South America 2015

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Re: South America 2015

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:32 pm

La Parva and Valle Nevado are considerably larger than El Colorado and also ascend 1,000 feet higher. La Parva and Valle Nevado connect up high similar to the Baldy/Sugarloaf connection at AltaBird. Valle Nevado's terrain is heavily intermediate but faces mostly south (that's what you want). La Parva has more varied terrain but a lot of west exposure which means wind-stripping if it hasn't snowed much recently.

The frontside of the El Colorado cone faces SW. There are also Cornisa on the south side and Cono Este plus a new lift in Valle Olimpico I haven't skied on the SE side. The bottom of Cono Este and new lift are easily accessible from Valle Nevado. In 2007 we were staying in Valle Nevado and I paid a ~$24 surcharge 2 of the 3 days to explore La Parva and El Colorado.

Valle Nevado, 9/11/2007: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5767
La Parva, 9/12/2007: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5768
El Colorado, 9/13/2007: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5769

Portillo, 9/6-7/2007 with several comments from others who have skied there: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5760
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