A two-and-a-half-hour drive (or 45-minute helicopter ride) from Santiago, Puma Lodge has been a heli-skiing headquarters since it opened in 2011.
Puma’s guests have exclusive access to nearly 2,000 square miles of terrain in the Chilean Cordillera. Guides take groups on untracked runs down glacial peaks.
Built from pine and river rocks, the 24-room lodge has a rustic feel but offers comforts such as alfresco hot tubs, a spa, and a game room with billiards. Skiers refuel with peumo-wood-smoked pork and Chilean wine.
The best skiing conditions are generally found from mid-July to early September.