July 12, 2015 There was a ton of hype about this weekend’s snowstorm hitting South America for many reasons. Mainly due to the massive amount of snow predicted by snow-forecast.com and local weather stations. At one point 2-3 meters was forecast for Valle Nevado. Another important reason for the social media buzz was because the central Andes resorts around Santiago only had a few inches on the ground as of last week despite the increasing strength of El Nino.
Was this the snowstorm of the decade? No, but it was a good one and things have really turned around in both Chile and Argentina. Here is a collection of images along with storm totals and resort opening updates we have gathered this morning. Consider this an update from Saturday’s snow report.
International Passes, Los Libertadores and Los Pehuenches: 9 Feet+
Las Lenas, Argentina: 45 inches+
Portillo, Chile: 43-66 inches+
Valle Nevado, Chile: Close to 3 feet at the hotels
La Parva, Chile: 27 inches+
No image from this morning, but according to La Parva’s Facebook page, they expect to partially open the resort tomorrow to kick off the 2015 season. Lift tickets will be 35% off for opening day. As the week moves on they will open more terrain, but for now, everything below 3100 meters will be opening Tuesday July 14th.
Lifts to open tomorrow: Parva Chica, Golondrina, Manzanito, Ositos y Alpha.
Slopes to open: Golondrina, Ositos, Parva Chica, Manzanito y Autopista del Sol.
El Colorado, Chile: 25 inches+
By this weekend, all ski areas in South America will be up and running for the 2015 ski season. It’s a late start, but things are looking good and long term forcast still show above average precipitation expected for July-September. It’s not too late to book a trip to South America. Contact us to see what is still available. After this dump, any last remaining hotel rooms and seats on trips are going to sell out very quickly.
Up next, a report from the southern resorts including Nevados de Chillan and our favorite zones in Patagonia where they are expecting snow most of this week.
Check out how things looked mid-storm from our earlier update.