24.08.2007 - 27.08.2007 20 °C
Our flight to Chile, Santiago was grand only 2-3 hours and we had booked into a hostel already so we were all settled by dinner time and had skiing booked for the next day seeing we were only there for 3 days!
We had booked to go to Valle Nevado and we were well excited... even just seeing out first glimpse of the Andes would be enough for anyone to want to go skiing/snowboarding!
We were up early again the following morning amd it was damn chilly in Chile! The journey up to the slopes was going to take about 2 hours and our driver then told us that this was made up of 42 curves in the mountains! It was pure icy and snow was everywhere and our guy hadnt even put on his snowchains yet... so i had the white knuckles showing already!
We made it to the top and it was fab Ger was learning to ski so we booked a guy called Nelson for 2hours straght off the bat to get Ger up and down the slopes..But his initial fears were soon gone and we had renamed him Eddie the Eagle!
It was a great day and the weather was fab as well, not even the saga of how to get off a ski lift gracefully could annoy us..as all around the scenery was amazing.
So after a full day on the piste we headed back down the 42 curves for a well earned bottle of Chilean red and thai dinner!
The following day we chilled out, it being sunday and all and also the fact that the dubs were playing the semi final against Kerry we didnt venture too far away from the internet or the mobiles! Sad day for the dubs though!
We did go back to our tourist duties though the next day and had a great day chilled out walking around the city, very surreal though as every time you looked around you got another great back drop of the Andes.
Evven though we had extremely rosy snowburnt cheeks and noses it had been a great few days and skiing in the Andes was definitely a highlight!