The Malalcahuello National Reserve, which is where you find yourself, is a veritable winter playground – you really are in a snow-drenched pristine wilderness. The activities desk at the hotel have several innovative full and half day options, most focused on getting you out there. If you are here for the full week, we’d certainly suggest some non-ski time to explore.
They have snowmobile safaris and snowshoeing adventures, heading out to explore the strikingly beautiful Araucaria forest. The guides speak good English, the group sizes tend to be small and instruction is professional. Because they are ‘new’, then so is the equipment used.
For those who prefer their downtime more relaxing need venture no further than the brilliant swimming pool and hot tubs. Spa junkies will also love it here.
Backcountry is almost without limit in Corralco, but a decent guide is required for most expeditions in to the deep white. Whilst they plans to hire out touring bindings, skins, split board, beacon, shovel and probe…etc in the future, they may not be quite ready as yet. Please ask us and we’ll find out the latest.
The most popular backcountry trip is to ascent to the top of the Lonquimay Volcano. You take the lifts as far as they’ll take you and it’s a walk from here. It all depends on the line you choose down as to how challenging this is, but before you head back down to the resort you should also ski inside the now-dormant crater.
The reason it’s possible to do so is because the volcano actually tore itself a new one in 1988 - on Christmas Day a new vent opened up the northeast flank of the volcano and sent tonnes of lava flowing down into the valley. To get up here the climb isn’t too arduous and the lines down are also reasonably gentle – great for backcountry first-timers. The views are outstanding from the rim and you can also peer inside, depending on how icy it is.