The monumental Andes Mountains are the biggest coherent mountain range on earth. Quiet impressive, right?! 7500 kilometers of majestic beauty… and good fun. Chile’s part is worth seeing and in best conditions for wintersports.
You can snowboard and ski in the Tres Valles (Three Valleys) as high as 3,670 meters (12,040 feet) above sea level, surrounded by 6,000 meter peaks and way above the smog of the Santiago basin. Along the neighboring ski resorts La Parva and El Colorado, Valle Nevado is Chile’s most popular and largest ski resort.
There are some key things about this impressive destination that remain undiscovered to skiers and snowboarders from all around the world. To help educate you, we compiled a list of lesser-known facts about Valle Nevado
- MORE SNOW THAN ANY OTHER RESORT IN CHILE’S CENTRAL REGION
Boasting 275 inches annually, Valle Nevado, which means “snowy valley” in Spanish, is a great option for the powderhound who wants great snow conditions and convenience to Santiago airport on their South American ski trip.
Get exclusive access to tens of thousands of acres of pristine Andean terrain with Valle Nevado’s Eurocopter B3 helicopters. Each run is an average of 5,000 feet long, and guests can choose from one, two or three runs during their heli-skiing day.
- VALLE NEVADO CAN BE SEEN FROM SANTIAGO
Located just 46 kilometers (28 miles) east of Santiago in the El Plomo foothills of the Andes Mountains, Valle Nevado is very convenient to Chile’s capital city. In fact, you can see the slopes from certain points in the city. Even the ride would take you just one hour.
- ACCESS TO THE LARGEST SKI RESORT IN SOUTH AMERICA
Thanks to an awesome lift connecting the resort to La Parva and El Colorado, Valle Nevado is part of Chile’s Tres Valles (Three Valleys) ski area. If you want to experience all three areas you’ll receive two interconnect tickets during their stay, which accesses all three resorts’ combined 7,000 acres, 40 chairlifts and four base villages.
In case you go for a day trip, the Valle Nevado ski resort would be all you need. Every Friday SEN offers day trips to Valle Nevado from June until September.
- SUNNY DAYS ALL THE TIME
Almost, but the odds are very low to see clouds. For weather, it claims up to 80 percent sunny days, but due to Valle Nevado’s altitude and orientation, it generally keeps its snow in good condition for skiers and riders exploring the groomed slopes, bowls, and backcountry.
- THE SUNSETS ARE SPECTACULAR
As the day draws to a close in Valle Nevado, the sky begins its colorful finale. As if on cue, rare Anden condors take flight and soar amongst the snow-covered peaks as the sun wanes. The snowy, above-treeline peaks that surround Valle Nevado also do their part to enhance the stunning Andean sunset and take on the pinkish shade of the sunset.
- SKI IN SKI OUT BASE VILLAGE
Valle Nevado’s high-alpine base village provides incredible access to the slopes. Most guests can simply walk out the front door of their hotel, click into their skis and schuss down to the lifts.
- CHILE’S FIRST SKI RESORT GONDOLA + HIGH-SPEED, DETACHABLE QUAD
In 2013, Valle Nevado became home of Chile’s first ski resort gondola. With 70 cabins holding six passengers each, the gondola transports 2,000 passengers per hour to the mid-mountain Bajo Zero restaurant.
In 2001, the POMA-built Andes Express lift debuted at Valle Nevado as Chile’s first high-speed, detachable quad. Improving the interconnection with La Parva, the Andes Express transports skiers 425 vertical meters (1,395 vertical feet) to the top of Cerro Negro.
- The DESIGN WAS INSPIRED BY SKI RESORTS IN THE FRENCH ALPS
Running its chairlifts for the first time in 1988, Valle Nevado was modeled after the high-alpine, purpose-built design of Les Arcs and other French Alps ski resorts. Europeans definitely feel at home. Chapeau!
- SOUTH AMERICA’S ONLY FIS-APPROVED TERRAIN PARK
In 2001, Valle Nevado was the first Chilean ski resort to open a FIS-approved terrain park. The park was built in preparation for a FIS World Cup competition. Caution! Just for Professionals!
artículo extraído de: www.powderquest.com/valle-nevado