It’s approaching that time of year when you dust down the ski gear and head for the slopes. But all too quickly the season is over and you’re left without the thrill of winter sports for another year. However, ski junkies everywhere need not despair – a trip to Chile will give you the chance to ski all year round.
When Canadian Mark H Jones, founder of Chilean Heliski, discovered a magical winter sports area in the heart of the Andes a few years ago, he fell in love with the place, and quickly saw the potential for heliskiing. Mark, a world record holder for vertical endurance skiing, had winter sports in his blood, decided to build one of the world’s best heliski operations – Chilean Heliski.
Now Chilean Heliski and Noi Hotels group have joined forces to provide a spectacular heliski experience in the mythical Andes, based at Puma Lodge. Twenty-five minutes by helicopter from the Hotel Noi Vitacura, Puma Lodge offers a different way to experience the natural beauty and magnificence of the Andes – horseback rides, fishing expeditions, ski routes or heliskiing – there is something for everyone here.
Puma Lodge, Chile's newest heliskiing destination opens for the first time in Chile ski season 2011. The lodge itself is set to be as spectacular as its surroundings. A fully equipped five-star facility with every amenity including under-floor heating throughout, and a wine cellar with its own tasting room for après-ski drinks. Its 24 suites come with private bathrooms and stunning mountain vistas – if you are lucky you may even see that icon of the Andes, the condor, hovering in the thermals. And after a day of action on the slopes, you can relax in the Lodge’s luxurious spa - with massage, steam room, sauna, outdoor jacuzzi, fully-equipped gym and dedicated yoga rooms, and be prepared for another day of action-packed adventure.
And if it is adventure you want, Puma Lodge is the place to be. Situated in a unique location between some of Chile’s tallest peaks, at an altitude of 1,325 meters in the central Andes, you will find descents averaging 1,500 meters, with the longest slope measuring over 10 miles in length. With guaranteed pristine powder snow and a longer season than any other heliski destination in the Southern Hemisphere, Puma Lodge is situated in the ‘Powder Capital’ of the Andes, where snowfalls average between 10 and12 metres per season. The area also boasts over 5,000 square kilometeres of terrain, making it the largest private heli domain in the world. Just 90 minutes south of Santiago, Puma Lodge boasts the shortest commute from an international airport to any Heliski destination in the world.
Make the ski season last all year – visit the magnificent Puma Lodge, Chile’s newest skiing destination.