Where . . . El Colorado, Chile
Resort stats and snowfall . . . El Colorado (2430m/7972ft) is the closest resort to the Chilean capital, Santiago. Its 38 kilometres (24 miles) of local pistes combine with neighbouring Valle Nevado and La Parva to make up the ‘3 Valleys of the Andes' - the largest skiable domain in the Southern Hemisphere - with a total of 107 kilometres (66 miles) of pistes. El Colorado's 30 local runs are served by 20 lifts (16 drags and four chairs), which transport skiers to a maximum altitude of 3333 metres (10934ft).
The ski centre is a cone-shaped peak with wide-open fields. It sits between Valle Nevado and La Parva and is closest to the Chilean capital, Santiago. The ski area best suited to beginners and intermediates, but advanced skiers can head to the eastern side with its huge snow dumps and steep chutes facing Valle Nevado. There are also specialised tracks for those wishing to practise various disciplines such as Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant, and Moguls. The Park Colorado is the largest snowpark in Chile and features jumps, rails, and boxes for all levels.
When to go . . . Mid-June to mid-October
Ski lessons . . . 40 instructors coordinate ski and snowboard classes, both individually and in groups of up to 10 people. Children aged 4 to 10 can join the specially designed kids' ski program.
Lodging . . . El Colorado has two villages: Villa Farellones and Villa Colorado. Farellones is older, larger, more traditional, and less expensive. Colorado is modern, with a hotel and several condo buildings. Less expensive lodging can be found in Santiago, 36 kilometres (22 miles) away.
Apres-ski . . . The resort has bars, restaurants, and a disco. The nearby city of Santiago has a wider choice of nightlife.
Ski pass prices . . . 30,000CLP one day (Chile Peso). Skiers can also purchase interconnected tickets with neighbouring Valle Nevado and La Parva.