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                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 Ski areas in Chile appear ready to open for the season next month. Indeed, La Parva opened at the weekend. However, this is limited to the bike park, with mountain bikers descending with snow on the ground. Temperatures in the region have been fluctuating between two or three degrees below freezing overnight and up to 10 degrees above in the daytime.

                The past week has been largely dry with a mixture of sunny and overcast days.

                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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                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 12 days ago

                1 cm
                12 days ago
                2
                3
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                snow showers
                Mid station 2652 m
                3400m 3400m 3900m 3550m 2750m

                (1236m — 1700m)

                snow report 12 days ago

                opens in 42 days 26 cm
                12 days ago
                cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                Mid station 1468 m
                2400m 2350m 3000m 2700m 2150m

                (1449m — 1899m)

                snow report 12 days ago

                48 cm
                12 days ago
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1674 m
                2900m 2950m 3550m 3200m 2350m

                (357m — 576m)

                1
                partly cloudy
                cloudy
                cloudy
                cloudy
                clear
                Mid station 466 m
                1350m 1300m 1250m 1050m 700m

                (2246m — 2871m)

                1
                1
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                snow showers
                Mid station 2558 m
                3550m 3650m 4050m 3500m 2750m

                (1530m — 2399m)

                snow report 6 days ago

                opens in 35 days 2 cm
                6 days ago
                15
                1
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                Mid station 1964 m
                2800m 2900m 3400m 2900m 1850m

                (2340m — 3480m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                opens in 28 days 3 cm
                10 days ago
                2
                3
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light snow
                Mid station 2910 m
                3750m 3700m 4050m 3600m 2850m

                (978m — 1280m)

                snow report 6 days ago

                2 cm
                6 days ago
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                cloudy
                cloudy
                Mid station 1129 m
                1500m 1850m 2200m 2200m 1900m

                (2434m — 3333m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                1 cm
                10 days ago
                1
                3
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                snow showers
                Mid station 2884 m
                3700m 3850m 4200m 3600m 2850m

                (1100m — 1600m)

                cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                moderate rain
                Mid station 1350 m
                2550m 2750m 3150m 2700m 2050m

                (2699m — 3669m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                opens in 42 days 4 cm
                10 days ago
                3
                4
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light snow
                Mid station 3184 m
                3750m 3750m 4100m 3600m 2850m

                (1896m — 2201m)

                opens in 49 days
                1
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                Mid station 2048 m
                3650m 3750m 4100m 3550m 2750m

                (1500m — 1800m)

                snow report 12 days ago

                37 cm
                12 days ago
                8
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                Mid station 1650 m
                2800m 2850m 3400m 2950m 2150m

                (1540m — 2400m)

                snow report 11 days ago

                opens in 42 days 56 cm
                11 days ago
                2
                1
                clear
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                cloudy
                Mid station 1970 m
                3000m 3100m 3700m 3100m 2250m

                (2548m — 3310m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                opens in 28 days 2 cm
                10 days ago
                1
                2
                light rain
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                Mid station 2929 m
                3700m 3700m 4000m 3550m 2950m

                (2800m — 4500m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                1 cm
                2 days ago
                5
                5
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light snow
                Mid station 3650 m
                3750m 3700m 4100m 3550m 2850m

                (2015m — 4845m)

                snow report yesterday

                2 cm
                yesterday
                7
                8
                light snow
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light snow
                Mid station 3430 m
                3500m 3550m 4000m 3500m 2750m

                (2690m — 3740m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                2 cm
                10 days ago
                2
                4
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light snow
                Mid station 3215 m
                3800m 3900m 4200m 3550m 2850m

                (2859m — 3669m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                opens in 35 days 4 cm
                10 days ago
                4
                4
                cloudy
                cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                light snow
                Mid station 3264 m
                3750m 3750m 4100m 3600m 2850m

                (1480m — 1960m)

                snow report 6 days ago

                opens in 42 days 4 cm
                6 days ago
                3
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                heavy rain
                Mid station 1720 m
                2650m 2800m 3200m 2800m 2150m

                (1230m — 1760m)

                snow report 6 days ago

                1 cm
                6 days ago
                cloudy
                clear
                cloudy
                cloudy
                light rain
                Mid station 1495 m
                2300m 2400m 2900m 2600m 2150m