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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

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

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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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1236m — 1700m)

opens in 64 days
1
6
2
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1468 m
3400m 3250m 1750m 1200m 1300m

(1449m — 1899m)

partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1674 m
3950m 3600m 2650m 2150m 2700m

(357m — 576m)

light rain
rain showers
cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 466 m
1850m 2050m 1050m 500m 600m

(2246m — 2871m)

opens in 71 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2558 m
4250m 3950m 3350m 3200m 3300m

(1550m — 1851m)

opens in 58 days
2
6
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1700 m
3750m 3500m 2250m 1600m 2200m

(2437m — 3343m)

opens in 37 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2890 m
4200m 3950m 3500m 3300m 3350m

(1025m — 1826m)

2
3
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1426 m
2850m 2500m 1500m 900m 850m

(2434m — 3333m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2884 m
4250m 4000m 3500m 3350m 3350m

(2699m — 3669m)

opens in 65 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 3184 m
4200m 3950m 3500m 3300m 3300m

(1896m — 2201m)

opens in 58 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2048 m
4200m 3900m 3450m 3250m 3300m

(1500m — 1800m)

opens in 72 days
5
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
3700m 3500m 2200m 1500m 2200m

(1540m — 2400m)

opens in 65 days
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1970 m
4050m 3600m 2700m 2300m 2900m

(2548m — 3310m)

opens in 64 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 2929 m
4200m 4000m 3650m 3400m 3400m

(2800m — 4500m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 3650 m
4300m 4150m 3800m 3600m 3550m

(2015m — 4845m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 3430 m
4200m 3900m 3350m 3150m 3300m

(2690m — 3740m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 3215 m
4250m 4050m 3600m 3400m 3400m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 25 days ago

×
Closed
×
Not Enough Snow
1 cm
26 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 3264 m
4200m 3950m 3550m 3350m 3350m

(1480m — 2440m)

snow report yesterday

20
5
×
Closed

Fresh
6 cm
9 days ago
Another glorious day // 23 Apr
6
5
13
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1960 m
3600m 3450m 1950m 1350m 1950m

(1230m — 1760m)

10
10
clear
partially cloudy
heavy rain
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1495 m
3350m 3150m 1700m 1200m 1350m

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