Here are some Frequently Asked Questions you may need to know when planning your next ski 0r cultural adventure with us.

Please note that the FAQ questions/answers may apply to either type of trips.

Cultural Adventure FAQ

There are visa requirements for entering Brazil for U.S, Canadian, and Australian citizens.  No visa is required for traveling to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, or the United States.  Please check with your local consulate for visa requirements if you reside outside the United States or Canada.

 

  • Argentina:  Argentine Peso
  • Brazil: Real
  • Chile: Chilean Peso
  • Peru:  Peruvian Nuevo Sol
  • Uruguay: Uruguayan Peso
  • United States: Dollar

This will depend on how you define adventure travel.  To some this may be whitewater rafting down Class V rapids on the Bio Bio River in Chile or possibly strolling along the Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, watching the sun set.  Regardless of which type of trip you prefer we will be glad to help you pick the perfect destinations for that special getaway.   We have many sample adventure travel trip itineraries, which may better guide you on possible destinations to see or you may prefer having your trip completely tailor-made.   Endless Turns will plan the best trip for you based on your time frame, budget, and desires.

 

All types of accommodations are offered, from the luxurious 5-star condo to a 3-star standard double guest room.  Let us know how many of you there will be on the trip and the type of lodging accommodations you prefer.  We have hotel guest rooms, studios, apartments, condos, private homes, cabins, and cottages to choose from.  We will provide you with a few different options and let you choose which one works best for you and your traveling companions.

 

On all Endless Turns trips, all of our trips include ground transfers (these may be cars, SUVs, vans-dependent upon group size) and/or a rental car (these will work best on our ski resort package trips to the Western U.S. and South America).  Flights within South American countries are included in all of our packages as well, as distances between destinations are quite far.

Take a look at our Travel Guard Insurance options (three in total) and we can recommend the plan that works best for the type of trip you are taking:

http://www.travelguard.com/agentlink.asp?ta_arc=329861&pcode=&agencyemail=dan@endlessturns.com

  Please see their respective website for more details or you can contact Endless Turns for more specific information.  These plans are very comprehensive and inexpensive.  Travel insurance is recommended for all ski & snowboard adventures, as well our cultural adventure trips.  We are glad to arrange these for you and if there is a certain question we are unable to answer, we will put you in direct contact withe a Travel Guard Insurance representative.

Yes, both individual and group trips are available for our adventure travel trips.  Let us know how many of you will be traveling together, so that we can include the best type of lodging and ground transportation.  For larger groups of 10 or more we will need to have advance notice of your trip, in order to arrange air seats and lodging.

 

International phone calls are not a problem and phone cards can be bought in kiosks throughout South America and the U.S.  There are also call centers throughout South America, where telephone calls back home are inexpensive.  Another way of making phone calls from abroad is to purchase a Sims card in the country (s) you are visiting and replace your current phone’s Sims card with the new one.  In order to do this, you will have to get a pin to unlock your cell phone in your home country prior to departing.  Upon arriving in the foreign country you will be traveling in, you can obtain this card and change it out.  Each country will have phone cards that you then upload to your phone and you’re ready to dial!  Another option  would be to use an old mobile phone that may be lying around the house and make this your traveling phone.  Again, please make certain this phone has been unlocked.  Otherwise this may be a problem once you arrive overseas.

  • Lunches
  • Dinners (some dinners may be included, so please refer to your specific travel package that we sent to you)
  • Gratuities (ground transfers, local guides on excursions, taxis)
  • Beverages (coffee/tea are included at breakfast on our South America trips, but typically not included elsewhere)
  • Entertainment
  • Extra excursions/activities not previously reserved
  • Taxis
  • Additional hotel nights

While it would be great to speak 4 or 5 languages fluently, not too many people are immersed in this on a daily basis.  On our backcountry trips, our guides are fluent in many of the languages that we travel to.  Spanish is one of the languages where everyone will be able to pick up a little here and there, as you spend time in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.  In Brazil, Portuguese is the native language and is definitely a bit harder to learn, unless you have studied it for a while.  Being able to say a few words and phrases will be helpful, but most local residents are able to speak English and are pleased you are visiting their countries.  We do recommend bringing along dictionaries and phrase books on your holiday.

