Facilities & Services
In general terms Ski Arpa
is a no-frills operation, so don't expect over the top facilities and services.
After the huge disappointment of losing his ski resort and lodge to a huge avalanche, Toni Sponar made sure that the Ski Arpa day lodge was safe from avalanches. He built two small stone buildings into the side of the hill, almost hidden from above.
One of the buildings has toilet facilities which are possibly the most glamorous toilet facilities I've ever seen attached to a cat ski operation. It even has plumbing!
Eating On Mountain
Eating at Arpa is a far cry from the grand restaurant at Portillo. Your best bet is to BYO lunch, munchies and drinks. There is a tiny canteen selling snacks and a few beverages, but you won't necessarily return to the day lodge in between runs for lunch (or for a toilet break) so take your supplies out skiing with you.
They have complimentary tea and coffee at the day lodge but don't expect a caffè latte. They also sell beers and BBQ hot dogs for après. These can be enjoyed out the front of the lodge whilst taking in the spectacular vistas of the valley and the mountains.
Arpa Ski Rentals
It's likely that the variable snow conditions at Ski Arpa will be more enjoyed with a pair of fat skis. Arpa now have a range of demo Liberty skis for rent. This is definitely your best bet because the Santiago ski shops in Las Condes only have a couple of pairs of powder skis, and one shop thought that Rossignol B3s (that are only 83mm in the waist) are fat skis!
Ski Arpa Retail
Arpa sells some limited souvenirs such as trucker caps, hoodies, and short and long sleeve t-shirts at very reasonable prices (pay in cash - pesos or US dollars). The t-shirts are not guaranteed to make you look like a hottie, but they are a great souvenir of an awesome day skiing or boarding in the Andes!