Santiago is the gateway to any Chile skiing
holiday and it's also makes a great base to access the Santiago ski resorts in nearby Tres Valles. Whether you just do a brief stopover in the city at the start or end of your Chile ski vacation, or stay there to access the Tres Valles ski resorts, Santiago is a must do!
With a population of 5.5 million, more than 36 percent of Chile’s population lives in Santiago. Whilst it doesn’t have the same pizzazz as other South American cities, Santiago is certainly the heartbeat of Chile.
Ski Santiago Chile - Nearby Resorts
The Santiago ski resorts are the interconnected ski resorts in the Three Valleys (Tres Valles), a little out of the city. The boutique La Parva
is only 50km east of the city and a popular choice for the elite of Santiago. El Colorado
and Farellones ski
areas are part of the one resort and are great for beginners and for racing on long groomers. Valle Nevado
is a behemoth ski area that is internationally renowned that has impressive facilities.
To the southeast of Santiago is little Lagunillas, a non-commercial ski resort. Nearby is Chapa Verde, 145km from Santiago.
The most well known ski resort amongst North Americans is Portillo
, which is 164km (about 2 hours drive) northeast of Santiago near the Argentina border. Portillo has been cited as one of Warren Miller’s top 10 favourite ski destinations, partly because of the steep slopes and the powder, but also because of the charisma of the big yellow Hotel Portillo
A Santiago skiing vacation can include Chile heli skiing
opportunities, and there are also day trips from Santiago to the Aconcagua Valley to go cat skiing with Ski Arpa
(108km - about 2:15 hour drive from Santiago).
Where is Santiago?
Santiago (Santiago de Chile) is located in the central valley of Chile between the Chilean Coast Range and the spectacular Andes Mountains.
The Santiago Benitez International Airport is the main airport which is located 26km west of central Santiago. LAN is the major international carrier with flights from Canada, United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Other airlines fly into Santiago from other South American cities.
A huge advantage of the ski resorts near Santiago over those in southern Chile and in Argentina is that they are so easily accessible. It’s generally much quicker to fly into Santiago than Buenos Aires, and from the Santiago airport the ski resorts are only 1.5 to 2 hours away.
Accommodation Santiago Chile
Santiago has lots of accommodation options spread across the various neighbourhoods of the city. In recent years many hostels and other budget accommodation options have popped up, and there are also upmarket Santiago hotels
that are very reasonably priced.
Santiago Hotel Listings
Your first impression might be that all Santiago has going for it in winter is the smog, and whilst Santiago activities
aren’t as obviously attractive to the tourist compared to other South American cities, Santiago certainly has an intriguing allure. There are various things to do in Santiago Chile
, particularly if you’ve got plenty of time on your hands. There are several museums, quirky shops, a vibrant café scene and a few other attractions.
A day trip to Maipo Valley or Aconcagua Valley to visit the wineries is a must-do, especially to try some of the unique varietals such as Carménère, a delicious medium-bodied red.
Why Stay in Santiago?
||Maipo Valley Premium Wine Tour - Day Tour
Don't leave Chile without experiencing some of its amazing wineries. This one day tour provides a quick taste of local Maipo valley wines and includes lunch...a great way to end a ski trip in Chile.....
If you’re looking for a distinctive Chilean culture up at the Santiago ski resorts, then you may be a little disappointed. In Chile only the elite going skiing, and when you stay on-mountain at the ski resorts the atmosphere is similar to that of a North American ski resort.
However if you stay in Santiago where there’s a melting pot of socio-economic groups, you know that you’ll experience the real heart and soul of Chile. The culture of Chile might not smack you in the face as it does in some other South American cities, but Santiago provides a great opportunity to slowly absorb the Chilean culture….. all in Chile time.
Hosted Tours That May Include Santiago