Party with Olympians at Puerta del SolValle Nevado, Chile
Chile’s Valle Nevado has some of the best powder conditions in the southern hemisphere and, although small when compared with their Euro counterparts, there are a couple of good reasons to head to the Andes. First of all, there are 9000 hectares of skiable terrain. Tick. But this is also where most of the Olympic ski teams from out of town train during August and September, so, when the day is done, there are plenty of very fit (mostly male) athletes looking for a good night out.
It all starts in the gigantic hot tub at the Puerta del Sol Hotel, with a DJ on the decks and drinks aplenty. After dark everyone heads out – and as there are only four bars in town, if you spotted someone on the slopes during the day you’re likely to eyeball them downing shots later in the evening. Cheers.
LATAM Airlines is based in Santiago, 60 kilometres from Valle Nevada. From Santiago, you can drive, organise a transfer with the hotel or, if you’ve got cash to splash, book a 15-minute helicopter charter.