Ski the legendary Chilean Andes from June to October and take advantage of brand-new wine and photography-based ski tours, food and wine festivals, and discounted luxury packages that showcase the striking contrasts for which Chile is famous. With a strong dollar vs. the peso, low-cost airfare from the U.S. to Santiago, and early snowfall hitting the country’s Central Valley this week—forecasting bountiful snow for the upcoming season—there has never been a better time for North American skiers and snowboarders to head south and experience the “endless winter.”
*NEW for 2017: Upscape’s “Best of Chile Ski”
An action-packed, powder-filled week at Chile’s top resorts with acclaimed photographer Nils Schlebusch
Hit the slopes of the Andes with professional travel photographer and expert skier Nils Schlebusch for a weeklong adrenaline rush. As a world-class photographer for publications such as SKI and Condé Nast Traveler, Nils will lead skiers and snowboarders around Chile’s top resorts including Valle Nevado, Portillo and La Parva, while documenting the experience and breathtaking backcountry scenes with high-quality imagery, as well as providing participants with guidance on improving their landscape and action photography skills. The all-inclusive, 8-night/9-day tour runs from August 5-13 and costs $4,995 per person, airfare not included. www.upscapetravel.com.
Upscape’s “Ski In / Wine Out”
An exclusive tour of the coolest slopes and the hottest wines in Chile
Upscape’s epic Ski In / Wine Out journey heads back to the slopes this August 5-13 with more sips, more skiing, and more insider access to some of Chile’s most exciting and innovative niche wineries. The tour, led by Movement for Independent Vintners (MOVI) founder and former ski instructor Derek Mossman, combines breathtaking descents at Valle Nevado, Portillo, and La Parva, with a day backcountry cat skiing at Ski Arpa. Participants spend evenings at resort-based hotels, urban design hotels, and charming inns and haciendas, offering a local vibe and chance to sample homestyle and gourmet Chilean cooking. Skiers will also be treated to one evening in the spellbinding port city Valparaiso, following two days of touring wine country. The all-inclusive 8-night/9-day tour costs $6,795 per person, airfare not included. www.upscapetravel.com.
Valle Nevado Resort’s *NEW Culinary Festival and Chilean Wine Festival to Launch in August
Valle Nevado Resort, the largest and most modern ski complex in South America, will host the 1st Annual Culinary Festival from August 5-10, followed by a 7-night celebration of Chile’s most famous export with the Chilean Wine Festival from August 18-24. The Culinary Festival will showcase both Chilean and international cuisine with wine and food pairing classes, cooking demonstrations by visiting award-winning chefs from Santiago, and nightly special menus at three of the resort’s restaurants. The Chilean Wine Festival will present both well-known and boutique wines during a series of nightly tastings and festivities, providing international guests with an in-depth understanding of the modern Chilean wine industry today. The events are at no additional cost for guests of Valle Nevado. www.vallenevado.com.
Andean Snow & The Atacama: 6 Nights of Luxe Adventure, Starting Price $2,260 Per Person
Valle Nevado has partnered with the stunning luxury lodge Alto Atacama to provide international travelers with a taste of Chile’s striking contrasts, at a truly unbelievable price. Ski the 2nd-highest peaks in the world and then fly north to explore the ethereal lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert—home to the clearest skies and the best stargazing in the world—for a 6-night stay that includes deluxe lodging in the Hotel Valle Nevado and Alto Atacama (3 nights at each), meals, lift tickets, daily desert excursions and roundtrip airport transportation to the Alto Atacama, at a starting rate of $2,260 per person, double occupancy. Airfare and airport transportation to Valle Nevado not included. Call Valle Nevado toll-free from the U.S. to book at 1-800-669-0554, or visit www.vallenevado.com.