From a turnoff just south of San José , a winding dirt road leads 19 kilometers northeast to Lagunillas, a scenic but no-frills beginners’ ski area rather than a high-powered resort such as Valle Nevado  or Portillo . At the final approach, there’s an oddball sculpture 3–4 meters high apparently intended as Jesus Christ, but it could as easily be a Rasta (someone even scribbled “legalize it” on one of its legs).
In ski season, lift tickets cost around US$20 weekdays, US$25 on weekends. For details, including accommodations information, contact the Club Andino (Alameda 108, Local 215, tel. 099/8638504, www.skilagunillas.cl ), which also provides transportation from San José de Maipo.