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Winter-Sports in Chile

The Chilean ski season starts around June/July and generally lasts untill September/October, the top months are July and August. Chile provides some world class skiing opportunities as illustrated by the fact that the Austrian as well as American national ski teams regularly use our slopes for their summer training.
The ski areas start near Santiago and work their way down the Andes to the bottom tip of Chile.
A number of our affiliates offer skiing and ski related facilities ranging from tours to accommodation and transport.

Information about some of Chile's ski destinations:

North of Santiago
Portillo Ski Resort: Weather forecasts Additional information Map


Portillo is a ski resort in South America, located in the Andes mountains of Chile, close to the border between Chile and Argentina at Paso Los Libertadores, it is 61 km (38 mi) from Los Andes, the nearest city, and 160 km NE (100 mi) by vehicle from Santiago. Its hotel sits at an elevation of 2,880 m (9,450 ft) above sea level, and the highest lift reaches 3,310 m (10,860 ft). The lowest lift loads at 2,548 m (8,360 ft), yielding a vertical drop of 762 m (2,500 ft). Ski Portillo has 35 named runs and 14 lifts.

Portillo has since become one of the principal destinations for ski racers to train during the northern hemisphere summer and hosts the national ski teams of Austria, Italy, and the United States.

The summit of the mountain (Ojos de Agua) climbs to 4,222 m (13,852 ft). Nearby peaks include Los Tres Hermanos at 4,751 m (15,587 ft) and La Paraya at 4,831 m (15,850 ft). Aconcagua, the highest peak in the western and southern hemispheres, is nearby at 6,961 m (22,838 ft), which exceeds any peak in Europe, Africa, and North America; only the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Tien Shan in Asia are higher.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Climate of Chile, licensed under CC-BY-SA full list of contributors here.
Santiago Area
Valle Nevado Ski Resort: Weather forecasts Additional information Map

Valle Nevado

The Valle Nevado Ski resort is located in the heart of the Andes, located at only 46 km (28.6 mi) from Santiago.
Valle Nevado is the largest ski Center in South America and the most modern ski resort in Chile, placed at 3,025 m (9.925 ft) above sea level and consider 9,000 hectares (22.240 acres) for skiing, distributed in 36.9km (22.9 mi) of skiable surface.
The Ski Season begin around second week of June and ends during the first or second week in October.

Valle Nevado Ski Resort is the ideal place if you want to ski, practice snowboard, or heli-ski, and also is the right place for those who are looking for extreme ski sports, since this ski resort has a Snow Park for jumps and free style.It also counts with instructors on its Ski school with more than 70 teachers available to train in ski and snowboard in its different modalities.
Valle Nevado Ski centre is not only a ski resort designed for winter sports is also a great spot for those who enjoy mountain view and nature. The Ski Resort was open in 1988 and its open the whole year, and it forms with El Colorado Ski Center and La Parva, the three Valleys of the Andes. Together they have over 10,000 hectares (24.710 acres) of skiiable surface with 106 km (66.4 mi) of trails. In Valle Nevado Ski Chile, you can find snow powdered, 34 trails and slopes with a difference that reaches the 810 m (2657 ft) and finish in splendid Andean grasslands and areas outside of trails with excellent virgin snow.

For the snowboarders, Valle Nevado Ski resort has created the Snowboard Park, with 100 m long and 50 of wide, offers two special trails: Half Pipe and Border Cross, next to the Lift called la Escondida (the hidden). Valle Nevado Chile is also the only ski centre in the South Hemisphere that is considered for the World Cup of Snowboard.
Valle Nevado hotels offers gastronomy, great service, fitness centre and shows that are prepared for the season. The resort has three hotels which provides services and facilities for both skiers and non-skiers.

If you want to visit Valle Nevado Ski Center by yourself, take the route to Farellones (19.8 mi / 31.8 km) and then take the detour to the Ski Center. From this point, there are 13.8 km (8.6 mi) to arrive to Valle Nevado.
NOTICE: In winter time, the traffic from 08:00 to 14:00 hours the route is only upward and from 14:00 until 20:00 hrs, it is exclusive to descend. Also, it is mandatory if you are driving, to carry chains for snow.

The Valle Nevado weather:

El Colorado Ski Resort: Weather forecasts Additional information Map

El Colorado

The El Colorado Ski Center is only 36 km (22.4mi) from Santiago, and gives its visitors more than 100 ski slopes with a spectacular panoramic view of the valley of the capital.

The resort is located on Cerro Colorado, and reaches up to 3.333m (10935 ft) and a drop of 903m (2962 ft), receives abundant but short snowfalls with an average of 3.5 m of snowfall in a normal year.

El Colorado has a well rounded offer of services, conveniences and slopes for all kinds of levels. In recent times, it has become the ideal center for the practice of snow sports by the whole family during each winter season.

In addition, the station receives its name for its dazzling sunsets, where the red of the sunset colors the sky and the mountains above the capital.

