Family vs. Adventure

We tapped two of our South America Travel Experts to share some of their vast Valle Nevado vacation expertise for our resort guide on where families and adventure-seekers should stay, eat and ski. Here is what they had to say…

Family Ski Trip

Silvana Cura

Mountain Travel Expert Since 2013

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Families love staying at Puerta del Sol Hotel. It has the best room options for families and also offers the Kid’s Zone play facilities and direct access to an outdoor, heated pool.

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Families love skiing from the Mirador chairlift. The whole family can ski down a perfectly groomed green run. If you’re looking to ski blues and blacks with the whole gang, don’t worry, Valle Nevado has plenty of runs for every level of skier.

Adventurous families can play around in the resort’s terrain park, mogul runs and off-piste terrain.

Your whole clan will enjoy dining at Mirador del Plomo restaurant, at Puerta del Sol Hotel, which features self service and great variety of food (fish, meats, pasta, salad bar). On the mountain families will enjoy Bajo Zero, which offers a family barbecue on Saturdays.

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Families will love experiencing on-mountain activities like the torch parade on Saturdays and ski races for the whole  family on Thursdays, to name a few.

Off the mountain your little ones will love playing at the Kid’s Zone, located at Puerta del Sol Hotel. Kid’s Zone features a Wii, games and movies.

Take a family photo at the Top of Andes Express chairlift or the top of Gondola.

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Adventure Ski Trip

Bryan Donnelly

Mountain Travel Expert Since 2006

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A group of friends will enjoy staying at the spacious condos on the lower side of Valle Nevado. The units offer easy lift access and in unit kitchen facilities.

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Expert skiers have a couple of great on-piste bowls and playful terrain off of the Andes Express lift, but the best place to ski or snowboard if you’re looking for a challenge is off-piste, aka in the backcountry. Be sure to hire a guide.

If you’re on a budget stay at Hotel Tres Puntas. It’s a great place for young people as the discothèque is right in the hotel and it’s the most popular late-night hotspot.

Experience heli skiing in Valle Nevado. If that bird is flying you had better be on it!  Guests can hop on a helicopter right at the base of the resort.

Don’t miss après-ski at the many large hot tubs that are outside of the main hotels. They seat about 20-30 people and you can meet all sorts of interesting folks.

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Take advantage of Valle Nevado’s huge amount of terrain. The resort is connected to La Parva and El Colorado via the Interconnect ticket, and the three resorts total 7,000 acres.

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Try the famous Chilean cocktail the Pisco Sour or Pisco Coke….similar to rum but the Chilean national drink. Everybody was having them. There’s even a bar at the Santiago airport called The Last Pisco Sour.

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