Nevado de Chillan resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “Playful, rolling terrain and a relaxed approach to sidecountry and backcountry, means this is one of South America’s best freeriding resorts!”

Freeriding

90%

Amazing backcountry and slackcountry

Freestyle

50%

A fairly limited park

Pistes

60%

Good intermediate trails

Beginners

70%

Great terrain to learn on

Mountain stats

Top lift:2500m
Vertical drop:1100m
Bottom lift:1680m

LiftsLift count : 4 x Chairlifts   5 x Drag-lifts  

22miles (35km) of pistes

Easy
30%
Intermediate
40%
Advanced
30%
Total Pistes:28
Longest Piste:8miles (13km)

Situated about 6hrs south of Santiago, Nevados de Chillan (pronounced “Chiyan”) is a resort on the rise. With it’s ever-changing terrain, 1100m of vertical, friendly atmosphere and incredible backcountry access, Chillan is becoming known among South American snowboarders and, more recently, some international riders.

Nevados de Chillán cornice
Nevados de Chillán cornice
Photo: Sam Smith

The local service town of Las Trancas is a unique outdoor-orientated village, with simple infrastructure and a back-to-nature feel. The mountain’s seasonal staff and the town’s year-round residents give this place a friendly, party vibe - even if it doesn’t show signs of life till after midnight.

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Written by Keith Stubbs