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 4resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best powder (3)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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(1954m — 3349m)

clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2652 m
2550m 2800m 2900m 2850m 3000m

(1236m — 1700m)

opens in 42 days
17
31
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1468 m
2500m 2400m 2550m 2350m 2000m

(1449m — 1899m)

22
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1674 m
2300m 2450m 2500m 2500m 2550m

(357m — 576m)

1
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 466 m
1300m 900m 1400m 1350m 1300m

(2246m — 2871m)

opens in 49 days
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2558 m
2750m 3000m 2900m 2850m 3300m

(1530m — 2399m)

opens in 16 days
4
28
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1964 m
2350m 2400m 2550m 2450m 2400m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 2 days ago

90
70

Good

Powder
30 cm
2 days ago
1
2
4
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2910 m
2450m 2900m 2900m 2650m 3050m

(1025m — 1826m)

2
5
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1426 m
2400m 2000m 2450m 2050m 1600m

(2434m — 3333m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2884 m
2750m 3150m 3000m 2900m 3450m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

90
75
×
Closed

Powder
30 cm
2 days ago
1
2
4
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 3184 m
2500m 3000m 2950m 2700m 3100m

(1896m — 2201m)

opens in 7 days
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2048 m
2750m 3050m 2950m 2900m 3350m

(1500m — 1800m)

35
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2500m 2450m 2650m 2500m 2350m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 42 days
17
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1970 m
2450m 2550m 2650m 2650m 2650m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 21 days
5
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2929 m
2350m 3050m 3000m 2750m 3150m

(2800m — 4500m)

1
2
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3650 m
2500m 2800m 2850m 2550m 3050m

(2015m — 4845m)

1
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3430 m
2600m 2800m 2950m 2800m 3050m

(2690m — 3740m)

snow report 16 days ago

60
40
×
Closed
×
Not Enough Snow
40 cm
16 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 3215 m
2700m 3100m 2950m 2850m 3450m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
80

Good

Powder
30 cm
2 days ago
1
3
9
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3264 m
2400m 2950m 2950m 2650m 3000m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 9 days ago

20
10
×
Closed

Fresh
10 cm
29 days ago
Another glorious day // 18 May
5
41
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1720 m
2500m 2450m 2650m 2400m 2200m

(1230m — 1760m)

57
clear
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1495 m
2500m 2350m 2550m 2300m 2000m