Valle Nevado Gets Chile’s First Gondola Lift
Chile’s popular Valle Nevado ski resort will run Chile’s first gondola lift this season.
VALLE NEVADO — Located just 50 kilometers from Santiago, Valle Nevado is one of Chile’s most popular ski resorts, claiming the largest skiable terrain in South America.
The lift will cover 1.2 kilometers, carrying 70 six-person cabins, thus able to transport 2,000 passengers every hour.
In anticipation of big crowds this winter, a new parking and service area has also been built for day visitors, with room for 500 vehicles. This should hopefully disperse traffic and make it easier to access the slopes.
This all forms part of a $150 million plan to convert Valle Nevado into a complete mountain village. In the next few months Valle Nevado is due to open a new sports centre for climbing, skating and other activities, and a new centre offering ticket sales, equipment rental, ski and snowboard lessons and a restaurant.
Valle Nevado is not the only Chilean ski resort developing its facilities. The El Colorado resort is also expanding its accommodation options with four new apartment buildings, accompanied by increased parking spaces at the entrance to the visitors lot and new ticket sales offices. A new lift, able to carry 1,400 people an hour, has also been built, allowing access to 12 new runs and various back-country sections.
Unfortunately, ski and snowboard fanatics will have to wait until the ski season starts, hopefully in early June, to see the new developments in action.