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Really planning ahead - Chile 2009

 Poster: A snowHead
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We like to ski in different places so have decided we quite fancy going to Chile in August 2009. Our plan is to go for three weeks, ski for two of them and do something different for the third week.

We cannot decide whether to go with a company, keep looking at Pura Adventura as their packages sound quite interesting, or go DIY, but we only have basic spanish, though plenty of time to learn a bit more.

Also what resorts, looking on the net the three main ones seem to be Portillo, Valle Nevado and Termas de Chillan. Portillo does not really appeal to me as you seem to be only able to go for a full week, and apparently model themselves on a cruise ship ideal which sounds dreadful Shocked Laughing The other two look quite interesting through, does anyone have any information on them and accommodation at them.

Finally any recommendations on what to do for the final week.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
a client at work absolutely raved about Portillo in terms of the snow and off-piste potentiall

the 'catapult' drag lift would put me off however being a boarder.

Not sure that's any help at all..
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?

but we only have basic spanish, though plenty of time to learn a bit more.

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That's the right attitude!

Another way, is spend (part of) the first week in the city. Perhaps atttend a Spanish language school? That would get you over the jet lag, altitude issues and get rested. Then you can hit the slope in full force! Do a bit of traveling and sightseeing while move camp over to your second mountain, etc...
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We travelled with CASA Tours, an American company, in 2006 and had a fantastic time on their "Endless Winter" tour.

Exceptional snow, exceptional guiding and exceptional value for money - all inclusive, except international flights, lunches and drinks (ie it included 10 days guided skiing (brilliant off piste!), lift passes, avalanche transceivers, airport transfers, transport to 5 resorts (including an internal flight), bed, breakfast and all evening meals.

The highlights included incredible powder in Termas de Chillan and a hike up/ski down Villarrica - an active volcano in Pucon.

Have a look at this link for details:-

A highly recommended trip, where they keep the numbers small - 2 guides to 10 guests.
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