Best Ski Destinations in Chile

Chile is home to some of the best skiing destinations in the world, with its stunning Andes mountains providing breathtaking views and an unforgettable skiing experience. We have explored all of the top ski destinations in Chile and have curated a list of the very best. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, these destinations are sure to provide an unforgettable skiing experience. If you are ready to hit the slopes, contact us today to start planning your dream ski vacation!

Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado is one of the most popular skiing destinations in Chile, and for good reason. Located just 90 minutes from Santiago, Valle Nevado boasts some of the best skiing terrain in the world. With over 7,000 acres of skiable terrain and excellent snow conditions, you’ll have a skiing experience like no other. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, Valle Nevado has something to offer. The resort has a wide variety of trails, ranging from gentle beginner runs to steep and challenging black diamond slopes. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for off-piste skiing and snowboarding, with the resort’s impressive backcountry terrain providing endless possibilities for adventurous skiers.

In addition to its world-class skiing, Valle Nevado also offers a range of other activities to enjoy. You can explore the stunning Andes mountains on a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing excursion, take a thrilling heli-skiing adventure, or simply relax and soak in the resort’s luxurious spas and hot tubs. Whatever your interests, Valle Nevado has something to offer, making it the perfect destination for a memorable ski holiday

Valle Nevado

La Parva

La Parva is a premier destination for skiers seeking a challenge and breathtaking views. With over 15,000 acres of skiable terrain, the resort offers something for every skill level, from steep and challenging runs to gentle groomers for beginners. The resort also has a reputation for consistently excellent snow conditions, with an average annual snowfall of over 300 inches.

Beyond skiing, La Parva offers a range of other activities, such as snowshoeing and sledding  to explore the stunning Andes mountains. When it’s time to unwind, La Parva offers a lively social scene, with a range of dining options ranging from cozy mountain huts to elegant restaurants with panoramic views. The resort’s spa is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate, with treatments such as hot stone massages and aromatherapy facials. And of course, with the stunning Andes mountains as your backdrop, you’ll never be far from a breathtaking view at La Parva.

La Parva

Ski Arpa

Ski Arpa is Chile’s only all-cat-skiing property tucked away in the heart of the Andes with 4,000 private acres of powder.

One of the most unique and adventurous ski experiences in South America, Arpa offers an opportunity to get away from the congestion and crowds at the ski resorts. No lifts, no lines- it’s about as remote as you can get without a helicopter. It’s a playground for thrill seekers with unparalleled vertical snow conditions, breathtaking views, and some of the best-untracked powder in the world.

A family-owned and run operation, Ski Arpa was founded by Austrian expat, Anton “Toni” Sponar who spends his northern winters in Aspen, Colorado, and his southern winters in Chile. Toni set up the area as a rustic mountainside day lodge with two Pisten Bully snowcats that each carry 12 skiers and gear to 12,000 feet.

From the summit, skiers are treated to unobstructed views of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside the Himalayas, and the Pacific Ocean to the West before skiing down to the cat driver who’s ready to serve up another lap. Top off the day with a few cold beers with your fellow skiers while sharing stories overlooking one of the Andes’ most spectacular sunsets. It all adds up to one of the most remarkable days of skiing you’ll ever have.

Just two hours from Santiago, it’s doable as a day trip from Santiago, or visitors can stay in the town of Los Andes one hour away.

Check out their official website to learn more about the Arpa Experience.


El Colorado

El Colorado is a popular destination for families and beginner skiers, but it also offers plenty of challenging terrain for more advanced skiers. With over 1,000 acres of skiable terrain and a range of amenities, including dining options and a ski school, El Colorado is the perfect destination for a fun and relaxing ski vacation.


Hidden in the middle of the Chilean Andes, two-hours from Santiago, Portillo is on every serious skier’s bucket list.

The fabulous yellow hotel is an icon of South American skiing and accommodates a maximum of 450 guests a week, eliminating crowds and lift lines. Accommodation is based on a week-long stay which is fully inclusive of lift tickets, four meals a day, many of the facilities and activities at the hotel. All lodging options are ski-in, ski- out with the possibility of skiing right from the front door every morning.

Portillo is famed for its steep slopes with easily accessed backcountry terrain and welcomes Olympic ski teams who come to Chile for summer training. Treeless terrain provides the opportunity to explore the wide-open bowls, rocky chutes, and incredible off-piste skiing on offer at Portillo. Less-experienced guests will find wide-open beginner and intermediate slopes plus a internationally renowned ski school.

Off the slopes, enjoy a lively après-ski scene with a never-ending flow of fantastic Chilean wine.



Corralco is located in the heart of the Andes mountains, providing stunning views and challenging terrain for serious skiers. With over 1,500 acres of skiable terrain and a range of amenities, including dining options and a ski school, Corralco is the perfect destination for a fun and challenging ski vacation.

The resort’s snowmaking capabilities ensure consistent snow conditions throughout the season, and with an average annual snowfall of over 400 inches, you can count on plenty of fresh powder.

Getting to Corralco is easy, with the resort located just 685 kilometers (426 miles) south of Santiago de Chile. The easiest way to get there is by car, with a drive time of around nine hours from Santiago. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Temuco, followed by a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the resort.

At Upscape, we’re experts in skiing vacations, and we can help you plan the perfect trip to any of these top ski destinations in Chile. Contact us today to start planning your unforgettable skiing adventure.

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