Published on June 16th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

Ski Specials in South America, as Peak Snow Season Begins

Hit the slopes: Valle Nevado is one of South America’s top ski resorts. 


Ashes from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano range this month may have thrown a monkey wrench into some flight plans, but that hasn’t stopped avid snow skiers from heading to South America for the peak season.

June is the beginning of the winter season in South America’s southern cone, of course. Here are a couple value-priced deals at two of South America’s top ski destinations:

• Valle Nevado, in the Chilean Andes, has already welcomed its first storms of the season, with the fresh snow ready for skiers and snowboarders. Valle Nevado has partnered with LAN Airlines to offer a special deal for the season: If you reside in North America, you can fly to Chile aboard LAN and receive 20% off your package stay at Valle Nevado, including lodging in a double room, lift tickets, half-board and access to all of the resort’s facilities. To get this deal, you need to book directly with Valle Nevado and e-mail or fax your LAN e-ticket as proof of purchase.

• In Argentina, the Rochester Bariloche hotel is offering a sale for the month of August, with room rates starting at U.S.$69. The hotel, located in Argentina’s ski-popular city of Bariloche, also offers a romance package, for an additional 75 pesos argentinos, that includes champagne, petite fours, a late checkout and room upgrade (based on availability).


Long-Distance Travel Tips

Looking to arrive refreshed in South America? Check out two of my recent posts about long-distance air travel, on my Orbitz blog:

Airlines Debut New Amenities for Business Travelers: The competition for business travelers is always fierce — and now, as business travel rebounds, airlines are introducing comfy new seats and amenities to lure you to the front of the cabin. 

5 Ways to Stay in Shape While Flying: You don’t need advice from a fitness guru to stay fit while flying long distances. Here are five tried-and-true ways to stay in shape during long flights. 

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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