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 18resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 7 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best piste conditions (7)

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)

42
2
heavy snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2652 m
2150m 2200m 2400m 3150m 3450m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

200
100
Packed 7 days ago
38
88
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1468 m
1150m 1200m 1550m 1550m 1550m

(1449m — 1899m)

26
1
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1674 m
1150m 1300m 1850m 2150m 2200m

(357m — 576m)

1
1
3
partly cloudy
snow showers
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 466 m
750m 800m 1300m 1350m 550m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report yesterday

40
40
Packed 4 days ago
15
moderate snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2558 m
2450m 2700m 3100m 3450m 3650m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 10 days ago

160
55

Excellent

Fresh
16 cm
10 days ago
2
9
2
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1964 m
1250m 1350m 2000m 2150m 2000m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 17 days ago

110
70

Good

Varied
10 cm
19 days ago
24
24
light snow
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2910 m
2450m 2450m 2850m 3250m 3550m

(1025m — 1826m)

13
49
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1426 m
900m 850m 1150m 1350m 750m

(2434m — 3333m)

4
2
light snow
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2884 m
2800m 3000m 3350m 3600m 3800m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 17 days ago

La Parva webcam
110
55

Excellent

Varied
10 cm
19 days ago
20
20
light snow
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3184 m
2450m 2550m 2950m 3350m 3600m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report yesterday

70
50
Packed 6 days ago
7
1
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2048 m
2400m 2650m 3150m 3600m 3750m

(1500m — 1800m)

8
13
1
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1650 m
1250m 1400m 1950m 2100m 2000m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 17 days ago

104
104

Excellent

Powder
7 cm
17 days ago
43
1
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1970 m
1400m 1550m 2100m 2450m 2650m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 17 days ago

107
50

Excellent
Tracked
10 cm
19 days ago
Overcast skies // 6 Jul
8
33
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2929 m
2600m 2350m 2700m 3150m 3500m

(2800m — 4500m)

30
32
moderate snow
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3650 m
2450m 2500m 2900m 3350m 3600m

(2015m — 4845m)

55
3
heavy snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3430 m
2000m 2150m 2450m 3150m 3450m

(2690m — 3740m)

5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3215 m
2950m 3050m 3400m 3700m 3850m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 8 days ago

100
80

Good

Powder
45 cm
8 days ago
25
25
moderate snow
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3264 m
2450m 2500m 2900m 3350m 3600m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 13 days ago

60
40

Good

Varied
8 cm
17 days ago
Another glorious day // 10 Jul
49
50
light snow
heavy snow
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1720 m
1200m 1350m 1800m 1850m 1900m

(1230m — 1760m)

42
74
snow showers
snow showers
clear
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1495 m
1100m 1100m 1500m 1550m 1550m