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Condor Classic - Reviews

Awesome Adventure

Brett Hanna
16/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
My kids and I talked about summer skiing in Chile for years before we finally headed south. The CASA Tours team's hard work made the trip all that we hoped it would be and more. Our adventure began with Gomez, Anna, Ro and Marcello as our diligent able guides and ended with them as our true friends and travel companions. From forgotten boots to "tragic accidents" on the Roca Jack lift at Portillo, team CASA Tours was always there to smooth over all the potential bumps in the road. Anyone considering an adventure ski vacation should do themselves a favor, book with CASA Tours and prepare for a trip that exceeds their expectations.

Great tour, great snow, beautiful country

Eric
30/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
This was my first trip with Casa Tours, and was a blast. Gomez, who runs Casa, does a great job of adding a personal touch to everything from the lodging, to restaurants, and of course the skiing. We got a really authentic experience at places the average tourist would never think to go, and excellent and professional guiding on the mountains.

The trip was in mid-August and we got great snow conditions, thanks to flexibility in planning where we went for which days. Cat skiing at Arpa made the trip to Chile worth it on it's own! Along with Gomez, we also had 2 other world-class guides which kept the guide-guest ratio somewhere around 3 and allowed us to get exactly what we wanted out of the trip. Such a low ratio seems pretty unheard of elsewhere!

Overall a great trip, and would have no hesitations recommending Casa to anyone interested in a great skiing/snowboarding trip.

Amazing fun and boarding around South America

Sam
15/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Usa
  • Month:
    July
This wasn’t my second trip with Casa tours. The founder Gomez really has the place dialed in from food and lodging to the right side country to ride given any conditions. The trip takes you off the beaten path to mountains most wouldn’t hit their first time including Chilan and the surreal cat skiing at Arpa. Highly recommended...I’ve done it twice!

Chile - Ski There and Back Again Soon.

Glen Wernersbach
19/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
Chile is amazing place to ski. It should be experienced once, twice or as many times as possible by every skier.

It is a very easy flight right into Santiago on the same Eastern time zone. Casa Tours is waiting for you right at airport and the fun starts.

After a stop for outdoor cafe lunch and some site seeing in Santiago, the next stop is a Chilean Winery on the way to Portillo. Wine in Chile is unbelievable. Inexpensive, organic and the best vintages. it has no sulfates in it so you drink as much as you desire without hang over effects. You spend the first night a Villa in the town closest to Portillo and get to meet everyone.

On the way up to Portillo, you will see the Chilean people sledding by the side of the road. Snow seems to be a mystery to most of the people in Chile. Portillo Is probably the most famous to Americans of all south american ski resorts. The scenery is beautiful. Portillo has a mixture of traditional lifts serving groom runs, pommel horses serving steeper terrain and some boot backing for the high adventure decent. On snowy days, it rocks! Take an afternoon apres ski into the bar and hot tub.

After a night of more Chilean wine and a great catered dinner, it is off to Ski Arpa. Sk Arpa is like no place ski resort that I have ever seen. It is a cat skiing resort. You ski totally on untracked areas. They open up new section each time just for Casa tours. The cat takes you up to the top of a peak. You hike a small distance and presto there is the best looking snow you will ever see. Ski Arpa was just one day but became my favorite resort in the world.

After Ski Arpa, you return to Santiago for a night on the town starting with some of the best Sushi you will find anywhere. With the length of Chile’s coast line, it is one of the best places to get fresh fish and therefore one of the best places for sushi in the world. You can say out late this night because the next day is a travel day to Nevados De Chile.

After catching up on your sleep from the late night before, you get to see a lot of the beautiful Chilean countrysideon the journey to Nevados De Chile. The lunch stop is gourmet 5 star white table cloth meal at a winery. You want to make sure stock up the inexpensive wines and other spirits in their store for the rest of the trip. You will want to bring an extra suite case to bring some home.

Nevados De Chile is a resort where the runs are where the groomers decide that day to run their machines that day. Everything else is untracked power. It has the best lift service of any of the resort we visited. It is the closest to an American resort and even has a Casino. Its some best in bounds powder and hike to terrain anywhere. We spent three days there and never got tired of it. The apes ski is great too. We spent the nights talking, drinking, eating, dancing, swimming and whatever else you can imagine.

On the last day when it was time leave for the airport, you were saying goodbye to great friends.

On a personal note. I came to Chile because I loved to ski. I booked it about a month out while I was really busy at work. I was not necessary in the best shape at the time or had the best gear. I was completely honest with Casa Tours about all this before hand. The group that I was with all happened to be exceptional skiers. Casa tours took great care of me. Kept me safe. Pushed my ability level. Gave me one on one guiding when I needed it and made sure i had great time. It opened my eyes to a whole new realm of skiing. I have since lost 30 pounds, am in better shape, upgraded my gear and am going back to Chile this year. Stay tuned for my next review.

