Head to Chile for a Mid-Year Ski Vacation
North American snow sport enthusiasts who are planning a mid-year ski break are likely to find just what they are looking for at one of the ski resorts in the South American Andes. Visitors to Chile have three great options just an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Santiago – El Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado. These three resorts lead into one another, but operate separately, and skiers who would like to explore them all may want to consider staying in nearby accommodation and devoting at least a full day to each resort.
In recent years Valle Nevado has been transforming itself into the region’s first ‘Mountain Village’ with new and upgraded facilities for the comfort and convenience of guests. The new gondola ferries visitors from the Service Area over a distance of more than one thousand meters to the Bajo Zero Restaurant situated at around 3,200 meters above sea level. Each cable car carries six occupants, thereby minimizing queues waiting to ascend the mountain. Alongside the Bajo Zero gondola station, new beginner trails for adults ensure that visitors of all ages and levels of experience get the most out of time spent at Valle Nevado. Children between the ages of 4 and 9 years can join the Snow School where ski and snowboard instructors are ready to teach beginners the very basics, as well as to help those with more experience to improve their skills.
Valle Nevado’s ‘Learn to Ride’ and ‘Kids Learn to Ride’ centers offer beginners of all ages the opportunity to gain snowboarding skills, using a new method developed by Burton – one of the world’s leading snowboard manufacturers. The Snow Park offers terrain to challenge skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
Valle Nevado offers rental of the latest equipment, day-lockers, restrooms, and a shuttle service between the ski service area and nearby hotels. In addition to stocking the very latest in gear, outerwear and accessories, the Ski Shop provides a demo service for customer to try equipment on the slopes before making their purchases. Moreover, the resort offers summer training facilities for ski and snowboard teams, featuring slopeside lodging, athlete-specific meals, training terrain and spa and fitness center services. So, check out the facilities of Chile‘s Valle Nevado if you’re planning to head south for some mid-year skiing.