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Valle Nevado (Snowy Valley in the Spanish language) is a ski resort located on the El Plomo foothills in the Andes Mountains, at 46 km to the east of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Founded in 1988 by French entrepreneurs, it includes housing facilities along with around 900 hectares of skiing area.

Valle Nevado
Vista de Valle Nevado.jpg
LocationAndes Mountains,
Chile
Nearest citySantiago - 46 km (29 mi)
Top elevation5,430 m (17,815 ft) AMSL
Base elevation3,000 m (9,843 ft)
Skiable area900 hectares (2,224 acres)[1]
Lift system1 cable car, 5 chairlifts, 6 surface lifts, 2 magic carpets
Terrain parks1
SnowmakingY
Websitehttp://www.vallenevado.com/en/

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HistoryEdit

The construction of the site began in 1987 and was completed the following year. This French-Chilean project was inspired by similar European resorts, especially Les Arcs in France. In 2001 the resort opened the first detachable chairlift in the region, gaining a significant advantage on its competitors.

From 2008 to 2010 important building projects have been realised in order to offer more housing to the tourists. One of the biggest among these projects is the construction of two buildings named Valle de los Condores. The last year also sees the installation of additional chairlifts and a ski lift, and the opening of several new slopes.

Valle Nevado Ski Resort opened the first mountain cable car in Chile in 2013.

GeographyEdit

ClimateEdit

Due to its elevation, Valle Nevado has an Alpine climate (Dsc, according to the Köppen climate classification, bordering on Csc and ET), with a Mediterranean characteristic (dry summers) and an average annual precipitation of 488 mm (19 in). Summers are chilly and dry, while winters are cold and snowy.

Climate data for Valle Nevado, Chile (2,871 m (9,419 ft))
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 18.2
(64.8)
18.1
(64.6)
16.7
(62.1)
13.5
(56.3)
8.5
(47.3)
4.3
(39.7)
4.8
(40.6)
6.2
(43.2)
8.0
(46.4)
9.9
(49.8)
14.2
(57.6)
16.8
(62.2)
11.6
(52.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 10.6
(51.1)
10.2
(50.4)
8.9
(48.0)
6.3
(43.3)
2.5
(36.5)
−0.9
(30.4)
−0.5
(31.1)
0.2
(32.4)
1.6
(34.9)
3.4
(38.1)
6.7
(44.1)
9.3
(48.7)
4.9
(40.8)
Average low °C (°F) 3.1
(37.6)
2.4
(36.3)
1.2
(34.2)
−0.9
(30.4)
−3.5
(25.7)
−6.1
(21.0)
−5.8
(21.6)
−5.8
(21.6)
−4.8
(23.4)
−3.1
(26.4)
−0.7
(30.7)
1.8
(35.2)
−1.8
(28.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 5
(0.2)
9
(0.4)
8
(0.3)
21
(0.8)
92
(3.6)
113
(4.4)
78
(3.1)
79
(3.1)
30
(1.2)
32
(1.3)
17
(0.7)
4
(0.2)
488
(19.3)
Source: Climate-Data.org[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://vallenevado.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PRESSKIT2018.pdf
  2. ^ "Climate: Valle Nevado". Retrieved 16 July 2018.

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