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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 & Lead Guide

After finishing his Industrial Civil Engineering degree Manu went full on following his love for the mountains. He is a certified ANGM Mountain Guide (Asociación Nacional de Guías de Montaña - Chile), CSGA Level 1 Ski Guide (Canadian Ski Guide Association), CSIA Level 3 Ski Instructor (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) , he holds a CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 and is a Basic Avalanche Educator Member of the CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association), also have an AIARE Level 2 (2014) Avalanche Certifications, he is a Certified Hiking Guide in the Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia, 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 20 years of experience skiing different mountain ranges and 10 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, he also spend his summers Guiding in the northern japan island of Hokkaido in the Niseko area. When it's not winter or he can't ski, he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, playing music with friends or planning his next adventure along with a good cup of coffee.

Felipe Sepúlveda
Co Founder & Lead 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 Guide

Panchi is a graduated Technician in Mountain Adventure. His home mountain is Las Trancas town, where he spent most of his time gaining experience and crafting his love for the mountain sports. 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, AST 2 avalanche course, also a Wilderness first responser course and backcountry skier with more than 15 years of experience. Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBI) Level 1. When is not winter, Panchi spends his days guiding mountain biking, doing enduro bike packing, exploring the valley with long hikes into the wild, trail builder and enlarging the trail network on days off. Fluent in English and in the Aprés

Fabián "Harry" Flores

Fabián "Harry" Flores is a graduate of Technician in Mountain Tourism. Harry has the certifications of Professional Mountain Bike Instructor PMBIA Level 1 (Canada), Ski Instructor Level 1 ENISSCHAG, Avalanche Certification AST 2 - Avalanche Skills Training (Canada), Remote Area First Aid Certification WFR - Wilderness First Responder, He has training in Glacier Progression, Crevasse Rescue and Technical Rope Work, he is an active member of Chilean Search and Rescue organization since 2017, Harry is also a Level 1 Professional Skiman AESKIMAN - Spanish Skiman Association. Passionate about sports and mountain life, Harry can be found in his workshop preparing equipment, planning new adventures or climbing with his partners. When it is not winter he is working hard in the mountain bike trails in las trancas and teaching this sport to the new generations.

What Our Customers Says

  • Excelentes días en el valle Las Trancas, a los pies del Nevado de Chillán, junto a nuestros amigos de BackChillan conocimos Valle Hermoso, Valle Aguas Calientes y las montañas nevadas de la región del Bio Bio. Lindo Lugar.

    Fernando Armani, Bariloche, Argentina
  • 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
  • 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.
  • We had an amazing time.  Manuel and Filipe were beyond super.  Patient with our daughter who is new to back country activities, very encouraging and supportive.  Safety was #1 priority.  Our skinning out of bounds was great.  Our out of bounds skiing was amazing.  Manuel has an amazing  backyard to play in.  Very competent, very strong skiers, worth every penny.  Cant wait to go back.  And the photos are unreal!!!

    Mitchell Family
    Connecticut, USA
    Mitchell Stores
  • 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