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Portillo, Chile

Valle Nevado, the largest and most modern ski resort in Chile, with access to more than 7,000 acres of Andean terrain

Valle Nevado is located 9,925 feet above sea level. That is just 37 miles from Santiago. Nestled in the heart of the Andes this ski resort offers spectacular mountain views from every direction. It boasts the most modern lift system in the country. The small-scale “village” 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. This opens nearly 7,000 acres of terrain. There is plenty of terrain for beginners and intermediates. Advanced skiers might consider booking a thrilling adventure with the resort’s heli-ski service. Helicopters will get skiers and snowboarders 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. Chile’s famous for its delicious food, pisco sours, and wine. You may run into one of the many international ski pros who call Valle Nevado their summer training camp. In the afternoon, unwind from the slopes in the resort’s outdoor pool apres ski. You’ll see Andean sunset and condors soar above.

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.

Lodging in Valle Nevado