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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 7 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 7 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Chile

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    Hoy 22-07-2014, el centro de esquí está abierto. Andariveles 1,2,3,7,8 #Pucón #Volcán #Ski
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    Día nublado pero con buena visibilidad, se esperan nevadas para esta noche y mañana para dar paso a una semana de sol y buena nieve.

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Best piste conditions (7)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1954m — 3349m)

opens in 9 days
5
5
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
light rain
Mid station 2652 m
1400m 1850m 2050m 2450m 2500m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

50
30
Packed 41 days ago
17
18
11
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1468 m
850m 800m 900m 1150m 1500m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 7 days ago

Antuco webcam
150
60

Good

Powder
10 cm
7 days ago
5
1
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light rain
Mid station 1674 m
1000m 1250m 1300m 1850m 2050m

(357m — 576m)

4
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 466 m
50m 0m 0m 450m 0m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report yesterday

50
30
Packed 22 days ago
1
2
clear
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2558 m
1600m 2100m 2350m 2750m 2800m

(1550m — 1851m)

snow report yesterday

200
125

Good

Varied
8 cm
yesterday
12
13
9
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1700 m
750m 900m 1250m 1700m 1800m

(2437m — 3343m)

snow report 2 days ago

75
75

Good
Tracked
12 cm
7 days ago
1
1
clear
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2890 m
1500m 1900m 2350m 2900m 2900m

(1025m — 1826m)

snow report 14 days ago

25
5
×
Closed

Varied
4 cm
17 days ago
4
11
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1426 m
500m 250m 0m 0m 150m

(2434m — 3333m)

1
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2884 m
1650m 2000m 2500m 3000m 3050m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

90
45

Good
Tracked
12 cm
7 days ago
1
2
clear
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 3184 m
1550m 1900m 2350m 2900m 2900m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report yesterday

30
10
Packed 49 days ago
clear
partially cloudy
clear
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 2048 m
1500m 1950m 2300m 2850m 2850m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

100
60
Packed 22 days ago
12
10
4
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1650 m
750m 950m 1450m 1700m 1850m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report yesterday

120
90
Packed 28 days ago
4
9
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1970 m
1150m 1500m 1400m 2100m 2150m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

84
36

Excellent
Tracked
7 cm
7 days ago
1
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2929 m
1450m 1700m 2250m 2800m 2850m

(2800m — 4500m)

1
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 3650 m
1500m 1650m 2700m 3000m 2950m

(2015m — 4845m)

5
5
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 3430 m
1450m 2000m 2100m 2600m 2650m

(2690m — 3740m)

clear
clear
clear
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 3215 m
1600m 1850m 2550m 3050m 3100m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

35
35

Good
Tracked
12 cm
7 days ago
2
1
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 3264 m
1450m 1800m 2300m 2850m 2900m

(1480m — 2440m)

snow report yesterday

220
180

Good

Fresh
20 cm
7 days ago
Another glorious day // 22 Jul
17
56
50
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1960 m
750m 1000m 1350m 1500m 1750m

(1230m — 1760m)

20
18
16
snow showers
moderate snow
clear
moderate snow
heavy rain
Mid station 1495 m
900m 800m 1150m 1150m 1750m

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