For those searching the web for cheap ski vacations, it's hard to beat free. That is exactly what Nevados de Chillan in Chile is offering today, as they kick off their 2013 ski season.
Known as "la marcha blanca", it's a way for the resort to get the locals excited about the season and to give back to the community. All you have to do is show up to the ski area and you get a free lift ticket to enjoy a day in the beautiful Chilean Andes. Learn more about marcha blanca on ski chile .net.
|Storm shredding in Nevados de Chillan. Image by Spencer Francey|
Nevados de Chillan, previously run by Hotel Termas de Chillan, has a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. It's one of the few resorts in Chile where you can ski and snowboard powder in the alpine and in the trees.
Experts that are willing to explore out of the resort boundaries will find endless backcountry options including adventures to distant hotsprings, hot rivers and can summit smoking volcanic craters.
The resort also has opened up more terrain accessed by their snowcat that seats up to 8 people. The resort guides take a very laid back approach to cat and snow safety, so it's a good idea to go with an external guide or someone that knows the terrain and snow pack. Be sure to bring a shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver.
Find out more on Chillan here.
|Exploring Chillan's backcountry via snowcat. Image by David Owen|