Carlos Vasquez, an IFMGA certified mountain guide and native of Chile, leads this day ski trip in Valle de las Arenas.
Located only 90 kilometers from metropolitan Santiago, Cerro Unión (3658m) is an ideal destination for a day ski trip. The panoramic views from the summit, along with its reputation for having some of the best snow in the region, have made Cerro Unión a local favorite. As is often the case with these “local” places, Cerro Unión is somewhat off the beaten path. Not to worry, however, I am here to show you the way.
We will get an early start on the day, departing from Santiago together at 6AM. We will travel along paved roads through the Cajón del Maipo gorge until reaching the Baños Morales thermal springs. At this point, we will continue along a dirt road toward Valle de las Arenas. This is where our adventure will officially begin.
From Valle de las Arenas, we will begin our upward journey toward the summit of Cerro Unión. After approximately 4-5 hours of trekking, we will have reached the top of the mountain. While Cerro Unión is not one of the tallest peaks around, it undoubtedly has one of the best views in the entire region. From the summit, we will have a spectacular 360° view over the Central Andes.
After catching our breath and taking in the incredible views from the top, we will begin our long, much anticipated descent. We will descend via the snowy south face of Cerro Unión, skiing all the way back down to Valle de las Arenas. There are multiple descent routes on the south face, allowing you to choose according to your experience level.
Once we arrive back at Valle de las Arenas, we’ll pack up our gear and begin our 2-hour return journey to Santiago. The round-trip transfer from Santiago is included in the price, as is a boxed lunch to enjoy on the mountain.
I ski with small groups and take a maximum of 4 people on each trip. All participants should be fit, intermediate level skiers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I grew up here in these mountains, and I want to show you one of my favorite ski slopes near Santiago, Chile. Click “Request to book” now to contact me and reserve your spot to ski on Cerro Unión.
If skiing is not your thing, you can still climb to the top of Cerro Unión with me. Check out my 1-day Mountaineering Adventure on Cerro Unión available between April and December.
Round-trip transportation from Santiago is included in the price.
IFGMA/UIAGM Guide from Chile
I have extensive experience guiding in the Andes and Europe. I am a resident in Chile, Spain and Chamonix. I am very sociable and motivated. I am always available for projects in the mountains.
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Group of 1
|USD 361 each|
Group of 2
|USD 186 each|
Group of 3
|USD 155 each|
Group of 4
|USD 104 each|
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• Guiding fee
• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• A box lunch is included in the price.
Carlos is superbien guide! Thanks for a great trip!
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Thanks to Carlos and explore- share staff:) My experience with booking through explore-share and climbing to Mount Blanc with Carlos were fantastic! He is very easy going and flexible.
The guide is friendly and attention to safety. But the arrangement of such time and place is not suitable for us. The first day took the cable car at 1:30 PM and then take the train, stay in Tête Rousse refuge, only spend 5 hours total. And midnight at 2:00 Am started to climb to the summit and straightly back to the train station to catch the train at 5 Pm. It would take 15 hours. The physical strength of the two days was too unbalanced. In fact, I would not have these problems If we stayed in the Gouter refuge on the first day. My husband and I knew that will be a big test for us, but it doesn\'t mean we want to give up the climb to the summit. The uncomfortable thing is, The guide asked to go back even we didn\'t see the Mont Blanc. I am very upset, but the guide insists that I don\'t have a way to resist. My husband and I just slowly walk with disappointment. At 9 Am we arrived at Tête Rousse refuge, and slowly took a meal, slowly descended the mountain, and arrived at the train station at 1 o\'clock, not 5 pm. We spent time and money to climb our dream Mountain, but this is the result, very dissatisfied of.
Everything was as agreed.
Carlos is an unbelievable guide and I would recommend him to anyone considering any trip with him. He is very knowledgeable but relaxed with how he treats his clients. Would absolutely hire him again
Bit more trouble with booking, it blocked amount from credit card two times. Guide was professional and made climb very enjoyable
Carlos is a fantastic guide - he has over 20 years experience in the mountains and the right attitude: safety first, then enjoyment. His excellent local knowledge of the routes meant we could adapt to the weather and conditions. He also has the mix of being an excellent alpinist but also loving the scenery and wildlife. We had an incredible experience that we will never forget! This 3 day trip is a great option as you have a \'training day\' to help acclimatise, refresh skills and come together as a group before your ascent! explore-share is a great platform to connect adventurers with guides and experiences - the chat service allowed us to ask questions first and work out the best dates for us
Carlos is a great guy and knowledgable guide! Although we were unable to attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to weather, Carlos still ensured that we had a really fun and interesting trip! I would definitely recommend!
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This was an incredible experience. Carlos did an amazing job. He was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the climb and was great at getting our shelter and transportation secured all while making sure I was safe and having fun the entire time we were climbing. I couldn’t be more confident to recommend. If you want the adventure of a lifetime, high in the French Alps then climb Mont Blanc with Carlos.
Carlos was amazing! Great person, beautiful trip. Get in good shape!