From June to August, it’s skiing season in Chile. Visitors, amateurs and professionals, flee from all over the world to enjoy the silky snow trails and spectacular views of the Andes.
While we’re struggling with ever warmer summers in the Northern Hemisphere, below the Equator is the perfect time for a smooth skiing. How about shaking things up a little bit and going on the most chill “summer” vacation of your life?
Here’s some advice on how to make the best out of skiing season in Chile. Enjoy!
What you need to know about Valle Nevado
Valle Nevado is perhaps Chile’s best known ski resort. The views at this 10,000 feet above sea level site are breathtaking, so it’s no wonder that skiers love sliding down its silky trails. It is located just 21 miles northeast of Santiago, but to get there you’ll have to go through a narrow mountain pass.
What you want to do is to get the multi-resort ticket, which gets you into neighboring resorts El Colorado and La Parva, so you’ll be able to ski over some 7,000 acres of white, puffy snow.
Other nearby ski resorts are Portillo and El Colorado. The former is considered the first ski area ever to be built in South America and has been home to the Alpine World Skiing Championship. The latter is a family-oriented ski resort, where you can have tons of fun on your own or with your loved ones.
Skiing in southern Chile
As you move south through the country, ski areas become more lush and cold. Take Nevados de Chillan, one of the most beautiful and fully equipped resorts in Chile. Besides riding white hills at great speed, you can chill in natural hot springs and do fun stuff like trekking, canopy and mountain bike.
Not far down is Ski Pucon, one of Chile’s most modern facilities, with high-end infrastructure for both skiing and snowboarding. Also worth mentioning is Corralco, the luxury version of skiing in Chile -think gym, spa, indoor pool, movie theatre and similar amenities.
Even more to the south, Antillanca resort is located at a privileged spot, inside Puyehue National Park, on the outskirts of the Casablanca volcano. If you want to throw in some ecotourism to the mix, this is the place for you.
Tips for skiing in Chile
Generally speaking, the best time for skiing in Chile is from mid June to mid August, when winter is at its peak. However, the further south you go, the season may cover from may to september.
You may want to purchase a multi day pass at the ski resorts, they all offer some alternative for this and you will end up saving some cash.
If it’s your first time skiing in Chile, you may want to ask for some guidance on trails that will match your skill and details on the trajectories, don’t play the expert in a strange land!
Enjoy the skiing season in Chile and remember to always stay safe! When you land in Santiago and before you head back home, look us up at City Express Santiago Aeropuerto, we’re only five minutes away from the airport!