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

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Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (1)

Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1954m — 3349m)

snow report 2 days ago

14 cm
3 days ago
166.0
145.0
145.0
heavy snow heavy snow light snow light snow heavy snow
Mid station 2652 m
1500m 1750m 1800m 1800m 1700m

(1040m — 1540m)

snow report today

80
20
Packed powder and groomed snow 14 cm
yesterday
64.0
47.0
65.0
light snow mod snow light snow mod snow light snow
Mid station 1290 m
1200m 700m 400m 650m 1300m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 14 days 1.0 cm
2 days ago
64.0
123.0
63.0
heavy snow light snow light snow heavy snow heavy snow
Mid station 1674 m
1100m 1050m 850m 1400m 1450m

(357m — 576m)

snow report yesterday

1.0 cm
yesterday
1.0
1.0
light snow part cloud clear clear light snow
Mid station 466 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 0m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report 3 days ago

2.0 cm
3 days ago
64.0
84.0
56.0
cloud heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 2558 m
2050m 1700m 1850m 2100m 1700m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report yesterday

110
40
Packed powder and groomed snow 3.0 cm
yesterday
95.0
139.0
80.0
heavy snow light snow light snow heavy snow heavy snow
Mid station 1964 m
1300m 1250m 950m 950m 1350m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report yesterday

95
60
Packed powder and groomed snow 30 cm
3 days ago
70.0
67.0
72.0
light snow heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 2910 m
2000m 2050m 1800m 2500m 2150m

(978m — 1280m)

snow report 6 days ago

1.0 cm
yesterday
32.0
31.0
26.0
light snow mod snow light snow mod snow light snow
Mid station 1129 m
600m 0m 0m 0m 200m

(2434m — 3333m)

snow report 2 days ago

12 cm
3 days ago
32.0
28.0
32.0
cloud heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 2884 m
2250m 2000m 2200m 2750m 2200m

(1100m — 1600m)

snow report 2 days ago

18 cm
yesterday
90.0
89.0
92.0
mod snow mod snow light snow heavy snow light snow
Mid station 1350 m
1100m 800m 300m 750m 1250m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report yesterday

95
70
Packed powder and groomed snow 33 cm
3 days ago
82.0
78.0
83.0
light snow heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 3184 m
2000m 2000m 1850m 2500m 2150m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report yesterday

80
40
Packed powder and groomed snow 12 cm
3 days ago
43.0
44.0
41.0
cloud heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 2048 m
2000m 1900m 2000m 2350m 2050m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
90.0
110.0
75.0
heavy snow light snow light snow heavy snow heavy snow
Mid station 1650 m
1300m 1200m 800m 1150m 1400m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report yesterday

95
40
Packed powder and groomed snow 1.0 cm
2 days ago
91.0
160.0
90.0
heavy snow mod snow light snow heavy snow heavy snow
Mid station 1970 m
1500m 1350m 1150m 1450m 1450m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report today

150
70
Fresh snow across the ski area
Fresh
26 cm
3 days ago
56.0
50.0
59.0
light snow heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 2929 m
2050m 1950m 1500m 2550m 2200m

(2800m — 4500m)

snow report 2 days ago

45 cm
3 days ago
110.0
107.0
111.0
light snow heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 3650 m
1950m 2000m 1800m 2450m 2100m

(2015m — 4845m)

snow report 2 days ago

13 cm
3 days ago
129.0
154.0
114.0
light snow heavy snow cloud light snow heavy snow
Mid station 3430 m
1900m 1850m 1900m 1900m 1850m

(2690m — 3740m)

snow report 2 days ago

19 cm
3 days ago
22.0
14.0
22.0
cloud heavy snow part cloud cloud light snow
Mid station 3215 m
2350m 2050m 1950m 2850m 2250m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
50
Packed powder and groomed snow 38 cm
3 days ago
92.0
88.0
94.0
light snow heavy snow part cloud cloud heavy snow
Mid station 3264 m
1950m 2000m 1800m 2450m 2100m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 12 days 11 cm
yesterday
93.0
97.0
95.0
heavy snow mod snow light snow heavy snow light snow
Mid station 1720 m
1200m 950m 400m 1150m 1400m

(1230m — 1760m)

snow report 2 days ago

15 cm
yesterday
42.0
67.0
42.0
light snow mod snow light snow mod snow light snow
Mid station 1495 m
1200m 500m 600m 750m 1250m