Resort Scorecard

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Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 2,250 metres (El Colorado)

Top elevation: 3,670 metres (Valle Nevado)

Number of lifts: 16 (Valle Nevado) / 14 (La Parva) / 20 (El Colorado)

Number of runs: 41 (Valle Nevado) / 21 (La Parva) / 70 (El Colorado)

Access: From Santiago it takes 90 minutes by road to get up to the ski resorts.

Valle Nevada is a purpose-built, self-contained, organized, structured and efficient resort.  You’ll find everything you need within a well laid-out small space, be  it lockers, a cafeteria, lift ticket sales, ski and snowboard school, ski and snowboard rentals, and a repair workshop.

La Parva has two main base areas, each with lift ticket sales, several restaurants, ski shop, a souvenir shop, ski and snowboard rentals and workshop, and a cash machine.

If you’re staying up in one of the Valle Nevado hotels, then lift tickets will be included in the package that we’ve booked for you.  However, this is only ever a Valle Nevado ticket only - you cannot purchase a multi-resort ticket on these deals. Grrr. The guys at Valle Nevada are a little like this - they clearly don’t like to cooperate with their neighbouring resorts, simply because they don’t want anyone to leave their particular valley!

For day-trippers from Santiago, the lift tickets can be quite pricey, particularly on weekends and during high, high season (July). La Parva lift passes cost a little less than those at Valle Nevado and you can purchase a dual pass to ski at both La Parva and Valle Nevado or for La Parva and El Colorado.  How enlightened of them! However, this same ticket can’t be purchased at Valle Nevado, even as a day tripper.

It’s all quite unnecessarily complicated. Don’t worry, we’ll explain the options and organise what’s most appropriate for you.

At both Valle Nevado and La Parva there are perfectly adequate ski hire outlets – although the kit they offer can be much of a muchness.  Don’t expect a huge range, but what they have is reasonably new and well maintained. There is some elite kit knocking about – they call it “prestige equipment”, and this includes some fat powder skis – but we’ll have to seek this out and help you secure this.

In Valle Nevado there is a decent ski school. Instructors come from all over the world and we can usually find someone competent and experiences who can speak English - but this will be on a private basis.

Group lessons are offered by age and level of ability and are limited to eight people. These are fixed schedules with 3-hour morning classes from 10am to 1pm, and two-hour afternoon classes that start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. The school guarantees classes for all levels of expertise, though lessons will be conducted in Spanish or Portuguese (for the many Brazillians).

The private lessons are for one-hour blocks with individual instruction for one student and then a limit of two additional persons (i.e. max class size three).  

The ski school is La Parva is not really an option - it’s an exclusively Spanish operation and then only available to locals.

If you’re staying up in one of the Valle Nevado hotels, then lift tickets will be included in the package that we’ve booked for you.  However, this is only ever a Valle Nevado ticket only - you cannot purchase a multi-resort ticket on these deals. Grrr. The guys at Valle Nevada are a little like this - they clearly don’t like to cooperate with their neighbouring resorts, simply because they don’t want anyone to leave their particular valley!

For day-trippers from Santiago, the lift tickets can be quite pricey, particularly on weekends and during high, high season (July). La Parva lift passes cost a little less than those at Valle Nevado and you can purchase a dual pass to ski at both La Parva and Valle Nevado or for La Parva and El Colorado.  How enlightened of them! However, this same ticket can’t be purchased at Valle Nevado, even as a day tripper.

It’s all quite unnecessarily complicated. Don’t worry, we’ll explain the options and organise what’s most appropriate for you.

At both Valle Nevado and La Parva there are perfectly adequate ski hire outlets – although the kit they offer can be much of a muchness.  Don’t expect a huge range, but what they have is reasonably new and well maintained. There is some elite kit knocking about – they call it “prestige equipment”, and this includes some fat powder skis – but we’ll have to seek this out and help you secure this.

In Valle Nevado there is a decent ski school. Instructors come from all over the world and we can usually find someone competent and experiences who can speak English - but this will be on a private basis.

Group lessons are offered by age and level of ability and are limited to eight people. These are fixed schedules with 3-hour morning classes from 10am to 1pm, and two-hour afternoon classes that start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. The school guarantees classes for all levels of expertise, though lessons will be conducted in Spanish or Portuguese (for the many Brazillians).

The private lessons are for one-hour blocks with individual instruction for one student and then a limit of two additional persons (i.e. max class size three).  

The ski school is La Parva is not really an option - it’s an exclusively Spanish operation and then only available to locals.

Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 2,250 metres (El Colorado)

Top elevation: 3,670 metres (Valle Nevado)

Number of lifts: 16 (Valle Nevado) / 14 (La Parva) / 20 (El Colorado)

Number of runs: 41 (Valle Nevado) / 21 (La Parva) / 70 (El Colorado)

Access: From Santiago it takes 90 minutes by road to get up to the ski resorts.