Isolated in a valley at an altitude of 9,200 feet [2,800 m] in the heart of the Andes, the oldest ski resort in the country has 34 slopes near the banks of the Laguna del Inca. Located 102 miles [164 km] from Santiago, the resort also boasts a gym, a spa, an upscale restaurant, and activities for kids. Another popular feature is the outdoor area with heated jacuzzis.
For those who don't take skiing so seriously, Parques de Farellones is a safe bet. In addition to the easy access from the Chilean capital (just 20 miles [32 km]), the locale has a variety of activities on ice. You can go tubing down one of the slopes, pedaling on the ice with fat bikes, flying over the mountains on a zip line, and so on. There's also an area designated for making snowmen.
About to turn 30, it's one of the most high-tech resorts in South America. For instance, since last year, visitors have been able to rent equipment by using an app – no need to wait in line. Even the tickets to the slopes are modern: they have a chip that allows it to charge online. Just 37 miles [60 km] from Santiago, the complex is famous for being a hangout for experienced skiers as well as day-trippers from Santiago.
The extremely photogenic complex is located at the foot of a dormant volcano and two and a half hours from Concepción Airport – itself a 1-hour flight from Santiago. One of the highlights is the recently inaugurated Refugio, a ski lift that accesses the starting point of the slope Três Marias, the longest in Latin America at 8 miles [13 km]. There are plenty of hotel options, at the resort and in the surrounding area.