Ski resort part of the 3 Valleys, in between La Parva and Valle Nevado. Situated just above the town of Farellones. Pistes located on a conical hill. Pistes are moderately long, and can be quite steep. Half the steep pistes used for race team training most mornings.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Farellones, Chile. About 45mins-3hrs drive from Santiago depending on traffic.
Steep, fast pistes. Easy access to off-piste and classic sidecountry.
Minimal night life.
Bus, shuttle or car from Santiago. About 45mins - 3 hours drive from Santiago depending on traffic (it can get REAL bad). The road consists of innumerable switchbacks so take your car sickness meds! Hitch hiking is also popular with locals, both from Santiago and around the resorts.
On mountiain and off mountain accommodation basically blends together. The closer to the lifts, the more expensive it gets...
Several hotels in Farellones.
Severely limited. Bring your own equipment if you can.
Regular buses from Santiago to the ski resort. Shuttle buses from off-snow accommodations at the start and end of the day. Car hire in Santiago is fairly cheap and is a great way to get around the resorts and to access the side country. Hitch hiking is very popular, both from Santiago and around the resort area (between Farellones, La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado). Picking up hitch hikers is a great way to meet the super-friendly locals and get involved in the culture. You may be invited to ride together or even party together!
Tobogganing is popular on the road up to the resort. Heli-skiing and backcountry skiing is very popular.
Usually included in the accommodation price.
Bars & Entertainment
There are some quiet bars in Farellones.
Basic shops. Some hire shops.
Several moderate slopes for learning.
Chairlifts and T-bars access steep, straight pistes.
Chairlifts and T-bars access off-piste terrain between pistes.
Out of Bounds
Some amazing, easily accessed chutes below the resort. Often lift accessed with little to no hiking required. And easily accessible with the right equipment (ie a car to pick you up from the road after your run). Alternatively you can hitch like the local riders.
Hiking will open up several other options but usually unnecessary.
Skiing out of bounds is not strictly legal, and it has been known for skiers to be fined by the local police.
Parks & Pipes
On its day, everywhere!
Above the tree line.
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