A high-rise, purpose-built resort in the mode of Les Arcs - not surprisingly as it was designed by the Chilean architect Eduardo Stern after he'd worked in France and on the Les Arcs project. The village is 60km from Chile's capital city Santiago, at the top of a winding approach road. There are three hotels, a small communal outdoor pool, a selection of shops, hotel bars and a nightclub. The slopes form a small network of well-groomed, mainly intermediate pistes that share links with those in El Colorado and La Parva. Together they offer South America's most extensive and varied ski area, but there is no joint lift pass - you have to buy daily extensions to the local pass. Two more lifts serving five new runs opened for 2010. New apartments being built too. 'The whole experience was surprisingly good', says a reporter.