Only a two hours drive from the Santiago Airport are the three connected ski areas of Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva, giving you access to a large skiable domain known as the3 Valleys ski area. You can buy an upgrade to your pass to give you access to these resorts by buying a daily connecting pass. This can only be bought daily.
There is no town at Valle Nevado and it is a self contained ski resort with 3 main hotels (Hotel Valle Nevado, Puerta Del Sol, Tres Puntas) with one condo option and no real budget option right at Valle Nevado and instead being at Los Farellones area 20 minutes away.
Valle Nevado is one of the top ski resorts in South America with many important events taking place there such as snowboard FIS and world cups as it has the only half pipe in South America. The heli skiing there is also amazing and the best in all of South America with first descents still to be had.