Chile 2015 with Alpine Adventures

Winter Comes Early for Alpine Adventures

Team Alpine Gets an Early Dose of Snow in Chile

As summer nears an end in the northern hemisphere, Chile has been enjoying excellent conditions, which two members from Alpine Adventures had the chance to experience firsthand. One member came from New York, which is an easy ten hour flight, and the other came from Los Angeles, which involved a twelve hour journey. An hour and a half drive brought our team up to Valle Nevado. The resort hosted our team, which spent their days exploring the mountains and lodging. The slopes of Valle Nevado lie above tree line, providing impressive vistas of the valley below.

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Pete Kovacevic from Team Alpine determining his next turns

Valle Nevado offers several lodging options for varying budgets. The Hotel Valle Nevado is their luxury slopeside property, and a great option for those in search of higher end amenities. Puerta del Sol is Valle Nevado’s midrange property, which doesn’t sacrifice comfort for budget, and Tres Puntas provides a budget alternative. The resort also has self-service apartments so larger families have the option to stay in one unit.

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A room at the Hotel Valle Nevado, the resort’s exclusive ski in/ski out property where our team stayed

Valle Nevado connects to the resorts of El Colorado and La Parva. The extra terrain from these resorts means that skiers can continue to experience new areas throughout their stay. During Alpine Adventures’ stay, a visit to La Parva was set up, including a ski guide to get them back and forth from the resorts.

Both members of Alpine: Pete Kovacevic and Cassie Davenport experiencing the best of Valle Nevado

Both members of Alpine: Pete Kovacevic and Cassie Davenport experiencing the best of Valle Nevado

The resort also holds a torchlight ski parade each Saturday during season, when ski instructors from the resort ski from top to bottom carrying torches. Pete Kovacevic had the rare opportunity to ski with the instructors while carrying a torch of his own.

Spectacular sunsets and the torchlight ski parade

Spectacular sunsets and the torchlight ski parade

After wrapping up their stay in Valle Nevado, the group headed back down to Santiago for a stay at the Singular Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the historic center of the city.

A room at the Singular Hotel

A room at the Singular Hotel

They enjoyed a city tour and the next day the group was off again, heading up to Valparaiso. A two hour drive brought the group up to Valparaiso, which is a former busy port town that has since become famous for murals and art throughout the city. This UNESCO city should be on the must see list for anyone that wants a dose of culture with their skiing.

Alpine Adventures’ hosts wanted them to experience one last Chilean highlight before flying back home the next day, so they spent their final day in vineyards in Maipo Valley. Less than an hour outside of Santiago lie Santa Rita and Perez Cruz vineyards, which welcomed Team Alpine with a variety of red wines to sample. They flew out after their tours, with a taste of Chile fresh on the palate.

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Vineyards in Maipo Valley

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A wall mural, and Cassie Davenport interacting with some of the local art.
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