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Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 1,540 metres

Top elevation: 2,505 metres

Number of lifts: 8

Number of runs: 32

Access: 250 miles south of Santiago. Fly to Concepción or train to Chillán and then road transfer up to Las Trances and the resort.

There are three base areas of note – the main centre is about a quarter of the way up the ski area. About a mile down the road, the Gran Hotel serves as it’s own base area and probably has the largest concentration of services. Finally, there are even more amenities down at the very bottom of the ski map.

Lift tickets are usually included in the accommodation packages. However, a new one is provided each morning, which is just annoying and needless admin!

For day trippers, lift passes cost circa £20 for an adult and £15 for a child (6-12 years of age). Half day tickets are also available.  You may consider this a liberty due to the antique nature of the lifts, but they serve a purpose and get you (slowly and uncomfortably) to where you want to be.

The gear is okay, without being remarkable. They haven’t got top-notch premium kit and it’s not on the circuit for demo skis or sponsored promotions for the manufacturers or suppliers.  You can hire equipment from any one of the three bases and, if anything, what you get from the Gran Hotel is that little bit better. Perhaps.

There are plenty of rental places lining the road down in Las Trancas and standards very hugely. You can get lucky…but the opposite is also the case. Therefore, we like to use the base stations, where convenience is king and reliability less a worry.

All professional and well-organised. There are a handful of instructors who speak good English and we know how to ensure these are on-hand.

Private can be organised daily, lasting from one hour to a full day. Group lessons tend to last for two hours a session.

For day trippers, lift passes cost circa £20 for an adult and £15 for a child (6-12 years of age). Half day tickets are also available.  You may consider this a liberty due to the antique nature of the lifts, but they serve a purpose and get you (slowly and uncomfortably) to where you want to be.

The gear is okay, without being remarkable. They haven’t got top-notch premium kit and it’s not on the circuit for demo skis or sponsored promotions for the manufacturers or suppliers.  You can hire equipment from any one of the three bases and, if anything, what you get from the Gran Hotel is that little bit better. Perhaps.

There are plenty of rental places lining the road down in Las Trancas and standards very hugely. You can get lucky…but the opposite is also the case. Therefore, we like to use the base stations, where convenience is king and reliability less a worry.

All professional and well-organised. There are a handful of instructors who speak good English and we know how to ensure these are on-hand.

Private can be organised daily, lasting from one hour to a full day. Group lessons tend to last for two hours a session.

Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 1,540 metres

Top elevation: 2,505 metres

Number of lifts: 8

Number of runs: 32

Access: 250 miles south of Santiago. Fly to Concepción or train to Chillán and then road transfer up to Las Trances and the resort.