Trip FAQs

Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions about PowderQuest’s guided adventures. If you have any questions beyond those addressed below, or would simply like to talk in more depth about PowderQuest, please reach out:

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We have proudly been leading trips for over 2 decades. Our Chile and Argentina guided adventures began in July 1999. After years of requests from our VIP alumni travelers, we launched our specialty Japan tours in 2014.

Yes!  Book and we are going. Learn more about guaranteed departures.

Yes!  In fact over 50% of our tour guests are solo travelers.

We offer you the option of sharing a room with a same gender roommate at no additional charge or if you prefer more privacy, we can upgrade you to a private room. Please see the “Book This Trip Now” section of the trip page for private room upgrade costs.

Yes!  Travelers with companions who do not ski or snowboard can still experience our favorite destinations.

Non-snow activities include discovering the local culture, shopping, hiking, snowshoeing, massages, spas, and enjoying the hotel amenities. In the evening, re-join the group for drinks and dinners.

The price of our tours includes hotel, dinners with wine, and other activities off snow so our price per person is the same for riders and non-riders.

Most of our tours are designed for adults however we do have some special trips that are ideal for families with teens. Please contact us for suggestions.

Some tours include domestic flights. See itinerary for details.

You are responsible for the cost of your international arrival and departure flights. We suggest apps such as Google Flights or Hopper to get started.

Prefer a travel agent to secure good rates from North America? Contact us for recommendations.

Details below only apply to citizens from the USA, Canada, Australia and UK.

If you are traveling on a passport from other countries please check with the consulate for the latest visa requirements.

All travelers are required to have a passport, valid for at least 6 months and proof of a departing flight.
Length of stay is generally allowed for up to 90 days in Chile, Argentina and Japan.
Bring a passport photocopy to keep separate from the original.

Entering Japan

  • No visa or reciprocity fees

Entering Argentina

  • No visa or reciprocity fees

Entering Chile

  • USA, Canada, UK: No visa required
  • Australia: No visa.  Pay $117 USD reciprocity tax on arrival

Yes.  This is mandatory to travel with PowderQuest. Tell me more

Yes! All PowderQuest alumni who have travelled on a guided tour with us in the past receive a special discount on our South American guided adventures. 

We understand things happen. Get familiar with our Peace of Mind Policy that includes Risk Free Booking and Lifetime Deposits.

Of course! Join a second PowderQuest tour in a different location or dive deeper into rich South America.

easter island after skiing chileFrom Easter Island, known for the giant stone Moai statues, to the salt flats, volcanoes and geysers of the World’s driest desert, South America is stunning to explore.

Organic vineyards, vibrant Buenos Aires and Santiago, or postcard-worthy Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast, we help you explore the gems of the South. Contact us to get started.

We suggest an “all mountain” ski capable of performing well in variable snow conditions.
We break it down below based on destination and trip style.
Unfamiliar with some of this gear or have more questions? Contact us.

JAPAN

Lift Assisted Touring Trips 

  • skis with a waist width of 110-120mm + touring bindings + skins
  • touring bindings can be frame style ( Salomon Shift, Marker Kingpin, etc) or tech style ( Dynafit etc.)
  • skins should be synthetic, cut specifically for your ski, and with good glue
  • rentals available if you let us know well in advance

SOUTH AMERICA

Bring your own skis, tuned and ready to ride.
Rentals are not available except for a small fleet of backcountry touring skis.

Ski Progression Trips

  • skis with a waist width of 85-100mm
  • between shoulder and head high
  • not too stiff, you want to be on a ski you can bend and learn to ski proficiently rather than feeling like the “ski is skiing you”.

All Mountain and Advanced Off Piste Trips

  • skis with a waist width of 85-110mm
  • head to a little above head high are preferred
  • some guests  bring a couple pairs, but this is completely optional

Backcountry Trips

  • skis with a waist of 95-120mm + touring bindings + skins
  • touring bindings can be frame style ( Salomon Shift, Marker Kingpin, etc) or a lighter tech style ( Dynafit etc.)
  • a tech binding and lighter backcountry ski is recommended for the Patagonia Hut to Hut and Chile Volcanoes tours due to longer days in the backcountry
  • make sure your binding is compatible with ski crampons (an attachment we use when climbing firm snow)
  • skins should be synthetic, cut specifically for your ski, and with good glue
  • limited rentals available

We suggest an “all mountain” style snowboard capable of performing well in variable snow conditions.
We break it down below based on trip style and where you are traveling with us.
Unfamiliar with some of this gear or have more questions? Contact us.

JAPAN

Lift Assisted Touring Trips 

  • splitboard + touring bindings + skins
  • skins should be synthetic, cut specifically for your board, and with good glue
  • rentals available if you let us know well in advance

SOUTH AMERICA

Bring your own board, tuned and ready to ride.

Rentals? we are unable to accommodate snowboard rentals with the exception of our backcountry trips where we have a small fleet of split boards.

All Mountain and Advanced Off Piste Trips

  • freeride style board capable of riding well in variable snow conditions

Backcountry Trips

  • splitboard + touring bindings + skins
  • skins should be synthetic, cut specifically for your board, and with good glue
  • make sure your binding is compatible with splitboard crampons (an attachment we use when climbing firm snow)
  • limited rentals available
These trips are dependent on snow conditions and groups as to the amount of ski touring or hiking that takes place. If fresh snow is in abundance, we ski the resorts, or ski backcountry areas within close striking distance to resorts. If there are extended periods of high pressure and little of the way of powder snow in or near the ski resorts, our objectives tend to shift towards getting to areas where we can ski powder/better snow and get away from the crowds in and near the ski resorts. During these times since the easy to get to areas are often tracked, we have to push out a little further and tour or hike longer. 
 
 We understand that long days touring or hiking with skis strapped to your backpack may not always be fore everyone. Having 2 guides mean that we can accommodate 2 different programs if guests wish to do different things (ie. Long tours vs short tours, staying within resort vs touring or hiking). Our ultimate goal is always to get our guests the best untracked skiing conditions that are available, wherever that may be.

With 2 guides and maximum of only 6 guests, we are able to manage most group splits. In addition we encourage all our potential guests to take our quick quiz to determine which tour best fits their level and expectations.

We attempt to manage any potential splits to the best of our ability before the trip begins. On occasion, when there is a large split we can divide the group between the 2 guides.

We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received outstanding service. A typical gratuity varies between 7% to 10% of your tour price. Unless you want to tip separately, the guides will divide the gratuities among themselves.

We can accommodate most requests. Just let us know when you fill out your pre-trip questionnaire, and we will have everything taken care of upon your arrival.

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