Nevados de Chillan Skiing, Chile, South America

Introduction to Nevados de Chillan Skiing

Nevados de Chillan is an established ski destination centre located, by road, 484km south from Santiago, however, it is also possible to fly to Concepcion (1hr, and then take a road transfer to the resort (2hrs). It is a pretty ski destination because there are wooded areas surrounding the accommodation sectors and through which some of the lower pisted runs pass through.

Consequently, it is marketed as an Alpine-style ski resort with above and below tree-line skiing, offering plenty of pisted trails, including one trail which stretches to around 13km; and back-country, off-piste skiing, as well as other facilities such as hot springs, swimming pools, ski mobiles and even dog-sleigh rides. 

Nevados de Chillan Infrastructure

Location: Directly east from Chillan
Road Distance from Santiago: 484km
Skiing Altitude: 1,530m to 2,500m above sea level
Vertical Drop: 970m
Longest Run: 13km (longest in South America)
Pisted Terrain: 27 runs, 20% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 20% Expert
Combined Ski Trail Distance: 35km
Backcountry Access: Yes
Heliski: Yes
Historical Season Snow Dump: 10m
Lifts: 13

Accommodation: Hotel Termas de Chillan, Nevados de Chillan and Places in nearby village Las Trancas
Ski Store: 3 / Restaurants: 5 / Ski School: 1

Getting Here

Nevados de Chillan is located on the side of a volcano, about 5km further up the road from the village of Las Trancas, and south from Santiago (487km). There are alternative ways to get to Nevados de Chillan such as, drive from Santiago, take the train from Santiago (we do not supply any information here about the train) or fly to Concepcion, which is 194km west of Nevados de Chillan, and then take a transfer.

Driving From Santiago

The road distance to Chillan city is 404km down the main Ruta 5, Panamerican Highway out of Santiago. To drive this distance will take around 5hrs or so, depending on traffic. From Chillan city it is then 80kms east to the ski centre and this will take around 1.5hrs to drive, therefore total drive time will be around 6.5hrs or so.


From Santiago the flight time to Concepcion (the nearest airport) is just under 1hr. From here the transfer time to the ski centre will be around 2hrs.

Accommodation and Ski Weeks at Nevados de Chillan

There are three hotels at Nevados de Chillan. One is the Termas de Chillan, Nevados de Chillan and Alto Nevados

Check and Out Times
Check in: 4pm / Check out: 10am

The ski programs offered are:
3 Nights: Check In Wednesday / Check Out Saturday
4 Nights: Check In Saturday / Check Out Wednesday
7 Nights: Check In Saturday / Check Out Saturday

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Types of Skiing Available at Nevados de Chillan Skiing

Nordic Skiing
For an incomparable cross-country experience, Nevados de Chillán has a professionally groomed Nordic trail system located at an altitude of 1,600 meters (5,250 feet), that lets you wind your way along gentle slopes through enchanted, snow-covered forests.
Randonée Nestled in the magnificent Southern Andes Mountains in Chile, on the slopes of majestic Chillán volcano, the resort offers spectacular ski terrain and breath-taking views, ideal for Randonée enthusiasts. Take an unforgettable guided ski tour to the volcano's very summit and discover the serene beauty of Nevado glacier.
The ski terrain, with plenty of open slopes and tree-lined runs, is great for snowboarders. In addition, the resort's uniquely designed Snowboard Park offers riders of all abilities even more thrilling attractions, including curvaceous cornices, exhilarating speed runs, dizzying jumps, and challenging championships.
Snowmobile Park
Another of our mountain resort's entertaining activities is snowmobiling. Snowmobiles can be rented and used on a specially designed, groomed course that's fun for the whole family.
Dog Sledding
Dog sledding is a one-of-a-kind adventure also available at Nevados de Chillán.

Ski School
The ski school features international, certified instructors skilled at teaching beginning, intermediate- and advanced-level alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding and more in an entertaining manner. Private and group lessons are held daily, lasting from one hour to a full day.

Ski School Services:
Pivate Lessons: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (from 1-hour to full-day lessons). Group Lessons: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (One 2-hour lessons / day), Snowboard Lessons

Children's Ski School
The Children's Ski School at Nevados de Chillán, for kids ages 3 to 8, features an enclosed mini-snow-park with a specially designed run and an attractive rest area. The school's staff uses the latest teaching techniques and games to introduce youngsters to skiing and to help them build their skills while having fun. Programs range from one-hour and half-day lessons, to full-day classes with a hearty lunch.

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