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 0resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

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Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

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next 9 days
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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1954m — 3349m)

3
5
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2652 m
3150m 3200m 3300m 3200m 2950m

(1236m — 1700m)

opens in 12 days
10
57
partially cloudy
clear
clear
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1468 m
1800m 2550m 2600m 2400m 1700m

(1449m — 1899m)

Antuco webcam
26
clear
clear
clear
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1674 m
2800m 2850m 3050m 2800m 2450m

(357m — 576m)

opens in 32 days
1
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 466 m
350m 1300m 1350m 1500m 1450m

(2246m — 2871m)

opens in 40 days
3
1
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2558 m
3250m 3300m 3450m 3350m 3150m

(1530m — 2399m)

opens in 19 days
30
44
clear
clear
clear
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1964 m
2650m 2800m 3000m 2550m 2200m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 4 days ago

×
Closed
×
No snow
30
7
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2910 m
3250m 3350m 3400m 3300m 3100m

(1025m — 1826m)

3
11
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1426 m
1850m 1800m 2300m 2050m 1250m

(2434m — 3333m)

3
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2884 m
3400m 3400m 3550m 3500m 3250m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 18 days
29
8
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 3184 m
3300m 3350m 3450m 3350m 3100m

(1896m — 2201m)

opens in 11 days
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2048 m
3350m 3350m 3500m 3350m 3150m

(1500m — 1800m)

opens in 40 days
4
47
clear
clear
clear
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
2650m 2800m 2900m 2600m 2100m

(1540m — 2400m)

opens in 25 days
26
clear
clear
clear
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1970 m
2850m 2900m 3100m 2800m 2550m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 26 days
25
7
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2929 m
3150m 3350m 3400m 3150m 2900m

(2800m — 4500m)

12
2
clear
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3650 m
3150m 3250m 3450m 3500m 3150m

(2015m — 4845m)

21
7
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 3430 m
3100m 3200m 3350m 3100m 3000m

(2690m — 3740m)

1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3215 m
3400m 3350m 3500m 3450m 3200m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 18 days
50
15
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3264 m
3200m 3350m 3400m 3250m 3000m

(1480m — 2440m)

snow report yesterday

15
5
×
Closed

Fresh
6 cm
3 days ago
42
78
clear
clear
clear
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1960 m
2450m 2750m 2850m 2450m 1900m

(1230m — 1760m)

21
51
clear
clear
clear
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1495 m
2000m 2550m 2550m 2200m 1550m