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post #1 of 9
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I am going to study abroad for a year next year and skiing is my priority. I am thinking of Chile(Either Santiago or Valparaiso), because I speak spanish and haven't been to that region of the world yet. There's a whole bunch of skiing around there.

I'd prefer not to go somewhere super overrun, and even though Santiago is the europe of south america, I feel like its a bit better than going to europe. I really don't want anything over yuppified, but somewhere where there is culture outside of skiing is really important to me. If you think anywhere in france, switzerland, italy, etc is worth it for a year despite that factor, let me know.

I ski in Utah/Colorado all the time and love it, but I wouldn't want to live in somewhere as ritzy as aspen or park city as I'm going to be a student there.

Please post your favorite international ski destinations here...Thanks!
post #2 of 9
Thank you for choosing to spend some time in another country. More people should do it.


If Santiago or Valparaiso are your two choices for SA, I'd highly recommend Valp due to the ocean air. Santiago is disgusting. I got bronchitis within a month. (But, I'm an asthmatic and am very finnicky about my air.) It may be a longer drive, but your day trips from Santaigo will be limited anyway due to the mtn passes. It's not like you'll ski less.

Since you speak Spanish, have you considered the Pyrenees? It may give you a bit more French in the end to complement your Spanish. (I'll remind you that latin-based 3rd and 4th languages are going to come very easily to you.)

What year are you in Uni? If you are doing core work (which I assume, as most travel abroad programs occur during core...) have you considered taking online credits? This would allow you to live at any resort you want. If I were to do it again, with today's growing online sector- that's how I'd do it... in a heartbeat. However, if you are doing focused-study work, online may not be the way to go... depending on whether or not your major is lab based.

Be wary though, the stereotype that online classes are less demanding is a crock of crap. Those who aren't prepared to create (and stick to) their own schedule drop-out and end up wasting a lot of time and money in the end. Nonetheless, most Universities offer much of their curriculum online. It may even provide a bit more credit-transfer insurance.

If you really want to compliment your spanish, head to Japan. The skiing (and living) is actually much cheaper than you think. (think Idaho or Montana prices.)

Online responsibilities + Hakuba or Chamonix = dream come true. Then again, foreign campus life is worth the trip in and of itself.
post #3 of 9
Both of my sisters did a year in Leysin, Switzerland. Lots of good skiing nearby.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post
Thank you for choosing to spend some time in another country. More people should do it.


If Santiago or Valparaiso are your two choices for SA, I'd highly recommend Valp due to the ocean air. Santiago is disgusting. I got bronchitis within a month. (But, I'm an asthmatic and am very finnicky about my air.) It may be a longer drive, but your day trips from Santaigo will be limited anyway due to the mtn passes. It's not like you'll ski less.

Since you speak Spanish, have you considered the Pyrenees? It may give you a bit more French in the end to complement your Spanish. (I'll remind you that latin-based 3rd and 4th languages are going to come very easily to you.)

What year are you in Uni? If you are doing core work (which I assume, as most travel abroad programs occur during core...) have you considered taking online credits? This would allow you to live at any resort you want. If I were to do it again, with today's growing online sector- that's how I'd do it... in a heartbeat. However, if you are doing focused-study work, online may not be the way to go... depending on whether or not your major is lab based.

Be wary though, the stereotype that online classes are less demanding is a crock of crap. Those who aren't prepared to create (and stick to) their own schedule drop-out and end up wasting a lot of time and money in the end. Nonetheless, most Universities offer much of their curriculum online. It may even provide a bit more credit-transfer insurance.

If you really want to compliment your spanish, head to Japan. The skiing (and living) is actually much cheaper than you think. (think Idaho or Montana prices.)

Online responsibilities + Hakuba or Chamonix = dream come true. Then again, foreign campus life is worth the trip in and of itself.
I wish Tulane would let me do online stuff, you have to be pretty much decided and done with like 80% of core to have them let you go abroad.

I am leaning towards Valpariso, I have lived in a city just about my whole life, and while I understand that valp is a city I really want somewhere I can find some peace, quiet, and fresh air. So thank you, because I am really on the fence about whether I want to spend a year in somewhere like Santiago or Buenos Aires.

Our only study abroad in Japan is Osaka, which is probably a bit too overwhelming for me, and not that close.

Pyrenees are a cool idea, I was actually there last summer just backpacking and it was a blast. Beautiful area. Again, my schools locations are pretty limited and there is next to nothing they let me do there.

Could you tell me a little more about Valp? How many days you think i'd be able to get in skiing there. How far is it? Fun place? Alot to do for people my age? Will I need a car or can I get to the ski areas somehow?

Thanks so much, I really appreciate your suggestions. Just thinking about this makes me not able to concentrate on anything...AHH I CANT WAIT
post #5 of 9
I haven't actually skied Chile, but lived there in the summer. From what I understand, the commute to the resorts from Santiago is kind of a jaunt (valp will just be longer) and most people don't like daily trips. However, there are buses from Santiago that do day trips.

I suspect most (if not all) of your skiing will involve staying a night or two at the resort.

Valp is beautiful... like a small San Francisco.
post #6 of 9
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On another note, has anyone skiied in Southern Spain?? I guess in Andalucia, probably the Sierra Nevada national park.

I just met with my study abroad advisor today and she said I could do that for fall semester then go to Chile/Argentina for spring semester for maximum skiing.

Does anyone know anything about the snow/conditions/where to ski in southern spain(I would be in Granada)?
post #7 of 9
I haven't skied Southern Spain, but I know someone who has (he has a holiday home down there). My impression is that the skiing isn't incredible -- it's very far south -- and that you wouldn't actually get a lot of skiing in in the Fall semester. On the other hand, Granada is an extraordinary city and the chance to live in it would be hard to miss.

In the end, it's a compromise: quality of city; quality of skiing; proximity of skiing. If you want really world-class skiing on your doorstep, I can't think of anywhere better in Europe than Grenoble (pretty good place too). If you're prepared to be a little further away, then Geneva, other unis in Switzerland (e.g. Berne) and even Munich (think Vorarlberg) would all be on my list. (The Pyrenees is a nice idea (maybe living in Barcelona?) but not snow-sure, especially not before Christmas.)

P.S. If you can be in either hemisphere, wouldn't it make more skiing sense to be in the southern hemisphere for "fall" and then back to the northern hemisphere for spring?
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by hitherandthither View Post
I haven't skied Southern Spain, but I know someone who has (he has a holiday home down there). My impression is that the skiing isn't incredible -- it's very far south -- and that you wouldn't actually get a lot of skiing in in the Fall semester. On the other hand, Granada is an extraordinary city and the chance to live in it would be hard to miss.

In the end, it's a compromise: quality of city; quality of skiing; proximity of skiing. If you want really world-class skiing on your doorstep, I can't think of anywhere better in Europe than Grenoble (pretty good place too). If you're prepared to be a little further away, then Geneva, other unis in Switzerland (e.g. Berne) and even Munich (think Vorarlberg) would all be on my list. (The Pyrenees is a nice idea (maybe living in Barcelona?) but not snow-sure, especially not before Christmas.)

P.S. If you can be in either hemisphere, wouldn't it make more skiing sense to be in the southern hemisphere for "fall" and then back to the northern hemisphere for spring?
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