Its inaugural season is just getting under way in the Northern Hemisphere and Ikon Pass continues to beef up its resort offerings. Landing on its fourth continent, Valle Nevado in Chile is the newest addition to the Ikon Pass, joining Australia’s Thredbo in offering skiers the chance to chase winter year-round.
“Valle Nevado is an ideal addition to the Ikon Pass community. Now Ikon Pass holders can extend their 2019 season by booking a trip to Chile for the legendary above-treeline terrain in the Andes that Valle Nevado serves up,” said Erik Forsell, chief marketing officer of Alterra Mountain Company, in a recent press release. “South America is full of passionate skiers and riders who can also now take advantage of an endless winter with the Ikon Pass as they hit the slopes of North America during the 2018/2019 winter season.”
Sitting 10,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Chile, Valle Nevado is a short 90-minute drive from the Santiago International Airport and offers skiers the largest amount of terrain serviced by the most modern lift system on the entire continent. With 2,200 skiable acres, a 2,657-foot vertical drop and an average annual snowfall of 324 inches, Valle Nevado reigns as one of the premiere ski resorts in all of South America.
“Valle Nevado is thrilled to be the newest member of the Ikon Pass and to give all Ikon Pass holders the unique opportunity to ski and ride the Andes Mountains during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter,” said Ricardo Margulis, chief executive officer of Valle Nevado, in that same press release. “As South America’s premier mountain destination, we are very excited to not only show off our superb terrain and stunning alpine views, but also our culture, our outstanding wine and cuisine, and our warm Chilean hospitality.”
Ikon Pass holders get seven days of skiing and riding, with no blackout dates, at the pass’ 37th iconic destination. Ikon Base Pass holders get five days, also without blackout dates. The Ikon Pass is on sale through December 13.