Evolve Chile Parent Info | South America Ski and Snowboard Camp

PARENT INFO

The Low Down on Chile

Chile is a safe, beautiful and modern country, and a world-renowned ski and snowboard destination. As the season wraps up in North America and Europe, Chile is just getting ready for action. Coming down to Chile in July and August provides skiers and snowboarders with an opportunity to live the endless winter dream.

The Evolve Chile camp exposes campers to the unique Chilean culture, the Spanish language, and a diverse ski and snowboard terrain that is one of a kind.

On the hill, campers are guided and supervised by Evolve Chile staff that comes from a variety of backgrounds. They are pro skiers or snowboarders or professional ski/snowboard instructors from Chile.

Off the hill, our staff acts as supervisors for our youth campers, much the same as a traditional summer camp, with our staff to camper ratio being 1:6. Each camp session is lead by Daniel Rinzler or Jeff Richmond who are the Camp Founders and Directors. Chile is powered by Evolve Tours – the foremost international teen tour and youth adventure travel program in the world. Evolve has created some of the most unique and safest programs for teen adventure seekers to date.

 How do my kids travel down to Chile?

Evolve Chile gets campers from all over the world. We try and organize flight options so campers coming from the same area are flying together. Regardless of where they are coming from, our coaches and staff wait at the airport until the last camper has arrived. If you need assistance booking a flight, please contact Evolve Chile at 1.888.222.5066

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All Flights being booked to Chile should arrive at SCL Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport www.aeropuertosantiago.cl/

What is your Policy with Drugs and Alcohol?

Evolve Chile is a zero tolerance ski and snowboard camp. Campers found partaking in any illegal activity will be sent home at the expense of the parents. Once you enroll your child for camp, you will have a chance to fully review our policies.

Do you offer equipment rental?

Our partner mountain, Valle Nevado, has a full rental operation with beginner to high-end ski and snowboard equipment available. Rates for a full ski or snowboard set up are roughly $60/day, so you might consider bringing your own or purchasing.

What do the kids do after they finish the day?

 After campers finish the day, we have a wide variety of activities to choose from. As a group we organize evening programs, which often include: basketball, soccer, swimming, yoga and other fun games.

What is the time difference while camp is happening?

While camp is going on we are on EST (New York City, Toronto)

 Is there a curfew for the campers?

Yes. Campers are required to be in their hotel rooms by 10:30pm every night.

Are lunches included in the cost of camp?

 Lunches are not included with the camp.

What if my son or daughter gets hurt while in Chile?

Valle Nevado is equipped with ski patrols, an onsite doctor’s office, and emergency helicopter for any serious injuries requiring immediate evacuation. All campers require full travel insurance in order to attend camp.

Currency, Exchange Rates and Cash

The official currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso. The resort accepts US Dollars and there are also ATM’s where your child can withdraw extra money. It’s always a good idea to send your son or daughter with cash as well as debit or credit card for emergency. We do not recommend travellers cheques because they are not easy to exchange.

How do I reach my child while they are at camp?

Simply call hotel Tres Puntas and have your call directed to your son or daughters room.

Do we need power adapters for electronics?

For power, 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Be sure to buy a plug adapter & converter if you plan on bringing electronic equipment. Fuji makes a really good one for multiple countries.

References and Recommendations 

In the past we’ve had campers from all over the Eastern and Western United States, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Iceland, Europe, Japan and much more. We’d be happy to put you in touch with families from your area who have sent their kids to Evolve Chile.

When my 15 year old son told me he wanted to go to snowboarding summer camp in Chile last year, I thought it was just too extreme – and he was taking this snowboarding obsession too far!  After all, this was on the other side of the world practically!  However, after reviewing the Evolve website and talking to the friendly staff at Evolve, I became more comfortable with the idea and finally consented. Once we signed up, making the arrangements for the trip was not nearly as complicated as I thought and my worries turned out to be unwarranted.  The staff at Evolve was informative, responsive and very organized.  There were no problems at all and I especially appreciated the internet updates provided to the parents while the camp was in session.  When it was all over and my son returned, he was enthralled with what turned out to be a huge adventure.  Not only did he improve his snowboarding skills, but he made lots of new friends and (most importantly to me) broadened his horizons by experiencing the people and culture of Chile.  In fact, he even decided to take Spanish at school the next semester.  Of course, now he is lobbying to go again this Summer – this time for two sessions – and I have no reservations about sending him!  

“I picked up Jonny from the airport today, and he looked fantastic!  He had such an amazing time on his trip!!  He talked non-stop for the entire car-ride home (highly unusual for a teenaged boy 😉 ) 

He showed me tons of pictures, raved about the food, the coaches, you, and everyone on the program.  He really loved it.  Thank you so much for putting together such a great program.  Please pass along our thanks to the other coaches, the hotel staff, and everyone else involved in pulling this off. 

It’s a bit scary sending your child across the world to another country for skiing, but it was worth it, and I would tell any other parents not to worry! You run a great operation. 

Thanks again,”

“Thank you again for taking such good care of the boys.  They had a great time and they are already lobbying to return next year for all 3 sessions.  Have fun. “

” As a parent, I was a little nervous about sending my son outside the country on his own for three weeks, despite his enthusiasm to do so!  My fears were for naught.  He had a terrific time—improved his skiing ability and confidence tenfold, met a lot of people from all over the world and enjoyed Chile.  All in all, a highlight of his summer. And the Evolve director and staff did a good job on keeping us posted while they were away. They emailed us to let us know the kids arrived safely and sent us photos so we could see what they were up to, what a good time they were having and how they were improving in their skiing and snowboarding abilities, not to mention the spectacular scenery.   Made you wish you were there! I felt very comfortable that they kept  a close eye on my son and made sure he was safe at all times. Would highly recommend it.”