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I want to board for a week in July anywhere in South America so Chile or Argentina, I guess. I want to go for maximum 5 days, I am not old enough to rent a car so I am wondering if anyone knows a ski resort... I have only snowboarded in Canada

- easy to get to (from the airport, and daily from accommodation)
- relatively cheap accommodation
- big enough resort to not get bored
- GOOD VALUE, I'm not looking for the cheapest, I am willing to pay for something better
- also consider that I am going alone, and I'm a girl.. somewhere that may be easy to make friends is a bonus
- I do not know Spanish :frown:
- I don't do a lot of backcountry
- intermediate/advanced rider

Thanks!
 

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Think you should really try to find a snowboard camp. Will be lotsa ppl and most is planned and included, and there's a staff if anything happens.
 

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Think you should really try to find a snowboard camp. Will be lotsa ppl and most is planned and included, and there's a staff if anything happens.
Thanks, I was thinking about something like that, so any chance you Could recommend a specific one?
 

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As someone else said, I'd go through a group travel business.

July is not really the time to go, August is your best bet, and late August at that. I've done SA many times and going in July is a real gamble.

Sass Global is a great operation....

SASS Argentina | Argentina Summer Snowboard Camp & Ski Camps

Outside of that in Chile, La Parva & Valle Nevado are relatively easy to get to from Santiago. There are hostels, and usually quite a few Americans and Canadians around.
 

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I would suggest looking for a trip to bariloche as the ride up to Valle nevado is a killer. Plus being at 10k above sea level at the base of the mountain is not the best feeling. (If you get attitude sickness)

If you go to bariloche, the town is pretty awesome and you can take public transportation to the mountains. It's about 30 min bus ride. There are quite a few hotels around the town.
 

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I would suggest looking for a trip to bariloche as the ride up to Valle nevado is a killer. Plus being at 10k above sea level at the base of the mountain is not the best feeling. (If you get attitude sickness)

If you go to bariloche, the town is pretty awesome and you can take public transportation to the mountains. It's about 30 min bus ride. There are quite a few hotels around the town.
Would you still suggest to around Bariloche in July (thinking around 13th-18th, I return to Canada right after unfortunately) I heard that the mountains in Chile are higher in altitude, therefore, more snow
 

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Would you still suggest to around Bariloche in July (thinking around 13th-18th, I return to Canada right after unfortunately) I heard that the mountains in Chile are higher in altitude, therefore, more snow
High altitude does not correlate to more snow unfortunately. Look at pnw snowfall vs colorado snow pack.
You need moisture and cold air masses more than altitude. July is a crap shoot in the south like between Thanksgivingand christmas is in the north. Could be anything from Great snow to nothing.

I agree with the SASS recommendation. I have met the people that run and rep this company a number of times and they are great. Trips look legitimately good too.
 

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It's a gamble but place close attention to weather reports, although this are mostly wrong anyways.

The last time I went, it was late august/early Sept and the it was spring like conditions. I think they had a bad season the year I went.
 

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Thanks guys,

Bariloche seems like a feasible option, plus the steak is an obvious selling point. However the flight is a lot more than to Santiago... but I guess I need to take into account transportation to and from the hill...

SASS looks great and all but I don't have 3000$ USD in this era of my life. I'm hoping to spend half of that which I figured is manageable if I stay off the resorts and in cheap accommodation.
 
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