Ski Chile

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Portillo is high in the Andes
Portillo is high in the Andes
The unique “va et vient” lifts (aka slingshot) at Portillo
The unique “va et vient” lifts (aka slingshot) at Portillo
The Portillo hotel pool & spas offer some of the best views on the planet
The Portillo hotel pool & spas offer some of the best views on the planet
Nevados de Chillan is a huge ski area on an active volcano
Nevados de Chillan is a huge ski area on an active volcano
The terrain at Nevados de Chillan offers something for every ability
The terrain at Nevados de Chillan offers something for every ability
Arpa cat skiing operates at high altitude & is Chile
Arpa cat skiing operates at high altitude & is Chile's only cat operation
Blower powder at La Parva in the Tres Valles near Santiago
Blower powder at La Parva in the Tres Valles near Santiago
The village of La Parva & some of its terrain
The village of La Parva & some of its terrain
Big lines at La Parva ski resort
Big lines at La Parva ski resort
Valle Nevado village sits on a ridge & affords spectacular views
Valle Nevado village sits on a ridge & affords spectacular views
Ash Muller riding the dry powder at Valle Nevado resort
Ash Muller riding the dry powder at Valle Nevado resort
Valle Nevado has a lot of terrain on offer but most of it is fairly mellow
Valle Nevado has a lot of terrain on offer but most of it is fairly mellow
El Colorado in the Tres Valles has a lot of fast groomers
El Colorado in the Tres Valles has a lot of fast groomers
El Colorado village is quite small compared to Farellones & La Parva
El Colorado village is quite small compared to Farellones & La Parva
Farellones is a great central location to stay in the Tres Valles & for those on a budget
Farellones is a great central location to stay in the Tres Valles & for those on a budget
Corralco is a volcano offerring some good back country
Corralco is a volcano offerring some good back country
Villarica volcano (at Pucon) is primarily for those happy to earn their turns
Villarica volcano (at Pucon) is primarily for those happy to earn their turns
Skiing down the Villarica volcano is fairly mellow
Skiing down the Villarica volcano is fairly mellow
The sunsets around the Tres Valles are spectacular
The sunsets around the Tres Valles are spectacular
A couple of nights in Santiago is well worth it to experience the history & culture
A couple of nights in Santiago is well worth it to experience the history & culture

Ski Chile

Ski Chile, South America

 Ski Chile at some of the great ski resorts perched up high in the majestic Andes mountain range. Chile is a great destination for a ski or snowboard holiday because you can combine powder skiing with an interesting culture.

Other than the skiing, Chile is also renowned for its weird shape – the long skinny country that spans 4,300km along the coast of South America and is 18 times longer than its widest point. It’s the land of startling diversity in regards to its geography and climate. From hot arid deserts in the north, to the chilly (OK, pun intended!) expanses of Patagonia in the south, it’s definitely the land of contrasts.

Chile Ski Resorts

Chile has at least 20 ski resorts located in the southern half of the country. The most northern resort is Portillo, which is 164km northeast of Santiago, and not far from the border of Argentina. Portillo ski resort is world renowned, and is recognized in photos by the distinctive yellow Hotel Portillo set amongst the magnificent backdrop of the snow covered Andes.

Also near Santiago are the ski resorts in the Three Valleys (Tres Valles): the modern and massive world class Valle Nevado, and the interconnected La Parva, El Colorado and Farellones ski resorts. To the southeast of Santiago is little Lagunillas, a non-commercial ski resort. Nearby is Chapa Verde, 145km from Santiago.

About five hours south of Santiago near Chillan is Nevados de Chillan (formerly known as Termas de Chillan), a hot springs resort that sits on two active volcanoes. Further south is the small family resort of Ski Pucon on the Villarica Volcano. This ski resort is also situated on a volcano, and is popular with freestylers due to the natural half pipes formed by lava flows. Other southern resorts include Antillanca (adjacent to Bariloche in Argentina) Antuco, Corralco (on Lonquimay Volcano), Llaima, and El Fraile. And way down south is the Cerro Mirador Resort.

The lift systems at the Chile ski resorts are generally not very good, especially when compared to USA ski resorts and skiing in Canada. Undertake a good pre-season fitness regime, as your quads won’t get much rest on all those surface tows (although they will get a long rest on the slow chairlifts). The ski resorts nearer to Santiago have acceptable lift and facility infrastructure, whilst the more southern resorts have less infrastructure on offer. The upside of the lack of glitz is the lower cost. Another disadvantage for many of the southern resorts is that they are not well suited to the expert skier or boarder.

