Ski resort La Parva in Chile has become the latest casualty of the exceptional dry spell affecting the central Andes. The resort closed for the season early, on Sunday 1st September, citing lack of snow as the reason.
La Parva joins Chilean resorts Ski Arpa who failed to open at all and El Colorado who announced they too will be closing early, the upcoming weekend being their final one of operations this 2019 winter. La Parva closing dates the previous four seasons have been: 09/09/18, 10/01/17, 09/19/16, and 10/04/15. Across the border in Argentina, Los Puquios Ski Resort stopped their lifts turning before the end of July, again, due to lack of snow.
La Parva and El Colorado are in the Barnechea mountain range and, together with Valle Nevado, constitute a very large ski area 50 kilometers from Santiago. Valle Nevado is the only remaining resort of the three still open.
La Parva is sitting on a 31″ base, and the last snowfall was almost two weeks ago. Total snowfall for the season is 20″.
Historically, resorts in Chile predict opening right through to October, but it is increasingly becoming the norm that they don’t even make it through mid-September.