Cerro Catedral, Valle Nevado, Portillo, and Other Patagonian Ski Areas Extend Season After Heavy September Snowfall

Martin Kuprianowicz | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Miles Clark throws a spread eagle in the powder-filled trees at Cerro Catedral, Argentina, this week. | Photo: SnowBrains

You just can’t give up on the season in South America. After a rough start with sub-average snow conditions for roughly half of the ski season in the Andes Mountains, it started snowing again—hard.

Las Leñas Resort in Argentina reported a 10-foot+ storm total last week, with over 3 feet of snow falling in 24 hours. Cerro Catedral in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, caught the southern tip of the atmospheric river that slammed Las Leñas, receiving several feet of snow as well. Meanwhile in Chile, Portillo is reporting its snowiest season in over a decade, with lines open that haven’t been skied in years, and conditions at Valle Nevado near Santiago have been absolutely firing recently. And there’s more snow on the forecast for much of the Andes this weekend. The winter turned out alright this year for South America.

As a result of an exceptionally snowy September, ski areas across Patagonia have announced that they are extending their seasons due to the bountiful abundance of snow right now. Check out the extended opening dates below:

So far, these are the resorts that have announced season extensions in Patagonia. Las Leñas and other ski areas haven’t announced whether they will extend their seasons yet or not, but it is probable that more announcements regarding season extensions will be shared this month because of how snowy it has been in the Andes as of late. It’s not over till it’s over!

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