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Heaviest snowfall since 2007 hits Santiago + surrounding ski resorts 

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Locals in Santiago, Chile awoke to a rare sight this past Saturday: snow. Reportedly the heaviest snowfall the Chilean capital has seen since 2007, the snow measured up to two inches in some areas and blanketed the entire city, turning Santiago into a classic winter wonderland. Residents were quick to embrace the magical scenery, especially […]

Top South American resorts are officially open for skiing 

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This weekend, it’s official! The two top South American ski resorts of Portillo and Valle Nevado will be fully operational. Valle Nevado turned on the bullwheel for skiing nearly a month early, due to awesome snow conditions, but had not yet opened up its hotel complex to overnight guests. Portillo is expecting great opening-day conditions […]

Valle Nevado is opening early 

Valle Nevado early opening day

The Chilean ski resort of Valle Nevado recently announced they’ll be opening one month early due to “abundant pre-season snow.” Over the past two weeks, the Andes received several bountiful snow storms. The resort’s lifts, restaurants, rentals and retail shops will open the resort to skiers and riders this Saturday, May 27, and the formal […]

South America’s ski season starts with great conditions 

South America's ski season has started

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

11 surprising things about Valle Nevado 

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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 

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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 vs. 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 

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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 […]

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 […]