South American resorts

Another big snow storm in South America 

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We’re happy to share that South America is in the throws of yet another big snow storm. Over the past three days, Chilean and Argentinian ski resorts have received upwards of 3 feet of snow, and the storm isn’t over yet.  See current storm totals below and stay tuned for updates, here on the Ski.com […]

Video: Skiing Portillo’s Super C 

Super C couloir, Super C Portillo

Thanks to a tirade of early-season snow storms, including one that dropped nearly 10 feet in 48 hours, Portillo opened on June 18 with an impressive 45-inch base. The ample snowfall has set the Chilean ski resort up for all-time conditions, in- and out-of-bounds, especially for the famous Super C couloir. Accessed from the top of […]

Everything you need to know about Portillo’s crazy slingshot lifts 

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For expert to advanced skiers and snowboarders, at least one ride on Portillo’s famous slingshot lifts is a must-do experience while there. These lifts not only access awesome terrain and provide incredible views, but they’re an interesting engineering feat. What is a slingshot lift? Portillo’s slingshot lifts or Va et Vient (French for ‘come and […]

South America’s ski season starts with great conditions 

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South America’s ski season started earlier this month when Valle Nevado opened two weeks ahead of schedule on June 10. This early opening was made possible by a few storms, most notably a system that dropped more than nine feet of snow on Chilean resorts in early June. While Valle Nevado was able to get their […]

Up to 9+ feet of snow hits South America 

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Summer skiing in South America is shaping up to be one for the books! Last week and into this past weekend, the Andes were pounded with yet another big early-season snow storm. Some resorts saw more than eight feet of snow fall! See who made out best: This time, Portillo, Chile received a staggering 118 […]

The legend of Portillo’s Inca Lake 

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Legend has it that Portillo’s Inca Lake or Luguna del Incas is enchanted, and on some nights you can hear eerie, mournful cries across the Lake. The origin of these cries is fabled to come from the spirit of an Incan prince who lost his beloved bride. When the Incas ruled Northern Chile, they performed […]

El Nino expected to have positive effects on 2016 Chile snowfall 

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Two weeks ago, several Chilean ski resorts, including Portillo and Valle Nevado, were blessed with uber-early snow storms. Usually, premature snow isn’t cause to get all excited for an especially powdery ski season, but that’s not the case here. According to Direccion Meteorologia de Chile, Chilean ski resorts can expect more snow in 2016 than […]

Add an Atacama adventure to your Chile ski trip 

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Red and rust-colored rock formations contrast with white salt flats while volcano peaks rise in the distance, making the Atacama Desert in northern Chile seem otherworldly. As one of the driest places on the plant, the Atacama has little human development, save for the small, rustic town of San Pedro de Atacama. For those who […]

Photo Gallery: Ski Country from Space 

Alaska's snowy Aleutian Islands from space. | Photo: Scott Kelly, NASA

NASA’s Scott Kelly returned to Earth today after 340 days in space, the longest voyage by a U.S. astronaut. While aboard the International Space Station, Kelly captured—and tweeted—intriguing images of Earth’s mountain ranges from the Aleutian Islands down to Patagonia. Alongside pictures of frozen lakes, ice fields and snow-capped volcanoes, here are Kelly’s most striking […]

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

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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 

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In addition to world-class skiing among spectacular Andean peaks, a Portillo ski vacation also provides opportunities for tack-on trips to unique regions. From Santiago’s Airport, which is just two hours from Portillo, you can easily hop on a regional flight to spectacular destinations, like Patagonia, the otherworldly Atacama Desert and the stunning Chiloé Archipelago. Conveniently, Portillo […]