Valle Nevado and La Parva ski resorts will open for the season today Friday, May 26th. This way, they will join their neighbor, El Colorado, which opened for the season last week.

Valle Nevado on May 21st. // photo: Facebook

The Storm

By yesterday’s morning, Valle Nevado and La Parva had gotten about 40 centimeters of fresh snow. This, added to the consistent snowpack that both resorts already had, will allow them to habilitate lifts and slopes almost one month before the winter starts, and weeks before all other resorts in the Southern Hemisphere.

By yesterday’s morning, Valle Nevado had gotten more than 40 centimeters of fresh snow. // photo: Facebook

The big storm took place overnight. However, snow continued to fall all day long. Actually, there is a snowpack of 80 centimeters at the base area, and one meter at the top. There are no doubts that this is a great start for a resort that last year, for example, opened for the season on June, 10th.

Valle nevado, yesterday’s morning. // photo: Facebook

Valle Nevado, La Parva and Valle Nevado

These three ski areas, which are one next to another, are located at a place known as the “Three Valleys”, just an hour away from Chile’s capital city -Santiago-. Valle Nevado is an all-above-treeline resort. With 17 lifts and an express chairlift (Andes Express), it is probably the most developed ski resort in South America. It is interconnected to La Parva and El Colorado, which have also no trees. Together, they form an ideal place for intermediates, with lots of groomers and usually no crowds. These three resorts also offer some interesting off-piste skiing.

Valle Nevado’s trail map. // photo: Valle Nevado

Keep up-to-date

You can always check the 6-day snow forecast for Valle Nevado, but you can also subscribe to snow alerts, which will push you email notifications each time that new snow is forecasted. Also, you can see weather mapslive reports and much more information by simply visiting

Almost no snow is forecasted for Valle Nevado, but temperatures will stay low, which is amazing. // source:

Other Resorts

The three valleys weren’t the only resorts to see snow this week. Almost every ski area in South America got snow in the last six days. From Portillo to Cerro Castor, the southernmost ski resort in the world, here’s a quick photo tour:

Portillo, Chile

 El Colorado, Chile

Chapelco, Argentina

Cerro Catedral, Argentina

 Corralco, Chile

Cerro Castor, Argentina