Skiing in Chile

The Andes is the second highest mountain range in the world, and it’s still rising. The summit of Aconcagua which is only 15km from the border of Chile, sits at 6,950 metres (22,841 feet). Thankfully the ski resorts aren’t as high, but those around Santiago still rise to around 3,650 metres. These elevations are fantastic for the views and snow quality, but are not quite so good for the ability to breathe for the first day or so.

These northern ski resorts are above the tree line, and as you move further south the elevations are lower which affords some tree skiing opportunities. Average annual snowfalls are generally around the 6-7 metre mark, except for Nevados de Chillan and Ski Pucon that receive a bountiful 10 metres annually. The snowpack is coastal, so it’s reasonably stable, and considering the cool temperatures, the powder is reasonably dry. That being said, Chile ski resorts sometimes also suffer from horrendously icy conditions.

The weather can be very kind and provide lots of sunny days, but considering that many of the resorts are very exposed, nasty weather can close the resorts and access roads for days at a time. This may put a quick dampener on your ski vacation, but when the bluebird day arrives you’ll forget about it and enjoy skiing bliss once again.

Heli Skiing and Cat Skiing in Chile

There are various heli skiing and heli boarding opportunities in Chile. These are typically situated at the upscale ski resorts such as Portillo, Valle Nevado, and La Parva. All the operations provide single day heli skiing packages, and most provide single runs options. See our Heli Ski Chile overview for more information.

There is only one formal Chile cat skiing operation. The Ski Arpa cat skiing operation is located about 100km north of Santiago.

When is the Ski Season in Chile?

Chile is a great place to have a winter vacation in summer (of course this only works for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere!), or a winter vacation in winter! The ski season begins in mid-June and runs to October. However the best skiing conditions in Chile are generally mid July to early September, but the busy Chile holidays are during July.

Why Ski or Snowboard in Chile?

Chile is a great place to have a ski holiday and experience the Latin culture all at the same time. You can speak Spanish to your heart’s content or giggle at the Spanglish where eating is described as “gastronomy”, and skiing is something that you practise. In Chile, dinner is eaten late, dancing goes to the wee hours, and you might get away with having an après siesta. And as part of the culture, only the super keen powderhounds are up early for first lifts. Fantástico!

Chile Fully Hosted & Guided Ski & Snowboard Safaris

A great way to explore the Chile ski resorts is to go on a multi-resort tour. The guides look after any language issues and transport requirements, and the guides know the terrain intimately so you get to ski the best lines in the best snow with your safety being paramount. 

You don't need to be an expert or advanced rider as there are many intermediate trips available, and some tours incorporate instruction or coaching.

Chile Packages & Tours

Cant decide which resort to go to? Why not join an organised tour and visit several ski areas on the one trip and be driven around from one place to another, guided to the best spots on each mountain (relative to your ability) and in some tours you will be provided with instruction along the way!

See the Chile ski tours for more information. For tour dates and an indication of availability, check out the South America ski tours schedule page.
Chile Ski Tours

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

High Andes Adventure
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Days Skiing inc 2 Days Cat
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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USD 4,495
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Classic Shortie
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
9 Days | 8 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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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USD 4,695
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Chile Explorer
GUIDED TOUR (+ optional coaching) for SKIERS
13 Days | 12 Nights | 9 Ski Days | 5 Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ride 5 of Chile's best ski areas including Valle Nevado, El Colorado, La Parva, Corralco & Nevados de Chillan whilst improving your off-piste & powder skiing skills with coaching (optional) from a Canadian certified level 3 or 4 ski instructor.
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USD 5,498
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Explore Atacama & Valle Nevado
7 DAY TOUR (Unguided) ex SANTIAGO
Private groups only | 2 Night, 3 Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
This incredible tour is one of extreme contrasts with half of the week spent exploring the Atacama desert and the other half skiing at Santiago's largest ski resort; Valle Nevado. Do it now or add it to your bucket list!
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USD 3,444
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Express Ski - Tres Valles
3 DAY TOUR (Unguided) ex SANTIAGO
Private groups only | 2 Night, 3 Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
If you have limited time, these 2-night, 3-day package tours are a great way to experience the Tres Valles ski resorts of Valle Nevado, La Parva & El Colorado. Package includes transport, accommodation, most meals & lift tickets.
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USD 1,154
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Chile Powder Sessions
GUIDED OFF-PISTE & BC ADVENTURE
10 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | Nevados de Chillan
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Nevados de Chillan is a relatively unknown resort noted for its abundant snowfalls and amazing backcountry terrain. This guided 11 day tour will enable you to become intimate with this incredible volcano whilst incorporating some fabulous Chilean culture, food & wine.
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USD 3,665
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Guided Ski Day Tours
GUIDED LIFT ACCESS BACKCOUNTRY DAY ex SANTIAGO
Private groups only | 6 hours duration
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
These day tours are for skiers and boarders who want to experience the fresh powder chutes that skirt the resorts of Valle Nevado and La Parva. Access is predominantly lift access.
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USD 506
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Day Trips - Portillo
SKI RESORT DAY TOURS (Unguided) ex SANTIAGO
Private groups only | 10 hours duration
Ability: Beginner to Expert
These day tours are for skiers and boarders who are staying in Santiago and would like to spend a day at the famous ski resort of PORTILLO. Package includes transport & lift tickets.
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USD 236
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Chile Volcano Ski Touring
SKI TOURING CHILE VOLCANOES
9 Days | Customizable Itinerary
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
On this tour, you will climb to the top of some of Chile's most spectacular volcanoes & ski back down to the low-lands. Some afternoons you will visit relaxing hot springs & along the way you will experience South American cities & towns. PRIVATE GROUPS of 2 - 6 guests or join a fixed date tour as a solo/small group
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USD 3,200
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Freeride The Andes
SNOWMOBILE ACCESS SKI/BOARDING TOUR
2N | 2D Riding OR 4N | 4D Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This tour offers up some of the world's best backcountry snowmobiling, skiing & snowboarding high-up in the Andes about 80km from Santiago. Packages are available for 2 nights / 2 days riding OR 4 nights / 4 days riding.
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USD 1,950
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Heli Skiing Tours

