Skiing in Chile is more than just a sport, it’s a chance to be surrounded by nature and live experiences that please all your senses. Enjoy the mountains, while breathing in the freshest air. Chilean ski centers stand out for their stunning beauty, whether it’s on the slopes of a mountain or a volcano.
Each one of the Ski centers in Chile boasts majestic landscapes, excellent snow quality, a fun ambience and touristic activities for all ages ranging from extreme sports to spas for relaxing all the senses.
What´s more, the ski centers in Chile have the best tracks in South America for skiing and snowboarding, with nocturnal lighting and modern ski lifts to reach the places where you can practice all kinds of stunts!
SNOW IN THE SOUTH OF CHILE
While central Chile is better known for its mountain centers that are very close to Santiago, skiers recommend the south for a more unforgettable experience that you won’t regret.
Southern ski centers have begun to attract international tourists with their unique setting: they are located inside National Parks, sitting on volcanoes or at least, surrounded by volcanos, where the most daring skiers can slide at high speeds.
That, combined with the geographical blessing of having natural thermal springs, delicious food and extreme activities, like rides on snowmobiles, doing randonnée, ziplines and even off-trail skiing reached by helicopter, or heliskiing.
Getting to know these mountain centers is a treat both visual and emotional. Since we know you love the snow, here are the Top 6 ski centers in Chile which you mustn’t miss if you visit the south:
1. Nevados de Chillán
The Nevados de Chillan Ski Center is one of the most complete. Known worldwide for its excellent snow quality and particularly for the beauty that surrounds it.
Its volcanic thermal springs make it stand out, with vast extensions of native forest and a panoramic view like nowhere else. It has a skiable surface of over 10,000 hectares, apt for all sorts of winter sports.
With over 30 slopes, among them, the longest slope in South America called “Las Tres Marias”, which is 13 kms long (8 mi).
It also has a variety of hotels and mountain centers with spas and outdoor activities like: trekking, canopying, mountain biking and more.
Located in mid Malalcahuello National Reserve, this ski center has become a world class destination thanks to its excellent standard of activities. It’s the favorite of many advanced skiers in Chile and around the world.
Just over 1000 meters high (3,280 ft), it has 26 slopes with excellent snow quality. With more than a thousand hectares of skiable area, it’s surrounded by a millenary araucaria forest and a breathtaking view of the Lonquimay volcano.
3. Las Araucarias
At the feet of the Llaima Volcano, this Chilean Ski center in nestled in the heart of Conguillío National Park, northeast of Temuco. It’s an offer that dazzles with its impressive landscapes full of millenary Araucaria forests and mountain lagoons.
Besides skiing, snowboarding and doing randonée, Las Araucarias offers a number of activities to suit everyone’s tastes, such as snowshoeing, theme dinners, torch descents, karaoke parties and much more.
Lying on the slopes of the Antuco Volcano, within the Laguna del Laja National Park, at 89 km (55mi) from the southern city of Los Angeles, this ski center is one-of-a-kind with ski tracks that run deep through native forests giving skiers stunning views of nearby volcanoes.
An ideal place for spending a pleasant day skiing or learning how to ski without much difficulty since this center isn’t as crowded as some of the other more frequented resorts.
Antuco offers private chalets and low-capacity lodging, as well as equipment rental, three drag lifts, a cafeteria and a restaurant. There’s also a ski school and the Clubhouse of the Los Angeles Ski Club. Open all year.
Antillanca is the perfect Chilean Ski Resort for those who want a more adventurous experience. One of the main centers in the south of Chile, it’s tucked away inside Puyehue National Park, on the foothills of the Casablanca Volcano.
Its singularity is that it also offers winter sports off the slopes and that the hotel infrastructure is located right at the feet of the ski fields.
Here you can do extreme descents, its slopes and ledges are well-known by Chile’s most adventurous snowboarders. For those who enjoy adventure and ecotourism, in the summer Antillanca transforms into an outdoor sports center where one can go trekking, rock climbing, visit volcanic caves, and much more.
Pucón is considered a natural paradise for snowboarding thanks to its “half pipes” and natural canyons but it’s also one of the most modern ski centers in southern Chile because of its top-notch infrastructure.
Located near the charming and beautiful town of Pucón, this resort has been selected to host several important international level competitions.