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Has anyone heard of or been on a trip to Chile with Casa tours? casatours.com

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I think they're OK, but there was one tour op in Bariloche that got a lot of bad press a couple of years ago.  You might search TGR?

 

Which tour?

 

I wouldn't book anywhere in SA until they had a decent base and right now Portillo only has 7"?

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The High Andes Tour August 18th through the 24th. 

Is it still early in the season?

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Also can you tell me more about the bad press? 

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I don't recall the specifics and would rather not get into conjecture.   If you look, you'll find it.

 

That's a nice trip!  But I would still wait to book, until they had snow on the ground.  If it fills up, I think you could replicate it fairly easily on your own?

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The High Andes Tour August 18th through the 24th. 

Is it still early in the season?

no, that's a good time really. its the equivelent to our late February. The last 2 seasons were rough, last season, baraloche area and south (IIRC) ended up getting the goods after a dismal start (including volcano eruptions) but Portillo and Nalle Nevado got shut out for the most part. The new sidecountry terrain in LaParva didn't even open I think.  If I were you, I would hold off on the booking.

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CASA Tours have some great videos up on Youtube. 

Check these out. 

http://www.youtube.com/user/CASATOURS

This one from two years ago is about the time that they had bad snow.  

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Im heading to Chile for work June 16 to July 2 they tell me I will get to ski.

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I don't recall the specifics and would rather not get into conjecture.   If you look, you'll find it.

 

That's a nice trip!  But I would still wait to book, until they had snow on the ground.  If it fills up, I think you could replicate it fairly easily on your own?

 

I'm with Shredhead on this plus I'm 95% sure of the name of the operator that had issues. I also don't recall enough of the specifics to get into it. It wasn't CASA and I don't want to name drop on something that I'm not 100% sure of the details.

 

I bumped into guides from CASA at Termas on a few occasion back in 2007.

 

The High Andes tours ski areas are all fairly close to Santiago. Valle Nevado/La Parva/El Colorado are only a crazy road away from the city. Portillo are maybe within 2 hours away and El Arpa isn't to far either. I've skied these ski areas + Termas de Chillan (further south) back on a two week trip in 2007.

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always make sure you have all of your vouchers; hotels, transportation and such. You can always call/email and verify that you have your reservations and that all is paid as required. The prices can widely vary so shop around. That trip looks very cool. I have not skied Arpa but my friend has and loved it. The road leading in has been greatly improved so getting in and out is no longer an issue. 

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This one looks pretty damn cool as well! Not this year for me, but maybe someday!  ;-)

 

 

A quick look at the 8th Annual Ski With the Superstars Camp in Portillo, Chile. Campers spend a week in the Chilean Andes skiing with professional skiers Chris Davenport, Mike Douglas, Ingrid Backstrom, Wendy Fisher and Chris Anthony. Filmed and edited by Jesse Hoffman.

 

http://chrisdavenport.com/2011/announcing-dates-for-ninth-annual-superstars-ski-camp-at-ski-portillo-chile

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