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The Storm Live #3: Mountain Capital Partners Buys La Parva, Chile

The Storm Live #3: Mountain Capital Partners Buys La Parva, Chile

By combining La Parva with neighboring Valle Nevado, MCP Managing Partner James Coleman is creating the largest ski area in the Southern Hemisphere.

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James Coleman, Managing Partner of Mountain Capital Partners

Recorded on

May 7, 2024

About Mountain Capital Partners

About La Parva

Base elevation: 8,704 feet

Summit elevation: 11,722 feet

Vertical drop: 3,022 feet

Skiable Acres: 988 acres

Average annual snowfall: 118 inches

Trail count: 40 (18% expert, 43% advanced, 20% intermediate, 20% beginner)

Lift count: 15 lifts (2 quads, 2 triples, 1 double, 10 surface lifts)

View historic La Parva trailmaps on

What we talked about

MCP puts together the largest ski area in the Southern Hemisphere; how La Parva and Valle Nevado will work as a single ski area while retaining their identity; “something I’ve always taken tremendous pride in is how we respect the unique brand of every resort”; La Parva village; will MCP purchase El Colorado next?; expansion; 10,000-vertical-foot dreams; La Parva Power Pass access; why Valle Nevado is not unlimited on the Power Pass yet; considering Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective access for Valle Nevado, La Parva, and the rest of MCP’s mountains; Valle Nevado’s likely next chairlift; why MCP builds fewer lifts than it would like; the benefits and drawbacks of surface lifts; where a ropetow might make sense at Purgatory; snowmaking in the treeless Andes; why South America; what it means to be the first North American ski area operator to buy in South America; Chile is not as far away as you think; how MCP has grown so large so quickly; why MCP isn’t afraid to purchase ski areas that need work; why MCP bought Sandia Peak and which improvements could be forthcoming; why MCP won’t repair Hesperus’ chairlift until the company can install snowmaking on the hill; why the small ski area is worth saving; drama and resilience at Nordic Valley; should Nordic have upgraded Apollo before installing a brand-new six-pack and expansion?; future Nordic Valley expansion; exploring expansion at Brian Head; and why MCP has never been able to open Elk Ridge, Arizona, and what it would take to do so.

What I got wrong

I said that I saw “an email” that teased lift infrastructure improvements at Valle Nevado. This tidbit actually came from internal talking points that an MCP representative shared with The Storm.

Why the format is so weird

This is the first time I’ve used the podcast to break news, so I thought the simpler “live” format may work better. I’ll write an analysis of what MCP’s purchase of La Parva means in the coming days.


The Storm publishes year-round, and guarantees 100 articles per year. This is article 34/100 in 2024, and number 534 since launching on Oct. 13, 2019.