We will provide you with lodging accommodation addresses and phone numbers, as well as emergency contact numbers for our travel partners in each specific country.  We have travel partners throughout all of our travel destinations with local representatives in each city, that are there to assist you 24 hours a day.  Endless Turns staff can also be reached at: 800-328-4993.  Feel free to call collect at +1-801-272-3354, if an emergency arises and we will assist you in every possible way.

Ski Adventure FAQ

We accept all ability levels for trips and we will do our best to match you accordingly.  However, some of our trips are advance skiers/snowboarders only, as they are geared specifically to ski mountaineering.  Private individual/group trips can always be of any ability level, as we focus on avalanche safety & terrain analysis on all tours and also cater to skiers that are interested in improving their powder & steep skiing skills.

On the guided portion, we offer both resort and backcountry ski & snowboard trips.  Look at each of the trips and its respective location, as this will tell you more of the type of skiing you will be doing and the duration of the trip.  Remember, we can arrange private trips for your desired amount of time, ability level, and budget.  If you would prefer other excursions and outdoor activities, then we suggest an unguided adventure trip to one of our many wonderful locations throughout the world.  Feel free to contact us for more information regarding the different countries where we offer trips.

 

  • Andes Mountains- we have all types of snow, ranging from Rocky Mountain powder in the north, to Sierra like snow in the south (depending on temperature and also from season to season).
  • Alps- we usually see a mix of conditions, as the range is broad.  They will have anything from the cold snows of Interior British Columbia to the wet snows of the Cascades.
  • Wasatch- some of the best snow out of all the locations in the world, known as “The Greatest Snow On Earth”.  This is definitely true 98% of the time, as the powder is light and fluffy.
  • Andes Mountains (South America): the best time months to ski in South America are from July through September.  However, late June can be good with early season storms and October can have wonderful corn snow.
  • Western U.S. (Utah, Wyoming): the season is typically from November through May (some years we ski until the 4th of July!).  Nonetheless, the best time for skiing is typically from Thanksgiving weekend through the middle of April.

Endless Turns will provide avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes to all clients.  Backcountry skis or split snowboards will be required of all skiers and snowboarders, unless the trip is a resort-focused trip.  These will have to be brought to South America, as they do not rent this type of gear in the Andes.  However, if you are coming on one of our Alps or Wasatch based trips, then renting gear is not a problem.

 

All of our guides have certifications in avalanche & snow safety, as well as wilderness first aid.  In addition, many have ski patrol & ski instruction backgrounds and years of backcountry skiing & training experience.  Our guides have been trained by the American Mountain Guides Association and update their guiding certifications annually through guide seminars.  We also have internationally certified AMGA & UIAGM guides worldwide that work with us in both North & South America.

 

Yes, both individual and group trips are available for both our ski week packages, as well as our guided backcountry trips.  Let us know how many skiers/snowboarders you will have and we will determine if this will be enough for a private group trip or whether or not we will need to match you up with some other snow enthusiasts.  For our resort packages we do offer discounts for larger groups (typically 15-20+ skiers).

 

  • Lunches
  • Dinners on adventure travel trips (many are included on our backcountry ski trips)
  • Gratuities for the guides or other service oriented people on your trip.
  • Beverages
  • Entertainment
  • Extra excursions/activities not previously reserved
  • Taxi rides
  • Extra days/nights, unless booked during trip reservation period.

We will provide you with lodging accommodation addresses and phone numbers, as well as emergency contact numbers for our travel partners in each specific country.  If a problem were to arise either abroad or back home while you are away, it is a good idea to leave these emergency contact numbers with family members that are not traveling wit you.  We have travel partners throughout all of our travel destinations with local representatives in each city, that are there to assist you 24 hours a day, in case you do have a problem while on your holiday.  Endless Turns staff can also be reached at: 800-328-4993.  Feel free to call collect at +1-801-272-3354, if an emergency arises and we will assist you in every possible way.

In the event that the high mountain passes or resorts are closed, we do have other activities and excursions available.  Activities may include, but won’t be limited to:

  • Mountain biking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Para-gliding
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Asados (Barbeques in Argentina)
  • City tours
  • Wine tours (Argentina, Chile)
  • Museums
  • Boat tours (Argentina, Chile)
  • Olympic venue tours (Utah Winter Sports Park)