Last year, [R758R, Valle Nevado] in Chile embarked on a project to make it the first mountain town in the Andes by 2022.

Each winter between now and then, Valle will introduce new attractions. This year, the resort is offering a more convenient, speedy service for day skiers. "Curve 17" features a new parking lot (initially for 300 vehicles, then expanding to 800), a service area with ticketing, rental, restaurant, and bathrooms. From here, skiers have direct access to the slopes using the El Prado lift. Further plans this year include installing a gondola, which is a first for Chile, and the opening of the new Valle Blanco condominium.

Kristina Schreck, North American representative for Valle Nevado, says: "Valle has a vision to position itself as the largest and most complete ski resort on the continent, offering a full range of services and lodging options, and world-class terrain that is both lift-accessed and reachable by helicopter."

Last season, Valle expanded its terrain to include two new lifts and 330 new acres of skiable domaine. It also opened new condos I and II.

Valle Nevado (3025m/9925ft) is known for its beautiful sunshine and lofty altitude. Its 37 kilometres (24 miles) of local pistes combine with neighbouring El Colorado and La Parva to make up the ‘3 Valleys of the Andes' - the largest skiable domain in the Southern Hemisphere - with a total of 107 kilometres (66 miles) of terrain.    

More information on Valle Nevado's development project.

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