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POWDER DAY STOKE 55cm's and falling

post #1 of 18
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Yep, a blower day(s) in Valle Nevado, Chile today.  55cm's and more is falling. A classic Chilean storm.

 

http://www.vallenevado.com/en/information/

 

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=191649&id=16585815758

 

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post #2 of 18

OMG Finn you are trying to tempt me aren't you!?

post #3 of 18

Boot deep. 

post #4 of 18
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Tempt, only you can tempt yourself.... to say otherwise to say you are not in control of yourself........  But there's still time.....
 

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OMG Finn you are trying to tempt me aren't you!?





 

YEah, like "really boot deep"    My guess is this would be waist deep......

 

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Boot deep. 

post #5 of 18

Damn you Finndog!  Just when they they said I was recovering from the winter withdrawals you do this. 

 

Now I have to go walk around in the mountains of Montana for a week to get over this. 

 

Actually, thanks for the excuse. 

post #6 of 18
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You hear those strange voices in your head too?   I get to wander around Flemington and High Bridge NJ just not the same somehow............

 

Glad I was able to stoke your day.

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Damn you Finndog!  Just when they they said I was recovering from the winter withdrawals you do this. 

 

Now I have to go walk around in the mountains of Montana for a week to get over this. 

 

Actually, thanks for the excuse. 

post #7 of 18
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BTW- 55 days to go, but who's counting....

post #8 of 18

What is the vibe like there in Valle Nevado?

 

 Do they close sections of the mountain and bomb? 

 

Is there a stampede for freshies?

 

Congratulations on being there for all of that sweet skiing.  

post #9 of 18
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well,, its not the USA...  but that's part of the experience in a good way

 

Vibe in VN: Vn, ,like Portillo is a sel-contained resort. there are 3 main hotels that you would consider. They are all located on top of a 60 turn switchback that sits at 9600'. from there you are completely above the tree-line. Its a very lunar- landscape feeling. VN has more tradtional lifts than any other resort. The Poma is still used widely. 1500' pomas are not unusual!.. Its a mix of euro's and local Chileans with some Americans. Ski teams from all over train there, so you have the chance to watch these guys and gals train.  The main lounge in the Del Sol is the main hangout, it has the best wifi signal so in the evening's it full of people skyping and surfing. Spanish is definitely the preferred language, you really need to speak a little to get by. the most popular hotel is the Puerta Del Sol, it's ski-in out nice, but not fancy by any means. The rooms are kind of plain but clean and pretty large.

 

Food: there are about 4-5 restaurants there, all your meals are included except lunch. The restaurants are in general good. Avoid raw foods as the hygene standards aren't as high as they are here... we had several folks wiped out! 

 

WATER: ITS INCREDIBLY DRY THERE! lots of folks say don't drink it, we all did with no problems, just drink it from restaurants and such, don't drink it out of your room faucet!  It gets expensive to pay for water. The hotel folks will try to scare you into buying the water, they aren't always happy bringing out pitchers of water for your table...   I ski with 70oz of water in my pack and will go through  it sometimes 2x a day especially on a blue bird day. try to get a humifier for your room and I suggest a nettie pot to rinse out your sinus's I had some really bloody sinus by the end of the trip.

 

Bring along some anitbiotics. I go to my dr before the trip and get some along with other choice meds like sleeping pills and diamox for altitude.

 

Skiing: Vn is massive, I mean massive and offers just about anything you want. The sister resort is LaParva which hosted last years extreme copetitions featuring La Chiminea, which now has a life size monument to Shane. Lots of steeps and steep chutes there.  A lot ofgood terrain is acccessable via a access road which is marked closed but you just ski past the closure into some great bowls and shots. You can literally ski 3-K plus of untracked there days after a storm.

 

Control: hmm, It didnt' snow significantly while I was there last year but they are a little laxed as compared to the us, make sure you check in with the patrol and has a chat about the conditions and where is thought to be safe. I have a beacon, shovel and probe this year......  we skied some 40 degree lines that were safe but I would say to bring it if you have it.

 

The vibe: ski-wise, its pretty laid back, most people do't get out much before 10-11 even on pow days. Most don't ski pow and will stay on the groomed or on the main lower pow fields. Their are a lot of short hike- pole to shots that are 30 degree plus lines.

 

Keep in mind if it does snow, it can really suck, almost everything shuts down, including lifts and since there are no trees, whiteouts there are serious so make sure you know what you are doing out there. You can get stuck in the Olympic range, a gi-normous valley that is not patrolled regularly, you can easilly get disoriented in there. there are drop-offs and some serious lips and cornices. Most of it is not marked...... 

 

Its a great trip and you can go fairly inexpensively. A real experience to go from the heat of summer with people givingyou strange looks in the airport (while carrying boots and helmet..) to landing and within 2 hours being at almost 10K feet in the middle of winter...

 

I went with Dan Egan's clinic last season and I would certainly recommend it especially for the 1st trip or you are going alone. You won't be dissapointed.

post #10 of 18

Perfect-all the information I wanted to know. Sounds like heaven.  If I get closer to going i may hit you up for advise on how to save $$

Thanks,

lee

post #11 of 18

That looks so pretty.

 

Two summers ago at Valle Nevado we had 2 ft. of the lightest, driest powder we have ever skied.  Even on the last run of the day you could still find untracked just by traversing out further into the bowls.  Most people were not skiing the powder.  It was incredible.

 

If you're thinking of flying down there and the snow keeps falling, go for it!

post #12 of 18
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40 CM's overnight!  whoo f'ing hoo!

post #13 of 18

Good for you!!!!!!!!

post #14 of 18
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40 CM's overnight!  whoo f'ing hoo!


Boot top high, for some really tall boots 

post #15 of 18

Now send some of that NZ way.

post #16 of 18

Saw this video on vimeo

 

Thought of Finndog.

 

Watch this with a good beer, much better than the Coors light commercial.  Turn the fan on high and dream of the cool mountains.

post #17 of 18

Nice stoke Maineac

post #18 of 18
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Thanks Bro' nice touch with the fan

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