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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 17 resorts. Powder is reported at 5 resorts and 9 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Chile

  1. Logo 80x60 Chile Xtremo
    Día despejado con nubes altas, nieve en muy buenas condiciones, poca gente en las pistas.

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Best powder (5) Best piste conditions (9)

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)

opens in 2 days
60
26
1
light snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2652 m
2550m 2200m 2750m 2400m 1800m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

50
30
Packed 48 days ago
15
51
26
light snow
heavy rain
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1468 m
1450m 1850m 1750m 1200m 1050m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 14 days ago

Antuco webcam
150
60

Good

Powder
10 cm
14 days ago
12
16
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1674 m
2050m 2050m 2400m 1850m 1200m

(357m — 576m)

snow report 3 days ago

40
25

Good

Varied
18 cm
5 days ago
5
4
light rain
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
clear
Mid station 466 m
1300m 800m 900m 750m 550m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report yesterday

50
30
Packed 29 days ago
20
12
light rain
heavy snow
clear
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2558 m
2750m 2550m 3200m 2650m 2100m

(1550m — 1851m)

snow report 8 days ago

200
125

Good

Varied
8 cm
8 days ago
24
33
23
snow showers
moderate snow
heavy rain
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1700 m
1850m 1900m 2350m 1550m 1150m

(2437m — 3343m)

snow report 2 days ago

40
60

Good

Fresh
8 cm
2 days ago
15
3
cloudy
moderate snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2890 m
3050m 2750m 3350m 2450m 2300m

(1025m — 1826m)

snow report 21 days ago

25
5
×
Closed

Varied
4 cm
24 days ago
6
8
10
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate rain
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1426 m
1200m 1150m 1500m 1000m 800m

(2434m — 3333m)

4
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 2884 m
3100m 2900m 3500m 2750m 2450m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

50
40

Good

Fresh
8 cm
2 days ago
20
3
cloudy
moderate snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 3184 m
3050m 2750m 3350m 2500m 2300m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report yesterday

30
10
Packed 56 days ago
3
partially cloudy
heavy rain
clear
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2048 m
2950m 2650m 3250m 2400m 2200m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

100
60
Packed 29 days ago
11
31
22
light snow
heavy rain
heavy rain
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
1850m 1950m 2350m 1400m 1150m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 6 days ago

200
50

Good

Fresh
9 days ago
37
15
17
light snow
moderate snow
light rain
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1970 m
2100m 2150m 2550m 1800m 1300m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

92
54

Excellent

Powder
13 cm
3 days ago
17
2
light rain
moderate snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2929 m
3050m 2750m 3400m 2500m 2300m

(2800m — 4500m)

clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3650 m
3600m 3550m 3900m 3550m 3050m

(2015m — 4845m)

49
25
light snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3430 m
2650m 2400m 2950m 2550m 1800m

(2690m — 3740m)

4
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 3215 m
3300m 3000m 3600m 2900m 2600m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

35
35

Good

Fresh
8 cm
2 days ago
29
5
light snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 3264 m
3050m 2750m 3350m 2400m 2250m

(1480m — 2440m)

snow report 2 days ago

220
180

Good

Fresh
20 cm
3 days ago
47
66
27
moderate snow
heavy snow
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1960 m
1800m 1950m 2250m 1100m 1000m

(1230m — 1760m)

10
50
28
light snow
heavy rain
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1495 m
1500m 1750m 1650m 1050m 900m

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