Photo by www.vallenevado.com

Modeled on European setups, Valle Nevado boasts almost 30 sq km hectares of skiable terrain – the largest in South America. It's also the best-maintained of Santiago's resorts and has the most challenging runs. A variety of beginner runs make it good for kids too.

Thirteen chairlifts or surface lifts – and a kick-ass eight-person gondola – take you to high-altitude start points, which range from 2860m to 3670m. Adrenaline levels also run high here: there's a snow park, good off-piste action and heli-skiing.

In summer (December to April), the Mirador chairlift (round-trip CH$19,000), transporting hikers and picnic-toting families to a 3300m peak, is open daily. Check the website for more on horseback-riding excursions, mountaineering, guided trekking, children's activities and lunch with panoramic views at the mountaintop restaurant.

The resort is 12km from Farellones.