The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Chile

The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Chile - UPDATED 2020/21
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From skiing on the slopes of a volcano to dropping down the legendary La Chimenea couloir, Chile’s Andes Mountains is the ultimate summer skiing escape for powderchasers. Here at SnowPak we’ve done the legwork and picked out five of Chile’s best ski resorts!

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Known for

Being a quiet and exclusive village and expert's paradise

Highlights

  • Easy access from Santiago
  • Good value for groups and large families
  • Best advanced terrain and off-piste skiing in Tres Valles
  • Limited beginner terrain than El Colorado and Valle Nevado

Closest airports

Santiago Intl. Airport - 43 mi (1.5 hours)
La Parva ski resort Chile
Expect nothing but the best of the best at La Parva in Chile!

La Parva is a favorite in the Santiago area and Chile! The village is cozy and can make for a first-class getaway, though that means many of the accommodations can get pricey. Staying in La Parva’s small village has a certain air of elegance. It doesn’t have the vibrant nightlife of Farellones or the international flair of Valle Nevado, but all of its comfortable accommodations have ski-in/ski-out access. The convenience and laid-back atmosphere makes staying on the mountain an excellent choice for families who can afford it and whose children have a little experience on the snow.

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Known for

Skiing on an active volcano and soaking in at the natural hot springs

Highlights

  • Natural hot springs
  • Great snow conditions
  • Variety of off-piste and backcountry terrain
  • Not as easy to get to compared to other resorts

Closest airports

Concepción Airport - 108 mi (3 hours)
fresh tracks at Nevados de Chillan
Fresh tracks at Nevados de Chillan

Nevados de Chillan offers the unique experience of skiing on the slopes of Chillan Volcano! While you carve turns down the fall line, the mountain could very well be spouting steam! You can stay in one of the resort’s on-mountain hotels, which all have ski-in/ski-out access or stay at a range of accommodations in an authentic Chilean mountain town in Las Trancas. It’s just over 4 mi away, and offers more dining and nightlife options than at the resort. Either way, be sure to take advantage of the natural hot springs, thanks to the volcanic activity here!

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Known for

Biggest resort in Chile with great snow and the most skiable terrain

Highlights

  • International ski destination, caters to English speaking guests
  • Most developed base-area with great amenities
  • The highest elevation in the area, so snow stays fresher longer
  • Relatively expensive

Closest airports

Santiago Intl. Airport - 48 mi (1.5 hours)
Valle Nevado ski resort
Welcome to Valle Nevado, the largest resort in Chile

With about 2,200 ac of skiable terrain, Valle Nevado is Chile’s largest resort. Thanks to the local geography and its higher elevation, the resort often has the best snow in the Tres Valles which is kept fresher longer than the neighboring resorts. The purpose-built base area is designed to welcome international visitors with plenty of multilingual staff members as well as activities to keep everyone entertained. There’s something suitable for a range of budgets, along with all the other features that make for a wonderful family-friendly destination. Just note, beginner terrain isn’t the easiest to get to.

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Known for

Chile’s most famous ski resort with incredible scenery and extreme terrain

Highlights

  • Rarely crowded
  • A tradition of world-class hospitality
  • Extreme terrain and steep slopes
  • Limited groomed runs and beginner terrain

Closest airports

Santiago Intl. Airport - 94 mi (2 hours)
Lake Run at Portillo ski resort Chile
While not the gnarliest trail at Portillo, the Lake Run is one of our favorites for advanced skiers

Ski Portillo’s extreme steeps make it a heaven for advanced and expert skiers. There are a limited number of groomers and beginner slopes, but the good news is that crowds are rare here as Portillo restricts the number of single-day lift tickets it sells! At Portillo, there’s no ski village, just the iconic yellow hotel and the skiing – but the hotel has everything you could possibly want. You’ll find restaurants, bars, and a pool with one of the best views. There are about as many staff members as there are guests so you can expect an unparalleled level of service.

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Known for

Authentic Chilean experience, great choice for families with beginners and intermediates

Highlights

  • Closest ski resort to Santiago
  • Lowest lift ticket prices in Tres Valles
  • The best terrain park in the area
  • Slow and old lift infrastructure, can also get crowded

Closest airports

Santiago Intl. Airport - 44 mi (1.5 hours)
El Colorado ski resort Chile
El Colorado is the place to go for beginners and intermediates

Located in Chile’s Tres Valles (three valleys), El Colorado is connected to nearby resorts La Parva and Valle Nevado. It’s also linked with the small slope at Farellones below (accessible on the same ticket). It’s the closest resort to Santiago, and enjoys a reputation as something of a “locals’ mountain”. This sees plenty of crowds about so ski there midweek to avoid the weekend warriors! Coupled with the relatively low prices and convenient lodging options, El Colorado also makes for an excellent choice for families with less experienced skiers and snowboarders.

The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Chile
La Parva
Nevados de Chillan
Valle Nevado
Ski Portillo
El Colorado
La Parva