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 resorts know that one big storm can turn everything around. And this storm did just that.
Portillo snow report: 5.5 feet in 7 days
Anyone who has hunkered down during a big storm at Portillo knows that this resort can get a lot of snow in a short amount of time. Storms settle in over the Lake of the Incas and hammer the surrounding peaks with snow measuring in feet, not inches. This storm was forecast to be big, and it certainly lived up to its prediction.
“Over the last seven days we received 5.5 feet of snow, and over half of that came in the last 48 hours,” said Rebecca Armstrong, Marketing Manager at Ski Portillo.
Armstrong told us that crews haven’t been out on the runs to test conditions yet, but Portillo’s July 18 opening day has potential to be great with cold conditions forecast through this week. We’ll update this post as soon as we have a conditions report from skiers on the ground in Portillo!
Valle Nevado snow report: 31 inches over the weekend
Valle Nevado also received solid snowfall totals from the weekend storm, tallying 31 inches. The photos below show conditions now that the storm has cleared and the sun has come out. The resort’s July 17 opening day is shaping up to be one for the books.
July 14 update: Valle Nevado just announced that the resort will open for day skiers and season-pass holders on Wednesday, July 15!
Las Lenas snow report: 39 inches on the ground this morning
Farther south in Argentina, Las Lenas also reaped the rewards of this massive storm. The resort has been posting photos of the storm for days, and this morning the clouds cleared to reveal a meter of new snow on the slopes.