Famous Ski Resorts in Chile

Famous Ski Resorts in Chile
The ski season in Chile runs from June to September. This selection of resorts is concentrated in the Central Zone. While they all have options for beginners and children, expert skiiers and those looking for a thrilling, out of the ordinary ski option will get the most out of a visit. The lodgings cover every level of service and accommodation, with even the inexpensive options packed with activities and amenities.

Centro de Ski Portillo

The Grand Hotel Portillo offers rooms, family apartments and suites with mountain or lake views. The live-in housekeepers act as valets for guests on that floor.

The hotel has a weight room, full court gym and a game room with a climbing wall. Guests may swim in the heated pool, experience the Jacuzzi, sauna or massage service. The hotel has its own clinic. The restaurant boasts a master chef, a menu focused on healthy cuisine and vegetarian menu options. Portillo is family friendly and offers activity options for all ages.

Equipment rental and repair is available, with timed runs, ski clinics, video analysis of your technique, a weekly guest race and heli-skiing arrangements provided. Ski valet service, 14 ski lifts and five chairlifts are a few of the features.

Portillo offers options for all levels of skiers and snowboarders and has been the training ground for many national ski teams.

The hotel offers two lodging alternatives for the budget-minded. Octagon Lodge is tailored for groups and offers rooms with four bunks and a private bath. Inca Lodge is the haven for backpackers. It offers communal, separate sex bathrooms and small rooms, but it is the least expensive and most social of the choices.

Centro de Ski Portillo
Renato Sánchez 4270, Las Condes
Santiago, Chile
(800) 829-5325 (from U.S.)
1 (800) 514-2579 (from Canada)


Valle Nevado

Three hotels serve the Nevado resort.

The Valle Nevado is a ski-in, ski-out hotel with breathtaking mountain views. With only 53 rooms, the service is more personal and private. A French Mediterranean restaurant serves the hotel. A fitness center, sauna, massage treatments, yoga and aerobics classes are available. A clinic, baby-sitting service and equipment rental are a few of the amenities.

Hotel Puerta del Sol has 124 rooms, with a choice of room with a terrace over the ski slopes or a mountain view. The facility has a heated pool and a game room. Laundry service and heli-ski options are among the offerings.

Tres Puntas is a more affordable option and provides space for larger groups and families. All rooms have a valley view and the facility provides day care. The Restaurant Sur is a la carte. Lift tickets are available for other ski areas through the hotel.

Valle Nevado, which includes the largest area for skiing in the Southern Hemisphere, is serviced by a network of lifts--including a quadruple speed chair lift. Ski or snowboard off-slope or try the freestyle snow park. The kids will enjoy the Snow Garden, a safe place to learn to ski. The area is known for quality snow and the variety of slopes. Group and private lessons are available.

Valle Nevado
Avenida Vitacura 5250 #304
Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
(800) 669 0554 (from U.S.)
(888) 301 3248 (from Canada)

Termas de Chillán

The Gran Hotel Termas de Chillán is a five-star lodging with a hot springs spa. Indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and day care center are among the amenities. Hotel Pirimahuida features mountain architecture, wood and stone decor. This hotel is in the nearby village, but offers shuttle service to and from the resort. The resort restaurants serve international and Chilean cuisine.

Snowmobile or enjoy horseback riding, trekking or the climbing wall. The resort boasts 28 runs, 3,610 feet of vertical skiing and the longest run in South America (8 miles). Native forests provide a backdrop for Randonnée, Nordic and Alpine skiing, dog sledding and snowboarding. Ski lessons are available for children and adults.

Termas de Chillán
00 (+56-2) 233-1313 Santiago (Callers in the U.S. must dial 00 before the number when calling internationally)
00 (+56-4) 243-4200 Chillán


Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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