El Colorado weather:

La Parva Ski Resort: Weather forecasts Additional information Map

La Parva

The La Parva Ski Center, with an average height of 2700 meters above sea level, is located 50 kilometers from the city of Santiago, passing Farellones and only 1 kilometer from the mountain town of the same name.

In La Parva, athletes can enjoy 38 skiable kilometers, distributed in its 30 extensive ski and snowboard slopes, designed for all levels of difficulty, which connect with the slopes of Valle Nevado.

Winter-sports Packages:

Skiing In The Andes From Santiago EKA 060
08 days / 07 nights

Enjoy the following 3 ski resorts situated in the Andes using santiago as a base. Vallenevado, El Colorado and Portillo on three consecutive days and the 4th and 5th days to spend in the ski resorts of your preference.
With a final day at your leisure.
Available from July to September.

Eagle Touring, Private guide/driver to Central Chile.

My name is John, a tour guide offering private, fully customizable tours in Chile primarily in the regions surrounding Santiago, like Valparaíso, Viña del mar, Maipo Canyon, vineyards and others. You will be the only passengers on your tailor-made tour, which affords you comfort, flexibility, privacy, and convenience. All of this in perfect English.

Guerretour, Chile, FreeStyle, customized tours in Central Chile

GuerreTour is a small and friendly tour provider that specializes in customizable private tours throughout central Chile with an English and Spanish speaking guide, using a Hyundai H1(10 pax), WiFi available.
All our tours are fully adjustable to meet your needs or desires.

Wintersports Accommodation:

Hotel Valle Nevado in the Valle Nevado ski resort, Central Chile

The Hotel Valle Nevado is this resort's most exclusive lodging option, offering high-end amenities and a personalized service. The hotel was totally renovated in 2010 and offers ski-in/ski-out access, outdoor terraces to soak up the stunning panoramic views of snowy peaks, and lots more.

Rent a Car in Santiago:

Category A
City cars for rent in Chile
Kia Morning or similar city car
1000cc gasoline engine, 2 doors, manual shift, and radio. This car is for a maximum of 2 persons, and is only rented in Santiago. You may seat four people inside this vehicle, but then you will much almost nothing of inside space left for your bags
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 49
Week $ 320
Month $ 1.150
Category BHatchbacks  for rent in Chile
Suzuki Swift or similar subcompact car.
This 1200cc gasoline engine hatchback car category comes equipped with 4 doors, manual shift, two airbags, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio. Good vehicle for 2 persons and for driving mainly on asphalt roads.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 59
Week $ 354
Month $ 1.350
Category C
Sedans  for rent in Chile
Nissan Versa, or similar compact sedan.
This 1600cc gasoline engine car category with trunk comes equipped with manual shift, air conditioning, power assisted steering, airbags, ABS brakes,door locks, and radio. (Ideal car up to four persons). A vehicle that can get you almost anywhere in Chile. It's also pretty economical. In this category we can also offer you an automatic transmission at an extra charge.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 78
Week $ 468
Month $ 1.590
Category D
Roomy sedans  for rent in Chile
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Fully equipped roomy sedan with a 1800cc to 2000cc gasoline engine and with automatic transmission. This car category comes with ABS brakes, airbags, doors lock, power and rear view mirrors, and radio.brakes
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 118
Week $ 708
Month $ 2.350
Category E
Vans  for rent in Chile
Could be a Kia Grand Carnival, or similar luxury fully equipped VAN with 7 or 8 seats and automatic transmission. This VAN comes equipped with air bags, electric windows, doors lock, and ABS brakes as well.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 175
Week $ 1.050
Month $ 3.090
Category F
Pickup trucks (4x2)  for rent in Chile
Double cabin, four doors pickup truck with simple traction (4x2)
This vehicle comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio (good vehicle for driving on bad roads due to its high clearance, therefore ideal for Atacama desert and Patagonia)
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 99
Week $ 594
Month $ 1.730
Category G
Pickup trucks (4x4) for rent in Chile
Double cabin (four doors) pickup truck with double traction (4x4)
Comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio (excellent alternative for off road driving due to its high clearance and four wheel drive option. Excellent for Atacama desert or Patagonia and other off road places)
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 145
Week $ 870
Month $ 2.500
Category H
Small Jeeps  for rent in Chile
Suzuki Vitara 1.600cc, 4x4, 3 doors jeep
Comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air condition, and a radio with a CD player (Good vehicle for maximum 3 persons that like off road fun driving).
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 89
Week $ 490
Month $ 1.730
Category I
SUVs  for rent in Chile
SUV 4x4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar).
Fully equipped, automatic transmission. The best car to rent in Chile, because it provides luxury, high clearance, and four wheel drive…all in one vehicle. This vehicle category obviously has ABS brakes, air bags, and everything that a full equipped car should have.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 175
Week $ 1.050
Month $ 3.090

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