- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 3
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 2
Pros: Access, Park, Proximity to Santiago
Cons: Busy on weekends
Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Aug 1, 2008
By David Johnson - CASA Tours
Located just over an hour from the Santiago International Airport, El Colorado is considered the locals mountain in the tri-resort complex of Tres Valles. While not as international as Valle Nevado or as chic as La Parva, El Colorado offers the most lifts and the best terrain park. El Colorado also has the best access to Santa Teresa, some of the most spectacular off-piste, lift-accessed terrain in the Chile.
Although El Colorado receives far less attention than its neighbors, its conical volcanic peak reaches 3333 meters (10,935 feet) and its south facing slopes have an impressive 906 meter (2971 feet) vertical drop with over 2500 acres of terrain evenly suited for advanced, intermediate and beginning skiers and snowboarders. The Cono Este lift accesses El Colorado’s steepest and deepest terrain and provides awesome views of the surrounding Andes. We also take advantage of our private transportation to lap Santa Teresa. Over the years El Colorado has become a favorite stomping ground for our guests and guides alike. Due to El Colorado’s proximity to Santiago it is a featured resort on most of CASA’s Chilean tour itineraries. Our groups spend their nights in the village of Farellones, which is located directly at the base of El Colorado’s lifts.