Ski Pucón

Skiing in Parque Nacional Villarrica

Ski Pucón is the most developed ski area in La Araucanía and the Lakes District, although it is not on a par with Valle Nevado, Termas de Chillán, Portillo or the other resorts to the north. However, where else do you get to ski on a live, smoking volcano? The views from the mid-mountain lodge almost single-handedly make the lift ticket worth the price.

The ski area is mainly for beginners, with a bit of steeper terrain for intermediates. However, skiing out of bounds just to the left or right of the lifts offers a range of more challenging options for experienced skiers and snowboarders.

The weather at the ski area tends to be different from the town of Pucón. Look at how the smoke from the crater is blowing to gauge how windy it will be. Gear rentals are available on the mountain (CH$16,500), but are less expensive (and often better quality) in town. Almost every agency and a number of hotels send minivans (CH$9000 to CH$10,000) up to the base lodge. Other than briefly losing its access to water, the resort was unaffected by the 2015 Villarrica eruption.