You should book for this year right now!

Condor Classic Review

Kevin O'Connell
05/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
I have had the pleasure of attending not only the Condor Classic but several of CASA Tours' trips in Chile and Argentina and I would highly recommend CASA Tours.

SKiEO Dave "Gomez" Johnson along with his guides provide a superb opportunity to enjoy amazing ski locations while taking care of all your needs including transportation, itinerary, dining, nightlife, while facilitating a great camaraderie with the guests.

If you seek a unique skiing experience while enjoying the benefits of local knowledge in the Andes and meeting great people with similar interests, you owe it to yourself to book a trip with CASA Tours.

CONDOR CLASSIC

Timothy Chabot
28/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    usa
I have traveled with CASA tours quite a bit. It has grown in to an extended family. Mr. Johnson (ski.e.o.) mentioned the Condor Classic trip that he had put together. I could not turn it down. It has days at the top destinations in northern Chile. Good Times! Looking forward to the next CASA adventure!

Summer is for Riding!

Cat Hulford
20/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
I was lucky enough to participate on the maiden voyage of the Condor Classic. This was my second experience using Casa Tours as my guide for my snowboarding adventure in the southern hemisphere. I don't think I would ski South America without them. My adventure began right when I got off the airplane and I was greeted by a smiling Gomez (owner of Casa Tours). I met the other 9 people in our group and we were all soon fast friends over some Chilean wine.

One of my favorite aspects of the trip is that, although I traveled to Chile to snowboard, I was still exposed to a lot of culture. Our van ride down to Chillan gave me a great opportunity to see the Chilean country side and I loved our stop for lunch at the Miguel Torres Vineyard.

Although there were many snowboarding highlights, I have to mention two of my favorites. First, our day at Arpa, the cat skiing operation out in the middle of no where. It was so cool to see the expansive terrain and to shred untouched powder, on what seemed like, the top of the world. Secondly, when we were down in Chillan, we did a day long skinning trip out of bounds. Not only was the snow AMAZING, but the scenery was breath taking. My guides were patient even though I was the slowest one in the group and always made me feel comfortable.

I can't really say that there was a single disappointing thing about the trip. Of course, I always wish for Ullr to send us more snow but with such exceptional guides, they were able to find us those powder lines that you only see in Warren Miller movies.

After our long days on the mountain, we were treated to some of the best cuisine. The trip cost included our dinners and we were fed well. We dined on sushi and delicious Chilean Meats.

This trip had it all, great riding, great food, great wine, and great people to share it with.

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!

Andrew Meyers
17/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
My trip was... super bien! Casa tours pushed my legs, snowboarding ability, and stokemeter to the edge and beyond, taking me to fantastic spots for dinner and gloriously eclectic and very comfortable hotels/cabanas/lodges, and always able to guide me to the best spots on the mountain, regardless of the snow conditions.

Not sure I will ever go to a new mountain without a guide again, was the most enlightening aspect of the experience.

I would highly recommend any Casa Trip, to any rider or skier, regardless of their ability. Cheers to el jefe gomez, el profesional Marcello, and la sh**show Alex, crazy big eyes to ya!

Good times, easy living, and sweet sweet adventure

Mark Schaffer
17/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Montana
I skied as many great lines in an 8 day trip with Gomez, Alex, and Casa Tours as I did in my first month long unguided trip to ski in Chile.

Skiing in the Andes can be challenging and having an intimate understanding of the landscape is invaluable for having fun as the conditions change in those BIG mountains. These guys have the touch. The guide team did an excellent job pairing skiers of similar ability.

At the end of the day, when the entire group reconvened for some apres, it was smiles all around and a palatable group stoke.
 
Professional drivers and responsible guides create a safe environment for cutting loose and enjoying the finer things Chile has to offer on and off the slopes. High adventure, easy living, and a great vibe were the name of the game. Don't wait go now.

I want to go again!

jetsoftdev
27/06/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
I loved the trip. I am a skier from the Midwest USA. I leave our small local resort and go out to a Colorado resort for a week or two every winter. I was given a trip to Chile as a 50th birthday present from family.

I told Casa Tours what my level of skier was and they said they would make it work. True to form they took care me and I had the trip of my life. They taught and pushed me but kept me safe.

Chile, the people, the wine and the snow are awesome. Ski Arpa, Valle de Nevados are fantastic.

Since the trip I've been upgrading my gear and my shape so I can get back and have an even greater experience.
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