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Chilean Ski Experience

Duration: two weeks

An epic itinerary in every sense – this is the 'best of' tour of Chile's ski slopes. Following a philosophy that you'll only come here the once, we ensure that you miss out on nothing when it comes to to the ski mountains. We couldn't pack more in if we tried – including a full ski week up in Portillo.

We could play with the order, perhaps putting Portillo before Valle Nevado and Nevados de Chillán? The only stipulation is that the ski week in Portillo is Saturday to Saturday.

Day 1

Arrive at Santiago International Airport (SCL) and we'll take you straight up to Valle Nevado. Theoretically, you could be skiing on this first day, but we're guessing you'll want to relax after the international flights.

Days 2-4

Three days' skiing up at Valle Nevado and the Tres Valles – the largest skiable domain in Chile.

Day 5

One last day's skiing on your pass … and once you’ve had your fill, head down the mountain to Santiago for a night in the big city.

Day 6

All aboard the southbound train for a scenic ride through Chile’s Central Valley down to the town of Chillán. Transfer to Nevados de Chillán and check in to your hotel.

Days 7-8

Ski Nevados de Chillán, one of our favourite resorts in Chile.

Day 9

Transfer back down to Chillán and train back to Santiago. From the capital you then drive north to Portillo (this should be a Saturday), where you check in to the 'big yellow hotel'.

Day 10-15

Six days' skiing in legendary Portillo, staying at the Portillo Hotel.

Day 16

Transfer back down to Santiago; either overnight in the city or fly out the same day.

As a guide, prices for this itinerary would begin at circa £3,785 per person, which would include accommodation, ski passes, domestic flights, transfers and excursions as featured in the day-by-day itinerary. It all depends quite how much luxury you feel you need (or deserve!) and prices can vary hugely depending on the accommodation selected. The other significant factor can be the season – the peak being July and early August.

This indicative cost does not include international flights from the UK (or elsewhere), which Different Snow can also arrange for you. We have access to excellent fares on most airlines, at least as good as those you’ll find on the internet.

1. Get in touch with Different Snow

Whether you wish to plan your trip around one of these sample itineraries or you have other ideas, simply get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, ideally we would like to still try get in contact with you by phone to discuss your requirements, but this is not essential.

2. Let us create a bespoke itinerary

We have the first-hand knowledge, travel industry experience and local contacts required to put your plans into action. We can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget. We will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive via email. We can then refine it until you are completely happy.

3. Confirm the arrangements with us

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to secure your trip. Everything is secured once you receive our confirmation invoice. Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call us at any time!

4. We'll send you your travel documents

Approximately three weeks before travel you will receive your travel documents. We will also provide additional information, such as restaurant recommendations, cultural notes, packing lists and one or two home-spun guides - created through our personal experience.

5. Tell your friends about Different Snow

It is important to us that your holiday exceeds your expectations! Different Snow will continue to grow through personal recommendations and word of mouth and, therefore, it is essential to us that you have a great holiday. We want you to travel with us again. Once you've returned we want to hear all about it and we'll certainly encourage you to tell all your friends!


Capital:  Santiago

Time zone:  GMT - 3 hrs

Currency:  Chilean Peso

Language:  Spanish

Ski Season:  From mid-June until mid-October

Largest Ski Resorts: Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, Nevados de Chillán and Corralco

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

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.