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Ski Resorts

El Colorado-Farellones

The Colorado-Farellones resorts offer skiers over 77 pistes and 20 lifts. ...

La Parva

La Parva is the only ski resort in Chile that offers views of Santiago’s lights and the sun setting to the west. ...

Portillo

Test your skills on over 19 different pistes designed for expert and novice skiers alike. ...

Valle Nevado

Open year-round, this is the largest mountain resort in the southern hemisphere and one of Chile’s most modern ski centers. ...

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Winter Fun

Snow, the capital's eternal winter companion, is the guest star of the colder months that are heralded by the first rain each June. Chile's major ski resorts, which sit two thousand meters above sea level, get a white makeover and invite skiing and snowboarding fans to join the icy, adrenaline-packed winter party.

If you're interested in skiing South America's best slopes, travel 40 km east of downtown Santiago towards the Andes. Some of the most famous ski resorts quickly come into view as you leave the city, including Farellones, El Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado. All of them have hotels, restaurants, equipment rental and ski slopes for everyone from beginners to experts who might even prefer off-piste skiing.

Portillo, one of the Southern Cone's most traditional ski resorts, is located at the Los Andes border crossing only 164 km northeast of Santiago near the Cristo Redentor pass (2,850 m). It has long been a training ground for European and North American Olympic teams.

The options at these resorts go beyond skiing and snowboarding to include both more affordable and more radical activities such as snow motorcycling, catskiing and all-terrain skiing, which has become quite popular among more experienced sports lovers. The most exclusive option remains heliskiing, which involves having a helicopter take you to places where only a lucky few have set foot. Or skied.

 

Featured Destinations

aColorado
bLa Parva
cPortillo
dValle Nevado

 

Getting there

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By Car
 • From Santiago by car, follow Avenida Las Condes west to the well-marked road to Farellones. From there, it's only 39 km to the Farellones Ski Resort. Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado are located further uphill. Transportation services are available for a fee.
• To Portillo, take Route 57 Los Libertadores north towards Los Andes, then Route 60 east (2 hours). Private shuttle services are available from Santiago's airport
 

 

Activities that we recommend

 

Tips

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Snow  Money Safety 
The season generally starts in June or July and lasts until September or October, depending on the year. The ski resorts' websites will provide daily updates on slope conditions. Skiing is not an inexpensive sport, but there are affordable options such as visiting the mountains without skiing or plunging downhill with minimal equipment. Don't let money deprive you of the opportunity to enjoy nature and the snow- it can be done on a minimal budget. All ski resorts have medical staff on hand in case of accidents, but it is important to follow the rules at all times and recognize your limitations.

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Clothing Lodging 
Snow sports require waterproof gear as well as a change of clothing. Snow can get you wet and cold quite quickly, and winter mountain temperatures are low and conditions can change rapidly. Don't forget the sunscreen. Waking up to a snowy landscape is quite a spectacle, and we recommend that you stay at least one night in the mountains if you can. The ski resorts and surrounding areas offer a wide range of lodging options including hotels, cabin and condominium rentals (daily or weekly) and hostels with shared rooms.

 

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