About DreamSki Adventures

Our Approach

DreamSki Adventures is founded on the principles that your ski holiday should be adventurous, fun-filled, rewarding, and very importantly - hassle free. Also your holiday time is precious you want to make the most of it. With this in mind, we have designed ski tours for you with a balance between being looked after and having the opportunities to make your own discoveries at your own pace. This balance is created by the intimate nature of our tours consisting of small groups and multiple instructor-guides.  

We have chosen our ski destinations and itineraries to take you to unique destinations and their best skiing and snowboarding, not the best marketed.  We take you off the tourist trail to our favorite places for the best exposure to the local culture and the best ski experience.  We take you were others cannot.  We take you to where there are fewer tourists, more locals, fresher snow and more adventure providing you with more than just a ski holiday!

We want you to experience the ultimate skier/boarder sensation – fresh tracks.  To that end all of your guides are all high level experienced Canadian certified ski and snowboard instructors and instructor trainers. We offer you as a part of all our tours our “guided coaching” (see below) for all levels of experience.  From the intermediate to the expert we allow everyone to either experience powder for the first time or improve and ski it faster, smoother, and steeper for that ultimate sensation of flight and freedom that powder skiing provides.

We don’t just say all this to sound enticing. These are the reasons why DreamSki Adventures was founded in 2004 by Gerry Winchester, a professional skier instructor and former professional engineer.

Our History

In 2001 Gerry went looking for somewhere to ski for the summer after the teaching season in Canada. Australia and New Zealand were being considered when he had a chance meeting with someone who had just returned from Chile, then a relatively unknown ski entity.  He knew right then Chile was for him.  It met his passions of travelling, language, exploring new cultures and a ski adventure in a place unknown to him and most everyone else.  Once there Gerry realized he had to share what he had discovered - the unparalleled skiing and snow, abundant fresh tracks combined with the magic of the Chilean people and culture.  It was skiing for everyone, not just the die-hard big mountain skier, as was the perception at the time.

Thus DreamSki Adventures was established and offered its first tours in 2004 to offer a vehicle to share these passions with you, the recreational skier and snowboarder who is looking to experience other cultures and exciting ski experiences outside the norm, in an intimate group guided format.

This format combined with our “guided coaching” has proven very popular and successful.  We have since expanded to include the destinations of Argentina, Canada and Japan. We have been providing what our guests describe as their “best holiday ever!”

What We Are

We are ski and snowboard professionals who ski and ride full time and love sharing our passion.  We live in the countries we offer as destinations or have traveled them extensively. We know the areas, the languages and the customs allowing us to deliver the best in local skiing, culture, and restaurants.

We do not organize tours and use other vendors to supply the services – we design and conduct the tours ourselves.  You are dealing directly with the people you will be travelling and skiing/riding with – no middle men.  So the tours are designed by skiers and snowboarders for skiers and snowboarders and are time proven to maximize your holiday time, offer you the best in skiing and adventure, and the best value for your time and money.

Who We Are

Most importantly, we are people who love what we do which is helping others experience all that skiing and snowboarding has to offer; from the freedom and challenge of doing it, to meeting great people and having amazing travel experiences.  Teaching is our passion which means we are passionate about helping and supporting others. This shows in the quality of our tours and the high repeat rate of our guests.

We are all professional Canadian certified ski Instructors (CSIA) with a minimum Level 3 certification or Canadian certified snowboard instructors (CASI).  This means we have achieved a high level of mastery in skiing/snowboarding and in ski/snowboard instruction such that we are qualified to train and certify other ski & snowboard instructors. This requires extensive training and experience and takes years to attain.  

It also means our teaching methods and customer service are some of the best in the world. Canadian ski and snowboard instruction is well renowned among skiing countries as very strong in its technical approach and a world leader in its student centered approach and customer service.  

Therefore we have the proven personalities and skills, and the experience to manage groups very effectively and offer you the help or challenge you desire, all within a fun and exciting environment.

Meet your guides…

About our Guided Coaching

We at DreamSki Adventures use our  “guided coaching” approach over the length of your tour that will have you skiing and snowboarding more and doing more than you may have thought possible even as a very experienced skier or rider. We keep you moving on the slopes while learning - we are trained not to stand around and talk about it.  You can’t improve your skiing or snowboarding unless you’re doing it!

Our “guided coaching” approach uses the Canadian Ski Instruction skilled based approach which identifies the skill you must strengthen in order to improve your over all skiing, and then applies guided mileage.  This is a great combination of improving your technique through a short instructional session and then reinforcing your new technique as we ski together throughout the day on various terrain and snow conditions around the mountain.

This guided mileage under a watchful eye is the key and does two great things:
1.    It engrains your new movement into your muscle memory so the improvement is permanent and does not fade like many 1-2 hour ski lessons.  For adults it takes thousands of repetitions to engrain a new muscle movement.
2.    You are assured of reinforcing the correct thing as you have an instructor there as a watchful eye to assure you are doing the new movement correctly and not reinforcing the wrong thing which again happens often once you leave a 1-2 hour lesson.

And on a DreamSki tour you get this guided mileage over the length of the tour which is a great opportunity to make great strides in a very short time that are permanent.

“Fantastic trip for serious skiers keen to challenge themselves in a supportive environment.  Good balance between instruction and free skiing.  It was a great opportunity to improve my skiing in a way rarely available to those with only a couple of weeks to spare. All ski trips are not the same!  DreamSki Adventures has refreshed my enthusiasm for what the sport can offer.”
- Helen Clark, England

A guided coaching day would typically look something like this on the snow:

In the morning we will take you on the groomed for a warm up run and then work on a particular skill specific to your ski improvement needs for 30 -45 minutes. Then once you have the new movement pattern or feeling working for you we take it into your skiing for the rest of the day as we ski and explore the mountain.  We will coach you, reminding you if you are applying the new movement as practiced or not.  

We do this throughout the tour and it builds to where you have taken a step in you skiing that you may have not thought possible in such a short time.  You will be skiing terrain you may not have thought possible before your DreamSki Adventures tour or, as an experienced skier you have found yourself skiing difficult terrain faster and more effortlessly and the legs last longer!

“An amazing experience that will be difficult to better. I was doing slopes that I thought I would never have the confidence to do and good to see the improvement on video. This is my second holiday with DreamSki and I can’t wait for the next.  This from the person who was scared of black runs and powder!!!”
- Lesley Jackson – England

Another great tool we incorporate into our teaching is the use of video.  This allows you to see what you are doing right, what you are changing, and where you came from at the start of your time with us. It can really reinforce the learning process when you see yourself doing what you have been trying to feel on your skis or snowboard.  It is also a good laugh sharing the day’s video with the group at the end of the day over a drink.

Powder Skiing Misconception Cleared Up

Another misconception out there is you need to be taught how to ski powder.  However, skiing is skiing.  This means good balance and proper technique are the same no matter the snow conditions and terrain. Powder is the most difficult to ski as it magnifies any poor balance and all the bad habits that you get away with on the piste.  Powder skiing is not some other form of skiing.  It is just the ultimate acid test of your skiing – are you in balance and using proper technique I all parts of the turn?

To further clarify, there are tactics to apply to certain conditions like moguls and powder such as timing of the turns in the bumps and turn shape in the powder.  That is not technique but tactics to apply good balance and technique to.