Winter Wonderland

Snow and savings: hit Chile’s slopes without breaking the bank

This is Chile presents a list of local recommendations for the top economical choices of places to stay for a ski getaway.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Category: Tourism
Visit Chile’s ski resorts for less. Photo by Chilextremo / Facebook Visit Chile’s ski resorts for less. Photo by Chilextremo / Facebook

 

Chile is home to some of the best skiing in the Southern Hemisphere, but these winter wonderlands are not always cheap. For people looking to get out and enjoy the snow and the slopes but don’t want to spend all their vacation savings, there are still some great options.

Thanks to reviews by local newspapers like La Tercera, This is Chile has put together our recommendations for those frugal adventure seekers who want to explore the best of Chilean winter destinations.

Hostal Chilextremo

Looking for a day or weekend ski trip at Chile’s popular Valle Nevado, La Parva and / or El Colorado? Check out Hostal Chilextremo.

Starting at US$56 (CLP 25,000), you can reserve rooms for groups of two, three, and six persons. Most stays include breakfast and access to common spaces. For those looking for more privacy, the hostel offers a six person suite complete with a kitchen and living room. Of course, the main building also boasts an open terrace that offers a stunning view of the Andes.

Hostal Chilextremo is just meters away from the slopes of the Farellones ski center, and has easy access to El Colorado and Valle Nevado, so it is easy to get out on the slopes bright and early.

Refugio Gastón Saavedra

A great option for families hoping to hit the slopes at a low cost is the Refugio Gastón Saavedra.

Also located right by the Farellones ski center, with access to El Colorado, Valle Nevado and La Parva, this option feels a lot like a cozy cabin on the mountain with its wood stoves and warm living spaces.

The refugio offers rooms for four, six and eight guests as well as an apartment that can host up to ten guests. The prices start at US$29 (CLP 15,000) with breakfast included.

As a hub for the Club Andino de Gastón Saavedra, the Refugio’s main priority is helping its guests enjoy the mountains and really get to explore all they have to offer.

Hostería y Aventura Chil'in

Part of the Termas de Chillan complex, Hostería y Aventura Chil'in is a great option for anyone looking to travel a little farther south for their winter adventure.

With prices that start at US$35 (CLP 18.000) during peak season, the hostel offers individual and shared rooms with breakfast as well as cabins for groups of six. The space has more than just rooms, however. It also includes a bar and restaurant, a pool and outdoor jacuzzis as well as ski rentals and storage.

Looking for something off the slopes? The Hostería y Aventura Chil'in also organizes hikes up the local volcano, horseback rides during sunnier weather and other excursions.

Of course, Chile offers a lot of great winter activities, both in the mountains and elsewhere. Thanks to the wealth of activities, it is possible for travellers with all kinds of budgets to find a way to get out and enjoy the snow.

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