Valle Nevado

Situated just 40 miles east of Santiago on an exposed ridge in the Central Andes is Valle Nevado Ski Resort. With condors soaring overhead and a variety of black-rock-lined bowls and chutes, it’s no wonder that Valle Nevado attracts Ikon and Mountain Collective pass holders from around the globe. The resort has one of the most modern lift systems in Chile and is the number one South American training destination for national teams, almost ensuring that you'll be bumping into famous and familiar faces during your trip. The resort offers two free Interconnect tickets to international travelers when staying for 7 nights, which opens up 7,000 acres of terrain across the Three Valleys. And as if all this wasn’t enough, Valle Nevado Heli-Ski regularly serves up untouched 5,000 to 6,000 foot runs that can be booked for half day, full day or multi-day outings. Simply inquire online, or stop in at the operation’s HQ at Valle Nevado’s base area.

Details

Skiable Acres:

2,224

Runs:

39

Vertical Drop:

2,657 feet

Distance To Airport:

44 miles

Website:

vallenevado.com

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How To Get There

Just 44 miles from Santiago International Airport (SCL), Valle Nevado is 90-minute drive if you choose to hail a ride or rent a car, or if you’re really feeling adventurous (and have deep pockets), take a 15-minute helicopter ride right to the base of the mountain.

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Where To Stay

Hotel Valle Nevado is a luxurious ski-in/ski-out, Hotel Puerta del Sol is Valle Nevado’s mid-range hotel best suited for families and Hotel Tres Puntas is the resort’s economy hotel for budget travelers.

Travel Tips From The Pros:

Be highly prepared in your backcountry skills like snowpack evaluation, terrain management, rescue skills and medical knowledge. Accidents down there are likely to multiply if you don’t know what you’re doing. Be trained, be prepared and always factor safety into your decisions when you’re going out of bounds or skiing off-piste.

— Cody Townsend

Where To Ski

From the top of the Tres Puntas lift, head skier’s left until you’re out of bounds for steep and long off-piste runs full of natural features to send. If you want to get deep into the heart of the Andes, take a few laps in Valle Nevado’s infamous back bowls via the Ancla lift—a 30-minute hike will serve you a buffet of couloirs. Come September, you’ll be sharing the slopes with World Cup teams and professional skiers looking to get in shape for the start of the Northern Hemisphere season. Note: If you plan on skiing off-piste, be sure to have the proper safety equipment, knowledge and a partner.

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Where To Eat

Breakfast and dinner are included in the Valle Nevado hotel packages, guests of Hotel Valle Nevado and Hotel Puerta del Sol can choose from any of the restaurants, guests of Hotel Tres Puntas are restricted to just the Sur Restaurant. When out on the slopes, make a pit-stop at Bajo Zero for a mid-mountain meal, like burgers, pizza and pastas, with a spectacular view.

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Nightlife

The Bar Lounge is a great spot for après drinks and snacks. Not feeling like a rowdy party after a long day on the slopes? Bar Hotel Puerta del Sol and Bar Valle Nevado offer a full bar menu in a relaxing environment ideal for a calm buzz. The most vibrant nightlife at Valle Nevado happens at Pub Tres Puntas with live music, karaoke and dancing.