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

All resorts

Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

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snow depth
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Next 9 Days
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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1954m — 3349m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
5
30
clear
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 2652 m
3800m 2950m 2300m 3100m 1900m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 246 days 9 cm
3 days ago
5
37
3
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1468 m
2200m 1600m 950m 1300m 850m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 19 days ago

7 cm
19 days ago
4
13
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1674 m
3300m 2300m 1950m 2100m 1400m

(357m — 576m)

snow report 9 days ago

2 cm
9 days ago
1
cloudy
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 466 m
1000m 1100m 950m 750m 600m

(2246m — 2871m)

2
clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2558 m
4000m 3100m 2500m 3350m 2200m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 13 days ago

opens in 239 days 1 cm
13 days ago
6
36
6
clear
light snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1964 m
3050m 2050m 1300m 1600m 1250m

(2340m — 3480m)

opens in 232 days
1
1
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2910 m
4100m 3450m 2850m 3450m 2650m

(978m — 1280m)

snow report 4 days ago

19 cm
4 days ago
1
8
1
partly cloudy
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1129 m
1750m 1350m 1000m 950m 600m

(2434m — 3333m)

1
clear
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2884 m
4100m 3400m 2750m 3500m 2600m

(1100m — 1600m)

snow report 4 days ago

3 cm
4 days ago
26
partly cloudy
moderate rain
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1350 m
2600m 1650m 1100m 1400m 950m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 16 days ago

opens in 246 days 2 cm
16 days ago
2
2
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3184 m
4100m 3400m 2800m 3450m 2600m

(1896m — 2201m)

opens in 253 days
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 2048 m
4050m 3250m 2700m 3350m 2400m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report 13 days ago

2 cm
13 days ago
34
clear
heavy rain
clear
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
2850m 1800m 1300m 1500m 1150m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 19 days ago

opens in 246 days 6 cm
19 days ago
7
9
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1970 m
3450m 2450m 2050m 2400m 1400m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 16 days ago

2 cm
16 days ago
1
2
clear
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2929 m
4100m 3500m 2950m 3550m 2650m

(2800m — 4500m)

snow report 16 days ago

5 cm
16 days ago
5
3
2
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3650 m
4100m 3400m 2800m 3400m 2600m

(2015m — 4845m)

snow report 3 days ago

2 cm
3 days ago
4
16
1
clear
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
heavy snow
Mid station 3430 m
3950m 3100m 2500m 3100m 2100m

(2690m — 3740m)

snow report 16 days ago

1 cm
16 days ago
2
clear
thunderstorm
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3215 m
4050m 3400m 2900m 3600m 2700m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 16 days ago

opens in 239 days 4 cm
16 days ago
2
2
rain showers
thunderstorm
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 3264 m
4100m 3400m 2800m 3400m 2600m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 246 days 2 cm
4 days ago
5
33
5
clear
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1720 m
2650m 1650m 1150m 1600m 1000m

(1230m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

15 cm
3 days ago
3
34
2
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1495 m
2150m 1450m 950m 1300m 900m