Chile’s Valle Nevado Resort Launches Early Bird Promo For North American/UK Skiers

One of South America’s top ski destinations is Valle Nevado, located just 20 miles east of Santiago, Chile. Already the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, Valle offers access to over 7,000 acres of Andean terrain, as well as a full-service, self-contained resort.

North American and UK skiers can get in on some serious savings with purchase of Valle’s Early Bird Promo packages before March 15. The savings include up to 35% off on lodging, lift tickets, half-board and après ski activities.

Accommodations include three hotels ranging from budget to luxury, dining at all price points, boutiques, a spa/fitness center, and South America’s most modernized lift system, as well as a new gondola.

Valle also offers the continent’s best heli-skiing, with up to 5,000 vertical feet in one run. The resort season is June 28 to late September, so if you’re already mourning the advent of our spring, get in on this deal. Savings include 35% off stays of a minimum of three nights during specific dates; 25% off seven-night stays from July 12-19 and September 13-20; and 20% off minimum three-night stays August 2-16 (at neighboring Tres Puntas Resort only), and August 16 to September 13. Other restrictions apply.

To book a reservation or for more information, contact Valle Nevado reservations at toll-free at 1-800-669-0554 (U.S.), or 1-888-301-3248 (Canada). You can also email, or click here.

[Photo credit: Azure PR]

Get inspired watching this heli-skiing clip of Valle Nevado, courtesy of PowderQuestTours:

Photo of the day (7.16.10)

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we’re sweltering. Most of us aren’t complaining about the high temperatures, but the fact is that many days are turning out to be extraordinarily hot and humid.

Perhaps this image, by davitydave, will have a cooling effect on its viewers.

I like davitydave’s image of the Chilean Andes in winter not merely for its icy opposition to the weather we’re encountering up north, but also for its graininess, motion, and thin winter light. These characteristics remind me of a lost scrapbook photo of a winter holiday. This photograph carries with it an appealing sense of timelessness.

Got a Southern Hemisphere winter image to share? Submit it to the Gadling Flickr pool and we just might feature it as a Photo of the Day.