La Parva is a town and ski resort situated around 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Santiago, Chile. It is located in the “3 Valleys” resort complex, which also includes El Colorado and Valle Nevado.
La Parva is located 2,650 meters above sea level, 41 kilometers from Santiago. Fourteen lifts provide access to 30 square kilometers of skiable terrain, which includes 30 routes ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert.
With a vertical drop of nearly one kilometer from an elevation of 3,630 meters (11,910 ft), this Andes jewel receives far fewer foreign visitors than its neighbors Valle Nevado and El Colorado, but it does have a community of well-to-do Chileans who return year after year, giving it the feel of an exclusive boutique resort.
La Parva is one of the few Andean ski resorts that allows night skiing.
La Parva info card
|Location||Andes Mountains, Chile|
|Nearest city||Santiago, Chile 33.3356°S 70.2905°W|
|Vertical||960 m (3150 ft)|
|Top elevation||3630 m (11909 ft)|
|Base elevation||2670 m (8760 ft)|
|Skiable area||400 hectares (988 acres)|
|Longest run||2.4 km (1.5 mi)|
|Lift system||14 total; 4 chairlifts (2 quad, 1 triple, 1 double), 10 surface lifts|
|Terrain parks||1 (very small)|
|Snowfall||7.62 m (25 ft)|
Location: Above the town of Farellones, 1.5 hours from Santiago Airport
Elevation: 2,670m (8,759ft) to 3,630m (11,909ft)
Vertical Drop: 960m (3,150ft)
Inbound Terrain: 20 Runs
15% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 10% Expert
Ski Lifts: 14
Hotels and Lodging: Condominiums, Apartments and private homes available for rent around the base area, or you can stay 10-15 minutes away in Farellones.
Off-Piste and Backcountry Access: Excellent
Annual Snowfall: 300 inches (762 cms).
Weather: 80% sunny days on average with dry powder after a storm
Ski Season: June to late September, often extending into October
Ski and Snowboard Park: Yes
Night Life: bars and pubs open nightly at the base, plus Farellones, just 10-15 minutes away has some great nightlife.
Snow in La Parva
As is the case with other South American ski destinations, snow conditions are very varied, and off-piste terrain ranges from powder bowls to a powder hound’s nightmare. The wind scourges parts of La Parva’s slopes, especially those in the backcountry, and with so many bright days and no trees, there is plenty chance for north facing slopes to get sun damaged. However, on a powder day, the location is unbeatable, and with an average of seven metres of snowfall every season, powder days are rather regular.
Interconnected with Other Tres Valles Ski Resorts
Skiing to Valle Nevado and El Colorado is available from La Parva for advanced riders. The combined Tres Valles ski region is massive, including about 2,500 hectares of in-bounds terrain, but a significant impediment to accessing all of this terrain is the expensive price of an inter-resort lift ticket.
Accommodations & Amenities in La Parva
The charming community is mostly ski-in/ski-out and has been compared to a European ski resort. Unfortunately, there are no hotels in La Parva, and the only overnight alternatives are flats. These condominiums are not for the budget-conscious, and the minimum stay is often a week.
Alternative accommodations are available in El Colorado and Farellones, which provide more flexibility in terms of length of stay and a variety of accommodations to suit a variety of budgets. Farellones, in particular, is an excellent location for day visits to La Parva (only 4.5km away by road). Numerous Farellones hotel providers give free transportation to La Parva in the morning, and guests may ski back to Farellones at the end of the day.
There are a few restaurants in La Parva that reflect the resort’s European flavor, although many families dine at home in the evenings. There are a few bars, but if you’re looking for a little nightlife, stick in Farellones.