Where Are the Best Ski Resorts in Chile?

Ski Chile and experience some fabulous ski resorts perched up high in the majestic Andes mountain range. It is a great destination for a ski or snowboard holiday because you can combine powder skiing with an interesting culture.

Chile is a long narrow country spanning 4,300km (2,600 miles) from north to south yet it averages only 180km (111 miles) wide. It’s the land of startling diversity in regards to its geography and climate. From hot arid deserts in the north, to the chilly (OK, pun intended!) expanses of Patagonia in the south. There are at least 20 ski resorts located in the southern half of the country. As you move further south, the mountains get smaller however the climate gets colder. The most northern resort (and one of the highest) is Portillo, which is 164km northeast of Santiago, close to border of Argentina. Portillo ski resort is world renowned, and is recognized in photos by the distinctive yellow Hotel Portillo set amongst the magnificent backdrop of the snow covered Andes and enormous frozen lake.

Also near Santiago are the ski resorts in the Three Valleys (Tres Valles): the modern and massive world class Valle Nevado, and the interconnected La Parva, El Colorado and Farellones ski resorts. To the southeast of Santiago is little Lagunillas, a non-commercial ski resort. Nearby is Chapa Verde, 145km from Santiago.

About five hours south of Santiago near Chillan is Termas de Chillan (Nevados de Chillan), a hot springs resort that resides on two active volcanoes. Further south is the small family resort of Pucon Villarica. This ski resort is also situated on a volcano, and is popular with snowboarders due to the natural half pipes formed by lava flows. Other southern resorts include Antillanca (adjacent to Bariloche in Argentina) Antuco, Lonquimay, Llaima, and El Fraile. And way down south is the Cerro Mirador Resort.

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Which Is the Best Ski Resort in Colorado, USA?

Breckenridge Ski Resort

· Breckenridge is a picturesque Victorian mountain town

· Main Street is lined with boutique shops, independent coffee shops, bars & restaurants

· Breckenridge is well-known for its nightlife and offers a range of restaurants from affordable to fine dining of every genre.

· Everything is close together in Breckenridge and you can walk nearly everywhere or take the free shuttle if it’s chilly or uphill!

· The slopes, lifts and ski school at Peak 9 come right down into town just by Main Street.

· The gondola runs from the centre of town up to Peak and 7 and onto Peak 8

· Peak 7 has mostly blue runs, perfect for intermediates

· Peak 8 has a newly built base area & is home to a variety of green, blue and black runs

· Peak 9 has some good beginner runs, plus other terrain

· Peak 10 has some fantastic tree & mogul skiing

· The Imperial Super chair is the highest chairlift in North America and accesses some fantastic black diamond and double black runs

· Peak 6 is being opened this year with new runs & 2 new lifts

Vail Ski Resort

· Designed in an alpine style Vail has 2 main pedestrian base villages “Vail Village” & “Lionshead Village” with gondolas rising up from each.

· The pedestrian villages have a large variety of shops (including the obligatory fur coats), restaurants & bars to stroll around, plus ice rink & fountains, although Vail village is livelier at night.

· Golden Peak base area is 5-7 minute’s walk from Vail Village and is home to the main children’s ski school (there is ski school in Lionshead too).

· There is also some accommodation in East Vail, a less expensive residential area about 15 mins bus ride from the slopes. West Vail also has some larger homes.

· Vail is the largest single resort in the USA and is famous for its 7 legendary back bowls with fantastic powder after a snowstorm. There is so much terrain though in Vail it takes a while to cover it all and mid-Vail is an area which shouldn’t be overlooked.

Aspen / Snowmass Ski Resort

· Aspen / Snowmass is known as the “power of 4″ and consists of the 4 mountains of Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands, all interconnected by bus.

· All 4 resorts are on the same lift pass and Aspen being Aspen you can even arrange for your skis to be transferred to a different mountain for the next day’s skiing so they’re ready & waiting for you.

· Aspen town itself is well-known for its sophisticated, lively & varied nightlife

· Aspen has a plethora of restaurants, bars, designer shops, art galleries to choose from, plus has an ice skating rink & even a rugby field right in the middle.

· The rich & famous often frequent Aspen, so people watching is a sport in itself here

· Aspen mountain has a gondola from the middle of town and consists of blue runs and above but is not really for beginners.

· Snowmass has the most skiing of the 4 areas, but is a little quieter especially at night.

· Snowmass is great for families with its new ski school & childcare centre “The Treehouse” & has tons of ski in, ski out accommodation, making getting to the skiing very convenient.

· Snowmass is a huge ski area, covering every type of terrain. It even has a people mover lift which the locals call the “skittles” to take you from the base area to the mall area part way up the mountain

· Buttermilk is the beginner mountain and home to the X-games, Aspen Highland has advanced & expert including hike to terrain.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort

· “Not exactly roughing it” is their slogan and that pretty much says it all

· Guests skiing in Beaver Creek are spoilt by the escalators taking you up to the slopes so you don’t have to walk up the steps, the chaps unloading your skis from the ski bus and the complimentary freshly baked cookies at 3pm each afternoon.

