Name: Daniel L’Écuyer
Title: Vice President
Store: Boutique Oberson Laval
Years Skiing: 43
Home Hill: Mont Saint-Sauveur, Mont Blanc, Mont Sutton
Skier Type: Expert Ripper
Average # of Ski Days: 30+
Getting There: Fly to Santiago. Take the 90-minute shuttle to Valle Nevado. You don’t want to drive the serpentines!
Travel Tip: Bring 100mm all-mountain skis and technical wear. Think lightweight, layers. Temperatures range between -5° and -10° Celsius max.
Where to Stay: La Cornisa is a charming B&B in Farrelones. Founded by a Québécois and his wife, it’s cheap, comfortable, serves good food and a 10-minute walk from the lift.
Top Notes: Imagine travelling 30 years back in time to a totally unique, small and safe place. Everyone’s super-friendly and super-civilized. The lifts are vintage. The views of Santiago from the summit are to die for.
Must-Ski Run: El Colorado, the central peak. Flanked by Valle Nevado and La Parva, it has a nice variety of runs and easy access to great back- and side-country skiing. Ski down to the road and everyone stops to drive you back to the lifts.
Also Known For: Summer training center for many national ski teams. Beware: the ski season is short, about four months.
Best Meal: M-e-a-t. Good, not great, food in la Cornisa and Santiago.
Best Drink: Pisco Cola a.k.a. Piscola. Imagine rum and coke on steroids.
Be Sure To Avoid: Too many Pisco Colas. Skiing to the bottom of the wrong peak. All lift tickets are only valid for two of the three peaks.
Not To Be Missed: Summer skiing!
Next Destination: Japan