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Valle Nevado has announced a new gondola, Chile's first, will open for the resort's 2012 ski season in June, along with other upgrades.
The 1.2km long gondola will feature 70 cabins holding six passengers each and can transport 2,000 passengers per hour. Travelling at a speed of 7.5 meters per second it will providing riders with a quick and convenient way to reach mid-mountain from the new day visitor parking lot and service centre below. restaurant at
The new parking lot and service area can accommodate 500 vehicles for day visitors. It is aimed at dispersing traffic and making it easier to get on the slopes. The adjacent new centre will offer ticket sales, ski and snowboard equipment rentals, ski and snowboard class sign up area, and a new restaurant.
In addition to the gondola and parking area, the resort will open its gymnasium as a new sports snd entertainment centre for hotel guests, offering a climbing wall, skate ramp, ping pong, and other activities.
The resort’s new meeting salon will open over the Hotel Tres Puntas, and here there will be a wine fest every Thursday afternoon with live music.
All of this is part of Valle’s $150 million master plan that will eventually develop the base into a complete mountain village.