Volcano Osorno, elevation 2652 meters (8701 feet), is located on the northeast end of Lake Llanquihue, 51 kilometers from Puerto Varas. The pristine drive along the lake eventually leads into the volcanoâ€™s protected national forest. The mountain is the southerly sister to Mount Fuji and seems like a smaller replica with its perfect cone shape. The road has been recently paved and is in great condition, although it is steep in some areas and caution should be practiced in snowy conditions. At 1200 meters (3937 feet) you will come upon the base of the small ski area, Centro de Ski y MontaÃ±a. The views here are magnificent and look out over the dense forests surrounding Lake Llanquihue, Volcano Calbuco and the Pacific Ocean. The ski area has two new chair lifts that are open year-round as well as a small cafeteria and ski rentals. Tickets for the chairlift are 8500 Chilean Pesos (US$18).There is ample terrain for beginner and intermediate. For those interested in more excitement or randonee skiing, it is possible to ascend the mountain with or without a guide, depending on ability and experience. Practice caution and respect for the required glacier travel above the lifts.
Puerto Varas, Chile
National park, Hike, Skiing
follow route 225 51 km towards Ensenada, take left into national park Vicente PerÃ©z Rosales, turning right at KM 5. Follow road till the end.
Travel Tips: a great trip for the entire family
Price Description: US$18
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Monday - Friday 9a.m.-6:45p.m., Saturday 8:30-6p.m., Sunday 8:30a.m.-1p.m.
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
You Need to Bring: bring warm clothing
Credit cards accepted
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard/Eurocard, Visa
US dollar, Chilean Peso
E-mail: info(at) volcanosorno.com