Visitor reviews for Corralco (Lonquimay) Ski Resort
September 10, 2011
Los CarriOca from Chile
Now reporting from Malalcahuello town. Malalcahuello National Reserve. It's a very beautiful place to know with amazing views and easy-to-ride tracks for both ski and snowboard. It's a family place too. Very warm people and many places to stay the night. We recommend El Coigue (ask for Mr. Lautaro). Also you can try Alto Lonquimay in the way to the ski center, they have a very good equipment for rental and good tips (ask for Alvaro or Omar)
Corralco (Lonquimay) Ratings
Overall: 3.7. Based on 23 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 Corralco (Lonquimay).
Public Transport: 2.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Corralco (Lonquimay), (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 Corralco (Lonquimay), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Corralco (Lonquimay).
Ski in/Ski out: 3.8
(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 Corralco (Lonquimay), (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) Corralco (Lonquimay) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Corralco (Lonquimay) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Corralco (Lonquimay), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Corralco (Lonquimay) 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) Corralco (Lonquimay) 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 Corralco (Lonquimay), 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: 4.3
(1) Corralco (Lonquimay) 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 Corralco (Lonquimay) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Corralco (Lonquimay) 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: 3.9
(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: 4.0
(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.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Corralco (Lonquimay) 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 Corralco (Lonquimay), (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: 2.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Corralco (Lonquimay), (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 Corralco (Lonquimay), (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) Corralco (Lonquimay) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.7
(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: 2.7
(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: 3.9
(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: 3.8
(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): 4.1
(1) Overall, Corralco (Lonquimay) 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, Corralco (Lonquimay) 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.
May 23, 2011
felipe costa from Chile
Corralco-Lonquimay is a nice place for snowmobiles!
Good snow when the weather wants it.
January 01, 2009
Thomas Buschor from Chile
The Lonquimay Volcano (Corralco-Lonquimay) is one of the most accessable volcano´s in Chile.
One of the best for ski-touring. Easy to get there and most of the time, from June to November, with good snow.
There is a lot of information in the guidebook from Frederic Lena from Belupress edition.
Also stay at La Suizandina and get information on the surroundings and more on weather and snow conditions, access and ski-touring the Lonquimay volcano.
August 06, 2008
Phil Smith from Snoworks All Mountain Ski Courses from United Kingdom
This is one of our favourite places and part of our 7 Volcanoes Adventure trip we organise every year. On arriving at Corralco you feel like you've arrived in paradise. One beautiful lodge surrounded by stunning araucarias trees. The volcano Lonquimay is spectacular. There are two ski lifts, but who needs more when you have the whole place to yourself. The one main chairlift opens up huge off-piste and you can ski to your heart content untracked snow. We've been lucky and countless times we've had powder all to ourselves.
If you're fit and an experienced off-piste skier then you can get to the top of the volcano. The climb up will take about 3/4 hours. Be careful it's misleading as it gets pretty steep near the top. We always partner up with our Chilean team Cristian and Guido from Amity Tours. The crater at the top is enormous and the views spectacular. The best route down is on the south side. We're in the southern hemisphere so south facing is the equivalent of north facing for us in Europe. You can descend directly down the south face but again be careful. There is a rock band stretching across the face but enough room to ski through. The snow has always been fantastic and it's a great descent. We'll be back here every August and September on out Chilean adventure. Click onto the Snoworks website if you want more info or would like to join us. Phil
July 21, 2008
Mike Taylor - CASA Tours Guide from Canada
I visit this resort often, the first time being the day they celebrated their chair-lift installation, in 2003, with media crews on scene, and a classy jazz quartet (no less) to entertain. It's in a very cold and windy zone, which results in outrageously deep snow in places, sometimes on the access road. Phoning ahead of arrival is always wise, as sometimes during the quiet season, there's no one around to run the lifts (the other 2 being a beginner's j bar/tow rope, and a t-bar). This volcano offers a most rewarding summit, and is a real grunt of a hike. There is often significant ice and/or avalanche concern, as parts of the ascent are quite steep. In Sept of 2007 I was lucky enough to catch it on a rare knee deep powder day untouched by the wind. It was without a doubt my best run of the year. Of course a pisco sour at the hotel bar after the descent is always in good taste...