Valle Nevado, the most famous ski resort of the Tres Valles (The Three Valleys) of Chile. The other two sections of the Three Valley resorts, being El Colorado and La Parva. The combined skiable domain of the Three Valleys is a whopping 7000 acres, making it the largest skiable area in entire South America.
The literal translation of Valle Nevado means The Snowy Valley, and it surely lives up to its name as Valle Nevado ski resort has about 2,200 acres of the skiable domain. Powder snow fans can enjoy slopes going all the way down towards the breathtaking Andean Valleys, which adds adventure to the traditional off-piste areas with remarkably perfect snow. Valle Nevado is the best choice for snowboarders, skiers, off-piste and heli-skiing fans.
Perfect Weather Conditions for Skiers and Winter Sports
The skiing season is at the peak from mid-June to late-September because the weather is ideal for skiing and snowboarding. The sun shines brightly on most days, but the high altitude and orientation of Valle Nevado maintain excellent dry powder snow conditions. Skiers can spend hours enjoying the well-groomed slopes, backcountry, and bowls.
During snowstorms, Valle Nevado gets its fair share of snow from its neighboring La Parva and El Colorado due to its vast backcountry. The vast backcountry allows more snow to be blown in onto the resort providing it with a thick powder in more significant quantities as compared to its two neighboring resorts. The extra dense powder makes Valle Nevado the ultimate choice for freestyle and freeriding with a unique terrain park that links it with La Parva and El Colorado.
Lift System and Gondolas
Valle Nevado ski center has one of the most sophisticated and advanced lift systems in South America. It includes the only high-speed detachable quad chairlift called Andes Express, which was installed in 2001. It is the single detachable quad lift in Chile built by POMA. The Andes Express lift is a significant interconnection hub between La Parva and Valle Nevado. The high-speed Andes Express transports skiers to 425 vertical meters towards the top of Cerro Negro.
In 2013, Valle Nevado received Chile’s first gondola for its ski resort. The gondola is grand and comfortable. It has 70 cabins with each having a six-passenger capacity. Every hour the gondola transports 2000 passengers to the mid-mountain Bajo Zero restaurant. The gondola reduces skiers’ congestion significantly by creating two separate base areas. It has helped reduce the day visitor drive time from Santiago to Valle Nevado to 90 minutes.
Before the installation of gondolas and Andes Express, the only way to get to the ski lifts was the parking lot used by the hotels in Valle Nevado. The tourist congestion would be intolerable during weekends and peak ski seasons. Skiers spent most of their time in the car instead of mastering their skiing skills in the perfect powder. Now with the gondolas and Andes Express, the congestion is almost gone.
Skiing and Snowboarding Adventures at Valle Nevado
Valle Nevado is the most popular ski resort in the southern hemisphere with over 7000 acres of skiable domain. The resort has well-groomed slopes with tons of fresh powder. The large variety of bumps and turns together with beautiful Andean meadows will give you an experience like no other.
Snowboarding enthusiasts consider Valle Nevado as one of their favorite destinations. The resort hosted the Snowboard FIS World Cup Circuit 2003 – 2004. It was the only circuit from Southern Hemisphere in the entire tournament. The slopes and loops are challenging and adventurous with more than 9000 acres of riding. The 35 groomed trails offer beautiful off-piste terrain in the meadows. The resort provides Super Half Pipe for the second season.
Heli-Skiing in Valle Nevado
For the more adventurous Valle Nevado offers Heli-Ski, one of the most sought-after skiing adventure. A modern and agile Bell 407 Helicopter takes skiers from the helipad to the virgin snows. For those who want to enjoy a rush that no other resort offers then this is the perfect trip for them. Heli-Ski provides the most breathtaking scenery with a one of a kind skiing adventure.
Terrain for Freestyle
Valle Nevado Ski Resort has one of the most impressive ski slopes in South America. It is the first ski resort in Chile that hosts the FIS World Cup Snowboarding Boardercross World Cup Series in 2001. The resort has a FIS approved standard boardercross course providing more options for snowboarders in Valle Nevado.
Terrain for Expert Skiers and Snowboarders
The resort offers massive off-piste exploring to experienced skiers and snowboarders. Advanced riders will encounter different bowls and chutes complete with remarkable powder accumulation after a snowstorm. There are endless options for backcountry terrain. Heli-Skiers in Valle Nevado gives skiers an opportunity for using the challenging private descents of 1.2 miles. Blue Tambo zone is favorite among locals due to its powder laps.
For Off-piste terrain exploration, the skiarea that links La Parva Ski resort offers astonishing options for steep chutes, and long powder runs leading back to Valle Nevado. The resort is a popular place for experienced skiers.
Terrain for Intermediate Level Skiers
Valle Nevado is the most suitable option for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The resort offers extensive sections of cruisy piste runs and easy off-piste access. However, snowboarders must remember that in some areas the terrain in the middle of the mountain tends to flatten out. The flat terrain could get snowboarders stuck if proper speed is not carried. Risks of getting stuck are higher after a fresh snowfall.
Many beginners feel that the terrain for beginners is very limited and does not offer much practice for beginners - and this is rightfully so. To state that this resort is a paradise for beginners would be pushing the limit. Naturally, slopes do exist for beginners, and ski experts from otherwise well-reputed ski school from both the States and Europe are present to cater for the tourists every need. Most of the instructors in Valle Nevado ski resort, speak various languages including English.