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 3resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

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(1954m — 3349m)

50
3
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 2652 m
2800m 3100m 3100m 3150m 2600m

(1236m — 1700m)

opens in 38 days
8
3
2
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1468 m
2100m 1950m 2000m 2300m 2250m

(1449m — 1899m)

Antuco webcam
1
4
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1674 m
2450m 2500m 2600m 2750m 2350m

(357m — 576m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 466 m
2200m 2500m 2250m 2150m 1750m

(2246m — 2871m)

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25
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2558 m
3100m 3300m 3250m 3200m 2700m

(1530m — 2399m)

opens in 24 days
1
29
6
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1964 m
2350m 2400m 2550m 2600m 2150m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 2 days ago

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72
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light rain
heavy snow
Mid station 2910 m
3200m 3250m 3300m 3150m 2600m

(1025m — 1826m)

3
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1426 m
1050m 1150m 1750m 2200m 1900m

(2434m — 3333m)

28
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 2884 m
3300m 3450m 3400m 3350m 2850m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

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70
4
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3184 m
3200m 3350m 3300m 3200m 2650m

(1896m — 2201m)

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clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 2048 m
3200m 3400m 3300m 3300m 2750m

(1500m — 1800m)

6
5
moderate rain
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1650 m
2400m 2450m 2550m 2600m 2200m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 2 days ago

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23
3
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1970 m
2500m 2650m 2750m 2750m 2300m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

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63
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2929 m
3250m 3450m 3350m 3150m 2500m

(2800m — 4500m)

1
91
11
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3650 m
3450m 3400m 3300m 3200m 2850m

(2015m — 4845m)

62
4
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3430 m
2900m 3200m 3200m 3050m 2550m

(2690m — 3740m)

27
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3215 m
3350m 3500m 3400m 3350m 2900m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

Valle Nevado webcam
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1
97
6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 3264 m
3250m 3300m 3250m 3100m 2600m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 4 days ago

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30
3
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1720 m
2400m 2450m 2550m 2600m 2150m

(1230m — 1760m)

4
1
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1495 m
2400m 2400m 2450m 2400m 2100m