Cerro Chapelco at San Martín de los Andes, in Argentina's beautiful Lake District, is speeding up its services to make it easier and faster for skiers and snowboarders to get up on the mountain. This year, the old double Rancho Grande will be replaced with a high-speed detachable quad, reducing ride time by half. A modern electronic pass system will get skiers quickly loaded on Chapelco's chairs, and best of all skiers can now order passes by phone and have them delivered to directly to their hotel, saving waiting in line. A customer service center will also open at the resort base.
Chapelco also installed a drag lift in its Terrain Park. This year the resort's freestyle team will host a Pro Freestyle Week in September, with demonstrations, parties, photo sessions and prizes. If you can't make it to the Freestyle Week, considering joining their Freestyle Camps offered throughout the season, offering basic to more technical coaching on how to get air and pull off tricks, all taught by bilingual Argentine pros. Prices, for 1 to 2 people, range from $97 for three hours to $438 for five days.
Other developments at Chapelco include the installation of 8 new Technoalpin M18 snow guns to ensure coverage from the resort's peak to base.