The Cordillera de los Andes, the longest in the world and the second highest after the Himalayas, offers ski resorts of the highest quality that attract thousands of tourists a year, especially from Brazil and the United States. Flying on a private jet to these centers, specifically in Chile and Argentina, allows great flexibility and get as close as possible to the destination. Where to land an executive jet? Next, we tell you.
Central Valley of Chile
Only one hour by land from Santiago you can find 4 first-class ski resorts; Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado-Farellones and Portillo. Foreign tourists land at Santiago International Airport (SCEL), many of them from São Paulo, Buenos Aires or Lima, and then go by land or helicopter to each of the centers.
If the option is by helicopter, there are a handful of aerodromes and heliports that allow it, such as the Chicureo Aerodrome (SCHC) in the north of the capital, the Vitacura Municipal Aerodrome (SCLC) in the eastern area of Santiago and the closest to the centers, and the heliports of the W Hotel (SHIS), the Titanium Tower (SHPD) and the WTC building (SHWT), all in Las Condes.
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Nevados de Chillán is also one of Chile’s iconic centers. It is one of the few places that offers skiing among trees in South America and offers hot springs to complement an unforgettable experience. The General Bernardo O’Higgins Regional Airport (SCCH) in Chillán is the closest to the center.
Also in the south, and a little more unknown, is Corralco, at the foot of the Lonquimay volcano, 120 kilometers from Temuco. Thanks to its location, the season manages to extend until October, almost a month longer than usual. From the International Airport of Santiago or the Eulogio Sánchez Aerodrome (SCTB), also in the capital, the nearest airport is Villa Portales, which is limited to smaller turboprop business aircraft such as the Pilatus PC-12 or the King Air B200, due to the extension of its runway (940 meters).
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Rent a plane from Santiago to Villa Portales:
On the other side of the Andes there are also great places to ski, from the center of Argentina in Mendoza (Las Leñas) to Ushuaia (Cerro Castor), the southernmost ski center in the world. However, Las Leñas is the one that receives the most tourists in the year and probably the most famous center in the country.
Due to cabotage regulations prevailing in Argentina, it is necessary to operate internal flights to reach the different terminals near the ski resorts. In the case of Las Leñas, the closest is the Comodoro D. Ricardo Salomón airport (SAMM). Typically, business jets connect from the San Fernando Airport in Buenos Aires (SADF), on a flight that lasts just under two hours.
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There is no list of skis in Argentina without mentioning Bariloche. Cerro Catedral is iconic, like the Nevados de Chillán in Chile, for having skiing between trees, which is very scarce in South America. Its views of the famous Nahuel Huapi National Park are beautiful and make the experience unbeatable. Where to land an executive jet? At the San Carlos de Bariloche Airport, which usually receives flights from the Catarina International Airport (SBJH) in São Paulo and Santiago International Airport (SCEL), on the other side of the mountain range.
Cerro Bayo in Villa La Angostura, arguably one of the most beautiful villages in all of Patagonia, is another great option for skiing in Argentina and with fewer visitors than Cerro Catedral, which is always an added value. Bariloche Airport itself is the closest to Cerro Bayo.
Finally, at the southern tip of the continent, in beautiful Ushuaia, is Cerro Castor, literally the southernmost ski center in the world and which has the longest season in South America due to its location. Opened in 1999, it is the most modern in Argentina and is located 27 kilometers from Ushuaia. How to get there by private jet? Via the Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (SAWH), with a flight time of 3.25 hours from Buenos Aires.
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Rent a plane to Ushuaia from Buenos Aires or Santiago:
Other centers in South America
In addition to Chile and Argentina, there are no ski resorts in South America. However, mountain skiing is practiced in Peru and Ecuador. In fact, the latter offers the possibility of snowboarding in the snow-capped glaciers of the Chimborazo volcano, with at least 10 descent routes available. Chimborazo Airport (SERB) is the closest option to reach the glaciers of the northern area of the Cordillera de los Andes. With Flapper you can rent helicopters at major airports in Peru and Ecuador to make your dream of skiing in the highest mountains of the region come true.
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These routes are a good starting point to start planning your next trip to enjoy the snow and beautiful postcards of the Andes Mountains. There are several options of aircraft to charter that can take you comfortably and safely to your destination, whether you are traveling with your partner, friends, family or pet.
Knowing which of the jets best suits your needs, the next step is to access the Flapper application or website, where you can make instant quotes. You will be able to customize the dates and places of departure and arrival, which will allow the flight to adapt perfectly to your routine.
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