Largest of the resorts within the "3 Valleys". Very large inbounds area with a multitude of groomed runs of all levels. Plenty of off-piste and fun, easily accessible sidecountry.
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Part of the closest snow area to Santiago. Adjacent resorts are El Colorado and La Parva.
Extensive groomers, some nice and steep. Amazing and easily accessible sidecountry. Amazing heli-skiing.
Pubs and clubs fairly limited. If you ski off-piste your bases will be trashed. Accept this and have fun.
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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!
About 15-20mins from Farellones, the nearest town, with good accommodation options.
Several options, generally quite expensive. Catering for the upmarket crowd. Hotel Valle Nevado is the hotel recognisable from all the adverts. See http://www.vallenevado.com/en/hotel-ski-resort/ for all on-snow options.
Off mountain accommodation is mostly found in the small town of Farellones. Staying here is generally significantly cheaper than on-snow and allows easier access to the other nearby ski resorts of La Parva and El Colorado. About 15-20mins by shuttle bus or car to Valle Nevado.
Plenty of instructors, a mix of Australian and American instructors and some locals. Lessons in English or Spanish.
Available, though don't expect the latest and greatest. If you are an advanced skier you are well advised to bring your own kit. Snow shops are plentiful in Santiago for replacing lost or broken equipment, prices generally similar to Australia, with some bargains.
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!
Lots of day parking at the resort, with overflow parking down the hill. Absolute chaos at days end.
Hotel Valle Nevado has a outdoor heated pool open all day for hotel patrons. Tobogganing is popular on the road up to the resort. Heli-skiing and backcountry skiing is very popular.
Bars & Entertainment
The bar at Valle Nevado near the base station is very popular apres ski. There are some quiet bars in Farellones. Meet some locals and party with them.
Several clothing shops with Valle Nevado branded clothing as well as several snow brands.
Extensive. The resort is above the tree line so hidden rocks are common. Be prepared to ruin your bases. The locals ride very light-footed...
Out of Bounds
Amazing. 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.
Parks & Pipes
Limited park riding. This place is for bombing groomers or off-piste powder and steeps.
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