Nevados de Chillan holds a special place in the heart of CASA Tours owners, guides, and guests. This mountain is responsible for more epic powder days, adrenaline-inducing lines, and “Best run ever!” exclamations than any other resort in South America. Chillan’s lunaresque terrain, wide-open backcountry, un-crowded slopes, laid back mountain scene, and consistent snow conditions make it one of the best big-mountain ski & snowboard destinations in the world. It is so good that we made it the backbone of most of our Chilean tours.
On the 3,122 meter (10,243 ft) southern slope of Volcan Chillan are nine lifts that offer the longest rides in South America and vertical descents up to 1,800 meters (5,900 feet). Pirigallo, a steep bowl on the eastern side of the mountain, is a paradise for skilled riders. Our CASA guides frequently provide opportunities to tour into the wide open Tres Marias, Valle Hermoso and Shangri-La valleys, or ascend one of the three volcanic peaks that rise above the lift-serviced resort. Las Trancas, a sleepy alpine town located only 7km from the resort, offers comfortable accommodation as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. We consider Chillan to be the crown jewel of the Andes.