Valle Nevado: On The Edge Of The Andes
If you want to spend your day tearing up bottomless fresh and your night sipping pisco at the disco, Valle Nevado is the place to be. This European-style resort offers skiing for all skill levels, and a variety of accommodations. Adventure begins early at Valle Nevado as the access road from Santiago (only 37 miles away) twists and turns through 60+ exciting switchbacks all the way to the base of the resort that sits at nearly 10,000 ft.
Valle Nevado is nestled between jagged, treeless peaks with over 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. The resort is more mellow and expansive than Ski Arpa and Portillo, but you can still find access to some excellent advanced terrain on the upper slopes. Valle Nevado also offers plenty of backcountry options. San Teresita is an incredible sidecountry skiing venue with some amazing lines that can be accessed from El Colorado, a neighboring ski resort you can get to with a transfer pass. Valle Nevado also has the biggest terrain park in South America that sports a rainbow box, cannon box, down box and flat rail as well as a step-down jump.
Apres you will find plenty of places to grub up. Valle Nevado has six restaurants with everything from Bajo Zero that offers sandwiches and burgers, to La Fourchette, which has fine Mediterranean fare. They also have several bars and pubs, where those with some fight left in them can go party.
The resort has three hotels, for all different price ranges. The Hotel Valle Nevado is a high-end joint with ski-in, ski-out access and luxurious rooms. On the cheaper side of things is the Hotel Tres Puntas that offers lodging for 2 to 6 people per room. There is also the nicer Hotel Puerta del Sol, priced in the middle of the other two. You can relax in the outdoor heated pool and even catch a glimpse of the lights below in Santiago, and with lush powder and a good day on the slopes, that can be luxury enough.
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Through the Adrenaline In The Andes program, Active Junky's gear test team raised $1699.62 for Protect Our Winters' Coal Kills Snow initiative. With a commitment to donate $10 for every 1,000 vertical feet tracked by the team, the team logged a total of 169,962 vertical feet throughout the week.
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