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 10resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 3 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Chile

All resorts

Best piste conditions (3)

Ski resorts of Chile, alphabetically

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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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1954m — 3349m)

88
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2652 m
2750m 2900m 2150m 3000m 3150m

(1236m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

40
5
Packed 10 days ago
47
147
144
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1468 m
1250m 1450m 900m 800m 1600m

(1449m — 1899m)

6
16
159
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1674 m
1850m 2100m 1700m 2400m 2400m

(357m — 576m)

4
15
11
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 466 m
200m 100m 100m 550m 300m

(2246m — 2871m)

35
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2558 m
3400m 3400m 2700m 3200m 3350m

(1530m — 2399m)

snow report 7 days ago

150
100

Excellent

Fresh
30 cm
9 days ago
Another glorious day // 14 Jun
27
59
232
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1964 m
1400m 1550m 1400m 2150m 1900m

(2340m — 3480m)

snow report 3 days ago

80
70

Excellent

Fresh
20 cm
10 days ago
63
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2910 m
3100m 3100m 2450m 3050m 3200m

(1025m — 1826m)

4
10
22
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1426 m
750m 900m 200m 800m 1400m

(2434m — 3333m)

36
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2884 m
3700m 3650m 2950m 3300m 3500m

(1100m — 1600m)

63
113
147
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1350 m
1350m 1450m 1200m 1250m 1500m

(2699m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

La Parva webcam
30
30

Good
Best up high
38 cm
3 days ago
58
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3184 m
3200m 3200m 2600m 3100m 3300m

(1896m — 2201m)

snow report yesterday

60
30
Packed 8 days ago
27
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2048 m
3450m 3450m 2750m 3250m 3400m

(1500m — 1800m)

27
92
240
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
1300m 1500m 1400m 2000m 1800m

(1540m — 2400m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 2 days
4
11
238
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1970 m
2200m 2300m 1900m 2600m 2650m

(2548m — 3310m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 2 days
52
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2929 m
2800m 2800m 2200m 2850m 2950m

(2800m — 4500m)

76
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3650 m
3150m 3150m 2550m 3050m 3250m

(2015m — 4845m)

59
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3430 m
2900m 2950m 2250m 2950m 3200m

(2690m — 3740m)

40
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3215 m
3750m 3700m 3050m 3300m 3450m

(2859m — 3669m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 1 days
72
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3264 m
3150m 3150m 2550m 3100m 3250m

(1480m — 1960m)

snow report 2 days ago

160
100
×
Closed

Fresh
14 cm
42 days ago
56
154
194
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1720 m
1350m 1500m 1250m 1600m 1550m

(1230m — 1760m)

62
107
118
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1495 m
1200m 1450m 950m 1050m 1700m