Valle Nevado, the largest and most modern ski resort in Chile
Located 9,925 feet above sea level, Valle Nevado is just 37 miles from Santiago and nestled in the heart of the Andes, offering spectacular mountain views from every direction. The resort boasts the most modern lift system in the country, and features a small-scale “village” that includes 3 hotels, a dozen condominium buildings, 6 restaurants, pubs and bars, a spa & fitness center, and retail shopping.
Valle Nevado has 2,200 acres of in-bounds terrain with plenty of side country access and deep powder runs that typically do not get tracked out for days. On average, Valle Nevado receives more snow than other resorts in the Central Valley area, with 275 inches per year on average. Skiers and snowboarders who book a 7-night package receive two interconnect tickets to the neighboring resorts El Colorado and La Parva, opening nearly 7,000 acres for a total terrain that rivals the size of Whistler/Blackcomb. There is plenty of terrain for beginners and intermediates, and advanced skiers might consider booking a thrilling adventure with the resort’s heli-ski service, where skiers and snowboarders can get up to 5,000 vertical feet per run on average.
The hallmark of a Valle Nevado ski trip is a laid-back ambiance and no lift lines, delicious food and Chile’s famous pisco sours and wine, and serendipituous moments bumping into one of the many international ski pros who call Valle Nevado their summer training camp. In the afternoon, there is no better way to unwind from the slopes in the resort’s outdoor pool apres ski, watching condors soar above and the Andean sunset. A warm, friendly environment with a mostly English speaking staff, makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
Don’t miss Valle Nevado’s Gastronomy Week from Aug. 5-10, and the resort’s 2nd Annual Chilean Wine Festival from Aug. 18-24.
- Elevation: 9,381ft to 12,038ft
- Vertical Drop: 2,657 feet
- Vertical Rise: 2,500
- Inbound Terrain: 39 Runs
- 10% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 33% Advanced, 21% Expert
- Ski Lifts: 14
- Off-Piste and Backcountry Access: Excellent
- Heli-ski: Yes
- Annual Snowfall: 276 inches (700 cms)
- Valle Nevado Weather: 80% sunny days and dry powder due to elevation and resort aspect
- Ski and Snowboard Park: Yes