Backchillan Backcountry Guides was founded and its running by a group of 3 friends passionated about the outdoor sports and adventure, and we have a strong commitment to provide a high quality service to our guest, wether your are looking to have fun, to learn or to challenge yourself in your ski trip to South America. We have been running since winter 2012 based out of the magical mountain town of Las Trancas, Chile; at the base of the Nevados de Chillan volcanic complex, formerly known as Termas de Chillán Ski Resort.
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, he holds a CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 (2020) and AIARE Level 2 (2014) Avalanche Certifications, is a Wilderness First Responder and he is also a member of the Chilean Search and Rescue Organization - Socorro Andino since 2013, 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.
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.
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.
Touring in the Nevados de Chillán was beyond amazing. The terrain is simply breathtaking and very accessible from the top chair lift.Having such a vast area of amazing, virtually untouched skiing within easy touring distance, was something truly special compared to most places in North America and Europe I've been to. I was very impressed by the professionalism and friendliness exhibited by our Backchillan guide, Filipe. I especially appreciate the high attention to avalanche safety, as well as making sure to tailor the experience to the skill level of each participants. To top it off, having lunch while sitting in the hot waters of Aguas Calientes and then skiing down the beautiful Valle Hermoso made this a truly special experience!
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.