June 15, 2016– The massive snowstorm that slammed into the Chilean and Argentine Andes at the end of May and early June shut down Los Libertadores Pass for 15 days. Not since 1996 had the border area at 3,200 meters above sea level seen such an intense storm, dropping over 4 meters of snow, (13 plus feet). See the photos and reports here
The road leading to Los Libertadores Pass is the only road accessing the popular international ski resort of Portillo, opening this weekend for the 2016 Andean ski season. To the East, the road continues into Argentina passing the lesser known ski area Los Penitentes.
After two weeks of digging and dealing with high avalanche danger, the Chilean Government has re-opened the pass today for main cargo trucks only. According to Unidad de Pasos Fronterizos, the organization responsible for Chilean border crossings, over 1,200 semis are backed up waiting to deliver cargo to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Regular traffic should be open to travel beginning tomorrow. Great news for skiers looking to take advantage of the early season skiing in Portillo and Los Penitentes.
Photos from Los Libertadores and Road to Portillo