It’s been an early season of extremes. While the central ski resorts; Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and Portillo were hammered in early June with upwards of 9 feet of snow, Chile’s southern ski areas saw record drought for the month of June. This all changed yesterday when a large system pushed into the Andes. Snow is expected to continue all week for most of the ski destinations in the Andes including Patagonia. It is currently snowing from Arpa to Bariloche.
Thanks to the snowfall over the past 24 hours, and this weeks forecast, the south is ready to turn the lifts for the first time this season.
Corralco Ski Resort Opens Tomorrow June 12, 2016
Corralco near Temuco in southern Chile, plans on spinning 3 ski lifts; Cornisa, Cruze and Volcan. 10 runs will be open along with their off-piste terrain around the volcano. Corralco has been off the radar for many international skiers, but slowly the word is getting out. Find out why.
Nevados de Chillan Plans to Open Thursday July 14, 2016
Ski Pucon, Antillanca, Osorno and more to follow
Antillanca on the Casa Blanca volcano is also set to open tomorrow, July 12, but we have not received any storm pictures. If you have not been to this little resort, it’s a great zone to check out on the way over to Argentina or as you head south deeper into Patagonia.
Ski Pucon on the volcano Villarrica in the image below will open on Wednesday as well. Our friend and local mountain guide Claudio Retamal, owner of Summit Chile, snapped this picture this morning with about 30-35 cm of new snow at the cafeteria.
Check back with more storm updates as this system develops. Great to see the snow falling again.