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Chile Ski Mountaineering

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Skiing Chilean Volcanoes can be compared to the volcanoes in the Washington and Oregon, only better. Better because it is an exotic location, higher max elevations, unique scenery, and a really fun group of people. 

The theme during this expedition is "go where the snow is best." Our set itinerary is Plan A. But as skiers who love good snow, we will have the flexibility to adjust the plan in order to maximize fun and snow quality.

Once in Santiago, we are only a short drive away from the first objective. With our private rental 4x4 trucks we will cruise down the road, hunting for the best possible objectives to ski. This seek and find style is really exciting, and you will see and experience parts of Chile that few get to enjoy.

This trip will be led by IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides, Mark Smiley and Jed Porter. 

Get a jumpstart on your Northern Hemisphere ski season this September. Join us!

Jed Porter on the summit of Huandoy East

Fun skiing and amazing food & wine

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Hot springs to rest the legs

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Sept 15 - 26, 2018, or a shorter option Sept 15-21

Itinerary:  7 day (Sept 15-21) and 12 day (Sept 15-26) options.

1: September 15  - Travel to Santiago (airport code: SCL)
2: Meet up and head out of town
3: Ski tour near Santiago Cerro Pintor or Cajon Del Maipo
4: Drive to Chillan. 6 hours. Waterfalls and wine along the way
5: Light to mid-sized ski day near Chillan
6: Main event number one. Volcano Chillan 
7: Those signed up for the 7 day expedition will fly home from Concepcion airport. 14 day expedition folks drive from Chillan to Pucon. 
8: Sept 22 - Hike to hut on Lanin (first half only skiers: fly home from Santiago this day)
9: Lanin summit day!  
10: Exit Lanin
11: Drive from Pucon to Osorno. Fly Osorno to Santiago.
12: September 26 - Travel home from Santiago.

Price: $4900 ($4400 for shorter version)


Ground transportation, lodging, guiding, and group gear in Chile
Pre-trip: training plans, gear lists, and personalized preparation advise 
Post-trip: professionally captured and printed 20"x30" image of your favorite photo from the trip

Not Included:

International flight to and from Santiago
Food and drink

How to Join?

1. Apply for this expedition by emailing me at mark@smileysproject.com with you backcountry skiing experience. Bullet points are fine, keep it simple.
2. If your experience level is inline with the requirements of this expedition, you will get an invite to the expedition.
3. Pay a $750 deposit that is non-refundable to hold your spot. 
4. Let the planning and prep begin!

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Having a blast with our crew on a similar style trip in Peru

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