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


CHILE The snow depth at the south Chilean ski area of Nevados de Chillan (100/157cm) is the deepest in the Southern Hemisphere so far this season with a little more fresh snowfall over the past week. Portillo (60/120cm) is still in fairly good shape with more than a dozen runs open whilst Valle Nevado (0/40cm) is still waiting for a good dump.

Although it too has more than a dozen skiable runs.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Chile. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 1 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (1)

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)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
82
1
cloudy
cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2652 m
3050m 2550m 1350m 1250m 1750m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report today

20 cm
today
150
14
moderate snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1468 m
1100m 950m 650m 650m 850m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report yesterday

30 cm
yesterday
86
6
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1674 m
1350m 1450m 950m 700m 1350m

(357m — 576m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
1
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 466 m
350m 200m 250m 350m 300m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report 18 days ago

32 cm
18 days ago
36
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2558 m
3450m 2950m 1800m 1650m 2250m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 2 days ago

135
90
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 days ago
148
7
moderate snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1964 m
1250m 1350m 800m 700m 1050m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 2 days ago

80
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 days ago
7
9
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2910 m
3550m 3150m 2150m 1950m 2150m

(978m — 1280m)

snow report on 19 Jul

18 cm
on 19 Jul
24
1
3
snow showers
light snow
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1129 m
550m 350m 300m 400m 400m

(2434m — 3333m)

snow report 18 days ago

30 cm
18 days ago
4
5
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2884 m
3700m 3350m 2200m 2000m 2300m

(1100m — 1600m)

snow report on 19 Jul

21 cm
on 19 Jul
114
10
heavy snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1350 m
1100m 1150m 700m 650m 900m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

La Parva webcam
50
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 days ago
10
10
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3184 m
3550m 3200m 2150m 1950m 2150m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report 18 days ago

30 cm
18 days ago
10
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2048 m
3550m 3150m 2000m 1850m 2100m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report today

17 cm
today
142
8
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
1300m 1350m 800m 700m 1150m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 2 days ago

157
100
Wet 16 days ago
81
7
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1970 m
1700m 1600m 1000m 800m 1400m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

120
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 days ago
9
7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2929 m
3450m 3200m 2250m 1900m 2050m

(2800m — 4500m)

snow report 18 days ago

59 cm
18 days ago
13
12
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3650 m
3550m 3150m 2150m 1950m 2100m

(2015m — 4845m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
65
1
2
cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
clear
clear
Mid station 3430 m
3250m 2750m 1750m 1550m 2000m

(2690m — 3740m)

snow report 18 days ago

39 cm
18 days ago
4
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3215 m
3750m 3450m 2400m 2100m 2350m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

76
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 days ago
11
12
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3264 m
3550m 3150m 2150m 1950m 2100m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report today

165
125

Excellent

Fresh
6 cm
today
132
12
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1720 m
1100m 1250m 750m 650m 1100m

(1230m — 1760m)

snow report on 19 Jul

21 cm
on 19 Jul
84
13
1
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1495 m
1150m 950m 650m 700m 1100m