About Us

Backchillan Guides | Chile

Freeride & Backcountry Experiences

Manuel Olivares
Manager & Head Ski Guide

Manu is a graduated of Industrial Civil Engineering from one of the most prestigious Universities in Chile. He is constantly looking to expand his skills and experience in the mountains. Is a certified CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor, holds an AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Certification, Wilderness First Responder and member of the Chilean Mountain Rescue Organization - Socorro Andino, Trained in Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue and Advance Ski Mountaineering techniques in the Canadian Rockies. Manu has more than 15 years of experience skiing different mountain ranges and 7 years of ski mountaineering in the most beautiful volcanoes of the Andes. When its not winter or he can't ski, he enjoys Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, playing music, sharing with friends or planning his next adventure along with a good cup of coffee.

Felipe Sepúlveda
Co Founder & Lead Ski Guide

30 Years, Athlete, Mountain Man, Percussionist, Tiny house on wheels builder, Ski Instructor at Mountain Park Termas de Chillan. Ski touring, backcountry, mountain bike, rock climbing Guide. 10 years of experience.

Holds an AIARE Level 2 avalanche certification, Wilderness First Responder, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course - ENAM, Rope Work Techniques Course - ENAM,  Leave no Trace - NOLS, Vital Support. Member of the Chilean Mountain Rescue - Cuerpo Socorro Andino - since 2013.

Francisco Bocaz
Co Founder & Lead Ski Guide

Panchi is a graduated Technician in Mountain Adventure Tourism from ITUR, located in the beautiful touristic city of Pucón in southern Chile. Valle Las Trancas, his home mountain, is where he spend most of his time gaining experience and crafting his love for the Andes. He holds an ANENA (France) Level 2 avalanche certification, AIARE Level 1 avalanche certification, Wilderness First Responder, CAA AST 1 avalanche course, training in Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue and Rope Work  Techniques. Member of the Chilean Mountain Rescue Organization - Socorro Andino - since 2013. Besides being a freerider and backcountry skier with more than 10 years of experience. He is an avid driver able to handle any kind of road conditions. When is not winter, Panchi spends his days mountain biking, exploring the valley doing long trekking into the wild, rock climbing, and building the next level bike trail on the woods. Fluent in English and in the aprés.

Our Customers

  • Thank you for the tour. We had a wonderful time and it was a very special experience to go to Aguas Calientes. We will certainly recommend your touring service to other backcountry skiers.

    Robin, California, USA
  • BackChillan seems to be putting in a lot of hard work.  They are trying to help people learn the sport properly and focus on safety.
    Donny Roth
    AMGA Ski Guide
  • Whether guiding amongst the snowy peaks of Chillán Viejo and Nuevo, spying fresh lines in Valle Hermoso and Aguas Calientes, or sharing the best mountain biking lines in Valle Shangri-La, this core group is the go-to for local knowledge—and even offers one of South America's only AIARE-certified courses.