My previous blog post was about why you would want to ski with a guide in Chile. After that I ran across a few advertisements from U.S.-based guides, offering trips to ski in Chile. Looking into these trips I see that they've done some homework – but not quite enough. The itineraries look good. For example, while I typically aim to ski three volcanoes in a week, some visiting guides have squeezed four volcanoes into their plans. That would be better. Never mind that the weather in southern Chile is far from perfect everyday and having some flexibility is critical. I saw one trip offered to a volcano which is presently erupting. I wouldn't recommend that. Some guides offer great prices. Cutting corners is never a good idea. Good food, comfortable lodging and safe vehicles with enough space are not cheap in Chile. So I am not sure where it's best to cut costs.
I guess I'd like to add to my previous post. Not all ski guides and trips to Chile are equal.