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Visitor reviews for Nevados de Chillan Ski Resort

Nevados de Chillan Ratings

Overall: 3.0. Based on 91 votes and 327 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.7

(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) Nevados de Chillan is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

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) Nevados de Chillan has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.8

(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.

Scenery: 3.9

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 2.9

(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 Nevados de Chillan.

Public Transport: 2.5

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Nevados de Chillan, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.8

(1) No places to stay in/near Nevados de Chillan, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.2

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.1

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Nevados de Chillan.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.5

(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.

Childcare: 2.5

(1) There are no child care facilities at Nevados de Chillan, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 1.4

(1) Nevados de Chillan relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.3

(1) There are no snow groomers at Nevados de Chillan, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Nevados de Chillan are groomed daily.

Shelter: 2.5

(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) Nevados de Chillan is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 1.9

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Nevados de Chillan, 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: 3.6

(1) Nevados de Chillan 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: 2.8

(1) The staff at Nevados de Chillan are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Nevados de Chillan are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.4

(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: 3.4

(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: 3.4

(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.

Beginners: 3.4

(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.

Intermediates: 3.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Nevados de Chillan, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.0

(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: 2.2

(1) Not even a kicker at Nevados de Chillan, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.5

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Nevados de Chillan, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.7

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Nevados de Chillan has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.0

(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.

Eating: 2.8

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.1

(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: 3.0

(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.

Entertainment: 3.0

(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: 2.8

(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: 1.9

(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): 2.4

(1) Overall, Nevados de Chillan 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): 2.5

(1) Overall, Nevados de Chillan 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.

