Valle Nevado

By Kevin Gasior, Valle Nevado Representative and Gendron Group Leader

For me, skiing is about experiences, passion, discovery, exploration and crossing another spectacular destination off of your bucket list. Simply put—skiers love to ski! So, why restrict this pleasure to winter alone? I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer vacation than by making powder turns in Valle Nevado, Chile and experiencing the culture of South America. Valle Nevado is an iconic mountain ski mecca perched high in the stunning El Plomo foothills of the Andes, just 59 km from the capital, Santiago.

Every North-American skier dreams of ripping big lines in the summer. And, Valle Nevado makes it all possible. There is something truly special about carrying your skis and boots through the airport in the August heat. You are bound to get your fair share of strange looks, but it really doesn’t matter. After all, you know something special is about to happen. You’re about to live the ski experience of a lifetime. Valle Nevado is accessible via direct flights from Toronto to Santiago and there is no time difference for you to adjust to. On the 11:00 p.m. flight, you’ll be checked in and cranking turns the very next day.

The prestigious international resort offers up the most modern ski facilities in the Southern hemisphere and features South America’s only gondola. The terrain is interlinked with the ski resorts of La Parva and El Colorado, bringing total skiable acreage to a massive 7,000 acres! That is just slightly smaller than mega resorts like Whistler/Blackcomb and slightly larger than Vail, Colorado.

All guests staying on a 7-night package will receive a day at each of the interlinked areas. Valle Nevado wins hands down on both expanse and diversity. The vast Andean terrain offers well-groomed trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and, for powder hounds, glorious off-piste and backcountry touring. The mountain setting is quite simply magnificent.

Destination skiers and riders will immediately feel at home in this uncrowded yet totally modern resort, styled to appeal to the North-American market. Driving into Valle Nevado is like driving into a small ski village, with three hotels, a number of small condominium buildings, a selection of shops and all of the other amenities offered by any world-class ski destination. In addition, you get the views of the Andes Mountains and the most spectacular sunsets on the planet. Valle Nevado, with its bars and restaurants, generates a vibe like no other South-American ski resort. I think you’ll agree as you kick back in the giant heated outdoor pool, overlooking paradise with a glass of Chile’s famous wine or a Pisco Sour in hand.

No crowds, amazing powder and perfectly groomed cruisers, plus excellent North- American style accommodations give Valle Nevado, Chile the clear advantage that committed skiers have long been searching for. Make this the season that Chile comes off of your bucket list. It may very well become your annual summer tradition.



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La Parva-Valle Nevado and El colorado

By Sophie Laplante, Supervisor and Ski Travel Consultant

Always on the lookout for bigger and better travel options, Gendron Travel initially sent its first groups on Chilean ski vacations about 10 years ago… and, did we mention it was in the middle of summer? Although some might think it’s a crazy idea, others are thrilled at the thought of extending their ski season into the summer, or at having the opportunity to explore new horizons. La Parva, Valle Nevado and EL Colorado—our Southern American star destinations—are three mountains that I like to describe as the Chilean version of 3 Vallées.

Located about one and a half hours from Santiago, the alpine village of Farellones serves as your base for skiing these three amazing destinations.

Over and above the superb skiing, visitors to Chile are often impressed by how warm and friendly Chileans are, and by the laid-back atmosphere that reigns on the mountain. They also thoroughly enjoy the delectable local food and sublime red wine—a perfect combination for unforgettable après-ski moments. And, although many come for the skiing, they often decide to extend their stay and explore more of the country and all that it has to offer. Following the wine trail, visiting Vina Del Mar and enjoying a getaway in the Atacama Desert are just a few of the more popular excursions.

So, if an out-of-the-ordinary ski vacation in the Southern Hemisphere sounds like fun, remember that the best time to go is August or early September. True, this type of vacation is a little more expensive than average—but the experience is so outrageously unique, you truly can’t put a price tag on it. So, dreaming of a white summer yet? Start planning today!

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