Visitor reviews for Farellones Ski Resort

Farellones Ratings

Overall: 4.4. Based on 2 votes and 3 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 1.0

(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) Farellones is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 1.0

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Farellones has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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 Farellones.

Public Transport: 5.0

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

Accommodation: 5.0

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

Cheap Rooms: 5.0

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

Luxury Hotels: 5.0

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

Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

(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: 1.0

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

Snowmaking: 5.0

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

Snow Grooming: 5.0

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

Shelter: 1.0

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

Nearby options: 5.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Farellones, 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: 5.0

(1) Farellones 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: 5.0

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

Crowds/Queues: 3.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

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

Advanced: 5.0

(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: 5.0

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

Cross-country: 5.0

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

Luge/Toboggan: 5.0

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

Mountain Dining: 4.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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: 5.0

(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.

Value (National): 5.0

(1) Overall, Farellones 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): 5.0

(1) Overall, Farellones 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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February 05, 2010
Dr. Mary T. Kalin Arroyo from Ski Chile Chile
Most people consult your web page during the winter months. As an alpine botanist who has worked on the high elevation flora in the Farellones- La Parva- Valle Nevado area, for over 25 years, I find the weather information very useful for planning my ecological experiments which take place during the spring, summer and autumn months.
August 10, 2004
James Katz from Ski United States United States
Since there is only a listing for Farellones, I will include all three resorts in the area; Colorado, La Parva, and Valle Nevado. All three are are interconnected and can be potentially ridden on a single day. Contrary to established reputation, La Parva by far has the longest, steepest runs, plenty of expert shit that can be accessed through short hikes, and the smallest crowds, thus making it the best of the three in my humble opinion. Valle Nevado is OK but there just isnt enough interesting terrain and caters very poorly to enthusiasts such as myself. Colorado is basically a big open cone with little variety except for the backside and the incredible out of bounds sta. teresita which takes you down to the Valle Nevado road. Start spreading the word though and make La Parva #1.
July 01, 2004
Pau Padros from Ski Chile Chile
Farellones deservs to be the first mountain ski village in Chile where the winter sports have begun. It is only 1:20 from the Santiago International Airport.From here you may connect to Colorado, La Parva and Valle Nevado Ski Center, wich as a whole are the largest skiable domain in the southern hemisphere.Here you''ll find great mountain atmosphere, the most traditional house buildings and the exclusive Hotel Posada de Farellones, with more than 65 years in Hotel service.