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Valle Navado in July

post #1 of 14
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I'm just back from a week with my family at Valle Nevado near Santiago, Chile. It's a relatively new resort, less than 10 years old, very well run and family-friendly. The ski area consists of four sharp peaks, all of which empty into a large open bowl. There are well-marked, graded trails but people ski everywhere--no obstacles. Skiing ranges from long meanders to a headwall but no moguls. Light, western style snow--reminded me of Alta, Utah, my very favorite ski resort. Two other resorts,Colorado and ???, can be reached on skis from Valle Nevado.
It is advertised as 45 minutes from Santiago but, realistically, it's closer to 2 hours, most of it on a narrow two-lane road with 60 marked switchbacks--and other sharp curves that are not marked. On the way up, our driver put on chains at Curve 40; we came down in a blinding blizzard. Drive-it-yourself definitely NOT recommended. Leave the drive to the professionals and save your energy for the slopes.
Weather ranged from bright sun to completely opaque fog. Temperatures hovered around 0 degress Centigrade, with strong winds some of the time.
Nothing to do by ski--and eat and drink. An international crowd, including many Brazilians bringing their children to see snow for the first time. Personnel on and off the slopes were helpful and exceptionally pleasant.
They have an excellent webpage that includes trail maps and hotel info.
As you can guess from my name, I am not exactly a hard core skier but thought this was worth sharing.
post #2 of 14
Welcome to EpicSki!
Nice Trip Report. Makes for a great first post.
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post #3 of 14
Nice report. I'm leaving for Santiago on the 24th and skiing Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado, and Portillo. Glad to hear of your pleasant experience.
post #4 of 14
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Have a great time and be sure to allow a few days to explore Santiago.
If you don't get a Colorado life ticket before skiing over from Valle Nevado, you can buy one when you get there. A half day ticket saves a few pesos. The passes aren't always open among the three areas, so touch base with the ski patrol beforehand. They are very helpful and at least tri-lingual.
post #5 of 14

Portillo

Hi,

Thakns for the report.
I am leaving for Portillo on 8/16. We will be skiing 8/18-8/25.
It looks like some fairly steady snow in the days ahead.

I heard that the Heli skiing operation out of Portill was susspended. Does anyone know why?
Bummer!
post #6 of 14
If you have pictures you'd like to share, let me know if you'd like help posting them.
I'd be anxious to see some of the beauty you describe.
post #7 of 14
Thanks. Yes, I'll be staying in Santiago for 3 days and having some local friends show me the sites. I'm getting excited!

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Originally Posted by oldbunny View Post
Have a great time and be sure to allow a few days to explore Santiago.
If you don't get a Colorado life ticket before skiing over from Valle Nevado, you can buy one when you get there. A half day ticket saves a few pesos. The passes aren't always open among the three areas, so touch base with the ski patrol beforehand. They are very helpful and at least tri-lingual.
post #8 of 14
[quote=oldbunny;742366] Two other resorts,Colorado and ???, can be reached on skis from Valle Nevado.

Were lift tickets to the other two resorts (La Parva & El Colorado) included in your package?
post #9 of 14
From what I heard in Portillo, the heli had crashed (could of been something mechanicle). But the day I left a heli had arrived, so maybe you will be able to go heli-skiing. To be honest, the snow is so good for so long there that heli-skiing is really just a traverse or a quick hike. Have fun man!! Was probably the coolest trip Ive been on. Any other questions just hit me up or head over to unofficialandes.com for more info.
post #10 of 14
OldBunny,

Can you report on the depth of the snow?
Top, Middle and Base.

Any rocks, etc. showing?

Thx
post #11 of 14

Portillo

Thanks, man. One week form tomorrow and we will be turnin' em (or not) in Portillo.

They seem to be in a regular pattern of about a foot of snow a week.
I hope this pattern holds.
post #12 of 14
Bienvenue! Nice report. Is 1 week plenty to enjoy all 3 resorts?
post #13 of 14
Good luck and good snow to all going! I plan to go next summer but one of the guys going can't sleep at atiltudes about 7500. Are there any places or do we leave him home? (afterall there are no friends on pow days)
post #14 of 14
If you run into any ski patrollers named diego vallacarce tell him Jeff Said come back to the North Face!
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