Get Here! | Valle Las Trancas

Powder skiing, backcountry touring, volcanoes, natural hotsprings, tree skiing and much more to enjoy. All in the same place. Valle Las Trancas /Termas de Chillán, Bio Bio, Chile.

You can find us in the beautiful mountain town of Las Trancas, at the base of the Nevados de Chillán Volcanic Complex. We are 8km apart from Nevados de Chillán ski resort (aka Termas de Chillán). This place is well known for his deep snowpack, endless volcanic terrain, tree skiing and bluebird powder days, is a dream playground for any skier or snowboarder.

Just 6 hour away from Santiago, Chile’s Capital and biggest city, you can enjoy this magical place and live a mountain experience in the Andes. Ski, snowboard, backcountry skiing, in South America.

How to get here?

Flight to Chile

Nearest airport is Concepcion (CCP – Carriel Sur) 2.5hr away from Las Trancas. You can fly to Santiago International Airport (SCL – Arturo Merino Benitez) and make a connection to CCP, then take a private shuttle or bus to Chillán and Las Trancas.

Bus

From Santiago | Buses Nilahue, daily departures at 14:45hr from Terminal Sur (Universidad de Santiago metro stop) all the way to Las Trancas.
+56 2 2776 1139
+56 9 8501 9487.

From Chillán | Buses RemBus departures from Terminal La Merced (Maipón c/ Sargento Aldea) at 6:50 – 7:50 – 8:50 – 11:20 – 12:40 – 13:20 – 15:10 – 16:25 – 17:55 – 19:20.
+56 042 222 93 77
+56 9 8818 8596

Train

From Santiago to Chillán | TerraSur service from Estación Alameda (Estación Central metro stop) daily departures at de 8:40hr y 18:30hr. Once in Chillán get a private shuttle or Bus to your final destination in Las Trancas.
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+56 02 2258 5500.

Car

From anywhere in Chile, drive through Ruta 5 highway direction to Chillán, Bio Bio region. Once in Chillán, face East taking the ruta N-55 local road all the way to Las Trancas, 70km apart, look for street directions to Termas de Chillán.

Private Shuttle

Contact Andes Transfer for services from and to Santiago`s Airport (SCL), Concepcion’s Airport (CCP) and Chillán Train Station.
+56 9 7325 8744
andestransfer@gmail.com

 

Lodging Options

 

We suggest and recommend you to stay at Onai Hostel, it is a confortable and affordable place specially designed for travelers

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There’s plenty of lodging options in the town of Las Trancas, from wood cabins for 2 up to more than 10 people, lodges and 2/3/4 stars hotels with multiple services included. Look for any of this options in Booking or Tripadvisor, searching for Termas de Chillán, Nevados de Chillán, Valle Las Trancas or Chillán

Local Ski Resort

Possibly the best playground for powder hounds in Chile, the Nevados de Chillan Ski Resort gets a deep average annual snowfall of more than 5 meters.

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Located above the village of Las Trancas, Chile, Nevados de Chillan Mountain Resort, (aka Termas de Chillan) sits at the base of active Volcano Chillan. This mountain offers amazing terrain, powder, catskiing, hotsprings and is one of the few Chilean resorts with skiable trees. The contours of the volcano turn into a complete playground on a powder day. The resort owns two ski-in, ski-out hotels; Hotel Nevados in the old growth forest and newly built Hotel Alto Nevados located on the beginner ski area above the upper parking lots.

The real reason to visit is the backcountry touring access to the peaks of Volcano Chillan and El Nevado. You can ski to the edge of warm thermal pools to finish off your day if you know where to go.

Hiking and touring in the Chillan backcountry gives you access to some of the longest descents and better terrain in the Andes including a backcountry playground that would take a full season to explore.

Resort Stats

Location: 6 hr south of Santiago, Bio-Bio Region, South Central Chile
Elevation: 1,540m (5,052ft) to 2,500m (8,200ft)
Vertical Drop: 960m (3,150ft)
Inbound Terrain:  32 runs
20% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 30% Advanced, 20% Expert
Ski Lifts:  8 with more in development
Off-Piste and Backcountry Access: Excellent.
Ski Season: June to October

Terrain

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The natural terrain is a snow park in itself where you get creative and find hits, drops and jibs from high above in the alpine to down in the trees.
 
Expert terrain is endless. While most of the resort lacks the super steeps, most of the area is ungroomed with countless options for off-piste and slack country exploring. The backcountry options are as wide as you could ever need with touring options to remote volcanoes, hot rivers, and long descents.

If you know where you are going or join a backcountry tour, there is terrain that will blow your mind and keep you occupied for days.

Fun offpiste and groomers can be found all over the mountain including the 13 km Tres Marias run. Follow the run to the base and if you are adventurous, you can explore to the left and right of this run, finding good powder, fun terrain features, and more.
 
Important: Many of the areas described involve riding in non controlled avalanche terrain. Know your stuff, carry the right equipment and be smart. If you have any doubts, or even if you don’t, come join us on a guided tour. We will take you to the best skiing available with nothing for you to do but to enjoy what we have.

Trail Map

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