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First Weekend in El Colorado, Chile

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I work as a ski instructor in Valle Nevado. We open next weekend, so this saturday I was invited to the neighboring resort, El Colorado and got my first runs for the season.

We got to the top, and checked the SE view towards Valle Nevado.



Andes Express Chairlift, a very virgin Valle Olimpico and the windy El Plomo Glaciar in the back...





Near the top we had about 2m of snowfall. Early season means it wasn´t smoking powder, but still very nice...



To the north, La Parva Resort, crowned by the higher mountains...



El Colorado´s intermediate terrain from the "El Avion"...

Winter is here...
post #2 of 16
Envy...
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EpicSki Academy will be holding a clinic at Valle Nevado September 13-20, 2008. Hope to meet up with you while we're there, Albert. Thanks for the preview. Looks like good early conditions.
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Chile envy
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Thanks for the photos. I'll be at El Colorado Aug. 9th. Can't wait to sample some of those wide open slopes.
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EpicSki Academy will be holding a clinic at Valle Nevado September 13-20, 2008.
That's a bit on the late side considering what it was like when I was there Sept. 11-13 last year on average+ snowfall, though none since August 20. But it's certainly off to a promising start this year judging by those pics.
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Some pictures from the link above. I wish I was there now



Interesting carpet system to load the chair. Any resort in the states has these?


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Makes me want to forget about saving money for a house and head down south. This summer is going to be painful :
post #9 of 16
We saw moving carpet loading like that in Europe a number of years ago. Have never seen it in the US.

We will be there in about a week. Keep that snow coming!!! :
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Originally Posted by skibum4ever View Post
We saw moving carpet loading like that in Europe a number of years ago. Have never seen it in the US.
They have it at Crystal Mtn., WA. I didn't see the advantage, in fact it seemed harder to navigate than the standard type of loading.
post #11 of 16
The moving carpet allows people to load a fixed grip chair while the bullwheel is turning faster, at least that is my understanding. They also used to have one at Diamond Peak in Nevada.
JF
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The ones at Crystal are high speed, detachable quads so the advantage is not apparent there.
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The main advantage is that the chairs don't have to be detached from the main cable. I believe this mainly is a financial decision since it isn't really practical

There are multiple examples of this in Europe.
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They have it at Crystal Mtn., WA. I didn't see the advantage, in fact it seemed harder to navigate than the standard type of loading.
I don't ever recal loading at Crystal on a moving carpet, and I've skied every lift Crystal has for 10 years...

Any new updates on conditions at Valle Nevado/El Colorado? Doesn't seem to be much snow falling right now. One month to go until ski time!
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They got a few inches of snow yesterday. Portillo seems to have been the big winner from the minor storm that passed through; they got about 12 inches. We are heading up tomorrow to Farellones etc., will try to post another report in a couple of days.

We are told that even though it hadn't snowed in several weeks, the conditions are good . . . ? Generally not our experience in the US.

Will hit Portillo a bit later in the trip. Trying to figure out the best way to get to Argentina; looks difficult and expensive no matter how you do it. Would like to ski Las Lenas but may have to wait for the next trip. Better keep saving those frequent flyer miles . . .
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looks awesome.
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