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Farellones Chile
Farellones Chile
Farellones sits below El Colorado
Farellones sits below El Colorado
One of several Farellones streets
One of several Farellones streets
Spectacular views from the restaurant deck area
Spectacular views from the restaurant deck area
There are a few ski rental shops
There are a few ski rental shops
Looking up to the Farellones ski resort
Looking up to the Farellones ski resort
The tubing area with some of the backcountry above
The tubing area with some of the backcountry above
Farellones ski area
Farellones ski area
A few of the lodgings are ski-in ski-out
A few of the lodgings are ski-in ski-out
The Farellones ski slopes off the left
The Farellones ski slopes off the left
Farellones chutes and other backcountry terrain
Farellones chutes and other backcountry terrain
Farellones Chile base area
Farellones Chile base area
Farellones Chile
Farellones Chile
The base area looks up to El Colorado ski resort
The base area looks up to El Colorado ski resort
The famous Santiago sunset from Powder Lodge
The famous Santiago sunset from Powder Lodge
Farellones doesn't have a "resort" vibe
Farellones doesn't have a
The hot tub at Powder Lodge Farellones
The hot tub at Powder Lodge Farellones
Surface lifts provide access from Farellones up to El Colorado
Surface lifts provide access from Farellones up to El Colorado

Farellones

Farellones Chile is a mountain village and a small ski area that is part of the Tres Valles (Three Valleys). Villa Farellones is a great place to stay that enables easy access to the nearby ski resorts of El Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado.

Farellones Ski Area

The Farellones ski area is only small and is considered by many to be part of El Colorado rather than a stand-alone ski resort, because both areas are accessed off the one lift ticket.

The Farellones ski resort itself has a miniscule vertical drop of 190 metres (2,390 – 2,580 metres) and it only consists of a handful of surface lifts, a couple of beginner runs that drop down from El Colorado, and a novice slope adjacent to a tubing area. The interconnected Farellones and El Colorado have combined statistics of 1,100 hectares, 101 piste trails, and 1,090 metres of vertical.

Whilst Farellones and El Colorado are interconnected via the slopes with La Parva and Valle Nevado, most visitors travel to these resorts via road because the cost of a dual lift ticket is nearly as much as two separate lift tickets. See the Farellones travel page for more information on getting to and from the nearby ski resorts.

Where is Farellones Chile?

The village is located 51km northeast of central Santiago, and only 36km from the Las Condes area of Santiago. Farellones sits below the village of El Colorado which is 5km by road, whilst the village is 4.5km from La Parva, and 15km from Valle Nevado (by road).

The road from Santiago up to the Tres Valles ski areas is paved, but the drive can be a little challenging considering the many switchbacks. There are also restrictions at certain times regarding one-way traffic. If you don’t want to rent a car and self-drive, transfers can be organised as part of a Farellones ski package or there are reasonably priced shuttles that run from Santiago daily.

Day Trips from Santiago to nearby ski Resorts Santiago Skiing - Day Trips
If you don't have time for a few days or a week at one of Chile's top ski resorts but you have a free day available, jump on a Santiago skiing day trip. Pickups around 8:00 am & leaves the mountain of choice at 5:00 pm daily.

Backcountry & Sidecountry day trips from Santiago Backcountry Day Trips from Santiago
Get away from the crowds and experience the best of the Tres Valles. These tours are lift-accessed backcountry (slackcountry) with experienced guides. Includes transfers and avalanche safety gear..

Villa Farellones

The village is distinctly different to Valle Nevado which feels very much like a resort and is predominantly made up of high rise hotels. La Parva and El Colorado also feel a bit “resorty”. Conversely Farellones is more traditional with lots of wooden lodges and cabins. It’s characteristically rural and there are even a few chickens running around. In essence it feels like what you’d expect of the “real Chile”.

Farellones Lodging

The village pretty much covers the full gamut of options, unlike La Parva that just has apartment accommodation, El Colorado that has apartment style hotels, and Valle Nevado that has big hotels and apartments (and one option for budget style accommodation even though it’s not cheap).

Farellones lodging includes hotels, lodges, apartments, houses, and hostel style backpackers that are very reasonably priced. See the Farellones lodging page for more information.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Farellones

Pros:
  • Farellones is the place to stay if you want to ski at more than one of the Tres Valles ski resorts. It’s in a handy location and affords flexibility to access all the ski resorts via road (especially considering it’s no longer possible to get well priced inter-resort lift tickets to ski between the resorts).
  • It has a better range of accommodation styles compared to the other parts of Tres Valles.
  • The lodgings are generally less expensive and provide better value for money, especially for those travelling alone or in pairs, and there is lodging available for those travelling on a shoestring.
  • The duration and start-day of your stay can be flexible, unlike La Parva and Valle Nevado where a week-long stay or mini week stay is generally required.
  • The village is delightfully anti-resort and it feels like you can experience some of the “real Chile”.
  • Farellones Chile has better nightlife relative to La Parva, Valle Nevado and El Colorado 
Cons:
  • For anyone other than beginners or tubing aficionados, the Farellones ski area will serve no great purpose other than as an access route to get to and from El Colorado.
  • There is somewhat limited infrastructure with respect to shops and other supporting services. 
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective:
  • Farellones is very popular with beginners and families due to the gentle slopes and the tubing, although it’s generally not well suited to international visitors who don’t speak fluent Spanish because the ski school lessons are not in English and there’s no child care.

Tours That May Include Farellones

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Classic Shortie DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
9 Days | 8 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 3,595
EARLY BIRD - book & pay deposit by Dec 31, 2016 & secure 2016 prices (save 5 - 10%)
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
This tour is ideal for first-timers to skiing in Chile or those wanting a quick fix of southern POW as it visits many of Chiles best resorts including Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and spectacular Nevados de Chillan.
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High Andes Adventure DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Days Skiing inc 2 Days Cat
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USD 3,995
EARLY BIRD - book & pay deposit by Dec 31, 2016 & secure 2016 prices (save 5 - 10%)
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Visit the highest ski resorts in the Andes and experience 2 days of cat skiing at Valle El Arpa. Situated in the shadow of Aconcagua, the tallest peak outside the Himalayas, these ski and snowboard centers will bring out the big mountain
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Summer Snow Escape Off-Piste DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5+ Days Skiing
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USD 3,995
Ability: Advanced to Expert
An action packed adventure for advanced to expert skiers & snowboarders. Ride Chile's top ski areas (Valle Nevado, El Colorado, La Parva, Portillo PLUS El Arpa Cat Skiing) plus a night in Santiago to end the trip of all trips!
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Heli Skiing Tours
Central Cordillera Heliskiing DETAILS
CHILE HELI SKIING PACKAGES
7 Nights | 3 or 6 Days Heliskiing
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USD 8,186
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
These private heli ski weeks comprise of either 3 or 6 days of heli skiing combined with 7 nights of accommodation that come in a variety of options. Stay in Santiago in a 5-star hotel & fly from the 55th floor of a city building, or stay in-resort on-mountain, or at a remote nature reserve
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