Highest of the three ski resorts, 14 kilometers beyond the Farellones junction, Valle Nevado reaches 3,670 meters above sea level, though its base is 2,860. There are 37 kilometers of trails, even more for those who can afford to indulge in helicopter dropoffs that aren’t accessible by the lifts.
Valle Nevado has three luxury hotels: Hotel Valle Nevado (US$185–424 pp with half board per night, varying between low and high season), Hotel Tres Puntas (US$110–252 pp), and Hotel Puerta del Sol (US$150–347 pp).
Among the restaurants, La Trattoria has reasonably priced pizza with thin crust and a fair number of toppings, including scallops and artichoke, but the buffet is expensive. Its Slalom is the fast-food outlet.
For more information, contact Valle Nevado (Av. Vitacura 5250, Oficina 304, Vitacura, tel. 02/4777000, www.vallenevado.com). Valle Nevado has toll-free numbers in the United States (tel. 800/669-0554) and Canada (tel. 888/301-3248).
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition