Valle Nevado Ski Resort

The Valle Nevado ski resort is located just 30 km outside of Santiago, making it easily accessible for day trips from the thriving Chilean capital. Valle Nevado is a relatively new Chile ski resort opening in 1988. Therefore, Valle Nevado skiing boasts the most modern facilities including the only high speed detachable chair lift in Chile and would most resemble a North American resort compared to other Chilean Ski resorts.


Valle Nevado offers at it base three hotels and 8 restaurants in this French designed resort. At mid mountain is our favourite lunch spot called “Bajo Zero” restaurant that offers an outdoor Chilean Barbeque on the many sunny days to be had in the Chilean Andes.

When you ski Valle Nevado you will be skiing at the highest altitudes possible from a ski lift in South America. Off the top of the “Tres Puntas” lift you will find yourself at 3670m / 12040ft. Valle Nevado has a vertical of 810m/2657ft and 810 hectares/2000 acres of skiable terrain serviced by 4 chair lifts and 7 surface lifts.

From the upper slopes of Valle Nevado you have spectacular views. In one direction you are looking up to the El Plomo Peak at 5430m/17,650ft and the vast El Plomo Glacier. In the other direction you are looking down on the world over vast fields of snow and peaks of the Andes and in another direction down onto Santiago located over 3000m/ 10000 ft below!

At these altitudes and with a predominately southern exposure you have some of the driest snow possible. There are no trees and the long rolling terrain of Valle Nevado offers long groomed runs to vast open areas of powder.

We consider Valle Nevado as the most crowded resort on our tours. Weekends see lots of people coming up from Santiago and can actually produce line-ups of up to 5 minutes! So it is all relative and we schedule our tours so that you are actually skiing Valle Nevado on a weekday and you simply ski right onto the lifts. We literally ski fresh tracks days and days after a snow fall due to the overall lack of skiers and if you know where to go.

The one area where we like to find fresh tracks when skiing Valle Nevado is an area called “Olympico.” It is not currently marked on Valle Nevado’s trail map and is probably not included in their acreage total and would easily add another 200 hectares/500 acres of skiable terrain to their totals. This area is easy to get to, not groomed, less skied, and always offers the freshest snow at Valle Nevado.

The Valle Nevado ski resort is located just 30 km outside of Santiago, making it easily accessible for day trips from the thriving Chilean capital. Valle Nevado is a relatively new Chile ski resort opening in 1988. Therefore, Valle Nevado skiing boasts the most modern facilities including the only high speed detachable chair lift in Chile and would most resemble a North American resort compared to other Chilean Ski resorts.

Valle Nevado offers at it base three hotels and 8 restaurants in this French designed resort. At mid mountain is our favourite lunch spot called “Bajo Zero” restaurant that offers an outdoor Chilean Barbeque on the many sunny days to be had in the Chilean Andes.

When you ski Valle Nevado you will be skiing at the highest altitudes possible from a ski lift in South America. Off the top of theTres Puntas lift you will find yourself at 3670m / 12040ft. Valle Nevado has a vertical of 810m/2657ft and 810 hectares/2000 acres of skiable terrain serviced by 4 chair lifts and 7 surface lifts.

From the upper slopes of Valle Nevado you have spectacular views. In one direction you are looking up to the El Plomo Peak at 5430m/17,650ft and the vast El Plomo Glacier. In the other direction you are looking down on the world over vast fields of snow and peaks of the Andes and in another direction down onto Santiago located over 3000m/ 10000 ft below!

At these altitudes and with a predominately southern exposure you have some of the driest snow possible. There are no trees and the long rolling terrain of Valle Nevado offers long groomed runs to vast open areas of powder.

We consider Valle Nevado as the most crowded resort on our tours. Weekends see lots of people coming up from Santiago and can actually produce line-ups of up to 5 minutes! So it is all relative and we schedule our tours so that you are actually skiing Valle Nevado on a weekday and you simply ski right onto the lifts. We literally ski fresh tracks days and days after a snow fall due to the overall lack of skiers and if you know where to go.

The one area where we like to find fresh tracks when skiing Valle Nevado is an area called Olympico.” It is not currently marked on Valle Nevado’s trail map and is probably not included in their acreage total and would easily add another 200 hectares/500 acres of skiable terrain to their totals. This area is easy to get to, not groomed, less skied, and always offers the freshest snow at Valle Nevado.