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Visitor reviews for Volcán Osorno Ski Resort
August 20, 2015
Javier from Chile
I have visited Volcan Osorno at least once for the past 3 years. It has the longest season I've seen in Chile and the view is definitively unique. Very often I stop just to take a picture of the Calbuco Volcano and the Llanquihue lake. Few riders, so it will feel like just you and the mountain.
However, the infrastructure and administration is not at the same level as the wonderful landscape. The security is very bad, there is often nobody in the lift stations. Two times I received chairs without sitting base and had to jump and fall. They let open tracks without snow. The staff is often having fun skiing instead of being there to help people, nevertheless they are vey likeable.
I have not seen any other place where they open at 10:00, but that actually starts at 11:00 am, so don't waste your time getting up early because you will have to grab a coffee and wait until the lifts are ready. If you are lucky both of the lifts will work.
I see progress but very slow. I hope that in the incoming years they could invest to have a place of international (or at least national) level for skiers and to be more than a spectacular view of the lake district.
Volcán Osorno Ratings
Overall: 3.2. Based on 15 votes and 12 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 Volcán Osorno.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Volcán Osorno, (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 Volcán Osorno, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.4
(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 Volcán Osorno.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.4
(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 Volcán Osorno, (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) Volcán Osorno is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Volcán Osorno 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 Volcán Osorno, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Volcán Osorno 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) Volcán Osorno is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Volcán Osorno, 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: 3.3
(1) Volcán Osorno 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: 4.1
(1) The staff at Volcán Osorno are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Volcán Osorno 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: 3.3
(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: 3.6
(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: 3.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Volcán Osorno 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 Volcán Osorno, (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: 2.1
(1) Not even a kicker at Volcán Osorno, (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 Volcán Osorno, (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) Volcán Osorno has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.5
(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: 3.3
(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: 3.6
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Volcán Osorno 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): 3.8
(1) Overall, Volcán Osorno 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.
August 01, 2011
Cindia Cortes from Chile
This year there has been an administration change and they put a lot effort in have a excellent complex.. A new snow groomer, the tracks are great and the powder unbelievable.. Congratulations!
August 30, 2009
roger blairs from Australia
Went to Volcán Osorno in summer to climb this volcano and have a look at the ski facilities; obviously not the most modern lift system but the view of both the mountain and the surrounds is beyond belief. It's a true paradise. For that alone I will come back to ski here.
August 16, 2009
MARIO AGUILA INOSTROZA from Chile
There is a fantastic view at Volcán Osorno but very bad services. When it snows a lot, many times the lifts have problems and do not work. The phones at the ski center are not answered or are out of service most of the time.
I live near the Volcán Osorno center and would like a more professional service.
July 21, 2009
JAMES LIBERMAN from Israel
Volcán Osorno provides the most beautiful view of the most beautiful place that I have ever been to.
August 05, 2008
Phil Smith from France
One of the most spectacular volcanoes in Chile. Driving along the valley Osorno looms high and ominous and there is no escaping it’s glare! We arrived at the base early and again we had the ski resort to ourselves. There are numerous lifts that can give access to some amazing off-piste, however we wanted to ski from the summit. The skin up took 4 hours but 300 metres from the summit the slope angle changes from 30 to 50 degrees. The last section has to be negotiated with crampons and ice axes. The ski down was spectacular and as we arrived at the bottom for some hard earned cerveza’s you could not help thinking that skiing would never be the same again. The land of volcanoes had us hooked. The thing about volcanoes is they're round and if you have them to yourself with untracked snow you could still be skiing after three months making fresh track.
Phil Smith, Snoworks All Mountain Ski Courses