Southeast of Santiago, Valle Nevado (valley of snow) is one of South Americas most popular and exclusive resorts with plenty of untouched powder. The Valle Nevado ski area has about 30 runs totalling 37km that are served by 4 chair and 7 drag lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 810m. It has a range of piste difficulty (14% green, 30% blue, 42% red, 14% black).
For some challenging snowboarding, head up the Andes Express, continue straight off the lift and drop into the back bowl for steeps with chutes. Off the Tres Puntas lift, has some nice steep runs and some untracked powder fields, but there are out-of-bounds lines to skiers-left with rocky steeps and wind lips to huck. Off the Ancala lift, there are some big back bowls starting at 12,000 feet that have many untracked lines - try starting with the 30 minute climb further up the ridges to catch some sweet couloir lines.
If you’re looking to go really big, there is plenty of helicopter accessed terrain around Valle Nevado. You’ll want to book well in-advance so you too can get in on the 5,000 foot vertical descents. For the freestylers in the group, there is a snowpark called Monopark that is located off the Candonga Lift that has jumps, rails, boxes and a quarter-pipe.
More adventureous snowboarders should check out nearby resorts of El Colorado and La Parva. The Valle Nevado Ski Area is part of the interconnected Three Valleys Of The Andes ski region (aka Tres Valles). This region interconnects Valle Nevado with El Colorado ski area and La Parva ski area. Tres Valles has 101 runs totaling 107km with a maximum vertical descent of 3,000 feet. The interconnect is only open if weather permits and the avalanche conditions are low. Plus, it is only suitable to strong snowboarders. The multi-resort lift pass can be quite expensive.
If you are looking for apres ski, try Pub Tres Puntas. If you are seeking nightlife, check out Puerta del Sol, Bar Valle Lounge and Valle Dance.
To reach the snowboarding at El Colorado by air, fly into Santiago-Benitez International Airport (SCL), which is located about 11 miles northwest of Santiago. The Valle Nevado Ski Area is located about 60km northeast of Santiago in the middle of the Andes.
Overall, Valle Nevado Ski Area is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 3 snowboarding resorts in Chile.