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Ski Chile

 

How about summer in Chile for a change?   The Andes range in Chile could provide an interesting alternative to New Zealand or Australia.  The Chilean resorts are great for the adventurous who don’t mind going to out-of-the-way places where they can hit the slopes in August!   The good thing about it is that the uncrowded slopes almost guarantee you’ll be getting in plenty of turns rather than standing in long lift lines.   If you’re looking for glamorous resorts and expensive boutiques this will not be the place for you.

 

Some of the most popular and well known Chilean resorts are the three interconnecting resorts of El Colorado, La Parva, and Valle Nevado and also Portillo resort.  The season runs from approx. mid-June to Mid-October.  The winters are similar to those in Europe and the USA, but usually with a high percentage of sunny days.  The U.S. and European ski teams regularly go to Chile for their summer training camps. 

 

Other ski areas and resorts in Chile include:  Antillanca, Antuco, Cerro Mirador, Chapa Verde,  El Fraile, Lagunillas and Las Araucarias.  For a bit more excitement and lower altitude skiing on an active volcano you could try Chillan and Villaruca-Pucon in the southern part of Chile.

 

Ski Resorts in Chile

 

 

El Colorado

El Colorado Ski Centre is located in the Andes, approx 25 miles from Santiago.  This resort is interconnected with La Parva and Valle Nevado.  Being almost 11,000 feet above sea level, you will find some of the best skiing around. 

 

The area offers plenty of restaurants and accommodation, rentals and lessons.  There are 22 ski runs with more beginner and intermediate runs than advanced.  The longest run is over 4km.  There are 18 lifts and a tubing park. 

 

La Parva

La Parva is the resort located in the Central Andes, close to Santiago, approx. 25 miles away and part of the three valleys system with El Colorado and Valle Nevado.  It’s a scenic area with views across a valley.  The area is open for skiers, boarders and for back country and heli-skiing.  The area has full amenities with restaurants and accommodations.   There are 20 runs which interconnect with Valle Nevado.  The longest run is 2.5 miles.  There are 14 lifts (including 2 quads and 1 triple, 1 double).  Snowshoeing is also available. 

 

Portillo

The ski area at Portillo is probably the best known in Chile, located close to the Argentinian border, two hours from Santiago, with a highest skiing elevation of approx. 10,860 feet.  It is Chile’s oldest ski resort, having been in existence for close to 60 years.  It is regularly used by U.S. and European ski teams for summer training. 

 

The resort offers a vertical drop of approx. 2,665 feet with the longest run approx. two miles.   Ski in/ski out access.  There is plenty of variety of terrain for beginners (lessons available for skiers and boarders) intermediates and advanced and expert skiers.  Portillo is known for great powder skiing as well as off-piste areas.

 

Termas de Chillan

Termas de Chillan resort is located on the scenic Chillan volcano and is a year round resort and spa, located on the south side of the Andes Mountains, approx. 300 miles to the south of Santiago.  It offers a wide variety of terrain for all levels of skiers, as well as groomed trails for cross country skiing.  You can ski above the treeline, or through trees or enjoy any of the 28 groomed runs, or cruise the long 8 mile run.  

 

Skiable terrain covers 22 miles with a vertical drop of 3,610 feet.  There are 9 lifts (including 1 triple and 3 doubles).  The mountain is open for skiers and boarders with a boarding park, plus Nordic trails.   Snowmobiling and dog sledding are also available.  As the name suggests, the resort has natural thermal baths. 

 

Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado is the newest and largest resort in Chile and popular with Argentinian and Brazilian skiers.  Located approx. 35 miles from Santiago in the heart of the Andes.   Valley Nevado is part of the three valleys system along with El Colorado and La Parva.  There are approx. 23,000 acres of skiable terrain including 9,000 acres of riding, 34 groomed runs and good off piste skiing.  

 

The runs are open and there are some bowls with great views of El Plomo Peak.   This is a popular place, with regular international competitions held there.  Helicopter skiing/boarding is available with a helicopter on site.  They also have a super half-pipe.  Ski and boarding lessons are available from experienced and multilingual staff and mountain guides.   Their 11 lifts include a hi-speed detachable quad chair.  Vertical drop of 2,657 feet.  Snowmaking facilities.  The highest elevation is over 12,000 feet, with the base at over 9,000 feet.   Skier levels are approx. 11% beginner, 30%intermediate, 40% advanced and 19% expert.