Central Cordillera Heliskiing
CHILE HELI SKIING PACKAGES
7 Nights | 3 or 6 Days Heliskiing
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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USD 7,490
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Andes Heli Ski Packages
HELISKI CHILE'S BEST TERRAIN
4 Nights | 3 Days Heliskiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This deluxe package is ideal for those that have limited time yet want to experience the best powder and terrain in Chile in just a few days. Available for private & mixed group tours. The package includes 3 days of heli-skiing, avo safety gear, use of skis/snowboard, 4 nights of luxury lodging, transfers, meals & more
Price p/p From price based on group of 8 (price per person) with 9 hours flying time
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USD 7,800
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Classic Heli Ski Package
HELISKI CHILE'S BEST TERRAIN
7 Nights | 6 Days Heliskiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are looking for an epic week of heli skiing in the Chilean Andes, this could be the tour for you! Available for semi private groups of 4 or 8 or private groups of 12. This package includes 6 days of heli-skiing, avo safety gear, use of skis/snowboard, 7 nights of luxury lodging, transfers, meals & more
Price p/p From price based on semi-private - 2 groups of 4 - 6.5 hrs fly time per group (price per person)
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USD 12,500
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Cat Skiing Tours

Ski Arpa Portillo Express
ARPA CAT SKIING - PORTILLO EXTENSION
1 Night Lodging | 1 Day Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The ultimate way to finish a week at Portillo and maximise your ski time in Chile. Stay an extra night en-route to Santiago Airport and ski 10,000 - 15,000 vertical feet of freshies with Arpa Cat Skiing.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room (group of 2) staying at Inca Hotel. Min 2 guests required to tour to operate.
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USD 853
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Ultimate Ski Arpa Experience
MULTI-DAY SNOWCAT SKIING TOUR
2 Nights Lodging | 2 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This tour includes approx 26,000 feet of vertical cat skiing, accommodation in nearby Los Andes, some meals (depending on your choice of lodging) and transfers to/from Santiago as well as to/from El Arpa from your Los Andes lodging
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USD 1,559
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Ski Arpa Day Trip from Santiago
ARPA CAT SKIING - DAY TRIP FROM SANTIAGO
1 Full Day of Cat Skiing inc Transfers
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are based in Santiago and are looking for a unique and exciting ski or snowboard adventure, then a day of snowcat skiing (10,000 - 15,000 vertical feet) at Ski Arpa could be just the ticket! The full day tour (12 hours) includes return transport ex Santiago.
Price p/p From price based on group of 2. Price reduces per person depending on number of guests attending. Min 2 guests required to tour to operate.
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USD 640
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Boat Skiing Tours

Patagonia Package
PATAGONIA FLOATING HELISKI WEEK
7 Nights Luxury Yacht | 15 Hours Heli Time
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This Patagonia heli skiing has to be one of the most amazing packages on the planet; cruising around the Patagonia fjords in a luxury motor yacht & skiing exclusive terrain on a different volcano each day. Spectacular views of natural wonders combined with additional activities make this a once in a lifetime trip....
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USD 16,000
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