Guide of Farellones, CHILE

Information about Farellones

Farellones is a town and ski resort located 36 km from Santiago de Chile, nestled in the Andes mountains and close to other ski resorts such as Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado.

Farellones not only stands out for being a ski center, but also for the archaeological findings made in El Plomo hill. Since before the creation of the town of Farellones, this place was frequented by adventurers and muleteers in search of ancient Inca treasures, as it was common to find remains of settlements in pucarás and pircas. It was thus that an Inca sanctuary was found on this hill, located at a height of between 5,200 and 5,400 meters above sea level, where in 1954 the body of a frozen Inca child was discovered, revealed by the media of the time as the mummy of Lead. The conservation of said "mummy" is in charge of the National Museum of Natural History in Santiago, Chile.

History of Farellones

The Ski in Chile beginnings in Chile in the village of Farellones, in the 1930s, when the first wooden skis arrived from Switzerland and Norway. The boots were made of leather, coated with special colorless grease to keep them from getting wet. The fixings were very basic and dangerous in a strong fall since these were still fixed to the skis. The first lifeline built in the 1950s: the Great Descent, where the most daring jumped over the roof of the Hotel Posada de Farellones being this the final point of arrival.

Thanks to the efforts of some pioneers, this town grew and it was like in the 1940s, Antonio Padrós managed to offer one of the first hotels in Farellones, the Hotel Posada de Farellones, which was later visited by the Duchess of Kent , for whom a great mountain lunch was offered. This was greatly appreciated by his royal highnesses through the British embassy.

With the passing of time, Farellones was gaining great followers of skiing. The first cableway was installed in the area that would later become the El Colorado-Farellones ski center. Then we continued in the sector of La Parva and to finish the Valle Nevado complex, built by the French in 1987.

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