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Heli-Skiing the Chilean Andes

By UrbanDaddy Staff ·
None 10 Photos Puma Lodge
It’s Saturday, so let’s just keep this simple.

Skis. Helicopters. Chile.

Let’s do this...

Introducing Puma Lodge, a new fly-in, fly-out heli-ski hotel in the Andean terrain, opening June 15 and taking reservations now.

You’ll fly into Santiago, where you’ll be shuttled to the lodge’s base 90 minutes south of the city. There, you’ll helicopter to the hotel, where you’ll settle into one of 24 rooms. (Why, yes, your stay does include Chilean tea service.)

Each day, you’ll be privately choppered to peaks within Chilean Heli Ski’s exclusive territory. Your guide will choose runs based on skill level—perhaps your travel partner is a recent bunny hill graduate—and will lead you down slopes steep or gentle. And though the average vertical drop here hovers around 4,000 feet—that’s 550 more than Vail’s largest—you’ll easily get in five runs or so... before lunch.

After a long day carving powder where no human has skied before, you’ll return to the Puma, pour yourself a glass of Chilean carménère and lean back in the outdoor jacuzzi. Gaze up at the granite peaks as you soak your aching glutes, take a deep breath and think about the untouched wilderness you’ll conquer tomorrow.

Aching glutes not required.

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