One of the nearest ski resorts to a capital city anywhere in the world, 58 kilometres (36 miles) from Santiago, its first lifts were built in the 1980s. (Point of interest: in 1954 the famous “Boy of El Plomo” Inca mummy was unearthed in this area; it’s now in Santiago’s Museum of Natural History, but you can see a replica in the local Hotel Puerta del Sol). Anyway, these same slopes today offer mainly intermediate skiing, and are linked by lifts to the resorts of El Colorado (Chile’s largest) and La Parva. Experienced skiers can also take advantage of some good-value heli-skiing from the resort, which goes up to a (literally) breathtaking 5,000 m. (16,400 ft.).
The most comfortable accommodation is in Hotel Valle Nevado; neighbouring La Parva is a collection of smart holiday homes for weekenders from Santiago and El Colorado is a small resort near the wooden village of Farellones.
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