Skiers seeking to hit the slopes at Farellones, the ski center near Santiago that encompasses Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado resorts, typically lodge in the all-inclusive Valle Nevado and buy an interconnect ticket to check out the other two. But, you might be too late for Valle if you've waited until now – most of July and even certain dates in August are completely full. It pays to look into the alternatives around Farallones. You won't find 5-star lodging with turn-down service, but you will find clean and comfortable accommodations at the following properties.
El Colorado, a modest resort sandwiched between La Parva and Valle Nevado, offers ski in/ski out apartments and cabins with kitchenettes at their base, with space for 2 to 6 people (buy supplies in Santiago). Apartments for 4 people run $208 to $356 per person for 2 nights, and cabins are a bargain at $198 to $236 per person for two nights, based on 2 adults. Rates include lodging, breakfast and dinner in their cozy onsite restaurant/lounge. Prices do NOT include tickets, and skiers are given the option of skiing La Parva, El Colorado, or buying an interconnect ticket to ski Valle Nevado. There is a minimum stay of two nights, except for last-minute reservations, and 7-night stays receive free transportation from the airport or Santiago. While El Colorado does not have the prestige of Valle, there is a kid-friendly tubing center and a few restaurants and pubs nearby. Check out their website at www.skiandes.cl, or call (011-562) 245-3401.
The second option is the Hotel Posada Farallones, located at the entrance to Farellones, about a 10-minute drive to El Colorado and La Parva. The low-slung, log-cabin-like hotel has rooms for 2 to 7 people that are ultra clean and well-maintained, and a hot tub, restaurant and lounge, and truly friendly service. Nightly rates run from $81 to $134 per person, based on double occupancy, and include breakfast and dinner, and transportation to and from the resorts. Rates do NOT include lift tickets. For more information, see their website at www.farellones.cl, or call (011-562) 248-7672.