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    Posted: Mar/30/2009 at 9:36am
So I booked my summer trip to S. America and wanted to know what resorts i have to visit. In Chile, we are staying in Santiago and then trip down to Puscon. For Argentina, we're staying in Bariloche. I would like to see awesome scenery and if possible, the best park resort they have to offer. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/02/2009 at 9:41pm
Hey man im from Chile, dont go to Pucon stay in Santiago. From there you got many resorts. From Santiago you are 1 hour away from the mountain which has 3 resorts, La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado, Last 2 are the best. From Santiago you can also go to Portillo which is also a good resort. In Pucon you just got Villarica Volcano.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/02/2009 at 9:45pm
In Bariloche I went to Catedral Alta Patagonia. It's pretty sweet, but in the current Transworld Snowboarding issue also mentioned to others in the area so check them out.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/03/2009 at 4:13pm
portillo rocks! def my favorite.  super isolated up there so not very crowded, some steep lines and lots of pow!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2009 at 1:11pm
Originally posted by Varial

Hey man im from Chile, dont go to Pucon stay in Santiago. From there you got many resorts. From Santiago you are 1 hour away from the mountain which has 3 resorts, La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado, Last 2 are the best. From Santiago you can also go to Portillo which is also a good resort. In Pucon you just got Villarica Volcano.


Thanks, thats what i figured, i know theres a deal for the 3 mtns. But i heard that Puscon has the best park in Chile, is this true? Thanks for the info.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/07/2009 at 1:13pm
Originally posted by dcdomain

In Bariloche I went to Catedral Alta Patagonia. It's pretty sweet, but in the current Transworld Snowboarding issue also mentioned to others in the area so check them out.


Catedral is definitely on the list in Bariloche. yeah, i saw the TWS article on Argentina. Were there any glaicers near that you can hike? I know theres the ginormous one deep south, but its closed in the winter.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2009 at 7:13am
I don't think there were any glaciers to hike nearby. I inquired about it down there and they said everything was closed for the winter...

Oh and I don't know if this will happen to you, but a lot of riders down there inquired about buying my equipment. So if you want to, you can pretty much get out even if you go down there ride, then sell your equipment. They'll probably pay as much as you purchased them for... or enough for you to buy a good setup at Sierra's 50% off prices.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2009 at 7:49am
LOL, thats interesting. Well, I'm taking my Park Rocker and Fish, so unless they give me good $$, its not gonna happen. But then again, that would be a quick come up and the luggage will be much lighter!! What did you have that they wanted, just curious? Also, did you hit up any other resorts when you were down there?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/08/2009 at 12:28pm
Originally posted by dcdomain

I don't think there were any glaciers to hike nearby. I inquired about it down there and they said everything was closed for the winter...

Oh and I don't know if this will happen to you, but a lot of riders down there inquired about buying my equipment. So if you want to, you can pretty much get out even if you go down there ride, then sell your equipment. They'll probably pay as much as you purchased them for... or enough for you to buy a good setup at Sierra's 50% off prices.
 
 
With the prices on season here you can easily sell your equipment for a good price. About glaciers, there is one on the south, its called Huilo-Huilo, the season on there goes from May to November
 
Originally posted by kirium81

Thanks, thats what i figured, i know theres a deal for the 3 mtns. But i heard that Puscon has the best park in Chile, is this true? Thanks for the info.
 
I have gone to Pucon only at summer, dont know how is the resort but you will sure get an amazing scenery there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2009 at 11:42am
Thanks for the input guys. Can't wait. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2009 at 11:49am
I had a Ride DH with Rome 390s. Either way people, especially employees at the resorts (instructors) were really interested in buying. Pretty nutty... didn't hit up any other resorts. Just rode at Catedral all week, it was large enough for me to not get bored. Amazing scenery there too.

