Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
As the leaves are changing in North Carolina, snow lovers, skiers and snowboarders’ minds are thinking white. If you’re looking to go someplace out of the USA for your cold weather pleasures, here’s an option for you for NEXT YEAR.
Ski Chile. South America
Next year? Yes, remember that we are in the Northern Hemisphere and Chile is in the Southern. Our winter is their summer and vice versa. So right now they are closing down and will reopen in June 2011.
Bad news for now, right? But maybe great news for anyone who is looking for a very special Christmas present that will surely surprise: a ski trip in July.
Chile has some great resorts. According to www.chileanski.com, the best equipped in the Central Zone are: Portillo, La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, and Termas de Chillán. They all maintain their slopes, offer ski classes and ski rental equipment, and Portillo, Valle Nevado and El Colorado have artificial snow-making machines.
Heading south are Chapa Verde, Pucón and Antillanca, mid-quality categorized, with fewer ski lifts and services as the Central Zone Resorts.
Lagunillas, Antuco, Lonquimay, Llaima, El Fraile and Cerro Mirador Resorts have fewer infrastructure and ski lifts. Their slopes are for beginners, but experts can always find great spots to practice.
Ski Resort near Santiago de Chile
• Ski Portillo
• Valle Nevado
• El Colorado
• La Parva
Ski Resorts in the Southern Area of Chile
• Termas de Chillán
• Ski Pucón
Undoubtedly, many of you watched the rescue of the Chilean miners and saw the rough terrain. That is the Andes Mountains, which run some 4,400 miles along the Pacific coast through the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Averaging 124 miles wide, their height is extra impressive averaging 13,123 feet high with peaks above 19,000. The American Rockies, as an example, go from 8,000 to 14,000 feet.
Anyone who has flown over the Andes and looked down knows the feeling – the mountains look like they go on forever, are barren, and foreboding. They also look cold, and there always seems to be snow somewhere. Skiing is building in popularity, and Chile is building new resorts to keep up. And another beauty of Chile is that there are so many things to do with coastal and desert areas to visit. Also, some of the best wines in the world come from Chile.
For more info on skiing in Chile, go to www.chileanski.com or call toll free 1-800-560-2340.
And if you can’t make it to the Chilean slopes but want to get a feel for a little cold weather action, consider starring in Cold Feet, Warm Heart, one of YourNovel’s personalized books. It features a cold-weather setting, but for skier and nonskier alike, it sizzles with hot-blooded action. You and your Snow Bunny will visit a plush, world-class ski resort, where you’ll arrive just before a blizzard closes the area. You’ll play in a winter wonderland, both on and off the slopes. Under the instruction of a former Austrian ski team member, you can do no wrong until an earth-shattering ordeal provides a true lesson of love.
Cold Feet, Warm Heart, like all of YourNovel’s personalized books, stars you and your Snow Bunny because you provide 26 details like your names, eye and hair color, best friends’ names, hometown, favorite color, perfume, music and more. Check out the CFWH Video.
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International Travel Examiner J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.