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 1 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

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Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (2)

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1954m — 3349m)

60
7
218
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2652 m
1850m 1950m 1950m 2750m 3150m

(1236m — 1700m)

100
7
80
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1468 m
1400m 1300m 1250m 1500m 2150m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 11 days ago

Antuco webcam
150
60
Hard
Powder
20 cm
12 days ago
95
2
79
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1674 m
1600m 1550m 1500m 1850m 2700m

(357m — 576m)

16
6
6
clear
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 466 m
750m 550m 550m 450m 350m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report today

30
10
Packed 17 days ago
3
110
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2558 m
2600m 2600m 2600m 3200m 3500m

(1530m — 2399m)

147
4
98
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1964 m
1450m 1450m 1400m 1750m 2500m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

70
30
Fair
Varied
60 cm
18 days ago
Overcast skies // 30 Jul
21
13
183
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2910 m
2600m 2600m 2500m 3000m 3150m

(1025m — 1826m)

7
2
20
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1426 m
1200m 950m 850m 850m 1750m

(2434m — 3333m)

snow report today

10
5
Fair
Fresh
4 cm
yesterday
1
73
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2884 m
2900m 2900m 2850m 3350m 3600m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report yesterday

70
30
Fair
Varied
60 cm
18 days ago
18
13
167
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 3184 m
2650m 2650m 2550m 3100m 3250m

(1896m — 2201m)

79
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2048 m
2650m 2650m 2600m 3250m 3500m

(1500m — 1800m)

122
3
66
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
1500m 1550m 1400m 1850m 2500m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report today

70
50
Packed 18 days ago
121
9
148
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1970 m
1650m 1600m 1600m 2200m 2850m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report yesterday

90
70

Good

Varied
14 days ago
22
25
124
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2929 m
2450m 2400m 2450m 2850m 3050m

(2800m — 4500m)

7
26
119
clear
snow showers
light snow
cloudy
clear
Mid station 3650 m
2850m 2550m 2750m 3150m 3200m

(2015m — 4845m)

65
26
255
partially cloudy
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 3430 m
2100m 2200m 2150m 2800m 3200m

(2690m — 3740m)

1
94
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 3215 m
2950m 2900m 2900m 3350m 3600m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report yesterday

Valle Nevado webcam
90
20

Good

Varied
60 cm
18 days ago
36
28
211
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 3264 m
2550m 2500m 2450m 2950m 3050m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 5 days ago

225
170
×
Closed

Varied
30 cm
6 days ago
124
7
92
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1720 m
1450m 1400m 1400m 1700m 2350m

(1230m — 1760m)

97
8
89
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1495 m
1400m 1200m 1200m 1500m 2050m