, we will name runs as we go, leaving a legacy that will outlast your photos and video footage.
TERRAIN AND SNOW QUALITY: The terrain in Patagonia is as good as it gets. We’re talking about well over a million acres of shapes made for skiing. We tailor our choice of terrain based on individual group ability levels and snowpack conditions. The terrain offers a bit of everything, from massive alpine bowls, seemingly endless glacier runs, steep technical descents and couloirs, to rolling powder pitches through subalpine meadows and some of the most exceptional tree skiing in South America. The amount of terrain to choose from seems limitless – there are dizzying layers of opportunity as we move deeper into the ranges. Individual runs tend to be in the 2,000 – 3,000 vertical feet range. The number of runs and total vertical groups ski in a given day and/or trip varies depending on a number of factors. We focus on delivering the best experience we can given current conditions.
HELI / GUIDE STAFF: I work with a truly awesome team of guides and pilots in Patagonia. The pilots are very experienced in the mountains who take the prime directive of “safety first” very seriously. We only fly in A-Star B3s or Bell 407s, which are the very best helicopters for small group heli skiing. When in Patagonia, I work with a small team of other guides and snow safety professionals; together we focus on safety and delivering the best possible experiences for our guests!