The second snow storm of the month of May has just hit the Central Andes of Chile. This time the system dropped significantly more snow than the May 7-8 storm. As the low pressure moves out, we are seeing storm totals pushing 2 feet in Portillo, Arpa, Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado. The border crossing just above Portillo has been closed for 2 days and is reporting close to 30 inches at the post.
If that isn’t enough good news for you to kick off your 2017 Mother’s Day weekend, how about the extended forecast showing another snow storm potentially arriving on late Tuesday, May 16th. Current models indicate this too could bring several feet of additional snow to the high Andes.
Too early to say, but don’t be surprised if some of the ski areas open later this month or early June. Two things are guaranteed however. Because of this storm, and the positive forecast, resort hotels and guided trips like this one are going to sell out sooner than later.
For now a series of photos sent to us from some of the Chilean resorts today. Looking good South America!
Arpa Snow Cats
Anton Sponar bunkered down in the Arpa refugio during the May 10-12 snow storm. He awoke to this today, reporting 60-70 cm (around the 2 foot range) at the refugio. Enjoy the shoveling Anton!
Valle Nevado, Chile
Sitting high above the busy city of Santiago, Valle Nevado was blanketed with close to 24 inches of new snow at the base. Just imagine how much more has accumulated up higher. Here is a video highlighting the base area’s snow storm around the shopping zone between Hotel Valle Nevado and Puerta del Sol.
Don’t Miss the Fun
If skiing down south is on your radar, you better start making plans ASAP. Storms like this alway tend to increase reservations by 20-30%. Here are 2 suggested itineraries to get your creative juices flowing for summer skiing in the Andes.
Summer Snow Escape Off Piste: Our most popular guided trip ever. It visits all the resorts above including a day of cat skiing at Arpa.
Chile Snow Adventure Lift Assisted Touring. A new adventure focus for 2017 by PowderQuest.