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 1resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best piste conditions (5)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1954m — 3349m)

56
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2652 m
1750m 2450m 3250m 2850m 1600m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
20
Packed 6 days ago
49
12
clear
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
heavy snow
Mid station 1468 m
1650m 3250m 2900m 2150m 1100m

(1449m — 1899m)

59
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1674 m
1950m 2400m 3150m 2450m 1200m

(357m — 576m)

17
10
cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 466 m
950m 1200m 850m 1050m 750m

(2246m — 2871m)

33
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2558 m
2750m 3250m 3400m 3200m 2000m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 15 days ago

180
100

Good

Fresh
6 cm
15 days ago
72
2
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1964 m
1950m 3400m 3150m 2300m 1200m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 3 days ago

70
60
Packed
Crud
20 cm
23 days ago
40
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 2910 m
2450m 2750m 3100m 3300m 2050m

(1025m — 1826m)

1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1426 m
1650m 2900m 1950m 1800m 1000m

(2434m — 3333m)

25
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2884 m
2850m 3250m 3400m 3350m 2300m

(1100m — 1600m)

52
7
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1350 m
1600m 3250m 3050m 2350m 1200m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

La Parva webcam
50
30
Packed
Crud
5 cm
13 days ago
33
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 3184 m
2550m 2850m 3200m 3300m 2100m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report 9 days ago

50
20
Packed 22 days ago
19
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 2048 m
2800m 3250m 3400m 3300m 2050m

(1500m — 1800m)

76
2
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1650 m
1900m 3400m 3100m 2250m 1150m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 3 days ago

85
85

Good
Best up high
30 cm
11 days ago
86
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1970 m
2100m 3400m 3150m 2450m 1200m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 3 days ago

45
20

Good

Varied
10 cm
10 days ago
21
clear
clear
clear
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 2929 m
2250m 2500m 2950m 3100m 1900m

(2800m — 4500m)

42
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3650 m
2500m 2800m 3150m 3300m 2050m

(2015m — 4845m)

29
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3430 m
1950m 2650m 3250m 2950m 1750m

(2690m — 3740m)

23
clear
clear
clear
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 3215 m
2850m 3200m 3400m 3400m 2300m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

100
60

Good

Varied
30 cm
12 days ago
42
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3264 m
2500m 2800m 3150m 3300m 2050m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

130
90

Good

Varied
20 cm
yesterday
Another glorious day // 18 Aug
63
7
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 1720 m
1900m 3350m 3050m 2200m 1150m

(1230m — 1760m)

40
29
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1495 m
1800m 3250m 2800m 2050m 1100m