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Visitor reviews for La Parva Ski Resort
August 06, 2016
CaptPete43 from United States
I love this place. We have skied here 10 out of the last 13 seasons. Never a crowd. Great interconnect to Valle Nevado. Not many restaurants but Le Pericles is a good stop for fondue and wine.
La Parva Ratings
Overall: 3.2. Based on 35 votes and 49 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Parva.
Public Transport: 3.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Parva, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near La Parva, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.2
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Parva.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at La Parva, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Parva is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Parva relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at La Parva, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Parva are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Parva is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Parva, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.4
(1) La Parva usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.7
(1) The staff at La Parva are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Parva are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Parva has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at La Parva, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.8
(1) Not even a kicker at La Parva, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Parva, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Parva has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.1
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.0
(1) Overall, La Parva is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 2.9
(1) Overall, La Parva is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
July 08, 2016
Diego from Canada
Having skied most of Chilean ski resorts, La Parva is by far the best I have ever been to. Lifts are super fast and worked great. They are old, but they worked great! The service was superb, people approached us offering help before we even had a chance to ask a question. That never happened in any other resort.
The best thing is the terrain. If you are an advanced/expert rider, come to La Parva! It is sick! They might not get as much snow as Valle Nevado, they still get dumped on and you can easily access some super fun terrain. I'll be coming back to La Parva for sure. They just need better parking
August 24, 2013
Antonio Lecuna from Chile
I agree with another reviewer, La Parva is the best resort in Chile; especially, for advanced ski/snowboarders. Valle de Fabres is the best place to practice freestyle after a huge snowstorm, without the hassle of Teleskis. Alpha and Tortolas take you to the peaks. (Los Andes Express in Valle Nevado takes you nowhere. Only the Teleskis Tres Puntas and Ancla are worth something). Again, if you know something about snow, I strongly recommend La Parva. And if you like snowboarding, it is like surfing a huge right (for goofies) all the time. If you are a beginner, I recommend the kids-crowded Colorado or the Brazilian-crowded Valle Nevado.
August 22, 2013
Andrés Puffe from Chile
La Parva by far the best ski resort in Chile. Depending on snow fall, with all runs open, including Fabres, no lines, well prepared pists, extreamly friendly personell, my compliments Mr Grob, Mr Anguita, " el jefe Don Bernardo and so many more.
June 29, 2013
Lucas from Chile
La Parva is the worst resort near Santiago. It has the same lifts for more than 15 years, old tecnology and in poor comditions. Bad security and no run management. Better go to Colorado or Valle Nevado.
September 06, 2012
Andrés from Chile
This year all ski resorts had less snow, some areas closed, but runs in La Parva well prepared, no rocks, only 2 or 3 weekends with línes between 11 and 1 PM, other resorts nearby overcrowded. La Parva still number one, compare and you'll find out. Thanks for a job well done, next year will be better.
August 13, 2012
Felipe from Chile
Sunday August 12, 2 major lifts closed, only 13 runs open, about 15 different teams training. Pomas running with 1/3 less capacity from too high Poma spacing, big lineups. Day skiers only allowed to ski parts of some runs and the price? High season full price. Last time I go to La Parva.
August 09, 2012
Maurício Falsetti from Brazil
I had a nice and enjoyable time with my two 7 year old daughters at La Parva. Although we did not have so much snow this season, we could so so much.
My daughters did not have previous experience and after 3 days of classes were going up hill with me to slide down in all blues.
I also took good private classes and could improve so much in carving, position, etc.
Very good ski resort to go with kids.
September 26, 2011
Sean Cooper from Canada
After 45 years skiing around the world and 34 in Chile, I can rightfully say that La Parva has the terrain, and could be a good ski area, but it isn´t, because:
The average lift age is 34 years, excluding the “new” lift which was bought used in Spain. Breakdowns are common, and when we go to La Parva my wife avoids the chairs, because at least when the pomas break down, you can bail out.
Run maintenance is funky, and if conditions are marginal, nobody cleans the rocks off the runs or poma lines, which is worse when the wind blows pebbles onto the runs. They move snow around to help cover up the worst parts, but this is ugly and ruins off-piste skiing, and there are no warnings of the machine gouges. Better keep to El Colorado where run maintenance is impeccable.
The best runs are often closed for training, even on weekends. Others are rutted by racers early in the morning, then opened to the general public. As many runs on their area map are not maintained (read un-skiable), in particular black and red ones, this often limits the general public to one or two runs at best per lift.
On a powder day, the lifts open gradually during the day, and some not at all. As the racers get on the bottom lifts before the general public can, they get the best lines when they do open early.
The website snow report is dysfunctional, with wrong or outdated info. No packed base info is available.
Richer locals like La Parva because they have apartments there, it is exclusive, and they participate in the racing. Day skiers, even paying full price, are third class citizens, and there isn´t even much parking for them. Most locals don´t like the attitude of the current area management, and if they can´t afford an apartment there (the main business for the owners), they ski elsewhere.
The three valley ski areas are all big mountains with mainly intermediate runs, and good off-piste opportunities. Portillo is the premier advanced ski area. La Parva, though, has its disadvantages which should be taken into account.
September 16, 2011
Andrés from Viña del Mar from Chile
This year by far the best ski resort in Chile. Compare and you'll find out. Great new runs, lifts well maintained, good service. Congratulations Mr Grob, Managers.