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Ci Ski Chile

One of the four leading ski areas in the southern hemisphere, there are just over a dozen Chilean ski centres stretching along the Andean mountains from north to south in the country.

The ski season here typically lasts from early June to late September.

Chile’s ski resorts have built a reputation for great powder and spectacular heli-skiing with several resorts marketed particularly heavily in North America as summer skiing destinations.

One difference from other southern hemisphere ski nations is that there are several major ski areas within a comparatively short drive of the capital, Santiago so visitors can combine skiing in Chile with a city break or business.

Most of Chile’s ski areas were established after the second world war, but the oldest, El Colorado, still the closest to Santiago (45km/28 miles), built its first lift way back in 1936 – one of the world’s first dedicated ski lifts. People had however been able to ski Chile for more than four decades before, using the then newly-built Argentina-Chile railway line in the 1890s as a ‘ski lift’.

At the other extreme, although linked to El Colorado by lifts and piste in Chile’s version of the famous French ‘3 Valleys’ is Valle Nevado, which has a more cutting edge design very reminiscent of the more stylish French purpose built ski areas. It opened in 1988 and has been arguably the most innovative Chillean ski area over the past few decades and continues to expand both on the slopes, quite frequently adding new lifts and runs, and resort facilities.

The third ski area in this ‘3 Valleys’ is La Parva which was built by Europeans in the 1950s before being commercialised by Americans and then run by Chileans since the late 1980s. Originally Chile’s highest resort it was also home to the country’s first quad chairlift.

The most famous of Chile's ski resorts, its original ski area and later destination resort, is Portillo in the north of the country. Particularly popular with North American guests, it has a kind of private club ambience from the early years of ski vacations, although with all modern conveniences. All catering and facilities are focused primarily in the resort’s main hotel complex. Today there's one employee for every guest resulting in high service standards.

Host of the 1966 World Alpine Skiing Championships, Portillo has easy and intermediate groomed slopes plus some of the toughest skiing in the southern hemisphere, with heliskiing an option, giving views of the Western Hemisphere's highest mountain - Aconcagua.

In the south of the country Termas de Chillan mixes a five star hotel and warm thermal springs with one of the country’s six leading ski resorts. On the downside the area has had problems with seismic activity including earthquake damage in the past decade, on the upside there are 10,000 hectares of heliskiing terrain around the main resort.

Villarica-Pucon located on the slopes of the still active Villarica volcano which gives it the highest ski area in southern South America, has similar problems. Lift towers incorporate rubber bungs to absorb minor quakes from volcano, and ash which sometimes issues from the summit tends to drift away from the ski slopes on the prevailing winds.
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Chile: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Chile. Fresh snow is forecast at 8resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 7 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (7)

Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1954m — 3349m)

18
23
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2652 m
3100m 2550m 2150m 2450m 2050m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report today

65
5
Packed 9 days ago
39
24
56
partly cloudy
heavy snow
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1468 m
1600m 1700m 1400m 1450m 1450m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 2 days ago

Antuco webcam
45
5
×
Closed
×
Not Enough Snow
10 days ago
25
24
22
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1674 m
2600m 2250m 1950m 1900m 1750m

(357m — 576m)

2
13
clear
light rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 466 m
500m 800m 950m 1000m 700m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report today

50
40
Packed 13 days ago
4
10
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2558 m
3250m 3050m 2900m 2750m 2400m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 5 days ago

205
90

Excellent

Fresh
20 cm
5 days ago
28
41
42
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1964 m
2200m 1950m 1650m 1750m 1600m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 2 days ago

80
40

Good

Varied
10 cm
13 days ago
14
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2910 m
2900m 2750m 2700m 2850m 2200m

(1025m — 1826m)

3
3
2
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1426 m
950m 1600m 1250m 1250m 1400m

(2434m — 3333m)

3
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2884 m
3400m 3300m 3200m 3000m 2600m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

La Parva webcam
170
70

Excellent

Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
12
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 3184 m
3050m 2850m 2800m 2900m 2250m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report today

60
40
Packed 9 days ago
3
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2048 m
3300m 3050m 2950m 2900m 2400m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report 15 days ago

65
25
×
Closed
×
Not Enough Snow
10 cm
15 days ago
19
38
42
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1650 m
2250m 2050m 1600m 1750m 1600m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
50

Good

Varied
20 cm
13 days ago
8
23
32
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1970 m
2700m 2250m 1950m 2100m 1750m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

187
128

Excellent

Powder
7 cm
2 days ago
6
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2929 m
2850m 2650m 2700m 2850m 2150m

(2800m — 4500m)

6
1
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 3650 m
2950m 2950m 2850m 2750m 2400m

(2015m — 4845m)

19
18
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3430 m
3000m 2550m 2350m 2550m 2150m

(2690m — 3740m)

1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 3215 m
3350m 3250m 3200m 3050m 2600m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

Valle Nevado webcam
212
50

Excellent

Varied
1 cm
2 days ago
18
5
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 3264 m
2850m 2650m 2650m 2800m 2150m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 4 days ago

125
90

Good

Varied
14 cm
5 days ago
36
41
69
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 1720 m
2150m 1850m 1450m 1600m 1500m

(1230m — 1760m)

30
20
63
cloudy
heavy snow
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1495 m
1950m 1650m 1400m 1450m 1350m