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Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado Ski Resort Guide

Valle Nevado, Chile

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length66 miles
Highest Lift12,037ft
Resort Height9,367ft
 Nearest AirportSantiago
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Valle Nevado

A smart French designed resort with international cuisine prepared by European chefs. Close to Santiago, the resort is currently being expanded with the on-going target of being both top in the southern hemisphere, and potentially one of the top resorts in the world. Heliskiing is particularly popular and snowmobiling and hang gliding are also offered.


The Chilean ski resort of Valle Nevado is in the Chilean Andes at an altitude of 9,367ft, with 66 miles of marked runs.

Valle Nevado is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Chile and has direct access to 66 miles of downhill skiing, with 34 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 9,367ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 12,037ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Valle Nevado?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Valle Nevado.

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Ski Area Stats

Valle Nevado Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
66 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Valle Nevado Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift12,037ft
Lowest Trail9,449ft
Resort Altitude (Valle Nevado)9,367ft
Max Vertical2,671ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Valle Nevado
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Valle Nevado Overview

Valle Nevado is a smart, French designed, resort close to the Chilean capital Santiago. It has a look of Les Arcs or Avoriaz to it and the French concept of putting most facilities conveniently together and sheltered from the elements within in a few major buildings. The resort is constantly being expanded with the on-going target of being both top in the southern hemisphere, and potentially one of the top resorts in the world. One of the world's newest major ski areas, opened in 1988, it endeavours to offer both world class snow sports and the highest quality resort infrastructure including lodging, dining and off slope leisure facilities.

Valle Nevado is located just 60km (37 miles) from Santiago's international airport, at an altitude of 2855m (10,000 feet), yet still at the foot of the imposing El Plomo Peak, amidst the incredibly breathtaking landscapes of the Andes Mountains. The Chillean capital and South Pacific Ocean lie far below. Despite copious snowfall the resort has an 80% average of sunshine days during the ski season.

Skiers and boarders are both very well catered for here. The abundant powder snow is legendary; the ski area - linked to two neighbouring resorts, the largest in South America and the terrain park also the best in South America, attracting annual FIS World Cup events. Heliskiing and boarding is another strength being more affordable and easily accessible than in most other parts of the world, with huge 2,000m off piste verticals to be had.


Valle Nevado's skiing is part of one of the three largest ski areas in the Southern Hemisphere. There are some 23,000 acres of terrain with 36km (23 miles) of pisted trails, all high above the tree-line, providing skiers and snowboarders with options for all abilities and preferences.

Although famous for its powder and heliskiing, Valle Nevado is in fact well suited to beginners and intermediates with two thirds of the pisted terrain suitable for them.

For first timers there's a learning zone for beginners where a new Telecuerda (modern day rope tow) was installed recently to serve the growing snowboard market. The ski school has teachers from at least eight different ski nations so you're likely to hear familiar accents wherever you're from.

Experts will be tempted by the off piste powder but staying on the groomed slopes trails like Bossa Nova and El Shake should prove popular.

Valle Nevado recently opened Chile's first and so far only high speed detachable quad chairlift until now. The POMA built Andes Express lift is 1,676 metres (just over a mile) long and rises 425 vertical metres and runs from the top of Cerro Negro (3450 meters), improving the connection with the area known as Valle Olympico and the interconnection with the La Parva Ski Area. At the same time a new surface lift in Valle del Inca opened a new valley in the upper section of the resort, providing another point of access/egress with La Parva.

Valle Nevado's ski area interconnects with La Parva and El Colorado to make up South America's largest skiing area, the 3 Valleys of the Andes. El Colorado has recently created a new 18m (60 feet) wide novice run around the mountain. This route makes it easier for those travelling over to the resort and Farellones from Valle Nevado through Valle Olympico. That area is an unpatrolled, off piste area between Colorado and Valle Nevado but now skiers can get off the high speed quad at Valle Nevado, turn left and just ski down the piste.

Heliskiing is a major attraction at the resort with 2000m descents possible from 4200m peaks. A new state of the art helicopter was added for the 2005 season to cope with increasing demand from around the world.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


A mecca for 'boarders attracting talented riders from Europe, the U.S. and all over South America. Valle Nevado was the first Chilean ski resort to open an FIS standard Snowboard Park, back in 2001. The Park was built in preparation for the FIS World Cup Snowboard series which the resort has been hosting as the season opener ever since. In 2004 the old halfpipe was redesigned and reborn as an FIS approved Superpipe, there's also an FIS standard boardercross course. Off-piste and heli-boarding is especially popular.

The world's top snowboarders visit the resort for the event which includes Halfpipe, Boardercross, Parallel Slalom and Giant Slalom competitions.

Location and Map

Where is Valle Nevado?

This ski resort is in the Chilean Andes in Lo Barnechea, Santiago.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Valle Nevado is Santiago, 43 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts are able to uplift 7,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 20 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Valle Nevado open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is Early June, and usual closing is Late Sept.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Valle Nevado, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Valle Nevado Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Valle Nevado has several bars and a pub, Tres Puntas, as well as the Snowbird discotheque for later in the evening. Karaoke and live music is often in evidence. Recommended bars include the Valle Lounge and the Puerta del Sol bar.

Other evening options include a dip in the heated pool, a steam in the sauna, a trip to the cinema or a work out at the fitness centre (if you have the energy left).

Valle Nevado