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Ski Pucón here in southern Chile is open!

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We have all waited a little bit longer this year due to the unusually dry June, but now we can proudly announce that the ski season is officially open in Pucón! On either side of the Andes the snow is falling and the pistes are open for business. There are many ski resorts on either side of the Andes in Chile and Argentina, all are located in stunning surroundings, and all have their own USP!

What is the Unique Selling Point of our Villarrica volcano and why should you choose to come to Pucón for your winter ski vacation?

Well, we must begin with the fact that Villarrica is a live volcano, yes, live! And yes, you can ski on it! That alone is one huge USP! There are not too many of those in the world. No lava pun intended, but that definitely makes Villarrica on of the hottest places to ski!

Ski Pucón resort is just 25 minutes from the centre of Pucón itself. With 6 ski lifts connecting 17 pistes, plus a 200m long x 50m wide mini snow park for ski and snowboard games, events, action & acrobatics, there is plenty to fill your winter days. The 17 pistes are distributed as follows: 4 easy (green); 6 intermediate (red); 5 difficult (blue) and 2 very hard (black). Of course there are also classes on offer, personal or group, plus daily activities for your skiing bambinos! Day passes in high season for adults cost $ 36.000 and for kids $ 30.000.

Ski Pucón

From the pistes the views are simply amazing. On a clear day you can see 5 volcanoes including the Osorno volcano near Puerto Montt. Not to mention Andean lakes tucked in-between ancient forests. Also, as a perfect end to your skiing day, you can choose from one of the main thermal hot spring resorts located around Pucón and the surrounding valleys. Check out our previous blog here for more information on local hot spring options.

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Also, there is not only the Villarrica volcano that you can choose to ski on... our lake region of southern Chile welcomes thousands of winter visitors every year and has become a firm favorite for ski lovers from the northern hemisphere too. Even during sun filled summers, thousands of "northerners" migrate south of the Equator in search of that fresh powder fix! Add live volcanoes into the equation and you have a perfect mix.

You can also visit Las Araucarias resort located 82 km north east of Temuco on the flanks of the Llaima volcano. This magical ski resort is located within the stunning Conguillio National Park where you find yourself surrounded by ancient araucaria trees and turquoise glacial lakes. The journey up to Las Araucarias is an experience in its own right passing through forests of endemic trees and narrow snow ploughed tracks. Do check that you have the right chains for your hire car or truck though as it is usually obligatory to carry them.

Ski Las Araucarias 1

Corralco resort is also accessed via Temuco, 120 km towards the Andes on the road to Lonquimay and the Pino Hachado border crossing. With 6 ski lifts and 29 pistes for all levels and 1775 hectares of skiable area, Corralco is a great option for those looking to challenge their ski expertise.


Why not create a combo trip visiting all three resorts so you can get the best feel for all ski options in our lake region? Pucón has unrivalled infrastructure in comparison with the other two. Many hotels, hostels, restaurants, hot spring resorts and alternative activities and excursions are all on offer just 20km from the ski center so we believe it is a great place to start. You can also hire a car in the town too to visit the other resorts, or take a private transfer with Sol y Nieve out to one of the other options mentioned above.

Convinced already that Pucón is the best place to start your southern Chile ski adventure? We believe there is not too much to think about...For details on how to arrive, transfers in and out, ski rental and other local information, drop Sol y Nieve a mail here and let us do the organizing for you.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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