Visiting Nevados de Chillan
Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Nevados de Chillan.
- Season opens1 Jul 2021
- Season closes3 Oct 2021
- Restaurants | Bars6 | 4
- Nearest Airport Chillan
- Nearest Train Station Chillan
- Tourist Office Website
- Tourist Office Phone+56/42/206100
Nevados de Chillan Features
The terrain at Nevados de Chillan includes::
- Terrain ParksYes
- Ski Hire—
What's it like at Nevados de Chillan resort?
Nevados de Chillán (Nevados de Chillan) is situated 1,530 meters above sea level with 33 runs and 30 km of groomed and maintained skiable area of 10,000 hectares of skiable domain. With 9 lifts (five chair and four surface lifts), its longest run is 6,5 kms. There is a vertical drop of 870 meters. Nevados de Chillán (Nevados de Chillan) is a resort that offers some alternative activities, for example, randonee, cat skiing, snowmobiles and canopy. The thermal centre has nine hot spring water pools which are open all year round. It is possible to ski in and ski out to these pools. With many beautiful natural attractions, summer at Nevados de Chillan offers visitors a recreational and relaxing retreat with horseback riding, trekking, mountaineering and a bike park. Located in Bio-Bio region, it's 194km to the east of Concepción city, and 82 km to the west of Chillan city. The ski season is between 15th of June and the 15th of October, but worth visiting any time of the year with nearby attractions including Chillán city, Chillán Volcano, Nevados de Chillán glacier. From Santiago, Chillán city is located 407 km down south, by car take the "Ruta 5" South. Leave Chillán towards the east on a road which borders the river, last 7 km are unpaved. Nevados de Chillán (Nevados de Chillan) has a four star hotel.
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Nevados de Chillan Live Weather
|Resort||Snow Depth||Temp. (°C)||Wind (km/h)||Weather|
|Top Lift:||0.7 m|
|Bottom Lift:||0.4 m|
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What's the snow currently like in Nevados de Chillan?
A summary of the current snow conditions in Nevados de Chillan. View more information on the Nevados de Chillan detailed snow report page.
- Piste ConditionPacked powder or groomed snow
- Off-piste Condition—
|Upper snow depth:||68 cm|
|Lower snow depth:||40 cm|
Visitor Reviews of Nevados de Chillan
Matthew Poe from Chile writes:
Nevados de Chillan has the natural potential to be a world-class ski resort, as well as the undisputed best ski destination in the Southern Hemisphere. The vast volcanic mountain massif boasts almost 2000 meters of skiable vertical drop. Nevados de Chillan also receives significantly more snow than the Chilean resorts located closer to Santiago, which reside 500 kilometers closer to the equator. The scenery is also breathtaking with native forests giving way to the snow bowls resting below the conical peaks of active volcanoes that spew smoke and heat thermal hot springs.
Unfortunately, Nevados de Chillan grossly underachieves its potential. It is a lovely place to visit that could be a lot better. The main problem is a systemic lack of investment in the ski resort. The lift-served ski area only provides access to less than 20% of the overall terrain. These painfully slow and uncomfortable chair lifts were most likely purchased used several decades ago from other resorts that decided to replace them. The ancient patchwork lift system poorly matches the natural layout of the mountain, showing a lack of planning and funding. To get from the bottom to the top of the resort you must ride four separate low-speed chairs and then take a guided snowcat. The total time to ascend almost 2000 meters can extend to two hours considering lift lines. Having said this, skiing from the off-piste top of the volcano before linking with Tres Marias, which is the longest run in South America, is an exquisite experience that may be worth the time it takes to get there. The problem is that you can only do it once per day after having paid extra for the snowcat ride.
The owners of the resort obviously care more about real estate than building a world-class ski resort. To their credit, the main hotel offers a comfortable stay and a variety of activities, which makes it worthy of 4 stars. The newly built apartments also attract a multitude of snow-starved Chileans that live in Santiago and make the 6–8-hour drive to Nevados de Chillan. These visitors from Chile´s capital tend to overwhelm the lift system and crowd the narrow trails that could be wider with an adequate amount of snow grooming equipment. The almost non-existent investment in the actual ski area is a shame considering the potential of the terrain that could rival the world´s best like Chamonix and Whistler Blackcomb in terms of vertical, size, and variety.
Hopefully, the current owner will someday decide to either sell the resort or raise capital to install a modern lift system and open vast amounts of advanced terrain. Until this happens, I would recommend traveling a little further south to Corralco. Another more expensive option would be to stay at the nearby Roca Negra Lodge located outside the town of Las Trancas and use their helicopter to access the best virgin terrain surrounding the underdeveloped ski area.
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