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 20resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best piste conditions (2)

Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

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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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1954m — 3349m)

8
8
75
clear
clear
moderate snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2652 m
2700m 3150m 2300m 2000m 2750m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report today

30
20
Packed 14 days ago
42
90
87
clear
partially cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1468 m
1950m 2350m 1250m 1350m 1450m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 14 days ago

Antuco webcam
100
25

Good

Fresh
4 cm
14 days ago
16
21
57
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light rain
Mid station 1674 m
2350m 2850m 1850m 1450m 1800m

(357m — 576m)

13
105
1
light rain
moderate rain
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 466 m
1000m 1150m 750m 350m 200m

(2246m — 2871m)

opens in 1 days
2
15
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2558 m
2950m 3250m 2600m 2650m 3150m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 11 days ago

95
60

Good

Varied
14 days ago
39
72
127
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1964 m
2450m 2400m 1250m 1500m 1700m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
25 days ago
13
6
45
clear
clear
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2910 m
2550m 3050m 2500m 2400m 2950m

(1025m — 1826m)

snow report 24 days ago

10
×
Closed

Powder
32 days ago
2
18
2
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1426 m
2000m 1900m 1050m 900m 1000m

(2434m — 3333m)

2
7
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 2884 m
2900m 3350m 2700m 2800m 3300m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
25 days ago
12
6
38
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 3184 m
2650m 3150m 2550m 2500m 3000m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report today

30
10
Packed 14 days ago
2
6
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 2048 m
2850m 3300m 2550m 2700m 3150m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report 16 days ago

100
50
×
Closed

Powder
37
48
89
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1650 m
2600m 2600m 1450m 1500m 1950m

(1540m — 2400m)

opens in 1 days
19
19
88
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1970 m
2700m 2800m 1650m 1700m 2300m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
25 days ago
9
5
45
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2929 m
2650m 2950m 2350m 2350m 2950m

(2800m — 4500m)

13
1
61
clear
clear
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 3650 m
2850m 3050m 2500m 2600m 3000m

(2015m — 4845m)

11
12
63
clear
clear
moderate snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 3430 m
2700m 3050m 2300m 2300m 2900m

(2690m — 3740m)

1
11
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3215 m
2900m 3300m 2650m 2800m 3300m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report yesterday

Valle Nevado webcam
×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
25 days ago
19
11
66
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3264 m
2600m 3000m 2400m 2350m 2900m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 2 days ago

150
100
×
Closed

Varied
8 days ago
62
114
114
clear
partially cloudy
heavy snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1720 m
2400m 2250m 1250m 1500m 1650m

(1230m — 1760m)

34
126
58
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1495 m
2200m 2000m 1300m 1350m 1800m