Why PowderQuest

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After 20 years how do we continue to excel and keep our trip guests smiling?

Our passionate office staff and dedicated professional guides team love what they do and it shows in the details. Each year we are offering new adventures and pushing the envelope as an adventure lifestyle business to keep our customers happy.

PowderQuest Difference

Teton Gravity Research and On The Snow rank our trips as some of the best on the planet. Our small group guided tours run laps around our competitors. You get more time skiing and snowboarding with PowderQuest.

  • Only 6 guests per trip = more riding + less impact on the places we visit
  • 2 guides on every adventure
  • Our backcountry team holds the highest guiding certifications: IFMGA, ACMG, AMGA, or AAGM
  • Separate trips for intermediates, advanced, and experts
  • Different trip styles based around how you like to spend your day in the mountains
  • Trips are fully hosted by our guides, around the clock, including all dinners
  • Bilingual office staff and guides for each country we visit
  • Our Peace of Mind Guarantee >>
David Owen — PowderQuest Owner

Our Story

We've come a long way since August 1998 when founder, David Owen began drafting PowderQuest via Compaq computer, a nearby pay phone and countless rounds of yerba mate from a log cabin in snowy Pucon, Chile.

In 1999, PowderQuest launched as a legal corporation in the USA and our first trips began in Patagonia. We have not looked back since. Japan was added to our itineraries in 2014 due to high demand from our alumni guests. We look forward to hosting you on our current and future global quests for powder.

" I can’t believe I was initially planning to travel around Chile and Argentina myself on a search for skiing. How could I ever have hoped to have the type of experience I’ve had with PowderQuest!
I came on this trip with very simple goals, to ski hard and fast, steep and deep. In reality I have come away with much more; good friends, local knowledge, new backcountry skills, and maybe most importantly some new perspectives on life. You really did everything possible to make this the trip of a lifetime."

Our Guides

Stellar and passionate. Certified and professional. Many have been guiding with us for 15+ years.
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Award Winning Trips

High praises from The Wall Street Journal, On The Snow, ESPN, Snowboarder, Skiing Magazine, Frommer’s Guidebooks, Bloomberg, Teton Gravity Research and many other media channels.

What's New @ PowderQuest?

Big changes are here!
If you've travelled with us before, you're going to love this.

Additional Highlights From Our Guided Trips

wine included with dinners

Inviting Dinners

PowderQuest guests say they have eaten some of the best meals of their lives with us. Throw in our drink selection included with your dinners, and you will not be disappointed. From local homecooked organic meals prepared by our hosts, to a hand-picked selection of locally owned restaurants, you will experience a diversity of local cuisine, all included with your trip.

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Local Culture

Some of the best international travel experiences stem from local cultural interaction. From the Argentine gauchos to the stoked local Japanese powder hounds, we give you the opportunity to practice the language and see what life is like through local eyes. Return home with a new outlook on the world and indelible impressions of these unique mountain cultures.

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When The Sun Goes Down

After our big days in the mountains, get a well deserved sleep at our comfortable lodging or head out for more adventure. From sipping Fernet and learning to dance Tango in Argentina to exploring whiskey bars of Japan, most of our trip destinations offer evening entertainment for après-ski and the night owls.

comfortable lodging

Relaxing Accommodations

Relax in our hand selected, comfortable accommodations. With the exception of some remote backcountry trips, our rooms have private bath and your choice of double, twin share or single occupancy. Spas, massage service, and other amenities are offered at most of our hotels. See individual trip itineraries for more details.