Luxury Lodges Chile
Perched above steep valleys and home to one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world, Chile is the perfect destination for adventurous skiers.
Why choose Chile for a luxury ski holiday?
- Ski all year round in the southern hemisphere as the ski season typically runs from June to mid October
- Experience the unique Chilean culture, food and music
- Outstanding mountain lodges and heli-ski experiences
- Incredible snow conditions with deep powder
Luxury Ski Holidays Chile
Whilst not the most obvious destination for a luxury ski holiday, Chile is in fact a paradise for passionate skiers and snowboarders. Located between the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean coastline in South America, Chile is a land of contrasts with hot arid deserts in the north and the chilly wilderness of Patagonia in the south. Typically, the ski season in Chile runs from mid-June to mid-October although in some years, ski touring is possible through to the end of November.
A luxury ski holiday in Chile offers something a little bit different. Here you can experience the Latin American culture and cuisine including late-night dinner and dancing into the early hours of the morning. Each region has its own unique flavours and natural wonders from volcanoes to vineyards.
Luxury Ski Resorts in Chile
Ski resorts in Chile stretch from just north of Santiago all the way south into Patagonia. For the best powder skiing, the ski resorts of Valle Nevado and Portillo top the list. However there are a number of smaller resorts, including La Parva, El Colorado, Nevados de Chillan and Corralco which offer a variety of modern ski lifts, accommodation, activities and dining options.
For those more adventurous skiers looking to ski untouched powder with a panoramic view of the Andes, Chile has some of the best heli-skiing in South America. If you are looking for the ultimate luxury ski holiday in Chile head to a remote ski lodge and explore the local terrain by helicopter.
Luxury Catered Lodges in Chile
Whilst there are many luxury lodges in some of the top ski resorts in Chile, experiencing the wilderness of Patagonia in a self-sufficient luxury ski lodge is an experience you will never forget. Set within 13 acres, Rio Palena Lodge is a spacious, secluded retreat surrounded by the spectacular Andes mountain range. Combining heli-skiing directly from your door with exceptional local cuisine, the team at Rio Palena Lodge endeavour to make every day of your stay unforgettable.
The lodge itself is set across two floors with seven en-suite double bedrooms, spacious dining and entertainment areas and even boasts two wood-fired hot tubs. If you are looking for a luxury ski holiday in Chile, Rio Palena Lodge is a must visit.
Skiing in Chile
Adventurous skiers often come to Chile to enjoy cat-skiing and heli-skiing. With exceptionally dry snow and incredible terrain, Chile is home to some of the best heli-skiing in the southern hemisphere. With peaks in the region reaching elevations of 6,700 metres, you can expect jaw-dropping views, open bowls, steep couloirs and glacier runs.
When it comes to the best time of year to ski in Chile, many head to one of the counties 19 ski resorts between July and September. Those looking to venture higher up the mountains and explore the backcountry, visiting from October until the end of November still provides great snow and even more hours of sunlight to explore new unchartered territory.
Situated close to the pacific ocean, Chile benefits from fantastic snow conditions mainly brought through storms dumping vast quantities of snow over the mountains as they make their way inland. The snow in the northern half of Chile tends to be a little drier than in the south, however, both are well known for producing epic powder days.
Eating & Drinking in Chile
Luxury ski holidays in Chile are well known for the quality of cuisine on offer from local mountain dishes to incredible wine. Whilst Chile may not be first on your list for a culinary adventure, Chilean Patagonia may surprise you with its array of incredible local and international flavours combining to create mouth-watering hearty dishes - exactly what you need after a hard day's skiing. A firm favourite in this region is “Cordero Patagonico al Palo” a slow cooked smoked spit roast lamb cooked over an entire day resulting in tender smoked lamb. With many mountain lakes and rivers leading to Pacific ocean to the west you won’t be surprised to hear fish is never far from the menu and the local dish “Trucha Patagonica” a Patagonian trout is a must have when visiting this region.
There are 6 main wine regions stretching the length of Chile which produce world-renowned wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, so you are most certainly in the right place to enjoy a glass or two of fantastic wine back at your luxury ski lodge.