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August 10, 2011
andrew from Ski Canada Canada
Second time to Nevados de Chillan. Arrived here on August 6th for five nights. The hotel is great but the resort has been literally closed due to high winds. The lift system is old and falling apart, they show three lifts on maps that are not here yet one used one. This mountain is an awesome place but you just can't get to the top to enjoy them. I haven't been able to get up to the top yet after four days of trying but I am told that even if I could make it to the top the best part of the mountain is unreachable because of yet another dismantled lift. This second week of my vacation has been a major dissapointment and I will really have to think hard about coming back to this beautiful part of Chile.
July 06, 2011
Rod V from Ski Chile Chile
Nevados de Chillan is definitely one of the best places to ride in SA but the problem will always be the way this people is running the hill. They talk about new chairlifts and new trails, well they are not new at all!! For what I heard one of the "new chairlifts" broke in the weight test and I'm not sure if it's operative right now, the towers of that chair are pretty weak and I hope that thing doesn't fall apart on a crowded day. They never hired an expert to design and build these chairlifts and the government showed their concern about the safety of the infrastructure in the resort, hopefully they passed the safety test and didn't pay money to some corrupt government employee to get the permits. They charge 60 US dollars for a day pass, more than what I had to pay in Canada to ride in a super fast gondola. Here all lifts are slow and in a good day you have to be waiting for at least 30 minutes in line plus another 30 minutes to get to the top. I hope these people one day will go travel and learn from other resorts. In the other hand, after the 30 minutes waiting in line plus the 30 minute ride in the chairlift, guaranteed you'll get the snow you are looking for. Also, if you have a bit more money to spend, the locals from Las Trancas (small village 8kms from the resort) are running a new snowmobiling tour company, worth to hook up with them and they will show you the real deal when it comes about powder in the southern hemisphere (ask for "El Condor"). Make sure you spend your money in local businesses run by Chileans, specially people from the village, there is a lot of foreigners with terrible attitude profiting from the cheap labor and "no labor laws" in the country.
June 15, 2011
Gerardo Ruiz from Ski Chile Chile
Hi All, For this season we expect a lot of snow and better lift conditions than the last year (including 2 new lifts) in Termas de Chillan. For lodging options besides the ski center, you will find great options in termasdechillan.com My best regards for all, Gerardo.
November 29, 2010
Cristián Salas from Ski Chile Chile
I am currently living near the Termas de Chillan. I can comment that this area has a lot of areas to explore, for example Shangrilla, Huemul lagoon national park Ñuble, including perhaps the current concessionaire service leaves much be desired, but in the area have a lot of places for accommodation, with good service and less expensive than hotel snowy scream, you can find more information of cabins and hostels in Chile on webpages. For example, in google search: arriendos vacacionales en chile vivastreet or www dot bordeve dot cl, www dot copihual dot cl I hope the information will be helpful. Greetings
September 20, 2010
Alejandro from Ski Austria Austria
Nevados de Chillan was the most ridiculous ski experience of my life. For the cost of famous European ski resorts such as St. Anton at Arlberg, where modern multiple lifts carry you up the mountain, in Chillan 1 very slow double chair lift and a T-bar bring you up the mountain. At the chair lift you had to wait for 1 hour! (as it is so slow). I was just wondering why people still go skiing in Chillan?? I can only recommend anybody not to even consider to go skiing in Nevados de Chillan!
July 13, 2010
Maria Stefini from Ski Italy Italy
I´m currently staying at Nevados de Chillan Hotel, in Termas de Chillán (Termas de Chillan). Food and service are very good and outdoor hot thermal pool is just great. We go skiing every morning, taking off just from the side door of the hotel, where a soft slope leads you to the first lift. You have ski rental at the hotel too. Evenings we spend at the bar, around the fire place, listening to alive music. Very nice. I haven't tried the SPA yet, but I will definitly take a massage with thermal mud before leaving! I've seen there's a day care to leave children while parents go skiing. I highly recommend this place for a medium budget.
July 02, 2010
Miguel Marietti from Ski Chile Chile
Termas de Chillán (Termas de Chillan) doesn't have all the skiable area than before; this year it has just 4 or 5 lift that are very slow which just take you to the midmountain and they don't reach the highest peaks as before. I was there the last weekend and I was so upset with it, annoying... more than 20 minutes line to get on the only lift wich take you to the midmountain and 30 to reach the top. Las Tres Marías doesn't exist anymore 'cause there is now access to the highest peaks. Check the newest trails maps, they show lifts lines but many of them are just projects, they took off the best lifts. I guess this post will be helpful for anyone who is planning a ski trip to Termas de Chillán (Termas de Chillan). Miguel Marietti Temuco, Chile
August 19, 2009
Clement Piron from Ski United States United States
Unfortunately, I feel that the director at Nevado de Chillan, is just good to work in Santiago or in another town, but not on this mountain. He knows really nothing of this snow and tourism business. The new owners are killing one of the best place for skiing in South America. The ski ticket is really expensive for the conditions of the lifts and quality of service, they don't inform you about the real conditions and generally, the food and the other services from Nevado are really bad. You have to go skiing at Termas de Chillan because it's the nicest ski resort in South America. I recommend ski touring. You can rent good stuff in the village down "Las Trancas", at M.I Lodge or at the Nitro shop. At Termas de Chillan you can go to the hot river, or to the volcanoes, or to the glacier and ski down by the M.I Lodge crossing the lava and the big, old forest. This could be one of your best days' skiing in your life.
August 06, 2009
luis muller from Ski Brazil Brazil
I just got back from Chillan (Termas de Chillan). Great snow, great views and the worst service you can find. Never were all the lifts open; either they say not enough snow, too much snow or too much wind but very few times are any of these excuses true. I wish they knew how to run the place. They charge in Euros but offer a very bad service. 53 US Dollars for a day lift is a ripoff.
June 19, 2009
jerome boulay from Ski United States United States
Termas de Chillan is one of my favorite resorts. You can access a ton of good terrain from the top lift if you are willing to hike a bit. I usually stay at the mi lodge, down in Las Trancas. The lodge has great rooms, good food, Wifi and hot tubs. It's also a good place to spend stormy days with an indoor skate park and indoor climbing room.