So in my last post on our trip skiing in Chile in August, we had just arrived at our cabin the night before and were on way up to the ski area.
Well some things have changed in the last 10 years since we have been to Nevados de Chillan. First off, the name has changed, it used to be Termas de Chillan or as we called it, Termas de Chaos. One thing that hasn't changed is the chain gang where the road goes from paved to dirt. Even if there is just one inch of snow on the road, the Chileans throw on snow chains. We have the 4Runner, so we just kept driving past the Carabineros (national police).
The next thing that changed was a new hotel at the base of the mountain.
Followed by a fee to park now? $7 for the day? Why? Well you see, most Chileans cannot afford to ski. But rather than sit at home and watch TV, they are very outdoorsy folks. They all come up to hang out in the snow and slide around on their sleds or even a plastic bag. They also just throw up a parilla too (BBQ).
Well I guess in order to keep the non skiers from parking in their lots, they had to start charging to park. I guess this did not go over too well with the locals.
So we begin to put our ski stuff on in the parking lot and I notice that I forgot my gloves back at the cabin. Up to the ski shop and fork over $45 for a pair of gloves. Bag thing #1.
We then got our half day lift tickets. It was $40 for a half day but they charge you $6 for the actual lift ticket as it goes in your pocket and lets the turnstile go. So there was some confusion there.....
Finally the time has come to get on the lift. The Otto chair which goes to the summit is still as slow as it was 10 years ago. After a 35 minute ride (the lift stopped for 10 minutes when we were 2/3rds the way up).
It is now Sunday and it has been raining non-stop. Shannon wanted to try to ski with one arm! I let her borrow my North Face down coat. We got up to the resort and they were only open to mid station due to visibility. It was also lightly raining. Why not go right? I hadn't skied in the rain since I lived on the East Coast! It wasn't the best day, at least when got up to mid station it had turned into Sierra cement.
There was NO ONE here, oh but the Chilean Army! Yes they were skiing, well should I say trying to ski in their uniforms? Why? I suspect they are preparing an invasion from the East, hostile Argentina? The way the skied, I would wonder how well they would be able to defend themselves?
We stopped into Customer Service after skiing to talk to the one gal who helped Shannon out with her shoulder in the first aid room. She agreed with us about the window, was vandalism. She did however buy us a drink and comped our lift tickets for the next day!
For dinner, Pizza at Chillin'
Monday - Our last day skiing
It had been raining for the last two days, but today we were in for a treat with 8 inches of new powder!
What a great day to end our time at Nevados de Chillan!
Now off to wine country!