1. Since we prefer ski-in/ski-out : all of Termas de Chillan, Valle Nevado and Portillo have accommodation that is ski-in/ski out, yes?
2. Folks I have seen suggest staying at places near Valle Nevado called Farallones or something like that or near La Parva or Colorado which are connected slopes to Valle Nevado - question is are they simply connected, i.e. go through a gate as in Sugarloaf top at Alta to access Snowbird and vice-versa or is there some sort of vehicular transport/shuttle required to ski all three of the ski resorts, Colorado, Parva and Valle Nevado?
3. Why do folks like staying in Farallones (sp?) as opposed to Valle Nevado? Cost? But with a young kid, would that be a solid recommendation for say a seven night visit?
4. Which is the best place to ski, if one had to pick one -
(a) Termas de Chillan,
(b) Valle Nevado, or
(c) Portillo ?
Adding poll below. I guess criteria are
(a) quality and reliability of snow
(b) comfort of access to the slopes
(c) kid friendly when not skiing (he is an advanced big mountain experienced skier with a sane head on his shoulders, 7 years old)
5. Termas de Chillan is a lot lower than Valle Nevado or Portillo, but have read it is far more reliable for snow. How are snow conditions in Late August and early September - historically speaking?
6. How long does it take to drive to Portillo vs Valle Nevado or Farallones under normal winter condtions, i.e. when the road's are open ?
7. The transfers to Termas de Chillan by air, to the town of Chillan i think is the closest, is that flight from Santiago airport itself and how long is the duration of the flight? How are are on-mountain accommodations from the local airport there?
I am going through these other threads and have refined my questions while reading these threads which were also helpful. We canceled our S. America trip in the summer of 08 because the it looked like the planet was about to enter a financial death spiral (big mistake, should have gone skiing!) So if possible, want to make it this year. Dad has come a long way and son is of course ready for anything.
Oops forgot to set up poll, can't do that now..