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Backchillan Backcountry Guides | Chile

Freeride & Backcountry Experiences


Manuel Olivares
Co Founder/Manager & Lead Ski Guide

After finishing his Industrial Civil Engineering degree Manu went full on following his love for the mountains. He is a certified CSIA Level 3 (part Ski) ski instructor, holds an AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Certification, Wilderness First Responder and is a member of the Chilean Search and Rescue Organization - Socorro Andino, Trained in Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue and Advanced 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, the last couple years he's been exploring the beautiful snowy peaks of Rogers Pass, the Selkirks and Monashee Mountains around Revelstoke in British Columbia. When it's not winter or he can't ski, he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, playing music with friends or planning his next adventure along with a good cup of coffee.      


Felipe Sepúlveda
Co Founder & Lead Ski Guide

Freeski Backcountry + 10 years experience, PMBI Profesional MTB Instructor, Big Mountainbike,  Tiny House builder, Climb, percussions. Pipe is a Certified Level 1 Ski Instructor from ENISSCHAG (Chile`s National Ski School). 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 trained. Member of the Chilean Search and Rescue Organization - 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 spent most of his time gaining experience and crafting his love for the Andes. Panchi is a Certified Level 1 Ski Instructor from ENISSCHAG (Chile`s National Ski School). 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 Search and  Rescue Organization - Socorro Andino - since 2013, Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBI) Level 1. Besides being a freerider and backcountry skier with more than 15 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 hikes into the wild, rock climbing, and building the next level bike trail on the woods. Fluent in English and in the aprés.

   


What Our Customers Says


  • Cheers man! So great to meet you, and I hope that we cross paths again someday. That day will go down as the best ski touring day I've ever had.

    Nathan Masopust
    Thailand
  • Gracias BackChillan!!! ( Manu, Pipe y Panchi). Gran equipo de profesionales. Saludos desde Calafate, Patagonia!
    Rodrigo Haardling
    El Calafate, Argentina
  • These guys are great. I have no reservations in recommending them. It is 20 years since I did any real touring. I had three days with Felipe and Manuel, introduction to modern (post-telemark) touring gear and off-piste safety, and some fabulous skiing. They impressed me with their concern for safety of guests and themselves, and ensuring that we ski in a party with similar abilities. Pre-tour email exchanges ensured they understood my hopes, to be adventurous but within my fitness levels, it's a long time since I was 24 and "robust". Meeting the day before ensured I understood their offering and they my abilities. I was impressed with their professionalism, their experience, and on top of that they are just really nice people enjoying the snow. I hope to be back next year.    
    Richard Silverstein
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    Australia
  • Felipe, On our touring day you made the extra effort to make sure I could rent a touring setup in a size that would work for me, going back and forth between a few shops.  Not knowing the area as well, this was a huge help and I probably wouldn't have made it that far without it.  When we got on the hill, you were prepared and knowledgeable right out of the gate.  Your concern for our safety was evident and I never felt that we were in danger while hiking and touring on terrain. Your knowledge of the area and flexibility in your plans made a day of tough weather conditions into a fun adventure to a beautiful hot spring a couple valleys over.  We never felt rushed and we never felt like we were running out of time to get everything in.  You really nailed our touring day to attainably fit our goals.  I would definitely go with you into the back country again as my guide.

     
    Erik worden
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    Vermont - USA
  • What an amazing day!  Heli skiing on endless first tracks all the while watching a smoking volcano, Manu and his team bring years of experience to the backcountry to our day.  The helicopter was well maintained and the pilot was able to set us down on high ridgelines.  They kept the operation going quickly with very little wait.  If you want an unforgettable experience, come ski Nevados de Chillan.  If you want a once in a lifetime, add in Heliskiing with BackChillan.  
    Tommy Sowers
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    North Carolina - USA