The ski resorts in central and southern Chile kicked off the 2022 winter season.
Among this year’s novelties are the opening of new circuits and infrastructure improvements. With this, the mountain resorts hope to regain some of the audience lost during the pandemic, which mainly affected the 2020 season.
Skiing in the Central Zone
The ski season in Santiago’s surroundings officially opened in mid-June with promotions for visitors.
The first to inaugurate the 2022 season was Parques de Farellones, Chile’s first winter park with a focus on activities for the general public. Located next to the El Colorado ski center (Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region), its facilities include a tubing track (sliding on inflatable cushions), canopy and panoramic ski lifts, among others.
As it is a winter resort, snow sports are not to be missed either. With low-difficulty ski slopes, the site has a school for learning this sport and snowboarding, as well as snowshoeing activities designed for children.
The Portillo Ski Center (Los Andes, Valparaíso) also opened its slopes early, on June 18th. The winter center emphasizes that its facilities are not only for athletes, since its offer includes wine tastings, yoga classes, sunsets at the hotel pool, film festivals, live music, and snowshoeing to the shore of the Laguna del Inca, among other activities.
The La Parva center (Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region) will keep three trails open, as well as 6 restaurants and private apartments for rent. An admission form e completed in order to enter the ski center. Once completed, the tourist will receive a confirmation email which must be shown when entering.
Valle Nevado will continue with its “Valle Safe” protocol, a plan developed by the Association of Ski Centers ACESKI. This implies the mandatory use of face masks and social distancing, as well as limited capacity and mobility passes to access services such as the Valle Lounge and Bajo Zero restaurants. In addition, the ski resort expects to open new tracks and elevators for this season.
Snow in the Southern Zone
For the 2022 season, Nevados de Chillán, a mountain resort in the Ñuble Region, opened a new ski slope: “La Vertiente”. It is located in the high area of the mountain. It is 450 meters long with a 120 meters slope.
The center emphasizes that its offer includes thermal water pools, which can be accessed according to the program. Regarding accommodation, the site has two hotels and 36 apartments for up to 5 people available for its visitors.
Nevados de Chillán
The Araucanía Region is also ready for the snow season. Corralco Mountain Resort will be open from June 25th to October 12th. Among the new features are the extension of the Navidad ski lift and a new Pisten Bully machine, which will prepare 10 kilometers of tracks every day. Furthermore, the center reminds us that there are reduced capacities at all its facilities, in accordance with its sanitary controls.
The Pucón Ski Center, which is currently managed by the same company that maintains the El Colorado and Parques de Farellones centers, is also preparing new developments. Located on the northwest face of the Villarrica Volcano, the enclosure has 6 active ski lifts and is expecting to open two more during the season.
Pucón Ski Center