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Where to go in Chile?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi there,

I will visit Santiago in mid September, and hope to be able to combine that trip with a few days in the snow.

I am rather experienced and are looking for the powder rather than the groomed.

Where would you suggest me to go for the best conditions and challenge?

Heli-skiing is also interesting.

Thanks,
Skogstok
(Swedish for Forest-fool)
post #2 of 11
www.vallenevado.com

Close to the city (40 miles = 2 hours on that road), lifts usually open even when the weather is really bad, has heli skiing operation, hiking is available in ulimited quantities, tons of snow this year.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Any other suggestions, or do you all agree?
post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally posted by Skogstok:
Hi there,

I will visit Santiago in mid September, and hope to be able to combine that trip with a few days in the snow.

I am rather experienced and are looking for the powder rather than the groomed.

Where would you suggest me to go for the best conditions and challenge?

Heli-skiing is also interesting.

Thanks,
Skogstok
(Swedish for Forest-fool)
post #5 of 11
I'LL BE IN VALLE NEVADO IN SEPT. NEVER BEEN BEFORE, BUT ALL MY RESEARCH INDICATES THAT VALLE NEVADO IS THE CLOSEST AND BEST TO SANTIAGO. IT WILL BE BUSY MID-SEPT. DUE TO A SNOWBOARD FEDERATION EVENT. SEE YA-THERE
post #6 of 11
I was at Valle Nevado last year. 11 feet of new snow while I was there. The terrain under the lifts is very intermediate but you can find plenty of hair-ball if you wander a little bit off-piste. The whole resort is above the tree line so you don't ski much when it's socked in. The hotel complex is a clone of what you'd find in the French Alps. Lots of poured concrete and glass. Not much in the way of ambiace but completely servicable.

Portillo is roughly the same ~2 1/2 hour drive from the airport. It has the reputation of having somewhat more challenging terrain.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all help. Unfortunately the plan is changed and the visit is now postponed until mid October. Any chance of snow somewhere in the area by then?

Thanks,
Skogstok
post #8 of 11
There will still be snow, but you may have to go AT. Most of the lifts will be closing about then or before. Portillo has better
lift serviced advanced terrain.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
AT?
post #10 of 11
Alpine Touring, walking up!
post #11 of 11
Quote:
Originally posted by Skogstok:
Thanks for all help. Unfortunately the plan is changed and the visit is now postponed until mid October. Any chance of snow somewhere in the area by then?

Thanks,
Skogstok
No it all finishes in September.
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