Eighteen years ago STEEP-N-DEEP South American Powder Tours guided its first tour with the goal of giving its clients the most authentic Chilean experience possible. Unlike other guiding companies, our founder and our guides are native Chileans who have also lived in, or visited North America for extensive periods of time. With more than twenty-five years of exploring the Andes Mountains and fifteen years of guiding clients, we are sure we can make your trip to Chile the adventure of a lifetime.

STEEP-N-DEEP is a fully customizable tour company. What we've found is that every single group is different with varying budgets, desires and skill levels. That’s why we have developed our tours based on our client’s unique needs. Whether it be five star hotels to hostels, we’re willing to do whatever it takes to make your dream of getting powder turns July through September a reality.We cater to every ability level and every style there is. If park is your game we can take you to the best jumps and rails. If you want backcountry, we know where the best snow is.

It doesn't matter what your preference is, as long as it involves Chile and adventure, we are here to guide you to the best terrain available. We also know that Chile isn't just about the snow. One of our main objectives with every group is to educate and show clients the abundant culture there is to be found in the cities, towns, beaches and country-side. Come with us and discover one the of the world's most beautiful countries.
- Founder & Lead Guide: Ian Gil -
Born in Viña Del Mar, Chile, I moved to the United States at an early age. When I was about 14 years old, I strapped on a snowboard for the first time at the mountain resort of El Colorado, Chile. Ever since that day I have been hooked on snowboarding and have done everything in my life to spend as much time on snow. Lucky for me, I split my time between North America and South America so I can enjoy snow year-round.

I even picked my college, where I received a bachelors in Spanish and a bachelors in Education, because of its close proximity to the biggest ski resort on the east coast of the United States. Living near the mountains and snow fueled my passion to compete in boardercross, big air and slope-style competitions, which I continue to do and enjoy today.

I also have experience as an instructor and coach (PSIA level 3) and formal training with my first love, the backcountry, through the Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 and American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education level 2. I also gained my Wilderness First Responder certification in one of the most intense and knowledge filled course I’ve ever taken. I can’t describe a better feeling than guiding a tour and seeing the enjoyment and excitement of my group.

Since my first tour of Chile, I have dedicated my American summers to showing skiers and snowboarders the best that Chile has to offer. My goal with every tour I guide is to ensure your safety, while pushing your limits, your skill and tell a you a little bit about the beautiful country of Chile along the way.

- Ian Gil
Founder & Lead Guide
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