· On the same lift pass as Vail Beaver Creek is only about 20 minutes away

· Beaver Creek has a quiet sophistication and is slightly more reserved than the flashier Vail. It is home to the rich & famous and ex-presidents and celebrities have their homes here.

· Beaver Creek Village is compact and designed around the ice rink and has a high standard of restaurants, boutique shops, galleries & bars.

· It has some good ski in, ski out accommodation including The Osprey, Beaver Creek, which is the closest hotel to a chairlift in North America.

· Bachelor Gulch is the second base area at Beaver Creek with the Ritz Carlton Hotel and its outdoor pool at the bottom of the slopes & other ski in, ski out accommodation.

· The third area of Beaver Creek ski resort is Arrowhead. The town of Avon 10 minutes outside Beaver Creek has more affordable accommodation and has a gondola which goes up to Beaver Creek Landing, from where skiers can take another lift to access the Beaver Creek ski area.

· Beaver Creek seems to groom its intermediate slopes non-stop, plus is host to the “Birds of Prey” world cup race, which is ski-able but not for the faint-hearted!

Steamboat Springs Ski Resort

· The historic town of Steamboat is about 10 minutes drive from the main ski area.

· The town has a western feel to it with shops selling cowboy boots & hats, amongst the sophisticated restaurants

· The strawberry hot springs are natural mineral springs, just a few minute’s drive from Steamboat and are a must after some strenuous skiing.

· The ski area has 6 peaks of world-class skiing, including some fantastic glade skiing.

· Steamboat coined the name “Champagne powder” and is incredible on a powder day

· The base of the ski area is developing more and more each year and there is now the main area around the gondola and Ski Times Square just a little further along.

· There are some top-notch ski in, ski out places to stay at the base with every amenity you could imagine.

· Steamboat is pretty family friendly & offers free children’s lift passes with an adult pass, a nice touch.

Winter Park Ski Resort

· Winter Park is a down to earth town, more low-key than many of the other ski resorts and thus good value for money.

· They say that the only time you see a fur coat in Winter Park is when it’s on the animals!

· The town is where most of the shops, bars & restaurants are, set along its main street and has quieter nightlife, some late night bars, but no clubs as such.

· The base area is about 10 minutes drive or bus from town and is the closest resort to Denver.

· Winter Park Resort is known as Colorado’s favourite, is where many Coloradans learnt to ski and is still very popular with local residents

· A skiers mountain Winter Park has the most consistent snow year after year, 30 feet or so.

· Winter Park Resort consists of the main base area at Winter Park with its beginner area, intermediate & advanced runs, Mary Jane, famous for its epic moguls, Vasquez Ridge a quieter area, with blue and black runs, Parsenn Bowl, above treeline with intermediate & advanced skiing & the Cirque for expert skiers. If you’re into tree skiing, there is some fantastic natural terrain on Eagle Wind.

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What Is The Biggest Ski Resort in the USA?

Skiing & Snowboarding are such popular sports and really offer a great break from the Winter blues. Ski season in the USA generally lasts from about mid November to mid April depending on the resort & weather conditions. All ages can really enjoy this sport & you’ll see tiny kiddies through to octogenarian ski clubs on the slopes. There are so many ski resorts in the USA that it can be hard to choose which one to visit. Yes there are the big names like Vail & Aspen world-famous resorts, known throughout the world as great ski areas & deservedly so.

But do you know which is the biggest ski resort in the USA? Major changes are afoot and the biggest ski area in the USA is now Park City Mountain Resort.

Ski resort operating giant Vail resorts took over Park City, after it was already running next door Canyons ski resort. These 2 fantastic ski resorts are being combined to make one giant ski resort called Park City Mountain Resort. Major investment is adding a new “interconnect” gondola to connect the 2 resorts between the Silverlodge lift in Park City & the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. In addition to this new lift there will be major upgrades to Kingcon chairlift changing it to a 6 person high-speed detachable chair & increasing capacity. The Motherlode lift is being upgraded to a 4 person high-speed detachable lift from the old fixed grip chairlift, making it much easier to access the slopes.

From the new interconnect gondola it will be possible for skiers & riders to unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge (snow conditions permitting) & ski or board down to Thaynes Canyon. There are also going to be new runs from Pine Cone Ridge down to the Canyons Iron mountain area.

So if you love skiing there will be so much to ski at this one mountain. The new ski resort will have 7300 acres of terrain, bigger than Vail and have a great variety of runs from green beginner, through to blue intermediate pistes & black expert areas. The total combined lifts will stretch for nearly 23 miles & the vertical rise will amount to 34,400 feet. Altogether there will be 17 peaks to swoop down, after checking out the views from the top of course. The 14 bowls will be paradise in the powder & after all this area of Utah, USA does get 355 inches of snowfall on average per year, so chances of some epic freshies are high. Over 300 ski runs will be marked & over 150 park features for those who love to strut their stuff in the terrain parks. 8 half-pipes including the super pipe will also be ideal for those who love to get big air.

The whole resort is being called Park City Mountain Resort and will still be connected to the Town of Park City & historic Main Street via the Town lift. The old canyons village is being re-named canyons base area at Park City, but the ski runs rising out of the village will all be part of Park City Mountain Resort.

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