Peak ascents of 4 volcanoes (view lava in the crater of Villarrica) on and near the border of Chile and Argentina. Although the ascents are technically moderate, they are very physically demanding with full days of skiing. It is best to bring all your own ski / telemark / snowboard
gear. This tour is for strong climbers. The weather in Patagonia does not guarantee summitting. In the event of lousy weather, ski the bases and ridges of the volcanoes, other treed backcountry and resorts of the area.
Days of skiing: 8
Hotsprings: Copahue, Malalcahuello, Geometricas and/or Posones.
Lodging: Hosterias and hotels.
Skills: Intermediate to Advanced.
Included: All breakfasts during the trip, transportation from Neuquen, Argentina to Pucon, Chile,
lift tickets on lousy days as well as one dinner in Caviahue, Argentina.
to Neuquen, Argentina via Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, meet the ATAC trip leader
and other trip members and drive to the snow covered town of Caviahue. Stay at a hotel in the middle of town.
Volcan Copahue: In the morning, drive 10 minutes to the ski resort at the base of Volcano Copahue (2969 meters). Skin to the top of the volcano. After exploring the crater lake near the summit, ski back to town. In the afternoon, soak n the hotspring baths. This is your warm up day. On day 3, explore the source of the hotsprings in Copahue and the numerous ridges in the area. In the afternoon, head South down the road from Caviahue to some cabins at the base of some gorgeous ridges for the next day's skiing.
Caviahue South: Explore the ridges South of Caviahue on the hunt for powder and steeps. In the afternoon of day 5, cross the border from Argentina to Chile. Stay the evening in the town of Lonquimay.
Lonquimay : In the morning, drive 30 minutes up the road to the small 2-lift resort of Corralco. Attempt the summit of Lonquimay (2865 meters) and ski down. This is the shortest of the volcano climbs for the trip. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the lifts before heading to the hotel at the base of Llaima in the late afternoon.
Llaima: Starting in the morning, take the ski lift to the top of the ski resort. Start climbing from there. Explore the icy crater at the summit (3125 meters) before skiing back down. In the evening, drive to Pucon, Chile. Stay at Hosteria Ecole.
Villarrica: In the morning, head up to the ski resort and take a lift to the top. Continue with skins and skis to the top of the volcano (2840 meters). If conditions allow, see lava bubbling in the crater at the top. Ski down the other side of the volcano and get a ride to the Termas Geometricas in the afternoon. In the evening, head back to Pucon.
Additional Day: Assuming that conditions aren't perfect for the entire trip, factor in this day for as an extra day in any of the locations above.
Temuco --> Santiago --> Home: Leaving from Temuco, Chile, fly through Santiago, Chile on the way home.
Start your trip with a week of skiing at Las Leñas or Bariloche. Let us know if that interests you.
We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this
itinerary is subject to change and we just might decide that the snow is better somewhere else. All itineraries can be customized.
(may differ slightly from the one online.)
A US$500 deposit per person and completed reservation forms are required to make a reservation.
Reserve by phone:
Call (USA) 1.855.212.5579 and we can help you make a deposit with a credit card.
Reserve by mail or fax:
Follow the steps below to make a reservation by mail or fax with credit card or check:
1. Request a reservation packet - we'll send it to you!
(PDF - Acrobat Reader required)
2. Read the trip notes, equipment list, itinerary and trip notes.
3. Complete and sign the reservation form.
4. Fill in the credit card form or complete a check or money order written to ATAC.
5. Send the completed reservation forms:
by mail with completed check (made to ATAC) or credit card forms to:
PO Box 5498
Incline Village, NV 89450
by fax with credit card forms (credit card only - no checks):
Some notes about reservations:
Trip Cost Inclusions and Exclusions. The cost of the volcano skiing and snowboarding trip from Neuquen, Argentina to Pucon, Chile includes:
accommodations, food (up to 15 meals), some equipment, transportation,
and guides. The tour price does not include: airfare
and travel expenses to Neuquen, Argentina and from Pucon, Chile; government tourist taxes; additional meals;
alcoholic beverages with some dinner(s); optional activities; and
individual costs not provided to the rest of the clients.
Trip Cost, Deposit & Cancellation. The full balance of the trip
cost is due 60 days before the trip departure date. If this balance
is not paid 60 days prior to departure, ATAC reserves the right
to cancel the client’s reservation. If a reservation is made
less than 60 days prior to departure, the full balance of the trip
is due at that time. A client’s cancellation is effective
on the date ATAC receives written notice of the cancellation. $200.00
of each deposit is nonrefundable, regardless of when cancellation
notice is given. If cancellation notice is received over 120 days
before departure, a trip cost payment and $300 of the deposit will
be refunded; if received 90 days before departure, a trip cost payment
and $200 of the deposit will be refunded; if received 60 days before
departure, a trip cost payment and $100 of the deposit will be refunded;
if received 30 days before departure, one-half of the trip cost
will be refunded; and if received less than 30 days, there will
be no refund. Note: ATAC recommends that all clients purchase traveler’s
insurance and can help clients locate an agent. If a client is prevented
from traveling due to serious illness, death in the immediate family
or a similar catastrophe, at ATAC’s sole discretion, the client
may transfer to another trip or locate another qualified individual
to take client’s space subject to the replacement client executing
the required documents.
ATAC reserves the right to cancel a trip up to 30 days prior to
departure on the condition that 100% of the trip cost payment and
deposit be returned to the client. ATAC may cancel a trip within
30 days of departure for reasons of force majeure, unusual or unforeseen
circumstances outside the company's control. When a trip is canceled
by ATAC, the client may choose between a full refund of all monies
paid and any alternative trip with open reservation space offered
by ATAC, subject to an adjustment for any difference in costs.
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