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Nevados de Chillan Resort Reviews

Ski Chile

Nevados de Chillan Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Nevados de Chillan Ski Resort

Nevados de Chillan Ratings

Overall: 2.9. Based on 89 votes and 327 reviews. Vote

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.

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.

Accommodation: 3.7

(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.

Snowsure: 3.6

(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.

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: 2.7

(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.

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.

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: 3.8

(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.

Off-piste: 3.7

(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.

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: 2.7

(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: 3.0

(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: 1.8

(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, 2004
James Katz from Ski United States United States
South America?s best vertical, longest slopes, reliable snow conditions and home of the world?s longest, shitty chairlift. On powder days, you can get a clean line every time. This is the hiddden gem of Chilean ski resorts.
August 23, 2004
Andres from Ski Chile Chile
Hello I was in Las Termas the first week of agost 2004... snowing almost all the week and the trails get new powder every day.... Perfect!!! off pist nice..i was boarding whit a canadians and franch the snow in our knees lock like champa?e goooddd!!!good vertical and the end of the day a great swiming in the thermal pool. Sory for my english..
August 24, 2004
Bruce from Ski South Africa South Africa
I was there in August 2003 .. snow a little iffy, but Termas is so funky ... few crowds, and maybe 40 people hunting powder .. so you can find freshies for days after a dumpage. Nearly got lost in the bushes though ... wrong turn in search of powder ... 1.5 hour walk out ... be warned ... Desperate to return...
June 24, 2006
rodrigo vasquez from Ski Chile Chile
Hey, Termas de Chillan; it's the best place to ride powder in Chile. You definately have to come if you're traveling around South America. visit
September 11, 2006
charles from Ski Canada Canada
Went to Termas de Chillan for ten days with wife and two young children. Stayed at Las Trancas. Travelling by car, difficult to the mountain. The road not cleared after snow storm. Lift closed often for any reason, wind snow or who knows? But when they open, best powder we ever skied. We skied three days out of ten. If it snows be patient, allow plenty of days. Don't go there only for a weeks visit, there is a lot to do, deserted beaches and more. Went to Chile for one month. Skied Valle Nevado and La Parva for another ten days. Prefered by far Termas de Chillan.
August 12, 2008
DAVE JOHNSON - CASA TOURS - OWNER from Ski United States United States
Big News at Termas de Chillan for 2008!!! There is finally a new concessionaire, Cristian Gonzalez, who has taken over resort operations. The resort has been renamed NEVADOS DE CHILLAN and the vibe of optimistic change is very present. One example of the progress being made is long time Las Trancas local, Niko, is running snowcat tours to the top of Volcan Nuevo. What used to be a 3 hour plus skin takes 26 minutes. Chillan has always been considered by the CASA team as the gem of the Chilean Andes. Incredibly expansive terrain both in bounds and off-piste. It is a huge destination for international ski teams training in downhill and slalom. Chillan is one of the few Chilean resorts that actually has terrain below tree line allowing skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to ride in white out storms. It is a unique experience to ride in a bamboo forest! Off-piste is where Nevados de Chillan really becomes a world class destination. With 3 volcanos to summit and untouched valleys to the North and South, the terrain is endless here. Tres Marias, Shangri-La, Pirigallo Aguas Calientes, and my favorite Valle Hermoso are the main side-country excursions easily accessed from Chillan's lift system. Nevados de Chillan boasts the longest chairlift in South America, the legendary Don Otto. From the top of this lift riders can tag close to 3000 continuous vertical feet. And if the Fresco T-bar is open one can ride 13 km and close to 4000 vertical feet to the base area through the Tres Marias lava flow. Skiing and snowboarding at Nevados de Chillan is lunaresque. Nevados de Chillan is a paradise for snowboarders looking to ride natural half-pipes made from the lava flows and get sweet air off numerous cornice drops. I can not say enough good things about this resort. It receives excellent snowfall, the terrain is otherworldly, and the vibe is awesome. I am really excited to see how the resort will transform under Cristian's leadership. Already I like what I see and hear from the locals. Cristian has also made great improvements to the old Pirigallo Hotel, which is now called the Nevados de Chillan Hotel. Las Trancas the village 20 minutes down the valley is still my favorite ski town in South America. If you are looking for a place to stay I highly recommend Cabanas Los Andes, Rucahue and the MI Lodge. The Chilin Hostel serves the best pizza in town. Olivia's Restaurant is also excellent and the owner, Alejandro, often plays live music to the dinner crowd. For late night action the SnowPub is the place to go. If you have the opportunity to visit Nevados de Chillan on your South American ski trip do not miss out, this place rocks!!!!!
August 26, 2008
Alan Ferguson from Ski United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
We have just returned from five days at Termas de Chillan and stayed at the Gran Hotel. It was our second visit and really enjoyed it. The hot outdoor pool is brilliant and is open until 1am so relaxing there under the stars is wonderful. The snow again was very good with plenty of powder. The only downside was that we had one full day of rain which made skiing impractical, I guess global warming is affecting Termas de Chillan. The queues became a bit long at the weekend with an average of 20 minutes. I would recommend the Gran hotel but the cheaper Nevaados de Chillan is excellent also. Highly recommended Alan
August 28, 2008
Maria Elena from Ski United States United States
Just came down from Termas de Chillan. We had some rain, but the last two days we had snow. Snow was great yesterday; big dump of pure spring powder. Although windy, we had enough runs open to keep ourselves entertained. The Nevados de Chillan hotel, excellent and pretty affordable. Our daughter, a 7 year old girl had a blast at the thermal pool and the hotel staff were awesome. The spa was great; massage was extremely relaxing. Good food, great "Vino a la piedra" by the poolside...a real vacation on the best slopes of South America. The Termas Hotel (kept the name although has nothing to do with the real volcanic thermal water) still prickly and upscale. I guess some people may like that. I ,on the other had, favoured the homely yet sophisticated feeling of the Nevados hotel and amenities.
August 29, 2008
Matthieu from Ski United States United States
Yesterday was just a wonderful powder day, just need more sun but it seems that we will get it for Saturday. Moreover, with this snow we did some snow skate in the MI Lodge garden and then, because of the night, we went to their indoor skateboard ramp... it was just amazing!!! Then, after this good day, we enjoyed the delicious MI Lodge pancakes; I really recommend you the “del bosque"!!!
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.