Farellones, reached by auto, preferably Jeep, is 35
miles from Santiago via dirt road featuring 40 numbered hairpin turns. Clifton
F. Leatherbee, formerly of Newton, Mass., makes run daily. Elevation at base of
area is 7,000 feet. Has 1,000-foot beginners' wire-rope tow (watch fingers!),
rises 150 feet. Then, in line, are three lifts, totaling 12,500 feet, with
vertical rise of 2,860 feet. First is 1,650-foot T bar, 450-foot rise, 250
skiers per hour; then 3,600-foot Pomalift, 600-foot rise, 250 per hour;
finally, 7,250-foot double chair lift, 1,810-foot rise, 200 per hour. Has two
hotels: La Posada, capacity 72; Hostelry Farellones, capacity 20, and
Leatherbee takes in 12. Rates are about $4 to $6 per day, meals included. Food
fair, accommodations short on central heating. Lifts cost about $1.60 per day.
Instruction is a sometime thing.
La parva, a cluster of about eight private refugios,
is about 1� miles up the road from Farellones, features 6,700-foot double chair
lift, 1,700-foot rise, 250 per hour, weekends only. Canteen has beds for 16 at
$4 per day. Most tourists stay at Santiago's Hotel Carrera, take station wagon
bus to either area; costs about $3.50 round trip, takes hour and half.
Lagunillas is two hours south of Santiago by car,
usually skied only by Chileans, using short makeshift tow. Has accommodations
for over 200 skiers in four lodges and a number of smaller cabins and offers a
wide variety of tours.
Chilean lake region has host of good mountains and
tours, paucity of ski lodges. Take train to Temuco and arrange for private car
to ski LLAIMA, where the volcano still belches smoke from time to time. Other
mountain towns are OSORNO and VILLARRICA.
Bariloche is the only major ski resort in Argentina. Located near the Chilean
border, it can be reached by plane from Buenos Aires or by steamer and bus from
Temuco, Chile. At base elevation of 4,000 feet, season is fickle. Aerial tram
is 6,700 feet long with 2,475-foot rise, offering Woodstock, Vt.-type slopes
and long runs. Catedral Ski Hotel is nearest slopes, costs about $8 per day for
everything. Llao-Llao is swankier, farther from slopes, costs around $10.