VALLE NEWS 2012
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This project, unique in its class and slated for official inauguration this coming season, is part of the ski center’s larger investment plan to become the most self-sufficient “mountain village” in the country.
The first ski resort gondola in the country, which is one of the most emblematic of Valle Nevado’s projects, and one that is sure to set the tone for further positioning of Chile as a world-class winter destination, is already a reality. The gondola is just one of the innovative new features that Valle Nevado will unveil this season and that will help us make our guests’ experience more exceptional than ever.
The new chairlift has capacity for six people in each unit and travels approximately 1,000 meters, allowing passengers to travel from the Service Area located at Curve 17 to the Bajo Zero restaurant set mid-mountain at 3,200 meters.
The completion of the gondola marks one more stage in the US$ 190 million development project that Valle Nevado began in 2009. To date, the resort has invested roughly US$ 16 million toward the expansion and improvement of its trails, hotels and other real estate ventures.
One of the driving forces behind the new features to be unveiled at Valle Nevado this season is the desire to provide guests with everything they need to have a unique and unforgettable experience on the mountain. One of the resort’s new services will be the opening of a new Snow School complete with a renovated school house and a 60-meter Magic Carpet lift that is extrememly useful for any beginner on the mountain.
In addition, the ski resort will debut two new runs for the 2013 season: one for beginners and one for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The Snowpark has also been expanded into three sections to create space for freestyle enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Lastly, the third stage of the Service Area at Gondola Plaza will be inaugurated this year with facilities such as the Snow School office, new lockers, bathrooms, ticket booth, a new customer service center and escalators, all designed to provide an easier, more streamlined experience to visitors. There will also be a permanent shuttle service between the service area and the hotel sector further up the mountain.
Valle Nevado has for years been promoting Chile ski in foreign markets, seeking to attract more tourists for each new season and to continue to boost winter tourism in Chile.
In addition to the various sales and marketing strategies that Valle Nevado has put in play since last November in its main foreign markets, the resort will now be launching two major campaigns targeting the Brazilian and Argentine markets and aiming to position the Andes as the best destination for this winter season.
Valle Nevado has already set up a promising publicity model and conducted important meetings with tour operators from both countries in order to provide a firsthand presentation of the packages, deals, activities and benefits that the resort provides for these markets. Valle Nevado representatives have also met with the local media and showed them the new culinary offerings to debut this season in the mountain’s restaurants.
All in all, taking into account the support of Turismo Chile and LAN, Valle Nevado hopes to exceed expectations for this season and to attract an even greater number of foreign tourists to revel in the natural beauty of the Andes.
In April 2013, Chile hosted the first-ever Summits Mountain Hardwear Challenge, a timed mountain race in which the 20 strongest competitors reached heights of up to 4,950 meters.
In only four hours, the leading contenders accomplished the goal of this exclusive and challenging competition which took place in Valle Nevado with the participation of prominent athletes from around the country. Combining mountain climbing and running, the objective of the race was to scale four peaks – “La Falsa Parva,” “La Parva,” “The Artist” and “The Lion’s Den,” in the shortest time possible, reaching a height of almost 5,000 meters.
After an outstanding performance, Pedro Pablo Sermini, who has over seven years of experience in mountaineering and climbing, was crowned winner with a time of 4 hours, 29 minutes and 24 seconds. Second place went to the Argentine ultra-marathoner Israel Escudero while José Luis Tronocoso took third place on the podium.
The search for unique combinations and flavors led the executive chef of Valle Nevado to redesign the entire gastronomic landscape at the ski resort in order to provide the best culinary selection possible, worthy of the most demanding foodies.
Playing off the creativity and experience of chef Alejandra Cruells, Valle Nevado sought to find a new approach to the resort’s culinary offer in order to continue to impress the thousands of domestic and foreign tourists who have delighted in the ski resort’s culinary offer.
Chef Cruells has focused on contemporary haute cuisine and developed a new set of menus to satisfy the most diverse and discerning of palates. One of the new influences she adopted is that of “Criollo,” or flavors native to the south of Chile, which she played with for the new menu of the restaurant Sur. One exemplary dish that comes out of this tradition is the “Arrollado de Huaso” with avocado salsa (a pork roll cooked in an herbed broth accompanied by an avocado, tomato and onion salsa on toast).
For the Italian trattoria Don Giovanni, Chef Cruells has looked for ways to emphasize the flavors in the restaurant’s already excellent recipes, in order to allow the traditional Italian dishes such as turkey saltimboca, ossobuco milanese and risotto, to reach their maximum potential in subtlety and flavor.
The creation of a fun family atmosphere was the main focus behind the new proposal for the Mirador del Plomo restaurant, where guests will now be able to combine different sauces and ingredients to put together a delicious plate of pasta or grilled meat (beef, chicken, fish) or watch as a Valle Nevado chef prepares an exquisite Paella in front of their eyes.
Lastly, for the ski resort’s iconic restaurant La Fourchette, Cruells opted for a classic menu which goes back to the fundamentals of French cuisine in search of its authentic flavors. The menu includes new dishes such as bouillabaisse, duck confit and rack of lamb, and will give diners the chance to taste the best of France in the heart of the Andes.
Snow and travel lovers will now have the opportunity to merge their two passions with the benefits that comes from the partnership between Valle Nevado and LAN. Travelers who fly on Lan and bring their boarding pass with them are able to receive a 20% discount on rentals, classes and lift tickets. Visitors may choose from one discount only.
Visit us online or call our reservations department toll-free at 800-669-0554 (from the US), or the Santiago office at (56-2) 2477-7000.