East of Santiago, the El Colorado Ski Area has 30 runs totaling 38km of pistes that are served by 20 lifts. Of the 20 lifts, there are only 4 chair-lifts and the rest are drag-lifts. The El Colorado Ski Area is located on a cone-shaped peak and has wide open snowfields. With it’s maritime climate, the snow-pack can turn pretty hard very quickly after a dump. Also, El Colorado is known to be quite windy at times. The ski area is well-suited for intermediate riders with the run pitch and snow conditions. For the advanced riders, keep in mind there isn’t any expert runs in-bounds, but there is some good backcountry freeriding located between El Colorado and Valle Nevado.
The El Colorado Ski Area is part of the interconnected Three Valleys Of The Andes ski region (aka Tres Valles). This region interconnects El Colorado with Valle Nevado 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.
Located 38km east of Santiago, the El Colorado Ski Area is serviced by the two nearby towns of Villa Colorado and Villa Farellones. The best nightlife can be found in Farellones.
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. To reach the ski area from the airport, follow Highway Costanera Norte to Av. Kennedy. Continue on Av. Kennedy to Av. las Condes up to Farellones. The El Colorado ski area is about 3 miles beyond Farellones. Keep in mind if you rent a car that chains are required on the mountain roadways. If you need a shuttle bus from the airport, try contacting Ski Total (56) (2) 246-0156.
Overall, El Colorado Ski Area is the 3rd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 3 snowboarding resorts in Chile.