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Resorts in South America: Chile and Argentina

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I am planning a trip for August/September of this year to ski in Argentina and Chile.  I have about 30 days to travel, but i want to do it as cheap as possible, though I realize this will be expensive.  My goal is to ski several resorts in those 30 days.  Does anyone have any suggestions on resorts, places to stay, travel, etc.?
post #2 of 10
If you can swing it, Portillo, Chile, is a grand place with fabulous skiing. It is all inclusive and you can rub elbows with the rich and famous (if the national teams are training). The only draw back, beyond cost, is that it is only available for week long stays, so you'd loose a lot of time for other areas.

I've only been there and to Cerro Catedral, near Bariloche, Argentina. It was a great experience as I was at a three week race camp and it was my first time out of the country. Accomodations were in the town of Bariloche, a fair drive (20 - 30 minutes, IIRC) to the resort. The town was nice.

If you like red wine and meat, especially beef, you'll love the food.
post #3 of 10
I would skip Valle Nevado and El Colorado if you are an advanced skier unless you hire a guide and go off-piste. Their inbound terrain is the least challenging I have ever encountered at a "major resort". I hear Portillo is better.

I would not go off piste without a guide at Valle Nevado either. The andes around there are quite perilous.
post #4 of 10
Portillo has low cost option that is quite cheap
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Portillo has low cost option that is quite cheap
 


Does that involve the octogan?
post #6 of 10
I just checked. It is Inca
post #7 of 10
You could fly to Santiago and ski Portillo, then Valle Nevado/La Parva/El Colorado (which are connected by chairlifts) and then go 250 miles south to Nevados de Chillan (drive, take a train or fly to Concepcion - skip the bus) they usually have a very reliable snow record and it's a volcano.
Further south is Pucon, another  beautiful Volcano area, really quite place but the weather there is not very reliable... it may snow tons and then rain on top of it.

In Argentina I would recommend Cerro Catedral (near Bariloche) and one weekend in Chapelco, (2h30min drive from Bariloche, near San Martin de Los Andes) not huge or very steep resort, but generally uncrowded and with nice views.
There is also Las Lenas and Cerro Castor. I've never been to none of these two resorts, Las Lenas (close to Mendoza) seems to have a great terrain but is expensive and has uncertain snow records, and I also heard that the best terrain is usually open only during  25-30% of the season.
Cerro Castor is the southernmost ski resort in the world, near Ushuaia. It's not big but has good vertical and good snow till october.
In my opinion, August is the best month to ski South America, since most the snow falls during June, July and August. In September sometimes things can deteriorate pretty fast.
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If you can swing it, Portillo, Chile, is a grand place with fabulous skiing. It is all inclusive and you can rub elbows with the rich and famous (if the national teams are training). The only draw back, beyond cost, is that it is only available for week long stays, so you'd loose a lot of time for other areas.

I've only been there and to Cerro Catedral, near Bariloche, Argentina. It was a great experience as I was at a three week race camp and it was my first time out of the country. Accomodations were in the town of Bariloche, a fair drive (20 - 30 minutes, IIRC) to the resort. The town was nice.

If you like red wine and meat, especially beef, you'll love the food.

Portillo also has mini week option ( 3-4 days) that is what we did last Summer, but they don't release it two weeks before.
post #9 of 10
If you end up in Portillo, take the RocaJac poma (5 people) up and when you get off, bootpack uphill aboout 70 yards and you will see a traverse line to the L (going uphill).  that traverse will take you to about 5 open chutes that hold great snow, are almost never skied by the locals and after you leave the open chutes and powder you will hit a groomer and ski to skiers R downhill to the lift.

Great lunch on the hill, forget name of restaurant but its the only one up the hill from the hotel.

Portillo was fun, good skiing if you're an off piste and/or powder skier.  If you just ski groomers it was not big deal.   Good food, great night life in bar, lots of energized Argentinians in evening, great gym, massage, bar etc.

I was there for 6 days of skiing and enjoyed very much.
post #10 of 10
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Thanks all, this has been very helpful!  If anyone has anymore tips, feel free to add them here!
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