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Experience the Backcountry with Our Team of Seasoned Guides

Monkey Puzzle trees and jurassic ski and snowboard touring with volcanic views.

The beginnings

APEX Backcountry Guides was established in 2019 to provide exceptional local experiences to visitors from around the world. Our team has over 20 years of experience and holds professional certifications in avalanche safety, wilderness first response, terrain management, guiding, and coaching. We are committed to maintaining a high standard of safety and ensuring the best snow conditions possible every day. Our personalized experiences combine local knowledge, North American standards, and Chilean charm to make your Andean ski dreams come true. Our goal is to offer our guests beautiful routes that allow them to connect with the natural beauty of the Araucania region and its rich culture while enjoying premium snow quality on incredible descents. We have meticulously planned every detail to ensure that nothing has been left to chance. Leave the logistics to us while you enjoy the perfect combination of blower pow and Chilean Andes culture!

Our Guides

Our team consists of passionate and dedicated professionals who continue to up their game year after year through certifications and continued learning. When not in the mountains, they can be found hitting the books or working together to increase the power of their reach through programs and workshops for the community that both increase safety and enjoyment in the mountains of Chile!

25 Years Experience

Backcountry Guide

AAI Pro 1 Certification

Glacier Travel and Rescue

AASI 3 certification


Forrest Schmidt

Head Guide / Co-Founder 

AMGA Member

11 Years Experience

ANGM Trekking Guide

 AAIRE 1 / AST 2

Basic Mountaineering  

Ecotourism Management




Gabriela Velásquez

Lead Guide / Co-Founder 

ANGM Guide

16 Years Experience

ANGM Mountain Guide

Outdoor Educator


LNT Master

Javier Embry

Lead Guide

ANGM Mountain Guide

Who we are

Andes Puro Explorations, also known as APEX, is a team of local bi-lingual guides and educators who are passionate about exploring pristine spaces using sustainable practices. We are deeply committed to preserving the environment and sharing our love for the mountains with others who share our values. We live and work in Malalcahuello year round, building relationships with landowners and indigenous communities, while constantly discovering new routes to enhance your experience. It will be our pleasure to show you why or happy guests return year after year for the trusted quality services of APEX Backcountry Guides

What we do

We pursue customer elation with boundless energy!

We pull out all of the stops offering the only All-Inclusive backcountry experiences relevant to ski and snowboard enthusiasts visiting the Araucanía. Leave the logistics to us as you focus on a fluid cultural and mountain immersion that will exceed your wildest expectations.

You'll feel right at home in this spacious and well appointed lodge.

The social hub of  backcountry adventures in Malalcahuello.

Splitboards, backcountry ski, and mountaineer gear for rentals.

Partnership based on product excellence and sustainable practices.

Backcountry Guided Tours with the Best Guides in Chile.


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