Original post: March 13, 2020
Updated: May 20, 2020
The updated post below addresses PowderQuest’s guided trips. If you are simply searching for South America ski resort opening details, go here.
As we all undertake the unprecedented challenges surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we hope you and your loved ones are safe. We are so thankful you are with us and appreciate that you’ve chosen to trust PowderQuest for your next guided snow adventure.
Here you will learn how we are approaching the COVID-19 crisis including answers to frequently asked questions and updated terms and conditions aimed at relaxing our booking requirements for those considering booking a guided trip with us to Japan or South America in 2021.
Is PowderQuest operating trips this summer in South America?
Currently, all guided trips listed on our calendar are scheduled to run as planned.
The safety of our clients, guides team and local partners is paramount. With the continued pandemic, strict global travel restrictions (Argentina has suspended all flights, international and domestic, through September 1, 2020) and quarantines that are in place in both Chile and Argentina, we have taken the significant decision to postpone all guided tours to Argentina and Chile through the end of August 2020.
If you are currently booked with us on a 2020 guided tour in July or August we are contacting you with options.
What if I am considering booking for 2021 but am hesitant?
We encourage you to go ahead and book. We have special discounts and fully refundable deposits for new reservations giving you peace of mind that no one will take your spot and gives you time to see how things pan out.
Travel should be enriching and an opportunity to escape anxiety, not create it. We pledge to work with you should situations to change or cancel your trip arise. Please reach out to us with any questions.
Should I book my flights now or wait?
We encourage you to hold off on booking flights until we have additional details. Should you prefer to book your flight now, check with your airline regarding flexibility and your travel insurance provider to see what is covered. Here is a master list to all major airline’s current policies. In addition, many guests opt to book “Cancel For Any Reason” Travel Insurance. More on this here.
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Over our 2 decades in operation we have faced 9/11, SARS, global recessions, Swine flu, Zika, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. COVID-19 will pass, we will come out stronger as a company and look forward to sharing our future adventures together.
For now stay safe, keep positive, make intelligent decisions by gathering information from trusted sources, and reach out to us with any questions.
The sun will shine on us all again,