Country Information

Capital: Santiago

Time zone: GMT -3

Currency: Chilean peso

Language: Spanish

Access: All flights arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL). Most of the ski resorts are then only a road transfer away in the Andes mountains.

Ski Season: From mid June until mid October.

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán, Pucon & Corralco.

Beyond the skiing: You will be passing through Santiago, so some time here is worthwhile. Surrounding the capital is beautiful winelands and several characterful coastal towns. Further afield, the Atacama Desert and mountainous Patagonia combine and contrast well in an itinerary.

Incapable of spending a whole summer off the slopes? Do you get easily bored sat on a beach? Then…indulge your skiing-self with some Different Snow! Chile is the place to have a winter holiday during the summer. What makes it so good is…

Powder snow

They have plenty of it on these high Andean peaks (some of which are volcanoes!) and it’s often so quiet you can make fresh tracks all day. They’ve been keeping this a secret for years!

Varied terrain

The snow falls on some magically diverse terrain - steep pitches, deep bowls and heart rate affecting gullies a-plenty. The edges of the resorts provide some of the most challenging lift accessed off-piste skiing you’ll find anywhere in the world. You’ve skied nothing quite like it in Europe.

World-class ski resorts

Skiing is longer established in Chile than any other Southern Hemisphere country. And it’s still expanding - new investment means new runs and expanded operations.

Convenience

It’s easy to get to ski resorts Different Snow feature from Santiago. Yes, it’s a long schlep to get there but once you’ve done the long-haul flight...

It’s Chile (and it’s different!)

Have a ski holiday and experience the Latin culture all at the same time. Ski holiday? Tick. Powder snow? Tick. The Earth’s highest, driest desert with turquoise lakes? Rolling vineyards and pretty coastal towns? Both tick. Some of the nicest, happiest people you’ll ever meet? Big fat tick.

Snow & sun

They get some great weather - it seems like it’s either snowing or sunny. No in-between. Perfection, as far as we’re concerned.

The wines

Chilean wines are now among the most popular of all the world - and justifiably so. Just try the Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon. 'Nuff said.

Snowcat & heli-skiing skiing

For the serious back-country aficionados amongst you, then Chile has an embarrassment of unexplored, totally untracked powder waiting to be discovered.  Ski Arpa was the first place in South America to launch cat skiing. Puma Lodge has become a heli-skiers pilgrimage.  

Country Information

Capital: Santiago

Time zone: GMT -3

Currency: Chilean peso

Language: Spanish

Access: All flights arrive in Santiago Airport (SCL). Most of the ski resorts are then only a road transfer away in the Andes mountains.

Ski Season: From mid June until mid October.

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán, Pucon & Corralco.

Beyond the skiing: You will be passing through Santiago, so some time here is worthwhile. Surrounding the capital is beautiful winelands and several characterful coastal towns. Further afield, the Atacama Desert and mountainous Patagonia combine and contrast well in an itinerary.