Here are some photos my buddy took. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinboon/sets/72157601710567579/?page=3
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2009 at 12:03pm
Dude, that's pretty sick. Love the pictures with the flags! LOLZ. It looks like the resort is above the tree line, reminds me of New Zealand. Yeah, i checked out TWS and found the other places to ride in Argetina. I was reading your other post. Im thinking of picking up the Fish for this trip, in case it dumps. Cuz when i was in Whistler, my 152 Shaun White got its ass kicked. Was holding off on buying it, but with the 50% off, i doubt it will get much cheaper here. I just may have to pull the trigger. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/10/2009 at 12:09pm
Yeah dude, no reason not to. I also appreciate that the Fish has a retro graphic since boards like this will take years for me to replace / upgrade from. Especially since I live on the East Coast...

Yeah we spotted the flags while going up a lift and walked over to it. We had a lot of fun with the photos there, then everyone else saw us taking photos and went over to raid our photo shoot hehe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/19/2009 at 5:03pm
Originally posted by dcdomain

I had a Ride DH with Rome 390s. Either way people, especially employees at the resorts (instructors) were really interested in buying. Pretty nutty... didn't hit up any other resorts. Just stated at Catedral all week, it was large enough for me to not get bored. Amazing scenery there too.

Here are some photos my buddy took. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinboon/sets/72157601710567579/?page=3
 
Those are some great photos. Hey quick question, did your buddy use a digital SLR?  If so how did he pack it when heading up the mountain if you remember?  I've got a DSLR and want to haul it up the mountain to take some great shots but I'm worried about carrying it up in a pack and having it freeze...happened to my last point and shoot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/19/2009 at 5:19pm
When we rode at Bariloche it was bluebird days every day. Wasn't all that cold. He didn't do anything special to it, just rode with the palm strap. Every time he fell he just stuck his hands up in the air to save the camera. It was a Canon 5D.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2009 at 9:09pm
Im also considering Chile/Aregentina flights are cheap atm. Whats transport like over there. Example is it hard to get up to the mountains from Santiago?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/26/2009 at 8:09pm
From Santiago its about 1hour to El Colorado or La Parva, an extra 20min to Valle Nevado. The road is not so good, its kinda narrow so they try to keep traffic up and down on separated hours.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2009 at 3:18pm
Hey Varial,

Would it be fun to drive from Santiago to Pont Montt? And how long would it take. Is there anything fun to do/see in southern Chile near Pont Montt? Or should we just fly to Pont Montt, and then drive over to Bariloche. I heard the drive is pretty amazing. If you do recommend flying, know of any cheap local airlines? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2009 at 8:20pm
Well if you drive its about 10 hours, the ride is ok if you never done it. But, if anyways your driving from Pto. Montt to Bariloche maybe you should just fly to Pto. Montt instead of riding from Santiago, you will see the same if not better scennery with less hours driving. You could try LAN for the flight www.lan.cl I think there are some offers for the flight to Pto. Montt
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/14/2009 at 8:15pm
Wow... and here I am just dying to get away from the East Coast.  Now I wanna go international!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/15/2009 at 9:19am
Originally posted by Varial

Well if you drive its about 10 hours, the ride is ok if you never done it. But, if anyways your driving from Pto. Montt to Bariloche maybe you should just fly to Pto. Montt instead of riding from Santiago, you will see the same if not better scennery with less hours driving. You could try LAN for the flight www.lan.cl I think there are some offers for the flight to Pto. Montt

Do you know if the Cruce Andino cruise/bus ride from Puerto Montt to Bariloche is worth the time and $$. Its like $350 for the trip because we have to stay the night at Puella. Its either this, or just taking a 7 hour bus straight to Bariloche. I just dont know if the scenery/visibility is great during July and worth it. We probably will fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, sucks though cuz we have to pay overages on our bags. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/18/2009 at 4:11pm
Well I haven't done that trip but I've heard the scenery is quite good, dont know about now in july thou. When you get to pto. montt you could talk to people who know and see whats your best option, unless you have to reserve that stuff now, there I cant help you.
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