A no-frills operation on the side of a large volcano and run by enthusiastic locals, Antuco's two old poma tows are unlikely to attract the extreme-ski crowd or the jet set. However an abundance of snow, some interesting off-piste terrain and the friendly smiles of the locals will ensure that a fun day or two can be spent. If the lifts are running!
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Mid-southern Chile, 90km east of Los Angeles (8th Region) by road
Cheap, and no crowds.
Beginners will have fun and intermediates will enjoy the long cruise off the top lift.
If snow conditions are favourable, experts will enjoy the extensive off-piste options including a backcountry hike to the top of the volcano (sunny days only!). However, the resort's north-facing aspect means that snow is often heavier than ideal.
Antuco is a VERY basic ski area. Resort information is difficult to find and is often not up to date. There is only a sketchy access road (4WD only in bad weather), basic facilities at the base, and just two lifts (which may or may not work). Fairly exposed, Antuco struggles to open in poor weather, and it is above treeline, making visibility very poor on storm days.
The resort's north-facing aspect means that snow can be heavier than ideal.
Club de Esqui de Los Angeles
Phone: Lift and Snow Report: (+56) 43 322651
Postal: Valdivia 534,P.2,Of.5 Los Angeles, Chile
Best access is by 4WD vehicle. A 2WD vehicle may pass depending upon conditions - the road is almost impassable following heavy rain.
Alternatively, companies in Los Angeles (Chile) run packages including transfer to the ski hill, lift tickets and gear hire (if required). One example is "Rental Snowboard and Ski Los Angeles" phone +56 43 316200 or email email@example.com
Note that the Antuco ski operation is at least 30-50 minutes drive further east from the closest town (also named Antuco).
Public transport, while cheap, is very inconvenient. Buses can be taken from the Los Angeles Rural Bus Terminal to the town of Antuco or slightly beyond (to Anabanico) and the rest of the journey must be completed by hitch hiking.
Basic accommodation in the Club de Esqui de Los Angeles Refuge - telephone (+56) 43 741403
Private cabins also for hire.
Daily price around $10,000 Chilean pesos (AUD$25.00) in 2006.
Yes - enquiries on site.
Yes - ski and snowboard hire available - enquiries on site.
All resort areas can be reached by walking or wading through the carpark
Skiing / boarding / tobogganning / Sheltering from the weather / Drinking
A basic cafeteria serves hot meals and drinks (including alcohol). Prices are very reasonable.
Bars & Entertainment
Food supplies should be obtained in Los Angeles or Antuco town.
Children are welcome
One beginner run served by a poma tow.
Two groomed runs (one beginner, one intermediate).
Extensive (not controlled)
Out of Bounds
Extensive (not controlled)
Parks & Pipes
Only if you make your own
Off piste (not controlled)
Weather is changeable and subject to extremes of wind, rain, snow and dense cloud in poor conditions. Bright sunny days are also common.
Weather for the town of Antuco (significantly lower than the ski hill) can be found at Town of Antuco Weather