In Chile, the ski areas are visited by many foreigners, who take advantage of the winter days to spend a pleasant moment in the mountains, where the snow is the main protagonist.
The snow season is in full swing and if you plan to visit Chile during the southern hemisphere’s winter, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery, in which both you and your family can find innumerable activities, skiing and snowboarding being the most important.
In the long Andes range, it is possible to find several great ski areas with a variety of well-equipped slopes, ski instructors, hotels, shelters and even all-inclusive private condominiums.
That is why we invite you to visit the main Chilean ski areas, surprising places where you can have great fun, breathe fresh air, and ski on safe trails.
Portillo, the oldest in South America.
The Portillo Ski area is located 164 kilometers from Santiago, along the route that connects the Chilean capital with the Argentine city of Mendoza. With cozy spaces and excellent facilities (where even the United States ski team practices), trained personnel provide the best service to welcome you here.
As a town nestled in the Cordillera de Los Andes, Portillo has all the amenities and services necessary for its guests and also enjoys a family atmosphere in which visitors will surely feel comfortable every day.
During August, the Portillo Ice Fest
takes place in this ski area, an activity in which the Portillo Insider's Camp is held, a ski clinic where classes are offered to intermediate and advanced levels skiers.
Valle Nevado, the largest
This is the largest and most modern ski area in Chile. Valle Nevado is a true mountain resort that not only works in high season, but is also open throughout the year.
Located 60 kilometers from the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (formerly Pudahuel) and 3,670 meters above sea level, Valle Nevado is very close to the La Parva and El Colorado ski areas, which can be visited during your stay in the mountains. You can also see more of the surroundings through mountain excursions, activities that are available in winter and summer.
In the winter, the ski area offers its visitors services such as equipment rentals, tickets, classes, lockers and snack bars, among others, as well as having special slopes for children and those who just dabble in the practice of this sport.
Lagunillas and love for the mountains
At 67 kilometers from Santiago and 17 kilometers southwest of San José de Maipo, the Lagunillas ski area - run by the Andean Club of Chile and the only non-commercial area in the country - receives both athletes and visitors every year to a cozy environment and very concerned about the care of the surrounding natural environment.
Undoubtedly, one of its attractions is its proximity to various towns in the Cajon del Maipo, which can be visited along with the mountain, true nature sanctuaries that can be visited on programmed excursions.
Among its plans for this season, Lagunillas will be opening a snowpark, a ski area with three lifts and 14 slopes for different levels of expertise, which will undoubtedly complement the attractive activities that are already part of the area, such as night skiing, mountaineering, and off-piste skiing.
El Colorado/Farellones, the twin ski areas
Just 36 kilometers from Santiago - that is, only 45 minutes away - the so-called El Colorado and Farellones twin ski areas are interconnected and very close to La Parva and Valle Nevado, thus forming the largest ski area in South America.
Next to Farellones, there is a lift that has the capacity to receive 1,400 people per hour. In addition, there is the El Colorado Mini Ski & Snowboard School, dedicated to children from 4 to 7 years old in a club run by kindergarten teachers and ski instructors.
Other attractions that can be enjoyed by visitors are the Salomon-Atomic-Scott store where you can try out demo skis and boards, the El Refugio restaurant or the Mirador restaurant, as well as the Juan Valdéz café or you can try the Dal Monte pizzas. You can also go Snowshoeing.