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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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Portillo , Chile

Portillo

3:40 pm 19 Aug 2012

Malalcahuello-CHILE, Chile

Corralco-Lonquimay

12:00 am 14 Sep 2013

Volcan Villarrica, Chile

Villarrica-Pucon

12:00 am 14 Jul 2005

My room view, Chile

El Colorado

9:53 am 17 May 2010

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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 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Chile

  1. Sans%20titre 2 Aguaventura Snowshop
    Hoy el 20-09 el centro de ski esta abierto (1,2,7,9) por el momento #Ski #Pucon #Chile #volcan #Villarrica #araucania
  2. Sans%20titre 2 Aguaventura Snowshop
    Hoy el 19-09 el centro de ski esta cerrado, a causa del viento #Ski #Pucon #Chile #volcan #Villarrica #araucania

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Best piste conditions (5)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1954m — 3349m)

11
4
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2652 m
2750m 1900m 1650m 2000m 2300m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

50
30
Packed 15 days ago
36
8
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1468 m
1300m 950m 950m 950m 850m

(1449m — 1899m)

Antuco webcam
12
16
light rain
snow showers
light snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1674 m
1850m 1350m 1400m 1700m 1850m

(357m — 576m)

1
light rain
partially cloudy
light rain
clear
light snow
Mid station 466 m
1000m 650m 750m 200m 200m

(2246m — 2871m)

opens in 286 days
3
1
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2558 m
3000m 2250m 2100m 2500m 2500m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report yesterday

200
80
Fair
Slush
6 cm
2 days ago
31
5
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1964 m
1600m 1150m 1100m 1350m 1450m

(2437m — 3343m)

snow report 3 days ago

60
30

Good
Tracked
3 cm
18 days ago
2
2
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2890 m
3200m 2400m 2150m 2600m 2600m

(1025m — 1826m)

snow report 18 days ago

5
×
Closed
Spring
7
7
4
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1426 m
1050m 700m 550m 250m 600m

(2434m — 3333m)

1
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2884 m
3300m 2400m 2300m 2750m 2650m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

55
40

Good
Tracked
3 cm
18 days ago
3
2
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3184 m
3150m 2400m 2150m 2600m 2600m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report 12 days ago

60
20
Packed 15 days ago
clear
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2048 m
3050m 2300m 2050m 2500m 2500m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report 12 days ago

100
60
Fair
Wind Blown
4 cm
13 days ago
33
3
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
1500m 1200m 1250m 1250m 1400m

(1540m — 2400m)

13
28
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1970 m
1950m 1500m 1450m 1750m 2000m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 3 days ago

69
18

Good

Powder
13 cm
7 days ago
3
1
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2929 m
3250m 2600m 2200m 2700m 2700m

(2800m — 4500m)

4
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 3650 m
3500m 2850m 2600m 3150m 3050m

(2015m — 4845m)

10
8
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3430 m
2850m 2100m 1850m 2200m 2350m

(2690m — 3740m)

2
clear
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 3215 m
3400m 2450m 2350m 2850m 2700m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

40
40

Good
Tracked
3 cm
18 days ago
4
3
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 3264 m
3200m 2450m 2150m 2600m 2600m

(1480m — 2440m)

snow report 5 days ago

120
130

Good

Varied
20 cm
11 days ago
56
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1960 m
1350m 1200m 1050m 950m 1100m

(1230m — 1760m)

51
11
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1495 m
1250m 800m 900m 900m 900m

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