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About Us

POWDER SOUTH HELI-SKI GUIDES is South America's premier helicopter ski operation, located in the heart of the Chilean Central Andes. We've been in business for 11 memorable seasons and continue to offer a ski and snowboard experience unlike anything in the world, deep in the enchanting and rugged peaks of southern South America.

Our Founders

Founded by a UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide and by a former Olympic downhill racer, POWDER SOUTH HELI-SKI GUIDES has changed the game in South American helicopter skiing. Previously, informal operations offered quick, relatively routine runs near ski areas. At POWDER SOUTH, we have pioneered an entirely new style of remote heli-skiing with world-class standards and vast terrain for skiers and snowboarders from around the world — guided by the best professional ski guides from Europe, Alaska, the Continental U.S. and here in the Andes. Almost every one of our guides holds a UIAGM / IFMGA certification, the highest guide qualification in the world.

rodrigo mujica and joaquin oyarzun

uiagm-logoPOWDER SOUTH HELI-SKI GUIDES was founded by a pair of noted ski and mountaineering entrepreneurs and guides: Rodrigo Mujica (IFMGA/UIAGM Guide) and Joaquin Oyarzun (former Olympic Skier). Both Rodrigo and Joaquin were born and raised in Chile and lived for years in the United States (Rodrigo spent two decades in Valdez, Alaska, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming). They have dedicated their lives to mountain life and to excellence in mountain guiding and adventure travel, which is why you will find no better or more professional heli-ski operation in South America than POWDER SOUTH.

Rodrigo Mujica owns and operates both POWDER SOUTH and AVENTURAS PATAGONICAS, a respected high-altitude mountain guiding company, formerly of Jackson, Wyoming (and founded in Valdez, Alaska), now based in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Joaquin Oyarzun owns and operates POWDER SOUTH, CAS BEE HONEY, KL ADVENTURE and ACONCAGUA EXPRESS in Chile.

We proudly invite you to join us in exploring fresh powder, true adventure, and vertical challenge within the unsurpassed beauty of the Chilean Andes. We will do everything in our power to guarantee you have a safe, enjoyable experience in our mountains.

Come heli-ski the Chilean Andes with us!
Joaquin Oyarzun and Rodrigo Mujica

More Information

Chilean powder skiiingWe offer week-long and three-day packages full of serious adventure, a wide variety of terrain (including couloirs, long ramps, and wide open powder fields), and incredible food and culture. Our location in the Southern Hemisphere enables us to offer alternate season heli-skiing during the Northern Hemisphere summer. As such, our heli-ski packages are culturally unique and reflect the generous hospitality of the traditional Chilean mountain lodge, with Patagonian style barbecues, fireside gatherings in a gorgeous orchard outside the city of Santiago, delicious paellas and local cocktails, and then, of course, extraordinary heli-skiing and snowboarding each day.

We have explored and skied the Andes Mountains for over three decades, establishing a strong presence and reputation in the ski and high-altitude mountaineering industry. We bring a unique combination of experience and innovation in mountaineering and ski mountaineering in the Andes to our heli-ski operation. Our heli-ski packages offer tens of thousands of vertical feet of untouched dry powder in the most pristine terrain the Andes has to offer, from June to October, the Southern Hemisphere winter season.

Follow the Powder this Summer!

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