The best thing about Valle Nevado is the skiing. For skiing during the northern hemisphere summer, Valle Nevado was fun and satisfied my ski addiction. We will go back next year and use our same travel agent Powder Quest Tours.
Lifts - Antiquated and slow, “D”. There is no “at the chair” lift operator that North Americans are accustom too. The lower area was serviced by slow chairs and what we referred to as the "gondola to nowhere". The upper and back areas were serviced by T-bars and poma lifts.
Runs – Fun and Satisfies the “need to ski”, “C”. The runs were wide open, as there isn’t a single tree at the resort. This place must be heaven on good powder days which we did not experience. A good intermediate skier by U.S standards can easily ski anything at this resort. There are essentially three designated “expert” runs, none of which would make that designation at Mammoth, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Beaver Creek, Deer Valley, Heavenly, Whistler (my regulars) or the equivalents. We didn’t discover anything we considered “steep” or extremely challenging. We did have a great time skiing and discovering the resort.
Ski Ready Room – Outstanding, “A”. Valle Nevado Hotel is right at the lifts so a few steps from the ski ready room/valet and your skiing down to the lift. The ski ready room and its attendant Gabriel get the highest rating of every service at the resort. The ready room itself is adequate, a place to store your equipment and to gear up in the morning. Gabriel will know your room number and your equipment on your first return to the ready room. He’ll know your habits and anticipate your needs/wants by your second return. Tip him well.
Hotel Accommodations – Adequate, “C”. Our room was big enough for two guys to live and work from for a week, barely. The beds were comfortable. Our view of the mountains and the gorge was spectacular. Our room was on the 4th floor, next time I’ll request the 5th. Wi-Fi worked fine in our room and we never used the flat screen TV. The front desk personnel were friendly, accommodating and helpful. Their English was more than adequate as our Spanish was far less than adequate.
Food – Expensive, Good, “C”. Our ski package included “half board”, breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was the usual buffet with omelet bar, cereals, breads, fruit, juices, cheeses and meats. Certainly nothing outstanding but it worked for us. I am a fish eating vegan, so I am used to challenging menus. The French restaurant, La Fourchette rates a “C” for food quality, service and menu selection. The fish dishes were plentiful and tasty but not always hot. My rating is based up establishments of like price in ski resorts in North America. Since the prices are high, I expect more. The quality, service and menu would rate a “D” if comparing to similar establishments at Beaver Creek or Deer Valley due to the similar prices. A glass (yes, glass) of sparking water was $6. The Chilean wine by the glass price was about the same as the bottle price in Santiago (“hint”). Our dinners for two guys at La Fourchette were $180 +/- without drinks…good thing the dinners were included. The Italian restaurant, Don Giovanni, was a solid “C” for the same reasons. However, the meals were generally served even colder.
The Above and Beyond – Outstanding, “A” customer service by our travel agency, Powder Quest Tours and Valle Nevado. On our third day of skiing I had a freak accident. As we were getting off the Ballicas chair lift, the chair swung out in an unusual pattern pushing the other rider into me and knocking me back as we exited the chair. I wound up with torn muscles in my upper left buttocks area and couldn’t walk, much less ski. We headed home six days early. Powder Quest Tours and Valle Nevado worked it out to give us credit for our unused ski days, accommodations and “room & board”. This was very much a surprise and very welcome. We will be back next year, more towards the middle of the ski season however. Thank you Powder Quest Tours and Valle Nevado!
Bottom Line – We are going back next year.
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- Discover South America’s premier resort offering the largest skiable domain on the continent. Bring your friends or family and enjoy not only great skiing and snowboarding, but also all the off-slope activities only a full-service resort like Valle Nevado can provide. This season we will offer incredible promotional deals on stays and lift tickets. ... more less
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