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Backchillan Backcountry Guides | Chile

Freeride & Backcountry Experiences

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.

Backchillan Team




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, 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.


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


  • Just wanted to thank you for an excellent few days of touring with the team at BackChillan.  We really enjoyed ourselves, it was the highlight of our entire trip to Chile. You were well prepared, we learned a lot and saw some amazing terrain and Ben is ready for his next ascent.  We felt safe at all times and appreciated your patience as I was behind!

    Adam Gridley
    Boston, USA
  • 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
  • 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!

       
    Erik Junberger
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    Stockholm - Sweden