Video: PowderQuest ski guide Maxi Artoni enjoying a late Autumn snowfall with amigos in Cerro Chapelco Argentina. June 4, 2017.
After El Colorado’s May 19th opening and a historically strong and early start to the ski season in Chile for the Three Valley Resorts (Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva), it is time to focus some attention on Patagonia Argentina and the volcanoes in southern Chile. Over two feet of snow fell in some areas on June 3rd. Opening days are just around the corner.
Chapelco in San Martin de Los Andes
PowderQuest ski guide Maxi Artoni grew up in the ski town of San Martin de Los Andes. He has been skiing there well before most any of us knew South America had ski resorts and yes you could ski powder in August. Maxi sent us a report yesterday, along with some pictures and the video above. Chapelco’s conditions are good and if the small storm predicted for later this week moves in to the area, opening day scheduled for June 17th should have a good early season base from top to bottom assuming the temperatures remain cold. According to Maxi, this weekend’s storm dropped close to 12 inches at the base, 22 inches at mid mountain and 32 inches at the top.
Cerro Bayo in Villa La Angostura
The smallest of the ski areas in Patagonia’s 7 Lakes is constantly ranked as offer one of the most stellar views in all of Argentina. We cannot help but agree. The view’s were socked in this weekend however thanks to the fresh powder falling on Northern Patagonia.
Bariloche did not miss out on the storm this weekend. The base is still thin, but we have a ways to go before it really matters and the stoke from this past weekend is here. The above video was shot on the road up to the ski area on Saturday, June 3rd.
Across the Border on Chile’s Volcanoes
The volcanoes of Chile are constantly being smashed by low pressure systems from the south and directly off the Pacific. This weekend it came in cold and delivered some deep snow to Volcano Villarica, Lonquimay and north up to Nevados de Chillan.