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Ski Season 2008

Winter keeps Santiago under below zero temperatures, a lot of fog and smog. To escape from the cold weather and enjoy the upcoming Winter break, Chile features a dozen ski centers all over its territory.


Visiting the Andes mountain range is a privilege everybody should take advantage of, especially in a winter season that has been rainy and has thus covered the mountains with quality snow, benefitting the central area most of others.


El Colorado, Farellones, Valle Nevado, La Parva and Portillo are only an hour away from Santiago and, together, are ski centers of international quality, amongst the most modern and complete centers in all of Latin-America.


Special areas for snowboarding, Ski School for children and adults, tourism information, professional hotels and a spectacular view of the capital complete a white scenario, where families can travel even for just the day to enjoy the mountain by the sun.


A bit to the south of Santiago, in Cajón del Maipo, it is also possible to go up to the mountains and skiing. Lagunillas is a smaller complex than the ones found in the Andes in Santiago, and maybe less popular too, but the service is great and it is the perfect place for those who want to learn how to ski and take their first steps in the snow.


The central zone of the country is not the only place to go skiing, although the closest one to Santiago and therefore the most popular. If you can travel south, you can see more tourism centers and internationally acclaimed ski centers.


Although they are less massive and complete as the centers in Santiago, the snow in the southern part of Chile is completely natural and the weather allows the centers to accumulate quality snow and cover more ground, extending ski and snowboarding tracks.


You can visit Chapa Verde, Termas de Chillán, Antuco, Villarrica and Pucón, Lonquimay, Las Araucarias and Antillanca.


Ski tracks and snoboarding areas in Southern Chile also include a special feature: nature. Most of the centers are right on the side of volcanoes, which create irregular ground that is a paradise for snowboarders. This also means that the ground includes native forests all around, and you should be prepared to run into trees and bushes while you ski.


Because of its location and weather, Chile has an extended ski season that goes from July to September, although in the Southern part of the country you can find good snow until October.


For the same reason, many internationally known skiers travel to this area every year, almost following the winter season, to perfect tactics and movements in these professional centers.


This is also why you the central zone prepare different activities for weekends, which is when most people have time to go up the Andes. Amateur competitions and professional tournaments, Ski championships and entertaining are all available on weekends, especially on Saturdays, in 2008.


With so many activities and places to visit throughout the territory, you only need to get your family or friends together and renew your equipment. The Ski season has begun.


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