South American resorts

El Nino 2015 could be even bigger than 1997-98, experts say 


NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) latest El Niño update on their ENSO blog details data showing that the 2015 El Niño is shaping up to be an all-time climate event—and suggests it could be the “Bruce Lee” of El Niños. Putting something on par with Bruce Lee—especially when it’s coming from a government agency—is not to be taken lightly. […]

Snow report: where did it snow in South America? 

Looking up toward the Roca Jack at Portillo

Snow forecasting websites as well as skiers and snowboarders were buzzing late last week as weather models pointed toward a massive storm heading to Chile and Argentina. The predictions were colossal with some sites forecasting 100-plus inches at resorts like Portillo. South America’s ski season has been slow to start this year, but skiers and snowboarders who frequent Southern Hemisphere […]

Three adventures to add to your Portillo ski trip 

Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa

New this season, Portillo skiers and snowboarders can book mini ski weeks, three- or four-night stays with the same all-inclusive components as a typical, seven-day ski week. For American travelers, these mini weeks unlock a lot of itinerary options on a 10-day getaway. If you can escape for two weeks, the Andes hold endless adventures! Portillo […]

El Nino 2015 is here 

1997 El Nino Chile

Great news, powderchasers: El Nino is here. Forecasters speculated that El Nino could have arrived during summer 2014 and perhaps make an appearance during winter 2014-15, but—as you skiers and snowboarders know—that didn’t happen. In March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed we are in an El Nino cycle, and just last week, […]

Top ski types for tackling Valle Nevado’s terrain 

Rossignol 2015

When skiing an unfamiliar resort, advanced knowledge of the terrain and conditions will enhance your ski vacation and give you the intel needed to select proper equipment. To help you determine which schuss sticks are best for tackling Valle Nevado and the interconnected Tres Vallees’ 7,000 acres, we tapped our friends at Rossignol to help […]

11 surprising things about Valle Nevado 

skiing Valle Nevado, ski Valle Nevado

Situated at 9,839 feet in the Andes Mountains and all above treeline, Valle Nevado is Chile’s most popular—and largest—ski resort, yet there are some key things about this impressive destination that remain undiscovered to North American skiers and snowboarders. To help educate you, we compiled a list of lesser-known facts about Valle Nevado. 1. The […]

A guide to Santiago, a colorful Chile ski-trip stopover 


Whether you’re skiing at Valle Nevado or Portillo this summer, you’re going to be traveling through Chile’s bustling, colorful capital: Santiago. An interesting city that dates back to 1541, Santiago is a mixing pot of indigenous, Old World Spanish and contemporary cultures. Both seasoned globetrotters and first-time international travelers will find that Santiago and the […]

Comparing Chile’s iconic ski resorts: Valle Nevado and Portillo 

50 lifts, 100 trails and 7,000 acres make up Valle Nevado's Three Valleys ski area | Photo: Morten, Valle Nevado

To a North America skier, a Chilean ski vacation is otherworldly. Ski resorts are set high in the Andes, above treeline and surrounded by dramatic ridge lines where condors hover and sunsets splash vibrant hues against snowfields. If you’re considering a Chilean ski vacation, read this guide comparing two of the most iconic ski resorts: Valle Nevado […]

Video: See all the #GoggleSelfie Submissions 


Narrowing down our #GoggleSelfie Photo Contest submission to just 21 entries was a very hard task… We received so many great selfies that made us want to slap on a pair of goggles, crack a smile and go skiing! [UPDATE: This sweepstakes is now over. In May and June, we asked you to cast your vote […]

Portillo Celebrates its 65th Anniversary 

Portillo then and now

Portillo, Chile’s oldest and most storied ski resort, celebrates its 65th anniversary this summer! Setting up this season to be one for the history books, El Niño weather patterns have delivered pre-season storms and more than five feet of snow before Opening Day. While there will be plenty of powder days and unique celebrations during […]

Breaking News: Valle Nevado is Opening Early 

Valle Nevado early opening day

Valle Nevado announced today the ski resort is opening early on Friday, June 13, 2014, two weeks before the scheduled opening day! While El Niño weather patterns have been forecast for South America’s ski season, snowfall at Valle Nevado has already exceeded expectations. If the storm track stays loaded, Valle Nevado’s ski season could be […]

Will El Nino Snow Hit South America? 

Will El Nino snow hit South America?

If you’ve ever experienced an El Nino snow storm then you understand why the weather-forecast rumor mill has been working overtime. Whispers of El Nino have been circulating among weather junkies as well as skiers and snowboarders this spring, and one question is on all our minds: will El Nino bring above-average snowfall to South American ski […]