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 REPORT It has been a cold week in the Andes mountains of Chile with temperatures dropping as low as 10 degrees below freezing as we enter winter. More typically they've been 2-5 degrees below but rarely getting into plus temps even at resort level at the mountain base. There's been a mixture of sunshine and cloud with the occasional light to moderate snowfall.

So all looking good for the start of winter; however, in terms of ski slopes opening it remains unclear when that will be. Chile has had an unfortunate upturn in virus cases and as a consequence the lockdown there continues.

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.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

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)

snow report 3 days ago

13 cm
3 days ago
5
71
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2652 m
2700m 2350m 1950m 2050m 2250m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 27 days 11 cm
3 days ago
41
45
29
heavy snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1468 m
1200m 1150m 1000m 800m 1550m

(1449m — 1899m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
3 days ago
8
38
52
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1674 m
1750m 1900m 1500m 1450m 1300m

(357m — 576m)

snow report 18 days ago

5 cm
18 days ago
3
2
1
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 466 m
600m 550m 350m 350m 0m

(2246m — 2871m)

snow report 3 days ago

7 cm
3 days ago
30
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2558 m
3150m 2700m 2500m 2650m 2750m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 27 days 9 cm
3 days ago
25
65
48
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1964 m
1500m 1450m 1150m 1150m 1000m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 27 days 19 cm
2 days ago
4
39
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2910 m
3200m 2650m 2500m 2600m 2650m

(978m — 1280m)

snow report today

24 cm
today
21
27
17
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1129 m
950m 950m 500m 950m 1000m

(2434m — 3333m)

snow report 2 days ago

13 cm
2 days ago
2
28
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2884 m
3350m 2850m 2750m 2850m 2950m

(1100m — 1600m)

snow report 4 days ago

6 cm
4 days ago
30
23
22
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1350 m
1300m 1200m 1100m 900m 1400m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 27 days 22 cm
2 days ago
4
46
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3184 m
3200m 2700m 2550m 2650m 2700m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 28 days 7 cm
3 days ago
28
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2048 m
3300m 2800m 2600m 2750m 2850m

(1500m — 1800m)

snow report 4 days ago

7 cm
4 days ago
27
53
38
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
1500m 1500m 1100m 1100m 1100m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 27 days 8 cm
3 days ago
4
39
55
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1970 m
1850m 2000m 1600m 1650m 1500m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 27 days 18 cm
2 days ago
6
34
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
cloudy
clear
Mid station 2929 m
3200m 2550m 2450m 2450m 2500m

(2800m — 4500m)

snow report 2 days ago

29 cm
2 days ago
5
55
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3650 m
3200m 2650m 2550m 2600m 2650m

(2015m — 4845m)

snow report 3 days ago

26 cm
3 days ago
4
52
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3430 m
2950m 2500m 2150m 2400m 2500m

(2690m — 3740m)

snow report 2 days ago

20 cm
2 days ago
5
21
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3215 m
3450m 2900m 2800m 2950m 3000m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 27 days 25 cm
2 days ago
4
51
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3264 m
3200m 2650m 2550m 2600m 2650m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 28 days 6 cm
4 days ago
32
58
27
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1720 m
1400m 1300m 1200m 1050m 1300m

(1230m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

8 cm
3 days ago
42
28
24
heavy snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1495 m
1200m 1150m 1000m 900m 1550m