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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 15resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 6 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best piste conditions (6)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1954m — 3349m)

1
20
clear
clear
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 2652 m
2450m 3100m 3200m 2250m 1900m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report 3 days ago

220
20
Packed 9 days ago
42
4
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1468 m
1700m 2250m 1350m 850m 900m

(1449m — 1899m)

Antuco webcam
20
1
clear
clear
heavy snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1674 m
2150m 2800m 2500m 1450m 1500m

(357m — 576m)

2
3
moderate rain
rain showers
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 466 m
1250m 1000m 250m 400m 550m

(2246m — 2871m)

3
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2558 m
2550m 3250m 3450m 2650m 2400m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 18 days ago

130
70
Fair
Varied
4 cm
20 days ago
38
clear
clear
heavy snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1964 m
2000m 2850m 1700m 950m 1100m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 3 days ago

80
30

Good

Varied
15 cm
33 days ago
7
6
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2910 m
2450m 3000m 3400m 2700m 2350m

(1025m — 1826m)

28
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1426 m
1700m 1900m 750m 550m 800m

(2434m — 3333m)

1
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2884 m
2600m 3300m 3550m 3000m 2700m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

La Parva webcam
120
50

Good

Varied
25 cm
33 days ago
6
5
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3184 m
2450m 3100m 3450m 2750m 2400m

(1896m — 2201m)

rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2048 m
2550m 3250m 3500m 2750m 2400m

(1500m — 1800m)

34
1
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2000m 2800m 1700m 1000m 1050m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 3 days ago

112
80

Good

Varied
30 cm
8 days ago
13
1
clear
clear
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1970 m
2250m 2950m 2550m 1650m 1700m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 3 days ago

164
104

Excellent

Varied
40 cm
31 days ago
1
3
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2929 m
2550m 3150m 3400m 2750m 2450m

(2800m — 4500m)

26
1
moderate snow
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3650 m
2500m 3000m 3650m 3150m 2950m

(2015m — 4845m)

2
24
clear
clear
snow showers
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3430 m
2450m 3200m 3250m 2250m 2050m

(2690m — 3740m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3215 m
2650m 3300m 3550m 3100m 2800m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

Valle Nevado webcam
283
60

Excellent

Varied
8 cm
27 days ago
9
9
light snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 3264 m
2450m 3050m 3350m 2700m 2350m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 3 days ago

110
40

Good

Varied
9 days ago
37
1
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1720 m
1900m 2600m 1450m 1050m 1000m

(1230m — 1760m)

18
3
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1495 m
1700m 2000m 1400m 900m 950m