Valle Nevado, Chile 2017 Ski Trip

August 17- 27, 2017

How about some skiing in the summer? Come to Chile with us!


SOLD OUT OF THE INITIAL 16 SPOTS- EXPANDED TO 26 SPOTS 2/16/2017 - CONTACT TRIP LEADER ASAP   these spots will go fast!

Just added 11/5/2016! fabulous trip to ski in the summer in the southern hemisphere. Bucket list item!


Valle Nevado Chile is a modern, international level ski resort, known for its powder skiing and snowboarding, good backcountry access including heliskiing, and well maintained slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Ski season runs from June to October. 

Valle Nevado resort is part of the Tres Valles (Three Valleys) along with neighboring ski resorts La Parva and El Colorado. Combined, the Tres Valles boasts the largest terrain in all of South America, with nearly 7,000 acres of skiable domain.  Valle Nevado alone has around 2,200 acres.


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.


You can snowboard and ski Valle Nevado as high as 3,670 meters (12,040 feet) above sea level, surrounded by 6,000 meter peaks. It is one of the few places in the world you may see the rare Andean Condor soaring above the pistes.


The ski center has the most advanced lift system in South America, including the only high-speed detachable quad. 2013 featured the opening of the first ski center gondola in Chile. With 70 six-person cars, it takes skiers from the 17th Curve Service Area in Gondola Plaza to the mid-mountain Bajo Zero Restaurant.


But read on, because this trip offers so much more than skiing....

WINE AND SKI: what a winning combination!


Escape the summer Florida heat and sample the exquisite wines of Chile.


Join the Palm Beach Gator Snow Ski Club on this spectacular trip, that includes:
  • Pre-trip party
  • Direct flight Miami - Santiago
  • ½ Day Tour of Santiago on day of arrival with  lunch at world famous Fish Market
  • 7 nights lodging at Hotel Puerto del Sol, ski in/ski out.
  • Round trip transfer by private motor coach Santiago - Valle Nevado 
  • Half-Board daily: full breakfast buffet and dinners at four different restaurants 
  • Free admission to the Annual Chile Wine Fest Aug 21-27 at Valle Nevado, with:
     * Free nightly wine seminars and wine tastings
     * Free outdoor party Thursday night with live music, food and fine wines
  • 8 Day ski pass
  • One day free body massage
  • Free interconnect tickets to neighboring ski areas one day La Parva and El Colorado
  • One night lodging in Santiago at 4 star superior Hotel Plaza San Francisco with breakfast

2,765*

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*Per person/double occupancy. Price shown reflects a 3% cash discount when paying with cash or check. Prices and conditions are subject to change.


Optional: Full Day Tour of Winery, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar (on last day) $95 pp.

 

Air Itinerary (subject to change!): LAN Chile non-stop flight Miami to Santiago

LA 503 17 Aug.  MIA   SCL    20:45      6:05 am     18 Aug.

LA 502 26 Aug.  SCL   MIA    22:50      6:30 am     27 Aug.


IMPORTANT: check that your passport is valid for 6 months after the date of travel. Though not consistently enforced in some countries, it is a requirement for travel into South America.



Register online and reserve your spot now with only $500 down payable by check, or online with credit card.  If you rather not register online, you can download and print the hardcopy Trip Application which you can then mail to the Trip Leader.


Click here to download and print the hardcopy Trip Application


You must be a current member to make a reservation. Each member of a family must complete a separate reservation.

If paying by check, make it payable to Gator Snow Ski Club and mail to your Trip Leader:


Lee Chitty

4687 Lakeside Circle

West Palm Beach FL 33417

lchitty@comcast.net

Cel 561-315-2097



Please be aware that when paying by check your registration will be marked as "pending" until our Treasurer receives and processes your payment- may take up to 3 weeks. If you register and pay with credit card, your registration is effective as soon as received –  upon confirmation of availability by the Trip Leader.

Cancellation fee for your registration is a minimum of $100 unless you are transferring to another Gator trip, not previously signed up for. See the complete rules and regulations on ski trips.


Payment Schedule

If you wish to pay an Installment with credit card, inform your Trip Leader and an Invoice will be created for you. Credit card payments do not qualify for the 3% cash discount
Date Amount
Deposit
 $    500
1st Installment 1/15/2017  $    800
2nd Installment 3/1/2017  $    800
3rd Installment 4/15/2017  tbd-according to options and tender 



Terrain – freestyle

Valle Nevado ski resort claims one of the better parks in South America. It was the first Chilean ski resort to open an FIS standard Snowboard Park, to  host the FIS World Cup Snowboarding series in 2001. In 2004 the old halfpipe was redesigned to be an FIS approved Superpipe (unfortunately the half pipe is no longer built); there’s also an FIS standard boarder cross course, making options for snowboarding Valle Nevado pretty outstanding.


Terrain – experts

Offpiste is huge and advanced riders will find the chutes and bowls, with unbeatable powder after a storm.


For backcountry terrain, the options are endless.  Heliskiing Valle Nevado is a great option for private descents of up to 2 kilometers long. There are also road runs where with a vehicle you can link heli ski like powder laps all day in zones such as local’s favorite, Blue Tambo.

For backcountry touring, the terrain linking La Parva ski area is very expansive opening up options for steep chutes and long powder runs back to the resort.  Be sure to go with a certified guide or if you are experienced, understand the current snowpack and weather.  Cell phone service is spotty once out of the resort.

Suggested trip for advanced to experts Summer Snow Escape


Terrain – Intermediates

This is paradise for intermediate skiers and riders; with lots of cruisy piste runs and easy off-piste access.  For snowboarders note that some of the terrain in the middle of the mountain flattens out and it can be easy to get stuck if you do not carry your speed. This especially holds true after a fresh snow fall.

Suggested trip for Intermediates Guided Progression Adventures


Beginners and non-skiers

There are plenty of slopes for beginners and a top level international ski school. They have the first Learn To Ride (LTR Program) center in Chile. Making learning to snowboard actually fun quick, and pain free.

 

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