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Gearing up for next season, Chile gondola opens next month

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Valle Nevado base station in the early stages of construction

With the 2012-13 ski season just gathering pace in the northern hemisphere, it’s still six months until the southern hemisphere’s 2013 winter season kicks off, but Chile’s first ski area gondola is nearing completion and is ready to open in February 2013.

Located in Valle Nevado, one of the closest ski areas to capital Santiago, ´the Gondola will feature 70 cars with space for 6 people each and will carry skiers and tourists from the 17th Curve Service Area in Gondola Plaza to the Bajo Zero Restaurant, which sits mid-mountain, creating a fast route to the heart of the ski area.


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Competitors line-up for Swatch Skiers Cup in Chile

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Valle Nevado is going to be the site of the Swatch Skiers Cup

The first-ever continental team freeski event, the Swatch Skiers Cup  will return to Chile’s Valle Nevado from September 1-9th,  where sixteen of the world’s best freeskiers will compete to bring back home the treasured Swatch Skiers Cup trophy.

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When in Valle Nevado, tell your boss ‘I’m in a meeting’

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Valle Nevado's "I'm in a meeting"

The next time your boss calls to ask about your whereabouts, you can easily reply ‘I’m in a meeting’…that’s of course if you happen to be skiing down Chile’s Valle Nevado.

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Valle Nevado ski area not harmed by Chilean earthquake

Valle Nevado ski resort was far enough to not be seriously damaged by the earthquake.

Last Saturday a massive earthquake struck just off the Chilean coast near Concepcion which is south of Santiago.

Santiago, located 310 miles north of the epicenter, suffered damage to some buildings, many of which were older structures located principally in the city’s downtown.

Fortunately, Valle Nevado ski area and the road that connects the resort to Santiago were not affected. Following an exhaustive inspection engineers found only a few minor cosmetic damages at Valle’s hotels and buildings.

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More than 30 ski resorts going strong in South America

Most of South America’s 30 or so ski areas opened this past week after a receiving a healthy snowfall measuring over 5 feet in some places.

Argentina’s Las Leñas ski area in particular reported having over seven feet of snow, while Chile’s Portillo resort reported just under five feet.
Las Leñas is one of the largest ski resorts in the Andes, located in Central Argentina near the Chilean border. Portillo is a popular destination for ski racers looking to train during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer season.

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Portillo releases dates for 2009 ski season

After completing the 2008 season with above average snowfall and all rooms booked to capacity, Ski Portillo, Chile, has announced that their 2009 ski season will run from June 20th to October 3rd this year.
Portillo is the oldest and remains the most exclusive resort in South America combining old-world elegance, breathtaking scenery and epic skiing. Portillo accommodates only 450 guests per week, so there are never lift queues or crowded slopes. Vast stretches of untouched terrain and freshly groomed runs beckon skiers of all abilities.
Portillo offers many special weeks during the season, including Chilean Wine Week from August 1st to 8th which features daily wine tastings, wine knowledge courses, a guest ski/snowboard race and après ski wine party, Portillo’s eighth annual Wine Week showcases top traditional and up-and-coming Chilean wineries. Ski with the Superstars Week from August 15th to 22nd give participants the opportunity to spend the week mastering the steeps and deeps of the Chilean Andes with Chris Davenport and other top free skiing champions.
Other special weeks include discounted family trips, discounted women-only trips and family-themed weeks.

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Flowing lava disrupts season start at Chillean ski resort

Llaima ski area in Chile’s Conguillio National Park was evacuated last week as the Llaima Volcano on which the ski area is located spewed out lava flows up to two kilometers long above the ski runs and lifts.

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